Kentucky Wesleyan College announces an exciting partnership with the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. A new innovative 3+3 Accelerated Law Program will allow Wesleyan students to obtain a juris doctorate no more than six years after their high school graduation. Students in the following academic majors will enroll as undergraduates at Wesleyan through their junior year: accounting, business administration, criminal justice and criminology, English, history, legal studies or political science. In their fourth year of study, those admitted to the Brandeis School of Law will fulfill their senior year of undergraduate study and earn their bachelor’s degree by completing their first-year of law school. Two years later, they will receive their juris doctor degree from UofL. The program allows a student to receive both their undergraduate and law degrees with one less year of coursework and expense than is typical, allowing them to begin their legal careers one year sooner.
“Kentucky Wesleyan College has a rich history of producing graduates who have had distinguished careers in law and/or who have made lasting contributions to justice,” said Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell. “These persons include, but are certainly not limited to, former United States Supreme Court Justice Stanley F. Reed. I applaud the innovative approach to legal study demonstrated by the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law and Dean Susan Duncan for their efforts to make an elite legal education even more accessible and affordable. I am also proud that Kentucky Wesleyan is the first college or university in Kentucky to collaborate with the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in this way. As a graduate of the Brandeis School of Law myself, I know first-hand the caliber of legal education our students will receive there.”
Brandeis School of Law Dean Susan Duncan remarked, “The Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville is thrilled to partner with Kentucky Wesleyan in this exciting program. The 3+3 Accelerated Law Program offers a way for motivated students to jump-start their legal careers, and we are so excited to see some of the brightest minds from Kentucky Wesleyan enter our law school one day. This partnership is a positive step for both of our schools and for Kentucky and the legal profession as a whole. On a personal note, as a proud Brandeis Law alumna myself, I’m so happy to work with another Brandeis Law grad, Kentucky Wesleyan President Bart Darrell.”
President Darrell also remarked, “I want to thank the Brandeis School of Law, under Dean Duncan’s leadership, for recognizing the outstanding faculty and students we have at Kentucky Wesleyan College. I also want to recognize the faculty here at Kentucky Wesleyan for their innovation and commitment to our students, which enabled us to forge this seamless partnership. Thanks to their hard work and collaboration, our students will now have the opportunity to enter the legal profession with a savings of one full year of tuition, room and board, while also enabling them to begin their professional careers a full year earlier than they would otherwise. These continue to be exciting times here at Kentucky Wesleyan College.”