A newly-signed agreement between Johnson & Wales University (JWU) and Roger Williams University School of Law (RWU Law) provides a pathway for JWU students to complete undergraduate and law studies in 6 years. The “3 + 3” program becomes the first agreement of its kind between a Rhode Island university and RWU Law.
Fast-Track to a Law Degree
Under the terms of the articulation agreement, JWU students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Liberal Studies program — and who meet specific academic criteria — will be able to apply for admission to RWU Law’s Juris Doctor (JD) program during their third year of studies.
Those accepted will earn their JWU degree by successfully completing first-year classes at RWU Law. In addition, those students will save one year’s tuition by completing their studies in 6, rather than 7, years.
“The university is pleased to provide this opportunity to exceptional JWU students who see law school as instrumental to their future professional success,” said Angela Renaud, EdD, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “With an accelerated path toward this goal, it is in keeping with JWU’s spirit of combining robust academics with a pragmatic, professional approach to education.”
“We are very excited about this partnership with Johnson & Wales,” added Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of RWU Law. “It was a pleasure to work with the JWU team because our institutions share an innovative ethos and a commitment to controlling the spiraling cost to students of higher education. We look forward to having talented graduates of JWU obtain their law degrees at RWU Law while saving a year’s worth of tuition and living expenses.”
About Liberal Studies at JWU
Liberal Studies is one of 6 undergraduate majors offered in the School of Science & Liberal Arts, which is part of JWU’s College of Arts & Sciences.
JWU Liberal Studies majors acquire knowledge and experience in cultural studies, history, philosophy, the behavioral sciences, math, and science. Students are required to specialize in either general business or project management minors.