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Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP)

Earn a B.A. and a Law Degree in Six Years
Now you can earn a law degree in one year less than usual


Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Hofstra Law School offer an accelerated six-year B.A./J.D. program – one that few other universities in the New York City area offer.

Hofstra's 3+3 program allows students to complete requirements for both the bachelor of arts and the juris doctor in just six years. LEAP students can choose from more than 40 liberal arts majors from among the majors available at the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. View a full listing of LEAP majors.

Hofstra's Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP) is looking for candidates of very high academic caliber, generally from among students who have combined SAT scores of 1290 or better on the evidence-based reading and writing + math (or an ACT score of 27) is expected and an overall GPA of 3.5 (or be in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class.)

To maintain eligibility for law school matriculation at the end of the junior year, students admitted to LEAP must:

  • Complete a minimum of 95 semester hours in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS) (at least 94 of them in liberal arts courses).
  • Fulfill all University requirements, and all requirements for the BA, including WSC 001 and WSC 002; all HCLAS distribution course requirements and language requirements; and all requirements for the specific academic major chosen by the student.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in course work toward the BA.
  •  Achieve an LSAT score in junior year that is no lower than the median LSAT score for the prior year’s full-time entering class at Hofstra Law School. Hofstra Law School will consider waiving the LSAT requirements for any LEAP student who presents the law school with a minimum SAT or ACT score in the 85th percentile and who has achieved a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5. Only students who have taken either the SAT or the ACT will be eligible for a waiver of the LSAT exam.
  •  Apply to and be accepted by the Hofstra Law School. Application entails LEAP students submitting the LSAT score when required, the Hofstra JD application including the personal statement, and undergraduate transcripts and letters of recommendation. All applicants must comply with all the deadlines and requirements as stated on the Hofstra Law School Admissions website.

When hiring, the best law firms look for candidates with a strong liberal arts background. That’s because a liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking and reading skills, as well as strong writing ability.

LEAP is administered by the Department of Political Science. For more information, please contact Andrew Cavara, Assistant Dean of Admission, at leap[at]hofstra.edu or 516-463-6700 or Dr. Rossana Perotti, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, at 516-463-5619 or rosanna.perotti[at]hofstra.edu.