3+3 Juris Doctor at Villanova University School of Law

Villanova University and King’s College have arranged for the direct-entry admission of qualified King’s students to pursue a doctorate in law at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. 

There are two pathways for qualified students:

  • A 3+3 pathway in which King’s students spend three years at King’s and then three years at Villanova, with credits earned at the successful completion of the first year of law school transferring back to King’s to satisfy final graduation requirements.
  • A 4+3 pathway in which King’s students apply to Villanova in their senior year and matriculate at the School of Law after having graduated from King’s.

Benefits

  • Application fee waived
  • Preferred admission without the competition of the rest of the applicant pool
  • Guaranteed annual scholarship of $20,000 during three years of law school along with eligibility for traditional financial aid and scholarships

Qualifications

  • Completed at least three years of coursework (minimum 90 credits) at King’s College including all CORE requirements and the major courses required in the student’s field of study. Transfer students not eligible for the 3 + 3.
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.60 as calculated by King’s College.
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.60 as calculated by the Law School Admission Council.
  • Taken the Law School Admission Test [LSAT] no later than January of their junior year and earned a minimum score at or above the 75th percentile of the most recent class to matriculate at the School of Law.**
  • Obtained a strong recommendation from the King’s College Pre-Law Advisor
  • Interviewed successfully with the School of Law prior to receiving a final admission decision
  • Remained in good academic and disciplinary standing throughout their matriculation at King’s College
  • Met all of the fitness, character, and other criteria for admission required by the Office of Admission of the School of Law

**The official 75th percentile LSAT score is determined by the American Bar Association.  The 75th percentile for the 2019-2020 admission year is 161. The score threshold in effect during a student’s academic year of application to Villanova will apply.

How to Apply

The 3+3 Law Program is open to all King’s undergraduates. For details, call 570-208-5858, email admissions@kings.edu, or visit www.kings.edu/admission.

For more information on the 3+3 Law program, read the program flatsheet.