Accelerated B.A./J.D. at Russell Sage College and Albany Law School

Russell Sage College 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.  They receive a bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage at the end of their first year at Albany Law School, spend the normal three years there, then receive a juris doctorate (J.D.) law degree.

Qualifications

Student must be superior prospects to qualify for this program.  The admission committees at both Russell Sage College 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 first 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; failure to be accepted into this extremely competitive program does not mean that you should not plan to enter Russell Sage with a plan to attend law school.

Admission

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 Russell Sage should contact Professor Pamela Katz (244-2067) about their intention to apply.

Requirements

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 Russell Sage College.  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.