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Both bachelor’s and JD degree can be earned in only 6 years under new program

Posted Jan 18, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Corrected: Amidst national criticism of the cost of obtaining a law degree, the University of Kansas is offering an option that eliminates a year of tuition.

Those who earn both their bachelor's degree and their juris doctorate from KU can do so in a total of six years, instead of the standard seven, reports the Lawrence Journal-World.

The program operates by allowing students to use first-year law school courses as elective credits to complete their bachelor's degrees, the article explains. To participate in the dual-degree program, individuals must apply before beginning college. The first students in the program will start in the fall of 2013 and must apply by Feb. 15.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "As Law School Applications Drop 13.7 Percent Nationwide, KU Sees a 19 Percent Increase"

Updated at 1:59 p.m. to correct the full name of KU to the University of Kansas.

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