Accelerated B.A./J.D. Program

ba-jd

Admission

The six-year integrated sequence leads to both the B.A. in Art History and J.D. degrees. If you wish to complete this program, you must identify yourself to the art history division as an art major who wishes to complete the accelerated program.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply to NIU's College of Law under the special provisions of this program if you:

  • are an undergraduate majoring in art history
  • have completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.25

As part of the application to the College of Law, applicants must take the LSAT and receive a score above the 50th percentile of the previous year's matriculating law class. Applicants are advised to take the LSAT and submit their application to the College of Law no later than February of their junior year. Admission will be on a competitive basis, and the likelihood of admission will depend on the number and quality of applicants to the program, the number and quality of applicants to the College of Law in general, as well as other factors normally considered in admissions decisions by the College of Law.

Curriculum

You must complete all the requirements for the art history B.A. degree as well as all general education requirements (90 credit hours in total) by the end of your junior year. Beginning with the first semester of your senior year, you will start taking classes at the College of Law. These courses will count toward the final 30 credits of your undergraduate degree. The final two years of the program will follow the standard College of Law timetable.