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Clarke, U of Iowa Reach Agreement on Law Degree Program

March 19, 2014: The University of Iowa College of Law and Clarke University have entered into an agreement that will allow undergraduate students at Clarke to earn both their bachelor’s and law degrees in six years.

The 3+3 program will allow qualified undergraduates from Clarke admission to the College of Law after the conclusion of their junior year, and the credits earned during their first year of law school will also apply to their undergraduate degree. They would receive their bachelor’s degree from Clarke University.

“We are always looking for opportunities to benefit our students and advance their educational opportunities,” said Clarke University President Sister Joanne Burrows, SC. “We are very pleased to be able to enter into this agreement with the University of Iowa.”

Gail Agrawal, dean of the College of Law, says the program will allow qualified Clarke students the opportunity to receive their bachelor’s and JD degrees after six years instead of seven, saving a year of tuition and other costs. It also gives those students a one year head start on their law career.

“This is not a program for every student, but for the right student,” says Agrawal. “Those who might be a good fit for the program are highly motivated and certain that law is the path for them.”

The program will allow Clarke students to apply to the UI law school at the start of their junior year, instead of their senior year. If they are accepted, they would begin attending law school during what would have been their senior year.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.


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