MMU joins UI College of Law 3+3 Program

Mount Mercy University and the University of Iowa College of Law have entered into an agreement that will give undergraduate students at Mount Mercy the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s and law degrees in six years, instead of the typical seven.

Iowa Law’s 3+3 Program allows eligible undergraduates at partner institutions to apply for admission to the UI College of Law at the conclusion of their junior year.

Mount Mercy Provost Jan Handler said the agreement adds to the ways the university encourages and supports students in planning ahead for postgraduate education.

“Law school is a significant undertaking, and Mount Mercy wants to help its talented students by adding this innovative admission agreement to the opportunities available through our own pre-law program,” Handler said. “The partnership between Mount Mercy and University of Iowa will allow students to begin their path to a law career a year earlier than usual, working closely with faculty advisors and other mentors to assure they are well prepared.”

Successful completion of the first year of law school qualifies 3+3 participants who meet Mount Mercy’s applicable requirements to receive their bachelor’s degrees, saving a year of tuition and related costs.

Gail Agrawal, dean of the UI College of Law, said the program helps address families’ and students’ concerns about the cost of higher education and presents an opportunity for Iowa’s public law school to be a resource for colleges and universities in Iowa.

“This program allows qualified Iowa students the opportunity to get a one-year head start on their law career,” Agrawal said. “We are always looking for opportunities to support students who are certain law is the path for them.”

For more information about Mount Mercy’s pre-law and 3+3 programs, visit

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