Shimer College

BA to JD Program in Chicago

Shimer students master the art of dialogue, and have highly-refined reading and analytical skills, making them uniquely suited and prepared for a law school after studying liberal arts.

Shimer College has an accelerated B.A. to J.D. Great Books + Law Program with two law schools: Chicago-Kent College of Law and Vermont Law School. Chicago-Kent is noted for its programs in legal writing, trial advocacy, intellectual property law, and labor and employment law. Vermont Law School specializes in environmental law and policy.

The accelerated B.A. to J.D. program 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. in Social Sciences degree, including all required comprehensive examinations and a Senior Thesis. The joint program may be completed in six years: the Shimer B.A. will be awarded after the fourth year and the J.D. after the sixth year.

Applications for the B.A. to J.D. Program will be reviewed by the Academic Planning Committees of Shimer College and the Admission Committee of the Law School. Office. 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. 

Application to the B.A. to J.D. program can be made in the Sophomore or Junior year at Shimer.

For details about the application process contact Academic Affairs.

For inquiries concerning law school and law school admissions in general, contact James Bowers, Dean of Admissions, who, as a former attorney and law school admissions professional, serves Shimer as our on-campus pre-law advisor.

 

Information about the Shimer College-Chicago Kent College of Law Great Books + Law Program

B.A. to J.D. students are guaranteed admission to Chicago-Kent College of Law provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.4 in all undergraduate work attempted
  2. Take the LSAT exam by February of the third undergraduate year and obtain a minimum score of 150
  3. Complete a law school application by March 15 of the third undergraduate year
  4. Complete all degree requirements for Shimer B.A in Social Sciences degree with the exception of 30 elective credits
  5. Complete Shimer College B.A. to J.D. application and approval by the Academic Planning Committee
  6. Maintain a record that the Chicago-Kent College of Law Director of Admissions determines to be consistent with the character and fitness requirements of the law school and the bar examining authorities. 

Information about the Shimer College-Vermont Law School Great Books + Law Program 

B.A. to J.D. students are guaranteed admission to Vermont Law School provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.3 in all undergraduate work attempted
  2. Take the LSAT exam by October of the third undergraduate year and obtain a minimum score of 155
  3. Complete a law school application by March 1 of the third undergraduate year
  4. Complete all degree requirements for Shimer B.A in Social Sciences degree with the exception of 30 elective credits
  5. Complete Shimer College B.A. to J.D. application and approval by the Academic Planning Committee
  6. Maintain a record that Vermont Law School Director of Admissions determines to be consistent with the character and fitness requirements of the law school and the bar examining authorities.