Legal Studies, BA/BS JD
Offered in: Chicago
Roosevelt University and The John Marshall Law School cooperate in offering combined credit programs leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor and the baccalaureate degree (BA or BS), also known as the 3+3 program. Under this program, successful completion of the first 30 credit hours at John Marshall Law School may be credited toward the completion of the baccalaureate degree at Roosevelt. Students who wish to pursue the combined degree with John Marshall must successfully complete Roosevelt's Legal Studies minor. Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should meet with their advisor or with the coordinator of Legal Studies, Professor David Faris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note: Legal Studies is not a Roosevelt University major; a major must be chosen from among those offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, and its requirements completed as part of the 91 or more credit hours required to begin at John Marshall.
Students must be admitted separately to each institution. They may begin their courses at John Marshall after completing 91 or more credit hours at Roosevelt, after successful completion of the required courses, and after successful application to the law school program, reflecting the qualifications needed for admission as established by The John Marshall Law School Admission Office.
At least 60 credit hours must be taken at Roosevelt University, with no more than 30 credit hours transferred from another undergraduate institution. The final 30 hours must be taken at Roosevelt.
All university core requirements (including distribution and other general education requirements) as well as the requirements of the Legal Studies minor must be completed as part of the 90 or more credit hours.
As part of the 90 or more required credit hours, students must complete:
- Arts and Science major of student's choosing
- General Education requirements for Arts and Sciences
- Legal Studies minor. Courses for this include:
|Courses in Legal Ideas|
|POS 329||PHILOSOPHY OF LAW||3|
|POS 374||UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAL LAW||3|
|POS 375||CIVIL RIGHTS & CIVIL LIBERTIES||3|
|Courses in Legal Skills|
|BCOM 301||BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS||3|
|PHIL 209||CRITICAL THINKING||3|
|or PHIL 210||LOGIC|
|WRTG 160||THE ART OF PERSUASION||3|
|Completion of the following courses is preferred:|
& HIST 107
|THE UNITED STATES TO 1865|
and THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865
|or HIST 107||THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865|
|ECON 101||PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I||3|
|POS 101||UNITED STATES POLITICS||3|
|General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives|
|Courses to total 90||90|
Upon completion of 91 or more credit hours, students must have achieved a minimum GPA and LSAT score as determined by John Marshall and made available from the Office of Admission.
Once students have completed the above requirements and are admitted to John Marshall, the first 29 credit hours successfully completed there will be cross-credited by Roosevelt and applied toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.
If a student is dropped for academic reasons from John Marshall after the first or second semester of law school, Roosevelt will determine which credits will be counted towards the bachelor’s degree.
Roosevelt will determine whether to award credit to a student receiving a grade of “D” or lower at John Marshall.
Admission to The John Marshall Law School is not guaranteed for students in this program, but it does allow participating Roosevelt students to apply for the JD program a year sooner than other students and thus makes it possible for them to eliminate a year from the time it ordinarily takes to complete both degrees.
CORE Requirements (General Education)
|First Year Success Course or Transfer Success Course|
|FYS 101||FIRST YEAR SUCCESS COURSE||1|
|or TRS 101||TRANSFER SUCCESS 101|
|ENG 101||COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING||3|
|ENG 102||COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH||3|
|LIBS 201||WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE ( Transfer students with acceptable communication credit may be exempt from this requirement.)||3|
|Ideas Across Disciplines|
|3 credits in coursework categorized as Ideas.||3|
|Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts|
|9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies||9|
|MATH 110||QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above)||3|
|One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab). (Not applicable for science majors)||7-8|
|9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies||9|
|6 credits from coursework categorized as Experiential Learning.|
|Total Credit Hours||41-42|
These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:
- Students must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours.
- Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
- Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
- Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
- Students may transfer in no more than 70 credit hours from community colleges.
- Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
- Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
- Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)