What will I learn?

The accelerated 3+3 American Studies B.A.-to-J.D. program allows students to apply a maximum of 30 first-year law school credits to their undergraduate degree programs and receive their bachelor’s degree after the successful completion of the first year at Saint Louis University School of Law.

American Studies, B.A Curriculum Overview

A major in American studies is 30 credits, including ASTD 1000 Investigating America: An Introduction to American Studies (3 cr); a breadth requirement in “Contexts: Period and Place,” “Identities: Social Difference and Agency,” and “Practices: Cultural Forms and Interpretive Methods” (9 cr); and ASTD 4960 Senior Capstone (3 cr). The remaining 15 credits are selected from American studies courses. With the approval of a student’s faculty mentor, up to nine of these credits may be fulfilled by relevant courses offered outside of the Department of American Studies. At least one course taken for the major must have the department’s “Community Engagement” attribute.

Law, J.D Curriculum Overview

SLU's J.D. program offers students a diverse curriculum designed to prepare them for all areas of legal practice. A robust selection of courses and seminars in a variety of legal specialties reflect the commitment to public service and professional ethics.

Goals of the curriculum include:

  • Provide a quality legal education in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and concern for the development of individual students
  • Expose students to the interaction of law and other disciplines in the development and application of the law
  • Sensitize students to legal ethics and norms, including the obligation to engage in public service

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$44,680.00 (33,14,540) per year
USD $22,340 per semester (12+ credits)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2022


School of Law

100 N Tucker Blvd,



63101, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are eligible to apply to the communication/J.D. program any time in their undergraduate career after having completed between 15 and 48 credits at SLU. Students must maintain a 3.50 cumulative GPA to continue in the accelerated program.

For international students

Students are eligible to apply to Saint Louis University's American studies/J.D. program any time in their undergraduate career. Students must maintain a 3.50 cumulative GPA to continue in the accelerated program.

After having completed 75 credits, students will submit an application to SLU's School of Law. If admitted to SLU Law, these students will begin their J.D. program in their fourth year. The first year of law school coursework will count as elective credit toward the undergraduate bachelor's degree. Thus, the College of Arts and Sciences will award students their degrees after the successful completion of their first year of law school.

Students must complete at least 90 credits, 75% of those required to earn their undergraduate degrees, before matriculating to the law school. These must include the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum requirements (48 to 51 credits) and American studies major requirements (30 credits).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To ensure a successful academic experience at Saint Louis University, we require international applicants to demonstrate they are proficient in the English language by submitting scores from any one of the following standardized tests:

IELTS minimum score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 80; Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) minimum score of 550; PTE minimum score of 54; Duolingo minimum score of 125.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University’s traditions are based in academics, ethics, spirituality and compassion.

  • Ranked 5th among best schools for making an impact
  • Ranked 26th in undergraduate teaching
  • Ranked 8th among top Catholic colleges in the United States
  • 97% of alumni are satisfied with their post-graduation paths