For Immediate Release
Date: January 22, 2020
Tom McGuire, Bloomsburg University, 570-389-5134 (office); 570-204-1261 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Blake, University of Pittsburgh, 412-624-4364 (office); 412-277-6926 (cell); email@example.com
Bloomsburg University Enters Into Accelerated Law Admissions Program With
University of Pittsburgh School of Law for Time and Cost Savings
PITTSBURGH—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law have entered into an agreement that will allow qualified students to earn both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years, saving a full year of time and costs.
Pitt’s Accelerated Law Admissions Program (ALAP) will allow BU students who have earned at least ninety (90) credits and have completed all major and all Bloomsburg University general education requirements by the end of their junior year, to apply for law school admission, as if it was their final year of undergraduate study.
Pitt Law will assess those students as if they were ordinary applicants, except that it will waive the usual requirement to have completed a bachelor’s degree before admission. After successfully completing their 1L year of law school, they will have also earned a degree from Bloomsburg University. It is expected that one to five eligible students each year will enroll in Pitt Law following their junior year at BU.
This program is born out of the newly created Diehl Center for Law School Preparation at Bloomsburg University. The ALAP program will assist BU in the recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate students who have a desire to continue on to law school. The mission of the Diehl Center is to provide information and assistance to students about careers in law, the law school experience and how to prepare for it, and the application process. The center is open to all majors.
“This agreement will benefit our students who are interested in attending law school, giving them a path to save both time and money,” said Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Bloomsburg University provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is one of the most respected law schools in the country and has many notable alumni, including the Honorable Mary Jane Bowes, Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Chair of BU’s Council of Trustees. We are honored to be able to join with the Pitt School of Law in this program.”
Pitt Law’s Dean Amy Wildermuth is equally excited about the new partnership: “We have had several excellent Bloomsburg graduates as students at Pitt Law and this program will strengthen the terrific pipeline between our two schools. Most importantly, both Bloomsburg and Pitt are eager to find ways to help students reduce their overall debt. By decreasing the number of years a student spends in school, this program will have a significant and meaningful impact.”
Pitt Law already offers its ALAP to students at the University’s Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and its College of Business Administration. The program is also available at Washington and Jefferson College and Carlow University.
About Pitt School of Law
Since 1895, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has been preparing students to become excellent attorneys and leaders in the legal profession and society. Pitt Law is known globally for its quality academics, a world-class faculty, endless opportunities for hands-on learning, and exceptional career preparation and placement. The curriculum embraces issues ranging from commercialization of new technologies to conflict resolution to cyber security. Its students also have the opportunity to work in one of seven Pitt Law clinics, participate in the Semester in D.C. program, edit and produce law publications, or serve as editors of the School’s award-winning website, JURIST, the world’s only web-based, student-powered legal news source, with 20,000 viewers per week.
About Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and new Honors College.