WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University has announced a new deal with Penn State to get students a law degree in six years, three in Wilkes-Barre and three at the Penn State main campus at University Park.
The move shortens the time a student needs to get a juris doctor degree from seven to six years. Successful graduates end up with a bachelor’s from Wilkes and the doctorate from Penn State.
The program “offers a head start for those committed to a law career with the added incentive of cost savings by reducing the number of years of study needed on the path to an advanced degree,” Kyle Kreider said in a media release. Kreider is Wilkes’ pre-law adviser and associate professor of political science.
Students meeting academic requirements can apply for early acceptance to law school during their third year at Wilkes. They need to complete 75 percent of credits needed for their Wilkes degree while maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They must also score in the top 30 percent nationally on the Law School Admission Test, and must still meet Penn State’s law admission requirements.
The move comes on the heels of a similar deal announced March 16 between King’s College and Villanova University.