Why earn an accelerated bachelor's and J.D.?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Our unique program allows you to specialize in an undergraduate program while getting a jumpstart on law school. You complete both degrees in six years rather than seven — a big savings in time and money.

  • Program establishes direct route for students interested in pursuing law at undergraduate level.
  • All three programs are designed to prepare you for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), as well as equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in law school or in just about any career.
  • Students enrolled in any of the majors will develop skills including analytical reading, critical thinking and logic, advanced oral and written communication, problem solving, advanced research skills and argument formation.
  • All three majors emphasize legal processes and institutions that offer excellent preparation to students for law school.

Three Accelerated Law Degrees

You will complete the first three years of your undergraduate program in Criminal Justice, Philosophy, or Political Science. The fourth year of your undergraduate degree will double count credits and meet the Essential Studies Capstone requirement to help you complete your bachelor's while you begin your coursework for the J.D.

How the Accelerated Law Degree Works

Join the Law (accelerated Bachelor's/J.D.) program by applying as an undergraduate student and declaring to one of the three degrees listed above. Then you will need to contact the Pre-Law coordinator for your track to get advising and more information to complete your admission into the accelerated Law (3+3) program.

Legal Studies Minor

Supplement your education with a minor in Legal Studies and develop a deep appreciation of how law impacts several aspects of our daily lives. Learn more.

Accelerated Law Degree at UND

  • UND Law’s first-time North Dakota Bar Exam pass rate is 87%

  • The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies houses a library with a special collection of books and study aids specifically for pre-law students.

  • Join the Pre-Law Student Society to gain opportunities to engage with law faculty and alumni through the classroom, extensive office hours, advising, club participation, honor societies and regular social gatherings.

  • UND offers one of the most affordable university educations. North Dakota's only law degree and the upper midwest's only combined B.A. or B.S./J.D. degree now has become even more affordable with a 3+3.

  • Our professors are internationally recognized researchers and award-winning teachers in areas directly related to pre-law studies. We excel in philosophy of law, ethics, social and political philosophy, legal studies, logic and more.

Careers in Law


Median annual salary for Lawyer

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Predicted job growth from 2016 to 2026 for law related careers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

This program prepares graduates for a wide range of careers:

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Trust manager
  • Ethics and compliance officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Security officer
  • Police officer
  • Conflict resolution
  • Private practice attorney
  • Corporate counsel
  • State’s attorney
  • Criminal defense attorney
  • Public interest attorney

UND Law Alumni

Law alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Crowley Fleck Pllp
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • North Dakota Supreme Court
  • State of North Dakota
  • Conmy Feste, Ltd.

Law Courses