Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law to Offer Dual Degree Program

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3+3 program includes three years at Johnson C. Smith University and three years at Charlotte School of Law to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor degree.

A collaborative effort between Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will enable students to attend three years at Johnson C. Smith University and three years at Charlotte School of Law to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor degree. The 3+3 program has been approved by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to begin in fall 2012.

High-performing JCSU students with an interest in law will be recruited to be a part of the program. A special information session to outline the expectations and requirements will be held for students and parents and an advising agreement signed prior to a student entering the program. Candidates are required to have a minimum SAT score of 900 and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Students will follow a curriculum pace that allows them to complete JCSU degree requirements minus the major electives. Those include JCSU’s introduction to legal studies and LSAT preparation. At the end of their junior year, qualified students may enter the law program at CharlotteLaw. Participating first-year students at CharlotteLaw must meet minimum GPA requirements to remain in good academic standing. Full credits required for graduation from Johnson C. Smith must be completed by the end of August following the first year of law school. Graduates from the program will receive two degrees – one from Johnson C. Smith University and one from Charlotte School of Law.

“Johnson C. Smith University endeavors to produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, and learn independently as well as collaboratively,” said JCSU President Ronald Carter. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Charlotte School of Law in a program that combines a quality liberal arts education with a concentrated study in the field of law, so our graduates will be well prepared for successful careers.”

The collaborative relationship between the two institutions may include joint research activities and publications, applications for research funding, co-sponsorship of seminars, and sharing of course materials and curriculum.

“We are continuously looking for new ways to improve the post-graduate academic experience for our students and we’ve found that in this 3+3 partnership with Johnson C. Smith University,” said Denise Spriggs, interim dean of Charlotte School of Law. “Students who relish the opportunity to challenge themselves will find that in our partnership with Charlotte’s oldest and most-established university.”

The two institutions share a mission to serve the community and reach out to diverse cultures. Charlotte School of Law believes strongly that tomorrow’s leaders must reflect and interact effectively with an eclectic collective of people and cultures. Consequently, the school places strong emphasis on serving the underserved through community service and pro bono work in an inclusive environment that fosters a demanding yet supportive educational setting for a richly diverse community.
Similarly, Johnson C. Smith University provides an outstanding education for a diverse group of talented and highly motivated students from various ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographical backgrounds. A majority of students are heavily involved in community service.

About Johnson C. Smith University
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to nearly 1,500 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.        

About Charlotte School of Law
Charlotte School of Law, fully accredited by the American Bar Association, offers a student-centered orientation that focuses on the hands-on learning needed to equip graduates with leadership, management and interpersonal skills needed for career success. As the only law school in North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte School of Law offers full-time and part-time day programs as well as an evening part-time program for working professionals. On the Web at

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