Bachelor's Degree And Law School In Just Six Years?

Sep 10, 2015

The law school on Roger Williams University's Bristol campus.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

That's what Johnson & Wales University and Roger Williams Law School have teamed up to offer. The two universities announced a new articulation agreement on Thursday, which would allow students to enter law school after their junior year of college.

The program, available to students in JWU's liberal studies major, provides a Bachelor of Science  upon successful completion of the first year of law school at RWU. The universities are touting it as "the first agreement of its kind between a Rhode Island university and RWU Law."

JWU officials say the agreement is in keeping with their "pragmatic, professional approach to education," pointing out it will save students a full year of undergraduate tuition. It may also help RWU fill more seats in the law school, which saw a drop in applications during the Recession.

The downward trend was felt at law schools across the country, but RWU took an unusual step to lower tuition in 2014. RWU officials have said they kept law school classes smaller, rather than lower the bar for acceptance.