Howard University Is Offering a New Bachelor’s / Juris Doctorate Dual Degree Program

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.”

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  1. This so-called new BA/JD is nothing to be boasting about in any capacity. It just shows Wayne Frederick’s continued sub par decision making at Howard. Frederick should have been fired years ago for his administrative malfeseance (in my opinion). Frederick has literally turned Howard University into a perpetual employment agency for Caribbean and African immigrants. What’s wrong with this picture? For those who dissent, show me where any university on the continent of Africa or in the Caribbean where you see scores of native born Black Americans are gainfully employed in those given areas. I rest my case!

    • Even though I’m a Caribbean immigrant, I agree with your comment.

      Problem is, most African-Americans keep voting in federal elections for politicians who champion or promote open border policies.

      If you think there are too many African and Caribbean students and faculty at HBCUs and other American universities, what about Asian and Hispanic immigrants? There are many more of them competing with native-born Americans for academic opportunities in this country.

  2. You’re partially correct about the Congressional “Immigrant” Caucus (I mean
    Black Caucus) blind support of inherently flawed immigration policies. Regarding the number of Asian and “Latinos” attending and working at HBCUs pales in comparison to African and Caribbean immigrants. Further, I’m not concerned about the number of Asian and Latinos at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier PWIs.

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