Six Years to a Law Degree

Clark Honors College & School of Law Launch New Program

Mar 30, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (April 11, 2016) – Today, the University of Oregon School of Law and Robert D. Clark Honors College announce a new program to help students earn their undergraduate and law degrees in just six years.

By accepting a qualified student’s first year course work for law school as their final year of undergraduate study, the new accelerated J.D. program shaves a full year of study from the typical 7-year path to a Juris Doctor.

“The partnership between the School of Law and Clark Honors College, two highly respected programs in Oregon and around the country, offers an outstanding opportunity for motivated and focused students to efficiently and affordably achieve their educational goals,” said Dean Michael Moffitt of the School of Law.

While there is no application form or prior commitment required to participate in the 3+3 program, interested students will need to be on track to finish their honors college and major requirements by the end of their junior year. Students will also be required to apply for admission to the School of Law in their third year of undergraduate study.

Dean Terry Hunt of the Robert D. Clark Honors College shared, "This program in partnership with Oregon Law will give forward-thinking students in the honors college the room to explore diverse interests at the undergraduate level rather than having to be laser-focused on aligning their coursework and extracurriculars for a competitive law school application. The result will be well rounded individuals, positioned to make significant contributions to our society and culture through this innovative academic partnership."

Students participating in the program will spend their first three years enrolled in undergraduate courses at the Clark Honors College fulfilling their general education requirements and the requirements of their chosen major(s)/minor(s). In the fourth year, participating students will be admitted to the School of Law and will begin law courses, which will also fulfill the student’s remaining undergraduate electives, (up to 48 elective credits). The Clark Honors College thesis will fulfill the School of Law’s writing requirement.


About the Robert D. Clark Honors College

The Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon is a highly competitive, small liberal arts college within a renowned research university.  The first four-year public honors program in the country, the Clark Honors College features small classes and close interaction between students and faculty. Made up of students from every department and school at the University —from architects and musicians to biology and business majors— classes are designed to foster intense and creative exchange among different approaches and viewpoints.

About Oregon Law

For more than 130 years, the University of Oregon School of Law has served the state, the nation, and the world through a constantly renewed commitment to excellence in scholarship, classroom teaching, and public service. Oregon Law is an American Bar Association accredited law school and the only public law school in the state of Oregon.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott Wilkinson, (swilkin@uoregon.edu; 541-346-1665) or Caitlyn Kari (cnk@uoregon.edu; 541-346-2005)