Wayne Law Partnership
This arrangement is for students who can qualify for a Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) Degree with a minimum of 92 credits and meet the 3.4 GPA minimum. Once students apply and are approved by BIS then gain acceptance in Wayne Law's program, they then can use their successfully completed first year of law school towards the completion of their OU degree. To complete the degree they will need to successfully complete the BIS capstone course at Oakland University, HS 402 (Field Experience in Integrative Studies).
Students will be able to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years through a new partnership between Oakland University and Wayne State University Law School.
Traditionally, earning a bachelor’s degree followed by a law degree would total seven years. With this agreement announced October 2015, students will transfer 30 credits from courses at the law school back to Oakland to meet bachelor’s degree requirements.
How to apply
- Admission to BIS involves meeting with an Academic Adviser, Faculty Mentor and completing the BIS application. This includes a plan for how the remaining Oakland University credits of up to 90 credits will be taken. The application is then reviewed for final approval by the BIS Faculty Review Committee.
- Once students apply and are approved by BIS, they will later apply to Wayne Law.
- Wayne Law requires a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits for admission. Acceptance is done holistically relying heavily on LSAT scores and undergraduate grade point averages. Once admitted and the first year of law school successfully completed, students transfer their Wayne Law courses (30 credits) back to OU towards the fulfillment of their BIS degree requirements.
- To finish the BIS degree, students need to successfully complete the BIS capstone course at Oakland University, HS 402 (Field Experience in Integrative Studies).
Interested? Contact BIS at 248-370-3229 or firstname.lastname@example.orgTuition and fees will be paid to Oakland for classes taken there and to Wayne Law for classes taken at the law school.
“We are thrilled to work with Oakland University to offer their students this unique opportunity,” said Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson. “Being able to complete their undergraduate and legal education in a shorter timeframe will allow these students to get a jumpstart on their careers and begin making a difference as legal professionals even sooner.”
“Oakland University is proud to offer this partnership with Wayne Law,” said James P. Lentini, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Oakland. “Our students who are aspiring lawyers will be able to pursue their dreams more quickly. We also recognize that saving a year of college tuition will reduce the financial burden for these students.”
Susan Awbrey, Oakland’s senior associate provost adds: “It is a very exciting opportunity. Wayne Law has an excellent scholarship program that will be open to support students in the program. Oakland University welcomes this new opportunity to provide students an accelerated pathway to the legal profession.”
|Margaret E. Winters, provost and senior vice president at Wayne State University, said, “It will be a pleasure to welcome these well-prepared students from Oakland University to Wayne Law. They will be able to continue their education in a setting where they will be prepared for what we know will be rewarding careers.”|