Accelerated B.A./J.D. Program with Albany Law School

The Sage Colleges and Albany Law School have partnered to offer a 3+3 Accelerated Law School program for entering first year students and rising sophomore students who meet certain requirements. Selected students start at Albany Law School after their junior year at Russell Sage or Sage College of Albany. They receive a bachelor's degree from Sage at the end of their first year at Albany Law School, spend the normal three years there, then receive a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree.

Who should apply to the six year program?

Students must be superior prospects to qualify for this program. The admission committees at both Sage and Albany Law School use grade point average, class rank, SAT scores, and an essay or writing sample as criteria for admission.

The Sage Colleges and Albany Law School consider students with 1250 or above on the SAT and rank in the upper 10% of high school graduating class.

Students may seek admission to the accelerated law program after completion of their freshman year at college. In this case, students must have maintained an excellent GPA during their first year of college level study in addition to the SAT and class rank requirements above.

The standards for admission to the 3+3 Program are higher than for ordinary admission so that failure to be accepted does not mean that you should not plan to go to law school.

How do you apply?

Entering first year students should tell the admissions counselor with whom they speak that they wish to apply to the 3+3 accelerated law program with Albany Law School. The admissions counselors will screen the admissions material and, if appropriate, send them to Albany Law School for a final decision.

Students seeking to apply to the 3+3 program at the end of their first year at Sage should contact Professor Pamela Katz (244-2067) about their intention to apply.

What do you need to do to stay in the program?

Students in the Accelerated Law program must choose a major that, along with general education courses, can be completed in three years at Sage. The Pre-Law Advisor can help you select a major that works for the program.

Students accepted into the 3+3 program must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 during the three years of undergraduate study at Sage. In addition, students must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and achieve a score no lower than the median LSAT score for the prior year's entering class at Albany Law School.