Accelerated Law Program FAQ

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The following are some of the most common questions we get asked about our Accelerated Law Dual Degree Program through Lewis University and The John Marshall Law School.

How does this program work?
With our Accelerated Law Program, you will begin law school after your junior year of undergraduate studies at Lewis University. Your first year of graduate studies at The John Marshall Law School will count toward finishing your bachelor’s degree at Lewis.

So, I save an entire year?
Yes. That is a huge benefit of this program.

Why should I consider getting my JD with The John Marshall Law School?
  • Extraordinary mentorship and learning opportunities within the Chicago legal system
  • Nationally recognized program in trial advocacy
  • 92% of graduating students pass the Illinois Bar Exam on their first attempt
  • Their legal writing and intellectual property law programs are ranked among the very best in the nation
So, after my junior year of pre-law undergraduate studies, I’m in?
Your admission into The John Marshall Law School is not guaranteed. You must have completed all of your general education and academic major requirements, as well as have earned at least 99 Lewis University semester hours toward your bachelor’s degree. The John Marshall Law School will then evaluate your academic record before making their decision.

How does The John Marshall Law School make their entrance decisions?
The John Marshall Law School will carefully evaluate your academic record, LSAT score and faculty recommendations. Successful applicants for accelerated admission usually have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average and LSAT score at or above the median of college graduates accepted into their regular JD program. Currently, those medians are a 3.31 GPA and a 155 LSAT (out of a possible 180 LSAT score). The John Marshall Law School may also consider additional qualifications for entrance, including extracurricular work, community engagement, work experience and groups under-represented in the legal profession.

So, when exactly will I earn my bachelor’s degree?
After your successful completion of two full semesters at The John Marshall Law School, 29 of these semester hours will be applied as elective credit toward your Lewis degree, giving you 128 Lewis University semester hours and completing your bachelor’s program.

What if I am not accepted early into The John Marshall Law School?
Students who fail to meet this standard and receive early entrance may still qualify for The John Marshall Law School or another law school after traditional graduation from Lewis University.

What if I get accepted into The John Marshall Law School, but don’t complete the program?
If for any reason, you do not complete your program at The John Marshall Law School, you can apply for readmission at Lewis University to complete your bachelor’s degree. Any courses completed at The John Marshall Law School with a grade of “C” or above will transfer as elective credit back to Lewis. After receiving 128 Lewis University total semester hours, you will earn your bachelor’s degree.

What majors qualify as pre-law?
Certain majors and coursework may be more helpful in providing you with a base knowledge for law school success. But any major can qualify for our Accelerated Law Program. Completing your appropriate major and general education requirements before transfer to The John Marshall Law School is the key qualifier.

I’m a transfer student. Am I eligible for this Accelerated Law Program?
Yes. You simply must complete the program requirements, including 32 semester hours of residency at Lewis University and 12 semester hours of upper division coursework in your major at Lewis.

What’s my admission timeline into The John Marshall Law School?
For fall admission (August) into The John Marshall Law School, you should complete the application process by early January of your junior year. For winter admission (January), you should complete the application process by early September of your junior year. Contact your pre-law advisor for more details.

When should I take the LSAT?
Your pre-law advisor can help you better understand your timelines for the LSAT and prep courses. But, we recommend that fall applicants should take the LSAT by October of the year prior to enrollment at The John Marshall Law School. Winter applicants should take the LSAT by June of the year prior to enrollment at The John Marshall Law School. As a Lewis University student, you will automatically receive a discount off the Princeton Review’s LSAT Prep Course.

Is financial assistance available?
You are eligible to apply for and receive financial assistance through Lewis University throughout your active enrollment. Once you have been admitted and enrolled in the John Marshall Law School, you will no longer be eligible for Lewis financial assistance and will need to complete the financial aid process at The John Marshall Law School for additional support. Many Lewis University students have received scholarships to The John Marshall Law School through our award-winning Mock Trial program.

I have more questions. Who can I speak with to learn more?
Contact Dr. James Houlihan, Pre-Law Advisor at Lewis University, at (815) 836-5313 or at houlihja@lewisu.edu.

If you have any other questions, contact an admissions advisor at admissions@lewisu.edu or call (815) 836-5250.