I am pleased to announce today that UC Hastings College of the Law has entered into an agreement with UC Santa Cruz to offer a new joint “3+3 BA/JD” program.
This program, the first of its kind in the University of California system, will enable UC Santa Cruz students to earn a bachelor's degree and law degree in six years instead of the usual seven.
I’d like to thank our faculty for their initiative. In particular, I commend the forward thinking of then Associate Dean Joel Paul, who first suggested this excellent idea.
UCSC began promoting the program in an announcement to their students earlier today, and I borrow here from their press release. "This is an exciting program that benefits both UCSC and UC Hastings, and provides a pipeline for highly motivated students interested in pursuing a career in law," said Herbie Lee, UCSC Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
Discussions for the UCSC-UC Hastings “3+3 Program” began last June when Sheldon Kamieniecki, Dean of UCSC's Division of Social Sciences, joined UC Hastings Professor Kelly Weisberg and UC Hastings Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman to host a meeting of UCSC and UC Hastings faculty and administrators to determine whether such a program was desirable and advantageous for both campuses.
"This is the kind of innovative program we need to be developing: one that provides a clear career path for qualified students while saving them time and money without any sacrifice of academic or professional rigor," said Kamieniecki.
UC Hastings faculty unanimously approved the proposal in December. UCSC's Academic Senate committees on Planning and Budget and Educational Policy similarly approved the proposal this month.
The UCSC-UC Hastings “3+3 Program” will be open to UCSC students from any UCSC major. There are no special undergraduate curricular requirements, and the proposal does not require any new majors, minors, or new UCSC courses. Students will apply to UC Hastings in the typical manner, although a year earlier than normal, including taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). A letter from UCSC's Legal Studies program coordinator will also be required.
-Frank H. Wu
Frank H. Wu
Chancellor & Dean