3+3 Program

The UM School of Law and School of Engineering are offering a new accelerated, interdisciplinary program offering engineering students early admission to the public university's School of Law. Through the “3+3” law program, students in the general engineering pre-law program can be admitted into a fast-tracked bachelor of engineering and law degree program, trimming a full year off of the time it would take to earn both degrees independently. A joint degree in engineering (B.E.) and law (J.D.) offers graduates unique flexibility and the opportunity to pursue special areas offered at Ole Miss, such as intellectual property/patent law and LLM in air and space law. 

Why Law and Engineering?

It's time to start thinking differently about career paths.

An engineering program of study should be interesting and challenging, but never limiting.  An engineering degree provides students with a great academic foundation of skills that can be put to good use in many professions—one of those professions is law. 

Contrary to popular belief, law schools do not require a specific undergraduate major for admission.  In recent years, careers such as patent law have been in high demand and those with a scientific or engineering background have a distinct and significant advantage over their peers.  Among some of the most important skills a lawyer should possess are analytical, problem-solving and general research skills—all cultivated in an engineering curriculum.  Highly sought degrees held by patent lawyers are in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering. 

The UM School of Law offers the first and only LL.M. program in the U.S. offering a combined air and space law postgraduate law degree at an ABA accredited law school.  Many UM law students focus on topics from sports and entertainment law to intellectual property. In thinking about alternative and marketable career paths for engineers, consider the possible options of environmental, aerospace/aviation, energy or biomedical law at Ole Miss.

Curriculum

The 3+3 Program will give students the technical and legal education needed for unique career paths in law.  The School of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree, which is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain an understanding of engineering, scientific, and technical knowledge while allowing them to individualize their education.

Students in the accelerated 3+3 Pre-law program would take the same foundation courses as other engineering students.  Instead of a senior year in advanced study in a specific discipline of engineering, this degree program requires 33 credit hours --which will count as the first year of law school.

Timing

Students can consider the 3+3 Program before or while pursuing their undergraduate degree in Engineering.  Full time study for an engineering degree takes four to five years and a law degree takes three academic years.  Through the joint degree program, students are generally able to pursue both degrees in six years.  Current students can apply for the 3+3 after their sophomore year in the B.E. program.

Endorsements


Jim Greenlee This innovative program not only provides a saving to the gifted students through efficient use of their education dollars. It provides much more value to all, the students and the schools. The School of Engineering gains by providing the future legal support for the profession and its emerging advances. The School of Law is provided with top students of outstanding analytical ability to mold into leaders in law in this ever-advancing technological society. Jim Greenlee, a UM alumnus, former U.S. attorney general, and partner at Holcomb Dunbar in Oxford, (BE '74, JD '81)
Christy Lea My (chemical) engineering degree has been hugely beneficial to my patent litigation practice. I apply the problem-solving skills that I learned in engineering to my litigation matters all the time. If you can solve an engineering problem, you can solve anything. Christy Lea, a UM Alumnus and partner at Knobbe Martens in the firm’s Orange County, Calif. office, (BSChE '97 and J.D. in 2000 from Univ. of Texas)
Bill Clemmons Patent law continues to be one of the most attractive areas of specialization for attorneys. All licensed patent attorneys must have a technical background in engineering, math or science. This is an outstanding opportunity for Ole Miss engineering students, especially those interested in patent law, and I hope they take advantage of it. Bill Clemmons, a UM alumnus and senior patent attorney with Smith & Nephew Inc. in Cordova, Tenn., (BSME '79, and J.D. '85)

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must apply separately to each degree program.
  • Admission requirements for the school of engineering require standard American College Testing (ACT) math subscore of at least 20.  However, it is highly recommended that students have a strong math and science background.

All current engineering students must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in order to be considered for admission to the UM School of Law. Two of the primary factors considered in the admission process are performance on the LSAT and undergraduate grade-point average, as well as a personal statement and letters of recommendation.  Successful applicants should have an LSAT of 156+ and an undergraduate GPA (GPA calculated by law services and including all collegiate course work) of a 3.5+.

Scholarships

All applicants are given automatic consideration for entering, renewable scholarships for the UM School of Law.  Most of these scholarships are merit-based, but we also review applicants holistically based on academic excellence, contributions of diversity to the class, residency and special endowed scholarships.  Scholarships cover the cost of resident or nonresident tuition.

Advantages

  • Students would receive two degrees in less time than would be required if degrees were pursued sequentially
  • Different career opportunities would be available
  • Students can take advantage of tuition savings

Read news story released on 9/13/13 annoucing this new program! Pre-Law Emphasis Gives Engineering Majors Two Degrees in Six Years

3+3 Summary of Coursework

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Writing (WRIT 101) 3 Writing (WRIT 102) 3
Calculus I (MATH 261) 3 Calculus II (MATH 262) 3
General Chemistry I (CHEM 105) 3 General Chemistry II (CHEM 106) 3
Chemistry Lab I (CHEM 115) 1 Chemistry Lab II (CHEM 116) 1
Social Science 3 Computer Programming (CSCI 251) 3
Social Science 3 Engineering Graphics (ENGR 207) 1
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 14

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Calculus III (MATH 263) 3 Calculus IV (MATH 264) 3
Physics for Sci & Eng. I (PHYS 211) 3 Differential Equations (MATH 353) 3
Physics Lab I (PHYS 221) 1 Physics for Sci & Eng. II (PHYS 212) 3
Engineering Analysis I (ENGR 310) 3 Physics Lab II (PHYS 222) 1
Material Science (ENGR 313) 3 Engineering Mechanics (ENGR 309) 3
Humanities 3 Fine Arts 3
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Electric Circuit Theory (ENGR 360) 3 Elec. Circuit Thry. Lab (ENGR 361) 1
Engineering Leadership (ENGR 400) 1 Thermodynamics (ENGR 321) 3
Engr. Systems Anal. & Design (ENGR 330) 3 Engineering Elective 3
Engineering Elective 3 Engineering Elective 3
Humanities or Fine Arts 6 Social Science, Humanities, or Fine Arts 6
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Legal Research and Writing I (LAW 514) 3 Criminal Law (LAW 568) 3
Torts (LAW 502) 4 Civil Procedure (LAW 503) 3
Property (LAW 504) 4 Contract Negotiation & Drafting 3
Contracts (LAW 501) 4 Legal Research and Writing II (LAW 515) 3
TOTAL 15 Constitutional Law I (LAW 507) 3
Elective (TBD) 3
TOTAL 18