OU/WSU partnership expands to include political science students pursuing bachelor’s, law degrees

OU/WSU partnership expands to include political science students pursuing bachelor’s, law degrees
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Oakland University President George Hynd and Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson shake hands following the 2015 signing of an agreement that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years. The program was recently expanded to include political science students.

Political Science majors at Oakland University can now earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years through the university’s existing partnership with Wayne State University Law School.

 

“Political Science’s participation in the partnership was just approved this semester,” said David Dulio, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Oakland University. “The department asked to participate in the partnership so we could offer students another option for completing their degree and moving on to law school that will save them both time and money.”

 

Traditionally, earning a bachelor’s degree followed by a law degree would take seven years. Under the terms of the agreement, OU students can shave a year off the traditional timeline and save close to $14,000 in tuition costs.

 

“Oakland University signed a partnership with Wayne Law that allow OU students in the Bachelor of Integrative Studies to take the combined six-year program,” said Susan Awbrey, Ph.D, senior associate provost at Oakland University. “The agreement allows expansion to other majors and we are very pleased that political science has elected to participate.”

 

To apply, Oakland University students must have completed a minimum of 75 credits in an approved undergraduate degree.

 

Students also must take the Law School Admission Test and meet all other Wayne Law admissions requirements.

 

During the fourth (senior) year at Oakland University, students will attend Wayne Law and will begin with the first two semesters of credits at Wayne Law (30 credits) transferring back to OU for completion of the bachelor’s degree.

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David Dulio, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Oakland University

 

“Political Science is a natural home for many students interested in going to law school because of the courses we offer,” Dr. Dulio said. “We offer a Judicial Politics course and a Law & Politics course, in addition to courses that give students an introduction into some of the topics they will encounter in law school – constitutional law as well as civil rights and civil liberties.

 

“Moreover, Political Science offers courses in topics that cover the lawmaking process as well as implementation of laws.”

 

Undergraduate tuition and fees will be paid to Oakland University and to Wayne State University for classes taken at the law school.

 

“Participating in this partnership through any of the three degree programs in our department – political science, international relations, or public administration and public policy – is a very efficient path for students who want to go to law school,” Dr. Dulio said.

 

Lance Gable, interim dean of Wayne Law, agreed.

 

“I’m extremely happy that we are expanding our partnership with Oakland University,” he said. “This program will allow more students to have the opportunity to get two degrees in a shorter time and at a lower cost.”

 

For more information about the partnership, contact David Lau at (248) 370-3229 or lau@oakland.edu. To learn more about OU’s Political Science Department, contact David Dulio at (248) 370-2523 or ddulio@oakland.edu.