Program objectives for a B.A./J.D. in Philosophy are to: (a) provide training in analytic and logical thinking, (b) learn how to read difficult texts and assess arguments, (c) conduct research, develop arguments, and present them clearly in speech and writing, (d) learn logical and analytic reasoning in preparation for the LSAT, (e) explore contemporary legal, political, and moral issues that are pertinent to legal professionals.
Note: While the combined BA/JD program is designed to accelerate the time to graduation, enrolling in the 3+3 program at the BA level does not automatically grant admission to the JD program. All admission decisions are based upon a holistic assessment of all application materials submitted. If admitted, 3+3 students will start as first-year law students at the beginning of what would have been their senior year. These students will complete their upper-division philosophy electives by taking first-year law school courses: Legal Methods 1, Legal Methods 2, Torts 1. They will complete their upper-division electives by taking Civil Procedure 1, Civil Procedure 2, Property 1, Property 2, Contracts 1, Contracts 2, Criminal Law. Unsuccessful applicants will complete their undergraduate degree in philosophy as seniors, and may apply to law school following the usual timeline and procedures.