Accelerated Six-Year Bachelor of Science (Biology) to Juris Doctor Program


Detroit Mercy offers an accelerated 3+3 Pre-Law Scholars Program which enables highly-qualified students to earn a baccalaureate degree and a Juris Doctor in only six years, rather than in the traditional seven years. High school students of high character with exceptional academic performance are encouraged to apply.

Students spend the first three years at the McNichols Campus earning credit toward their bachelor of arts or sciences degree. Students must meet all of the requirements of their major (excluding electives) and the University Core Curriculum. The last three years are at the School of Law completing the Juris Doctor requirements. Upon successful completion of the first-year law school curriculum, those credits transfer back to the undergraduate major for the undergraduate degree to be awarded.

Pre-Law Scholars are invited to participate in special events at the Law School. Examples include lecture series like the Dewitt C. Holbrook Lecture on Social Justice and the McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion; receptions like Meet the Judges and Erin Go Law; and the Lunch with a Lawyer series.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Please review the catalog page for the Program Learning Outcomes for BA Chemistry and the for the Institutional Learning Outcomes for the Juris Doctor.

    Admission Into the Program

    New students enrolling in this program must meet the following admission requirements:

    • Seniors in high school
    • 3.5 GPA
    • 1280 SAT or 27 ACT
    Candidates who meet the above requirements will be invited to continue to phase II of the admission process. This second phase of the admission process will include completing an admission interview or essay and submitting an additional letter of recommendation.

    Undergraduate Student Information

    Students who have enrolled in the 6-Year Law Scholars Program must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate at Detroit Mercy each fall and winter term.

    All necessary undergraduate course work must be completed at the McNichols Campus within the three calendar years immediately prior to beginning the law school phase of the program at Detroit Mercy Law. Students must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, as well as the required courses in their chosen major.

    Apply to the Law School during your junior year
    Students will be eligible to apply for the law school phase of the program in their third year of undergraduate studies. The following requirements must be met:

    • The undergraduate school/college must certify that the student has or will have completed and passed all of the University and major requirements necessary for the conferral of their undergraduate degree (other than elective credits) by the end of the junior year.
    • Overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.5 at the end of the junior year.
    • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of the junior year and obtained a score of at least 154.
    • Complete the Detroit Mercy Law admission application with all required components by February 1 of the junior year.
    • Meet the character and fitness requirements for admission to Detroit Mercy Law.
    • Interview with the Detroit Mercy Law Admission Committee.

    Law School Admission Requirements

    Third-year Detroit Mercy undergraduate students in one of the approved majors will be eligible for admission into Detroit Mercy Law by meeting the following criteria which include having:
    • Completed at least three years of appropriate coursework at University of Detroit Mercy;
    • Completed the undergraduate major and core curriculum requirements with at least 90 credits;
    • Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 by the end of their junior year;
    • Scored at least a 154 on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT);
    • Remained in good academic and disciplinary standing;
    • Completed the application process for Detroit Mercy Law; and
    • Met all of the fitness, character and other criteria for admission required by Detroit Mercy Law.

    Participating in the Six-Year Law Scholars Program does not guarantee entrance to law school. If Detroit Mercy Law does not grant admission, then a student remains in the undergraduate program to complete the bachelor’s degree. You may then apply to law school through the regular law school admission process. You will need to consult with your academic advisor for the best course of action.


    Bachelor Program Requirements - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology (120 credits)

    To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, students must earn a minimum of 39 credit hours in applicable course work in biology. The following are the minimal specific course requirements:

     General Biology Sequence (10 credits)

    A grade of "C" or better for each course in this sequence is a prerequisite to all other biology courses in the department for Biology majors.

    • BIO 1200 General Biology I (3 credits) (meets core objective C1 with BIO 1210)
    • BIO 1210 General Biology Laboratory I (2 credits) (meets core objective C1 with BIO 1200)
    • BIO 1220 General Biology II (3 credits)
    • BIO 1230 General Biology Laboratory II (2 credits)

    Form and Function (3 credits)

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • BIO 2600 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (3 credits)
    • BIO 4510 Plant Form and Function (3 credits)
    • BIO 4630 Physiology (BIO 2600 is a prerequisite) (3 credits)

    Biological Systems (3 credits)

    Choose one of the following courses:

    Cell Biology and Genetics (6 credits)

    Choose two of the following courses:

    Additional Requirements for all Biology Majors (17+ credits)

    • BIO 2900 Biostatistics (3 credits) (meets core objective B2)
    • BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues (3 credits) (meets core objective IT1)
    • Three additional BIO Labs (beyond BIO 1210 & 1230) (6 credits)
    • Biology Electives* (additional courses from BIO 2600-4999 to reach min. of 39 BIO credits) (5+ credits)

    *After completing the general Biology sequence, additional Biology electives (in BIO 2600 - BIO 4999) may be chosen from the following:

    • Any of the above-listed courses in which the student has a special interest, or which are recommended by professional schools.
    • Examples of additional biology electives: Histology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Animal Behavior, Human Anatomy, Human Genetics, Principles of Neurophysiology, Pathophysiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Laboratory Research Basics. With special permission, juniors and seniors may elect directed studies courses.

    Biology majors must also complete the University Core Curriculum requirements and the following science and mathematics courses:

    Required Science, Mathematics, and Political Science Requirements (36-37 credits)

    • MTH 1400 Elementary Functions (3 credits) or MTH 1410 Calculus 1 (4 credits) (meets core objective B1)
    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 1080 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1120 Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • CHM 2270 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 2250 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 2260 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • CHM 2290 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • PHY 1300 General Physics I (3 credits)
    • PHY 1310 General Physics Lab I (1 credit)
    • PHY 1320 General Physics II (3 credits)
    • PHY 1330 General Physics Lab II (1 credit)
    • POL 2010 Introduction to Law and the Judiciary (3 credits)
    • POL 2020 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 credits)
    • POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law (3 credits)

    * Students are encouraged to take a higher-level mathematics course if inclined. These chemistry and physics courses, or their equivalent or higher courses, are required by professional schools of medicine and dentistry.

    Note that chemistry courses (including labs) require a "C" or better to move on to the next course in the sequence.

    Not all professional schools of medicine or dentistry recommend specific additional biology courses. Those that do, suggest courses such as comparative anatomy, histology, embryology, or genetics.


    University Core Curriculum

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program. Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program. 

    Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.


    Transfer of Law Credits to Complete Undergraduate Degree

    The undergraduate degree program will accept a transfer of up to thirty (30) law school credits in which the student earned a grade of 2.2 or better toward the completion of the undergraduate degree.

    In accordance with University policy on similar joint programs, the financial aid and/or scholarships are awarded separately for the undergraduate and graduate/professional portions of the programs. Students admitted to the School of Law are considered graduate/professional students for financial aid purposes and will be considered for scholarship consideration at the time of admission to Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchhoff, Ph.D.
Engineering 245
Telephone: (313) 993-1021