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Mount St. Joseph University adds Third Option for Law Degree

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By: Kathleen Cardwell

File Under: 3+ dual degree program, graduate degree, graduate programs, law degree, university of dayton

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH UNIVERSITY NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cincinnati, OH (November 17, 2017) -- Mount St. Joseph University has finalized a third option for its students to pursue their law degree – this time with the University of Dayton School of Law.

The agreement offers MSJ students the choice of completing both their undergraduate and J.D. degrees in five or six years, instead of the customary timeframe of seven years to complete both degrees. Either completion path offers the potential to save students a minimum of approximately $33,000, based on current tuition rates at both institutions. Potential eligibility to earn a $10,000/year scholarship makes the 3+ dual degree program an even smarter finanical decision for MSJ students who want to pursue a law degree.

Leaders at the Mount and University of Dayton School of Law are very pleased with this agreement.

“It is fantastic to be able to offer such a compelling option for our students who want to pursue a law degree. With the substantial scholarships being offered by the University of Dayton School of Law, this is an incredible combination of opportunity and affordability,” said Diana Davis, Ph.D., provost at the Mount. “The reputation of the law school at the University of Dayton is outstanding, and we're eager to see this partnership flourish for the benefit of Mount students now and when they are law students at UD."

Students at the Mount interested in this option must score one point above the median for the UD law class in the year of their conditional admission. Other program requirements for students include two letters of reference from faculty and a 3.2 GPA by mid-point junior year at the Mount.

Leaders at the Mount and the University of Dayton also expect students will take notice of the intrinsic value of this agreement.

"We are pleased to offer this pathway for Mount St. Joseph University students interested in pursuing a legal education while continuing their Catholic higher education, as the University of Dayton Law School is the only law school at a Catholic University in the tri-state area," shared Paul Benson, Ph.D., provost at the University of Dayton. "I think the students from the Mount will find the same ethos at the University of Dayton, of being prepared to be critical thinkers as well as productive citizens and ethical leaders who are ready, willing and able to contribute to the greater good.

The Mount secured two other law school agreements earlier this year, with Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law and with University of St. Thomas law school in Minneapolis. Students at the Mount can also choose from several other 3+ dual degree programs, including a 3+2 program with Miami University, which results in a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in computer science.

Click to learn more about the Mount's 3+ dual degree partnership with the University of Dayton School of law, or contact Peggy Minnich, director of admission at 513-244-4531. For more information about this program from the University of Dayton School of Law, visit the program webpage or contact Claire Schrader, assistant dean and executive director of enrollment management and marketing, at 937-229-3555.

Mount St. Joseph University (www.msj.edu) is a Catholic academic community grounded in the spiritual values and vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity. The University educates its students through interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula emphasizing values, integrity, and social responsibility. Members of the Mount community embrace these values: excellence in academic endeavors, integration of life and learning, respect and concern for all persons, diversity of cultures and beliefs, and service to others.

The University of Dayton School of Law's mission and vision reflects our character and purpose, derives from our traditions, inspires our aspirations, and has important implications for how law is taught here and how you can expect to be treated as a student. As an integral part of the University of Dayton, a Catholic university founded by members of the Society of Mary in 1850, we share the University's commitment to serving others and offering an education that blends theory and practice. Like the University, we also highly value the role of faculty as teachers and mentors, as well as scholars.