Coe College, Iowa College of Law partner with 3+3 program

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2014-05-07 12:31:45 - General

Coe College students will have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years thanks to a new partnership with the University of Iowa College of Law.

Beginning this fall, the cooperative 3+3 program will allow qualified undergraduates from Coe admission to the College of Law after the conclusion of their junior year. Credits earned during the first year of law school at Iowa, which would have been their senior year at Coe, will also apply to their undergraduate degrees. At the end of their fourth year of study, the students in the program will receive their bachelor's degrees along with their classmates from Coe, while also having a year of law school completed.

Under the innovative program, Coe students can earn their undergraduate and law degrees faster than the normal seven years, thereby saving a year of tuition and associated costs. As an additional benefit, program graduates will have a one-year head start on their law careers.

"We are excited and proud to have Coe College as a partner institution to launch our new 3+3 program," said Gail Agrawal, dean of the University of Iowa College of Law. "From our experience with Coe graduates who have successfully completed our program over the years, we know they are well prepared to excel in law school."

Louie J. and Ella Pochobradsky Associate Professor of Business Administration David Hayes, a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, serves as Coe's pre-law student advisor. Hayes says the program will enhance the long-standing relationship between the college and the law school.

"As both a graduate of Coe and the University of Iowa College of Law, I am pleased the two institutions were able to creatively seek a new avenue that will help students acquire a first-class education for less time and expense," said Hayes. "Scores of Coe alumni have continued their education at the Iowa College of Law, and this step enhances that relationship."

The liberal arts education and co-curricular activities available at Coe provide excellent preparation and support for students seeking to enter law school. Several members of Coe's faculty teach courses across many different disciplines, allowing an interested student the opportunity to explore a diverse and broad curriculum of law-based courses. To help ensure students interested in law are well prepared, Coe faculty offer advice about classes, host events with campus recruiters from law schools, provide preparation for the LSAT, and give guidance to students as they evaluate law schools.

Pre-law students at Coe benefit from Coe's Writing Across the Curriculum program, which prepares them for the rigorous writing expectations of law school. Students may also take advantage of the multiple internship opportunities available in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area. Recently, Coe students have interned with laws firms, the federal public defender's office, non-profit organizations and compliance offices of large corporations.

Coe graduates have an excellent record of admission to leading law and professional schools. In recent years, Coe grads have been accepted at law schools such as the University of Iowa, Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, New York University, and Washington University.