Suffolk Law School Pathway Program
Capable, motivated undergraduate students can be guaranteed admission to law school after earning their bachelor's degree through an innovative collaboration between Wheelock College and Suffolk University Law School.
The Wheelock-Suffolk partnership creates a clear pathway for Wheelock students who want to earn a juris doctor after receiving their bachelor's. The program is open to first-year, transfer, or current students who decide during their junior or senior year at Wheelock that they are interested in attending law school. Students in all Wheelock majors are eligible to apply.
The program is designed for students who matriculate from Wheelock in four years; however, there is the potential of an accelerated program for exceptionally talented students. If a Wheelock student is able to finish an undergraduate degree in three years, then he or she could complete both degrees in a total of six years.
Through the training they will receive in law, advocacy, policy and leadership, program graduates will be better prepared to face growing national and international challenges around issues of social change.
This unique partnership is a natural fit for both schools given their mission-driven focus on improving the lives of children and families. Hallmarks of a Wheelock undergraduate education include a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, strong professional preparation, and a flexible, interdisciplinary approach. This new collaborative partnership aligns with Wheelock's commitment to being a dynamic, rigorous, and transformational learning, living, and working community underpinned by theory, practice, research, and advocacy.
By providing guaranteed admission to Suffolk Law School, this program will ensure that academically qualified Wheelock students interested in the study of law will have access to high-quality legal education.
The collaboration meets the demands of a growing number of prospective and current undergraduate students interested in using legal education to extend their passion and steward Wheelock's mission in a variety of career pathways.
Suffolk Law is noted among the nation's best law schools for experiential learning, with three legal skills programs ranked in the U.S. News Top 20. The Suffolk Law Clinical Program has been among the nation's Top 25 for six years in a row, and helps address the legal needs of clients underserved by the legal system. Students provide more than 8,000 hours of pro bono service each year in areas including housing discrimination, family law, and domestic violence.