LawStart Frequently Asked Questions
Students in the LawStart program can ultimately save the equivalent of up to one year of undergraduate tuition and up to one year in time to dual degrees if admitted to Wayne Law by the end of their junior year. Because an undergraduate degree at Wayne State requires a minimum of 120 credits, this can amount to as much as a 25 percent tuition reduction for the bachelor’s degree.
Wayne State's LawStart program may be especially suited for students studying the social sciences or humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – fields within which the undergraduate requirements can accommodate up to 30 credits of elective coursework (that could be fulfilled by law school coursework) and fields within which undergraduates are often interested in legal and/or social issues. However, students planning careers in law sometimes choose majors in a wider range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines than one might imagine. For instance, a chemistry major interested in patents and patent law may be as interested in LawStart as a philosophy, political science, or criminal justice major. Thus, we encourage students from any major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to apply to the program.
To qualify for admission to the LawStart program, students must first meet a cumulative GPA requirement of 3.5 or better in college-level coursework after completion of at least 24 credit hours, but no more than 64 credit hours, at Wayne State University. The student’s major advisor must also confirm that the student is able to finish their major, college and general education requirements by the end of their third full-time year (or, approximately 90-100 credits).
The deadline for the first round of LawStart applications will be January 8, 2017. Please visit the Application for LawStart for more information.
Yes, transfer students are eligible to apply once they are enrolled at Wayne State and have completed at least 24 credits of coursework at Wayne State.
No. There will be a call for applications to LawStart every fall semester. Undergraduate students already enrolled at Wayne State will be eligible to apply for the LawStart Program in their sophomore year, or upon completion of at least two full-time semesters and at least 24 but no more than 64 undergraduate credits.
LawStart is a highly competitive program. Only 10-15 students will be accepted into the program each year.
The first round of acceptance decisions will be made by mid-March 2017.
No. Admission to LawStart does not guarantee eventual acceptance by Wayne Law, which requires a separate application during the junior year of college. Thus, admission to the LawStart program is not a guarantee of admission to Wayne State's Law School. LawStart students must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and meet the minimum requirements that the Wayne Law admissions committee establishes for incoming law students, as well as other admissions requirements, before they will be admitted to the Law School.
If a LawStart student is denied admission to Wayne Law, he or she can still finish their bachelor’s degree and reapply to law school the next year.
What does the curriculum look like in a LawStart student’s fourth year (i.e., the first year of law school)?
The curriculum that would double-count for the student’s remaining elective credits of undergraduate coursework (up to a maximum total of 30 credits) and the first year of law school is the Law School Year One curriculum (“L1”).
Required First Year (L1) Law Courses
Civil Procedure A: 3 semester credit hours
Civil Procedure B: 3 semester credit hours
Constitutional Law I: 3 semester credit hours
Contracts A and B: 6 semester credit hours
Criminal Law: 3 semester credit hours
Legal Research and Writing: 4 semester credit hours
Property: 4 semester credit hours
Torts: 4 semester credit hours
Yes, depending on how many credits are required for a student’s major. However, a LawStart student may have to commit to a full-time spring/summer semester to finish all requirements.
No. All major, college or general education requirements must be completed prior to starting at Wayne Law.
Undergraduate students can remove themselves from the LawStart track and simply finish their undergraduate degrees, if they desire to do so. Any credit hours earned through the Wayne Law (for which students earned a passing grade) will be applied to the student’s undergraduate degree. If they do finish their undergraduate requirements in an accelerated period of time, students who decide not to go to law school may be eligible for other AGRADE (accelerated MA/MS) programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
To receive a satisfactory annual review by the LawStart committee, students must stay on pace to complete their undergraduate coursework in three years (plus spring/summer semesters, depending on the students' major selection). LawStart students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. LawStart students must take the LSAT no later than midway through their final year of solely undergraduate study and apply for Wayne Law admission by the winter semester of their junior year. They must also participate in LawStart enrichment activities on a regular basis.
Any student failing to meet the program requirements specified above may be removed from the LawStart program at the discretion of the LawStart selection committee. Any student removed or withdrawn from the program will be required to complete all of their remaining requirements for graduation within the school/major in order to attain their bachelor’s degree.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is responsible for administering the LawStart program. CLAS works closely with the Honors College, Wayne Law, and individual departments to select and advise LawStart students. LawStart enrichment activities may be organized by other schools and colleges at times.
Most likely, but we do not have complete information on this yet.
During their three undergraduate years in Wayne State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, LawStart students will pay tuition and fees to Wayne State at the undergraduate rate. Starting with the fourth year, upon admission to law school and when students begin courses at Wayne Law, students will pay tuition and fees at the Law School rate. Beginning with the fourth year, financial aid will be calculated in accordance with the Law School’s then-current student eligibility policies.
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