Campbell Law, Meredith Announce 3+3 J.D. Program

Campbell Law School and Meredith College recently announced the creation of an accelerated dual degree option for students who want earn an undergraduate and juris doctor degree in three years.

Under the 3+3 accelerated dual degree program, students at Meredith College, a private women’s college in Raleigh, N.C., can earn an undergraduate degree and a juris doctor from Campbell Law in six years rather than seven, saving time and money.

Participating students will spend three years at Meredith College, completing all general education requirements and the major coursework. In the fourth year, participants will begin their legal studies at Campbell Law. Credits earned during that year will complete the Meredith degree while also counting towards the law degree. Students can continue to live on campus at Meredith during this fourth year.

“This is a unique pathway for the top Meredith students to focus on law school early in their collegiate careers,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard.

Meredith College has a track record of preparing students for success in law school, according to Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo, Meredith’s pre-law adviser. Manzo will serve as the 3+3 program coordinator. 

“Meredith’s general education program, which requires writing intensive courses, information literacy, and oral communication, builds skills that law schools want and that prepare our students for success in any career,” said Manzo. “Meredith also has a vast network of alumnae who are practicing lawyers or students in law school who want to help our current students succeed.”

Meredith and Campbell Law School share characteristics that make this partnership attractive to students, according to the law school. Both schools offer small class sizes and supportive faculty, along with all the benefits of their location in the heart of North Carolina’s capital city.

Meredith Provost Matthew Poslusny said the new partnership with Campbell Law School underscores the College’s commitment to the professional preparation of its students.

“The 3+3 program partnership will allow our students to complete their law degree as seamlessly as possible,” said Poslusny. “Being able to attend a strong law school that is so near to where they have been obtaining their undergraduate degree seems like a perfect fit.”

In addition to the Meredith partnership, Campbell Law also has a 3+3 program in place for Campbell University undergraduates.