Conditional Admission Requirements and Timeline | Junior Year Admission Requirements and Timeline

The University of Denver offers a Six-Year Bachelor/JD Program that allows qualified students to complete their Bachelor and JD degrees in six years instead of the regular seven. Students can apply for admission to this program in two ways:

  • Highly qualified high school seniors can apply for conditional admission to the program at the time they apply to the University of Denver for their undergraduate studies, and
  • DU Undergraduate students can apply to this program in their junior year.

Academic Program

Students in the Six-Year Bachelor/JD Program spend their first three years at DU fulfilling the requirements of their undergraduate major and their undergraduate distributional requirements and their final three years fulfilling the requirements of the JD degree.

Students will generally fulfill the requirements of their bachelor’s degree at the end of the fourth year in the program and the requirements of their JD degree by the end of the sixth year. Students accomplish this by applying their first year of legal studies (30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours) to their undergraduate elective courses.

Not all undergraduate programs at DU can be completed in 3 years. For this reason, engineering students are not eligible for this program. Other undergraduate units with specific academic requirements that cannot be completed in three years can also opt out of this program. Please check with your academic department to see if your intended program of study is eligible for this program.

Conditional Admission Requirements

High achieving students entering the DU undergraduate program as freshmen can apply for admission to the six-year program at the time of their undergraduate admission.

To be considered for admission to the program, students must have a very strong academic background. In addition to the undergraduate application, students also need to:

  • submit a JD application to the Denver Law Admissions Office
  • complete an interview with members of the Faculty Admissions Committee at Denver Law

Students admitted conditionally will be guaranteed admission to the law school provided that they meet the following 5 criteria:

  • Achieve an undergraduate GPA that is 0.1 point above the median GPA for the law class the year of their admission,
  • Achieve an LSAT score one point above the median LSAT for the law class the year of their admission,
  • Complete all of the requirements for their undergraduate major by the end of their junior year,
  • Be in good academic standing with the University, and
  • have no criminal arrests or convictions since the time of their conditional admission to the program.

Students who do not meet the conditional criteria will not be guaranteed admission to the JD program but can still apply through the Junior Year Admission process.

Conditional Admission Timeline

Students interested in applying for Conditional Admission to the Six-Year Bachelor/JD Program should keep this timeline in mind:

  • You should follow all the deadlines published by the Undergraduate Admission Office for undergraduate admission
  • You need to complete an academic audit at the end of your sophomore year to ensure that you are on track to fulfill your undergraduate requirements
  • You will need to take the LSAT no later than December of your junior year
  • You will need to submit your official transcripts to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) so that a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report can be sent to Denver Law

Junior Year Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the program in the junior year, students must:

  • Complete all of the requirements for their undergraduate major by the end of their junior year,
  • Be in good academic standing at the University,
  • Submit an online first-year JD application,
  • Take the Law School Admissions Test, and
  • Complete an interview with members of the Faculty Admissions Committee at Denver Law

Students who qualify and apply for Junior Year Admission will be evaluated based on the Denver Law admissions policy in effect during that year. Students who are denied admission to the dual program may still apply for regular admission to Denver Law during/after their senior year.

Junior Year Admission Timeline

Students interested in applying for Junior Year Admission should keep this timeline in mind:

  • Complete an academic audit at the end of your sophomore year to ensure that you are on track to complete all your undergraduate requirements by the end of your junior year.
  • Take the LSAT no later than December of your junior year.
  • Complete your application to Denver Law by January 10th.
  • The Faculty Admissions Committee will send out decisions to students by the end of January.