Clark Atlanta University, Syracuse University College of Law Launch Dual Degree Law Program


ATLANTA, GA – May 1, 2019 – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) today announced that it has entered into 3+3 admissions agreements with Syracuse University College of Law. The agreement was signed at an April 15 ceremony at Atlanta-based law firm Taylor English Dum, LLP with representatives from Syracuse College of Law, Clark Atlanta University and fellow AUC institutions participating.

The 3+3 program allows students to finish the bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees in an accelerated format by completing all coursework required for the undergraduate major in three years and finishing their degree during their first year of law school at Syracuse.

J.D. students at the College of Law may also jointly earn a master’s degree at other Syracuse University schools and colleges. The combination of the 3+3 and joint degree programs permits a student to earn as many as three degrees in just six years—a year less than generally required for just an undergraduate and J.D. degree at most other institutions.

“Partnering with these distinguished HBCUs to create a 3+3 program significantly reduces the time and cost required for qualified African-American students to obtain a 21st-century legal education at Syracuse,” says Craig M. Boise, Dean, Syracuse College of Law. “This is one of the ways we can address the legal profession’s need for more diversity among the ranks of lawyers. I join our faculty, staff and students in looking forward to students from these renowned colleges becoming members of our College of Law family.”

“Developing the accelerated dual degree (bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees) between Clark Atlanta University and Syracuse University College of Law is mutually beneficial. This endeavor aligns with our efforts to expand academic pursuits for Clark Atlanta graduates,” says Dorcas Bowles, provost, Clark Atlanta University. “As such, this partnership increases our students’ academic and career success and will serve as a beacon of access and opportunity for African Americans and other underrepresented populations in the field of law.”

 In addition to the 3+3 agreements, the College of Law recently expanded its Externship Program to Atlanta to provide field placements in the city and its surroundings, allowing local students to network and to gain experience close to home. The College of Law also has a liaison in Atlanta who will be on campus to meet with students and answer any questions about the program.

Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman College join Alfred University, Le Moyne College, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management as 3+3 partners of the College of Law.

For more information on the 3+3 program, please contact Dr. Dorcas Bowles at .

About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access to academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit .