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Robert Morris University Partners with The University of Akron to Offer Accelerated Law Programs

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pittsburgh, Pa – Robert Morris University signs agreement with The University of Akron’s School of Law to offer students the opportunity to earn their law degrees more quickly and economically with joint 3+3 Bachelor’s/Law Accelerated Degree Programs.

Enrolling in a 3+3 program, students will have the opportunity to complete both bachelor’s and law degrees in just six years instead of the seven years typically necessary to complete their undergraduate degree and juris doctor degree. The senior year of a student’s undergraduate studies will coincide with their first year at Akron Law, allowing participants to earn their undergraduate degrees from RMU after their first year of law school studies at Akron Law.

"Robert Morris University is extremely proud to be partnering with The University of Akron's School of Law in an accelerated 3+3 degree program,” said Provost and Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs David L. Jamison, J.D. “Providing a quicker and more economical path to completion of both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in just six years is consistent with maximizing educational and career pathways for today's students.”

He continued, “We feel that Robert Morris students will be well prepared for the exceptionally high quality legal education that they will receive at Akron Law, and will, as graduates, be a credit to both institutions."

The Ohio Supreme Court approved rule changes in July 2014 allowing eligible students to enter law school after just three years of undergraduate course work. The program can save eligible students up to one year of tuition and fees.

Akron Law Dean Matthew J. Wilson commented that these “accelerated programs will better enable us to assist students who are interested in the law by reducing their financial burden, enhancing their educational options, and working with them earlier in the process.”  He noted that Robert Morris University is a “welcome partner as it strives to provide opportunities and distinct career pathways for their students.”    

Under the agreements, students at RMU will transfer the first year of credits from classes taken at Akron Law back to their home institution. This will enable the students to obtain their bachelor’s degree. They will then have two years left to complete their J.D. at Akron Law.  

Students can apply for the program immediately by visiting rmu.edu/Academics/ELSAP.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Through 49 undergraduate and 35 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 45 states and 41 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.