Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has entered into a partnership with the Caruso School of Law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. The new 3+3 degree program allows for Tuskegee students to attend the first year of law school after finishing their junior year at Tuskegee, therefore earning a bachelor’s degree followed by a juris doctorate in six years instead of seven.
Under the terms of the agreement, qualified students from Tuskegee may apply to Caruso Law at the start of their junior year instead of their senior year. If they are accepted, they would begin attending law school during what would have been their senior year, and those first year law credits would also apply to the undergraduate record. Participating students from Tuskegee are eligible for Caruso Law HBCU scholarships of up to 50 percent of tuition and Caruso Excellence Scholarships which award full tuition.
“This is a unique partnership to provide a pathway to the legal profession for our students from Tuskegee University, to one of the best legal programs at Pepperdine,” said S. Keith Hargrove, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Tuskegee University. “Our collaboration represents two outstanding universities working together for students to complete a law degree and consider a variety of careers with a strong legal foundation and create a more diverse pool for the profession.”