Historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., has announced the establishment of the bachelor of arts to juris doctorate (B.A.-J.D.) joint degree program. The new dual-degree program is open to incoming first-year students. The program will allow students to complete their bachelor’s and law degrees in six years instead of seven, providing a cost-effective path to an advanced degree.
Interested students are required to submit a 500-word essay on their interest in the joint degree program, and have stellar SAT or ACT scores, undergraduate GPA, strength in their high school course selection, a stand-out personal statement, and history of involvement in extracurricular activities.
“Since 1869, Howard University School of Law has empowered lawyers to become specialized advocates capable of serving their communities,” stated Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University. “In 151 years, the practice of law has expanded and changed, and Howard has evolved as well. Our B.A.-J.D. joint degree program will develop more lawyers with various disciplines from communications to sciences, focused on the growing issues that matter to all people, including Black people and the African diaspora.”