The Honors College offers two paths for aspiring lawyers. Our partnership program with USC’s School of Law grants Honors College students automatic admission. Honors students can also take advantage of our fast-track BA (BS)/JD degree program, which combines undergraduate and law school credits so that students can earn a law degree in just six years.
USC Law School Admission Partnership Program
Our partnership program means that qualified Honors College graduates are automatically admitted to USC Law School, provided that they meet the character and fitness standards for admission.
- graduate with a 3.5 GPA with honors from the Honors College
- an LSAT score of at least 158
- a letter of support from the Dean of the Honors College
All applicants will be eligible for scholarship review. Residents who earn a 160 or higher on their LSATS will receive financial support of at least $5,000 per year. Nonresidents who earn a 160 or higher on their LSATS will receive substantially reduced tuition.
Six-Year BA (BS)/JD Degree
Our six-year BA (BS)/JD degree combines credits to help you complete your undergraduate degree and law school in only six years, saving time and money by shaving a full year off your total school time.
Students who want to take advantage of this program usually start planning at the beginning of their sophomore year. Students must be able to complete their undergraduate program, including their senior thesis, by August of their fourth year (the first year of law school). Up to nine credit hours of a student’s law program may be counted toward his or her undergraduate degree.
All students in good standing in the Honors College and on track for graduation with Honors are eligible to apply. To be competitive for admission, students need to:
- have considerable advanced standing credits (24 hours) or be willing to attend summer school
- earn a score of at least 160 on the LSAT
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.5
Students can apply the fourth year of their University and state (LIFE and Palmetto) scholarships toward their first year of Law School.