Criminology and Criminal Justice, B.A. to J.D. Accelerated Program

The accelerated B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice to J.D. program will allow qualified undergraduate students to apply to SLU Law School in their third year and, if admitted, to begin the L1 curriculum in their fourth year at SLU. Up to 30 credits of law school credit taken in the fourth year will count toward their bachelor's degree allowing students to earn their B.A. after successful completion of the first year of law school with the potential to earn both a J.D. and B.A. in six years.

The first year of law school coursework will count toward general electives and specific CCJ requirements as follows: six hours of law school credit will count toward six hours of CCJ Systems course credit; three hours of law school credit will count toward three hours of CCJ Nature of Crime course credit; and 21 credits of law school credit will count toward general elective credit. Students in this program must take CCJ 4050 Criminal Law & Procedure or its equivalent as part of their B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice prior to beginning law school.

For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Criminology and Criminal Justice, B.A.

Law, J.D.

Students may apply to the program anytime in their undergraduate career after having completed a minimum of 15 credits at SLU.  Students must be Criminology and Criminal Justice majors at the time of application and must have completed at least one 3-credit CCJ course.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 to continue in the accelerated program. This is a minimum for program participation and does not guarantee admission to the program or SLU Law School.

After having completed 75 credits, students will submit applications to SLU Law. If admitted to SLU Law, these students will begin their JD program in their 4th year.

Timeline: 3+3 CCJ BA/JD Accelerated Program

  • Freshman-Sophomore year: enroll as a CCJ major and apply to the accelerated program.
  • Early Junior year: Register for and submit all necessary documents to complete LSAC Credential Assembly Service files (includes taking the LSAT).
  • Junior year: Apply to SLU Law between September 1st and January 1st (e.g., apply on September 2, 2020 to begin law school in August of 2021).

Complete SLU Law application and meet all other admission requirements (including, but not limited to, satisfactory character and fitness screening) in the semester in which 75 credit hours are/will be achieved.

Interview with SLU Law admissions representatives (usually fall of junior year; interview should include evidence of candidate's ability to succeed in law school).

Students will be required to complete at least 75% of the credits necessary to earn their undergraduate degree (i.e., minimum of 90 credits) before entering into their first year of law school. These credits must include all College/University core requirements as well as all Criminology and Criminal Justice major requirements not earned by successfully completing their first year of law school. No undergraduate courses may be taken during the first year of law school.

Students will be awarded their bachelors degrees after the successful completion of their first year of law school. Students not admitted to SLU Law will need to complete the standard requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice during their 4th year.

SLU Law School retains unfettered discretion to accept or reject any applicant applying to the law school through this program. Students will go through the normal acceptance process used by SLU Law to evaluate candidates to its law school. Students must maintain a 3.20 cumulative GPA to remain in the accelerated program, but no additional GPA requirements will be set.

Core Requirements 142
Criminology and Criminal Justice Courses
CCJ 1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CCJ 2050Multiculturalism for Criminal Justice Professionals3
or CCJ 2051 Multiculturalism for Professionals
CCJ 2150Criminology: Nature of Crime 23
CCJ 3200Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CCJ 3700Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 23
CCJ 3750Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice3
CCJ 4960Criminology and Criminal Justice Capstone3
Criminal Justice Systems Courses
Select three of the following:9
Policing & Society
Institutional & Community Corrections
Juvenile Justice & Delinquency
Violence Against Women
Criminal Law & Procedure
Criminal Investigations
Criminology and Criminal Justice Internship
Nature of Crime Courses
Select three of the following:9
Juvenile Justice & Delinquency
Contemporary Theories of Crime
Corporate & White Collar Crime
Understanding Serial Killers
Victimology & Victimization
Race, Ethnicity, and the Criminal Justice System
The Science of Evil
Mental Health & Crime
Violence Against Women
Externship in CCJ
General Elective Courses
Select an additional 39 credits of general electives to achieve the minimum 120 credits for graduation.39
Total Credits120

A more detailed explanation of core curriculum requirements can be found in the BACCJ Student Handbook.


Students are advised to take CCJ 2150 Criminology: Nature of Crime (3 cr) prior to CCJ 3150 Contemporary Theories of Crime (3 cr) and CCJ 3700 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 cr) prior to CCJ 3750 Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 cr).

Continuation Standards

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in all Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) Courses.
  • Minimum grade of “D” in all remaining general elective courses counting toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation.

Core Requirements

English & Communications
CMM 1200Public Speaking3
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
ENGL 2XXX-3XXXLiterary Studies3
HIST 1120Origins of the Modern World (1500 to Present)3
HIST 1610History of the United States Since 18653
Philosophy & Theology
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
THEO 2XXX-4XXX: Theology Elective3
MATH 1200College Algebra3
Natural Science3
Select from BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or EAS
Fine & Performing Arts3
Select from ART, ARTH, DANC, THR or MUSC
Foreign Language 6
Students select two foreign language courses to total up to six credits. At minimum, courses can be Level I for two different languages or through Level II for one language.
Global Health
PUBH 2100Introduction to Global Health3
Total Credits42

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
CCJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Year Two
CCJ 2050 Multiculturalism for Criminal Justice Professionals 3
CCJ 2150 Criminology: Nature of Crime 3
CCJ 3700 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 3750 Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
Year Three
CCJ 3100 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency 3
CCJ 3200 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 3300 Corporate & White Collar Crime 3
CCJ 4050 Criminal Law & Procedure 3
CCJ 4960 Criminology and Criminal Justice Capstone 3
 Total Credits30
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
LAW 7000 Civil Procedure I 2
LAW 7005 Criminal Law 3
LAW 7010 Contracts I 3
LAW 7015 Torts 4
LAW 7020 Legal Research and Writing I 3
LAW 7040 Introduction to Legal Studies I .5
LAW 7001 Civil Procedure II 3
LAW 7011 Contracts II 2
LAW 7021 Legal Research and Writing II 3
LAW 7025 Constitutional Law I 3
LAW 7030 Property 4
LAW 7041 Introduction to Legal Studies II .5
Year Two
LAW 7100 Legal Profession 3
Law ElectiveAny LAW Course 12
Law ElectiveAny LAW Course 15
Year Three
Seminar 2
Experiential coursework 6
Law ElectiveAny LAW Course 22
 Total Credits91

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact,
Dyan McGuire, J.D., Ph.D.
Program Director
School of Social Work