The Maryland Daily Record
November 27, 2017
The University of Baltimore School of Law and Notre Dame of Maryland University signed a matriculation agreement Monday that will allow Notre Dame students to start attending law school after their junior year of classes.Under the program, students would complete undergraduate and law courses within six years, instead of the typical seven years. Notre Dame students also will receive automatic acceptance to the UB Law if they meet certain application qualifications.
“I think that the important piece is that we are giving our students multiple options, different ways to accomplish their academic goals,” said Marylou Yam, president of Notre Dame. “I think that’s probably the biggest piece here.”
Under the agreement, students at Notre Dame can apply to the University of Baltimore School of Law on an early track. They must have already completed a certain portion of their undergraduate degree because their first year at law school will also be their last year as an undergraduate.
The credits students take over their first year of law school will transfer back to Notre Dame to complete their requirements for an undergraduate degree.
As students apply, if they have a grade point average of at least 3.35 and an LSAT score of 150, they will be automatically admitted to the law school. They can also have a grade point average of at least 2.75 and an LSAT score of 152. Students that do not meet those criteria will then be considered through the UB Law’s general admission pool.
“It’s all about accessibility and affordability,” said Victoria Schultz, associate dean for administration at the law school. “That’s really what the key is, for the kinds of students who are motivated and have a clear vision of what they want to do, it helps them achieve the goal in six years, instead of seven years. That saves you money and time.”