The Three-Plus-Three Business Law Program is jointly sponsored by the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business and the Roger Williams University School of Law allowing outstanding students to complete all requirements for both a baccalaureate degree in business administration and the Juris Doctor Degree in six years, as opposed to the traditional seven-year period of study. The modified course of study for the Three-Plus-Three Business Law Program student continues to preserve the distinctive hallmarks of Roger Williams University’s liberal arts approach to education. The program requires students to declare Business as their primary undergraduate major, and to take the core business school courses common to all business majors at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. Instead of choosing a specific business discipline as a major and taking business courses within that field, the student can substitute first year law school courses and commit to take law school electives in business related areas to meet major and elective requirements.
Selection for the Three-Plus-Three Program
Students who are accepted into the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business may apply for the Three-Plus-Three (3+3) program during their third semester. Applications to participate in the Program will be considered based on superior academic records including performance on the SAT examination, secondary school graduating class rank and scholastic achievement during the student’s first two years at Roger Williams University. The application includes the following:
- a personal statement of the applicant expressing interest in the Program and explaining scholastic achievement to date as an undergraduate at RWU;
- a signed statement by the applicant indicating that he or she presents no serious character or fitness issues that would prevent admission to the Three-Plus-Three Program or admission to the School of Law;
- a copy of the applicant’s high school transcript with documentation stating the applicant’s SAT score and secondary school graduating class rank; and
- a current transcript of undergraduate courses completed.
During their third semester, interested students will be required to submit an essay describing how their proposed core concentration will fit into their overall plan of study and how that core concentration will assist them in preparing for graduate legal education.
Admission into the undergraduate component of the Program will be determined by the University Pre-Law Advisory Committee with the advice of representatives from the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, including the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business Pre-Law Advisor. Transfer students who have completed prior study at another higher education institution are not eligible to apply to the Three-Plus-Three Business Law program.