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ECU, Tulane Law School to offer accelerated degrees program

(June 16, 2003)   —   East Carolina University has forged a partnership with nationally-ranked Tulane University Law School to provide ECU students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and law degrees in a total of six years, rather than the traditional seven. With the "JD in 6" program, high-achieving students will enroll in ECU's accelerated bachelor's degree option, the Degree in Three. If they meet requirements for grade point average and Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores, students will be eligible to receive an early admission letter from Tulane after their second year at ECU, rather than the usual notification immediately before graduation.

Located in New Orleans, the Tulane Law School is ranked among the nation's 100 top-tier law schools. Two of its faculty members are life members of the prestigious International Academy of Comparative Law at The Hague Ð a distinction enjoyed by only a handful of the world's best law schools.

The JD in 6 accelerated option requires the same number of courses and level of performance as traditional degree programs, but makes more efficient use of students' time by, for instance, making courses available in the summer. ECU Provost William Swart said the new relationship will benefit both institutions. "We are delighted to partner with Tulane, a law school with a long tradition of excellence, service and commitment to global education," Swart said. "And Tulane will benefit from enrolling some of ECU's best and brightest undergraduates."

Lawrence Ponoroff, dean of the Tulane University School of Law, agreed. "We are very pleased with this new relationship and look forward to the opportunity it provides to attract some of ECU's best students to Tulane Law School," he said. While at ECU, students will be assigned to prelaw adviser Clovia Hamilton who will help them to prepare for success in law school through individualized counseling as well as mentoring and internship opportunities with local attorneys. Hamilton, a city planner and intellectual property attorney , joined the ECU Planning Department as a faculty member during the spring 2003 semester.

In addition to the Degree in Three and the JD in 6, ECU offers an integrated bachelor's/master's option that allows students to receive admission to a graduate program earlier in their undergraduate studies and to complete the master's degree sooner by double counting graduate coursework taken in the senior year. The option is available to traditional four-year students as well as the accelerated three-year participants.

Also, a limited number of highly competitive slots are available in an "MD in 7" program that will allow students to complete their undergraduate and medical degrees in seven years. The option allows students to apply for acceptance into the university's Brody School of Medicine at the end of their junior years and to begin medical school in their fourth, rather than fifth year of study.


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