Fairfield-based Sacred Heart University has teamed with Newark, N.J.-based Seton Hall University School of Law on a new program that allows qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree at Sacred Heart and a Juris Doctor degree at Seton Hall Law in six years instead of seven years.
The new “3+3 program” will enable Sacred Heart University undergraduates to earn their degree in a three-year, 90-credit stretch, with the remaining 30 undergraduate credits to be completed during the first year of law school at Seton Hall Law. Sacred Heart students who are admitted to the joint program and meet the LSAT and GPA requirements will automatically be considered for the Seton Hall Law Presidential Scholarship.
Tuition for the duration of the program spent at Sacred Heart will be the same charged to other students in Sacred Heart programs, although tuition will not be charged by Sacred Heart for the fourth year of the 3+3 program. Tuition for the three years of study at the Seton Hall Law will be the same as the tuition charges to students enrolled in the regular curriculum there.
“We are very excited about this addition to our program offerings,” said John J. Petillo, president of Sacred Heart who is also an alumnus of Seton Hall and former Seton Hall chancellor and CEO. “It will be a great option for those students who know they want to go on to law school after college and can commit to the accelerated pace. They will save money and earn their JD more quickly than they would going the traditional route.”