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Cooley Law School announces quicker path to a JD


Corrected: Cooley Law School is joining with Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., in announcing a “3 plus 3” program that will shorten the path to a law degree.

The program allows students in the final year of Oakland University’s integrative studies program to begin taking law school classes at Cooley in Auburn Hills, according to a press release. The law classes will count toward a degree at Oakland University.

The press release quotes associate dean John Nussbaumer of Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus. “Participating students will save a full year of tuition, room, board and books, and this will make law school more accessible and more affordable,” he said.

Cooley isn’t the first law school to announce such a program. A Google search shows several law schools are offering “3 plus 3” degrees, including the Stetson University College of Law, whose program was covered by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in April. Others, such as Northwestern Law School and Drexel University, offer an accelerated degree program in which students take more classes over a two-year period.

Third reference to the undergraduate university partnering with Cooley was corrected at 9:45 a.m. to read “Oakland University.”

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