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College Catalog 2016-2017 
College Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law Early Admission Program (LEAP) with Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

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Elizabethtown College maintains an articulation agreement with Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Depending on a student’s major and academic goals, this program may function as either a 3+3 or 4+3 B.A./B.S./J.D. program. Only high school students applying to Elizabethtown College will be admitted to the program with Drexel University. To be admitted to LEAP, students must:

  1. Apply to Elizabethtown College and satisfactorily complete a mandatory LEAP admission essay by December 15 of the student’s senior year in high school.

  2. Achieve a minimum SAT score of 1200 (math + critical reading, with no individual section lower than 550), or a minimum ACT score of 27. Students may not waive their SAT or ACT scores when applying to LEAP.

  3. Achieve a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (or its equivalent)

  4. Graduate in the top 10% of their high school class

  5. Successfully complete a mandatory on-campus interview with members of the LEAP admission committee

Once admitted to LEAP, students must maintain good standing in the program by complying with all academic and character and fitness requirements established by Elizabethtown College.

LEAP students pursuing the 3+3 course of study may only apply to one law school at a time. Applications to participating law schools as part of the 3+3 program should be considered binding, early-decision applications.

To be admitted to Thomas R. Kline School of Law, LEAP students must:

  1. Complete 96 or more undergraduate credits, including all major and core courses, before enrolling in law school courses.

  2. Maintain Elizabethtown College residency for a minimum of three years (six semesters) before entering law school, and students must earn 30 of their last 60 undergraduate credits from Elizabethtown College.

  3. Attain a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.5 from Elizabethtown College, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 as calculated by the Law School Admission Council.

  4. Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of the student’s junior year (for the 3+3 track), or December of the student’s senior year (for the 4+3 track).

  5. Score at least the median LSAT score for students who matriculate into Thomas R. Kline School of Law in the class immediately preceding the student’s acceptance to LEAP.

  6. Meet the character and fitness requirements of Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

  7. Comply with all application, seat deposit, and other deadlines established by Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Students pursuing the 3+3 track must apply by December 1 of their third year at Elizabethtown College, and students pursuing the 4+3 track must apply by December 1 of their fourth year at Elizabethtown College.

Students pursing the 3+3 track will receive their B.A. or B.S. upon the successful completion of all first year courses at Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

For further information, contact the Pre-Law Program Director, Dr. Kyle Kopko, Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies.

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