Students can get bachelor’s and J.D. in five years at the University of Dayton

The University of Dayton, in conjunction with its law school, has created a new fast-track program for undergraduate students who also want to pursue a law degree. 

Students who major in criminal justice or philosophy now have an option to save tens of thousands of dollars and two years of schooling under the five-year, fast-track program.  

"These fields are 'naturals' for pursuing a law degree," said Andrew Strauss, dean of the law school. "Much of law is applied philosophy. And for criminal justice studies students, law school is the most natural next step."

Students in Dayton’s Core Program, which admits 120 high-achieving undergraduates each year, are eligible for the program. The students will complete their first year of law school in their fourth year at the university and then move into the school’s accelerated two-year J.D. program.  

The school already has similar agreements with several other universities in Ohio: University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio; the University of Findlay (Ohio); Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio; and Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. 

When the American Bar Association (ABA) gave law schools the opportunity to offer an accelerated two-year law degree option, the University of Dayton was among the first to offer this opportunity.  

Additionally, in 2014, Ohio Supreme Court rule changes allowed students to apply to law schools after three years of undergraduate work.

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