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NKU expanding early-enrollment program for Chase College of Law, adds EKU to its accelerated program

Northern Kentucky University is expanding an early-enrollment program at Salmon P. Chase College of Law to reach more students in Kentucky.

The Chase 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, which combines a final year of undergraduate study with a first year of law school, is now available to undergraduate students at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), as well as those at Northern Kentucky University and two institutions in Kentucky and Ohio.

“We are pleased to add EKU to our group of university partners in the 3+3 program at NKU’s Chase College of Law. This program is designed to enable talented students seeking a law degree to streamline the time and financial burden of completing their undergraduate and law school programs, a wonderful means of easing the financial challenge for top talent to enter the legal profession,” said Gerard St. Amand, NKU interim president.

The Chase 3+3 program – named for three years of undergraduate studies and three years of law school – allows eligible students to reduce their education costs by applying their first year of courses at Chase to both a bachelor’s degree at their undergraduate college and a law degree. Expansion of the Chase program to Eastern Kentucky University offers an additional pathway for highly motivated students to enter Chase.

“The 3+3 program allows students to pursue new levels of academic achievement with a seamless transition to the many experiences that make Chase graduates great lawyers,” Lawrence Rosenthal, Chase co-acting dean, said. “By completing undergraduate and law degrees one year sooner than is traditional, they can accelerate their career goals with the outstanding classroom instruction and exceptional experiential-learning programs available at Chase.”

For NKU and EKU, the program links two Kentucky public universities located about 100 miles from each other.

“Throughout our history, countless attorneys throughout Kentucky and beyond have found an undergraduate degree at Eastern to be terrific preparation for law school and successful careers,” Michael Benson, EKU president, said. “This exciting, new partnership with Chase helps ensure that this proud tradition will continue for generations to come.”

Undergraduate students who wish to apply to the Chase 3+3 Accelerated Law Program must have enough credits toward a baccalaureate degree by the end of their junior year to allow first-year courses at Chase to be counted as electives for completion of an undergraduate degree and toward a law degree. Students receive bachelor’s degrees from their undergraduate colleges after successfully completing their first year at Chase. 
Combining the final year of undergraduate school with a first year at Chase allows students to obtain both degrees in six years, instead of the traditional seven. Other institutions that are partnered with Chase in the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program are Thomas More College, in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, and Mount St. Joseph University, in Cincinnati.

For information online about Chase and the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, visit nku.edu/chaselaw.

From Nothern Kentucky University

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