The accelerated B.A. to J.D. program offered jointly by Shimer College and Chicago-Kent College of Law offers students the opportunity to pursue an exceptional liberal arts education followed by a law curriculum that encourages and develops each student’s individual strengths.
Students in the joint B.A. to J.D. Program may accelerate their studies by substituting their first-year law school courses for the final 30 credits of Shimer electives. The Shimer B.A. degree will be awarded upon completion of the first year of law school provided that the student has fulfilled all of the other requirements for the B.A. degree, including all required comprehensive examinations and a Senior Thesis.
The joint program may be reasonably completed in six years: the Shimer B.A. will be awarded after the fourth year and the Chicago-Kent J.D. after the sixth year. Students interested in pursuing the six-year program should work closely with their advisors to ensure the appropriate courses are taken in the proper sequence. Qualified Shimer students who wish to defer enrollment at Chicago-Kent until they have completed all requirements for their Shimer degree will be permitted to do so. Any student who is admitted to the Chicago-Kent College of Law will be considered for scholarship awards from Chicago-Kent, but Chicago-Kent is not obligated to continue any financial aid awarded by Shimer to undergraduate students.
Applications for the B.A. to J.D. Program will be reviewed by admission committees from Shimer and Chicago-Kent as well as the Shimer College Dean’s Office.
Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:
- A high school GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale)
- An ACT composite of 26 or an SAT score of 1800
Application to the B.A. to J.D. program can be made in the Sophomore or Junior year at Shimer.