Department of English

For More Information, Contact:
Sylvia Pamboukian, Ph.D. 
Department Head, English
English Department

pamboukian@rmu.edu
412-397-6450 Phone
412-397-6469 Fax
Wheatley Center 234
Moon Campus
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The Early Law School Admission Program (also called ELSAP or the 3+3 program) offers selected students the opportunity to complete three years of undergraduate work at Robert Morris University followed by three years of law school.
The participating law schools are the University of Akron School of Law, the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and the Duquesne University School of Law.  Students must meet different critera for these different programs.
The credits from the first year of law school are counted towards the B.A. degree at Robert Morris.  Students graduate with their undergraduate class four years after they matriculate at RMU.
The Early Law School Admission Program in the School of Communications and Information Systems works with the following major:
Students in the School of Communication and Information Systems must enroll in a BA in English in order to participate in the Early Law School Admission Program.  For frequently asked questions about the Law School Admission Program, click here.

Procedure to Become a Candidate
Interested students must complete the following in their second semester at RMU in order to be considered:
For Spring 2017, applications are due to Dr. Sylvia Pamboukian by March 21.

The departmental committee will consider the applications during the spring semester, and applicants who are accepted as candidates will be asked to meet with the chair of the English ELSAP Committee and sign a waiver indicating they know the program requirements and conditions.  Only when this process is complete may the student be added to the checksheet for the program.

Program Requirements

When students are added to the checksheet they become candidates for early law school admission.  To continue on the checksheet students must maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher, make appropriate academic progress as determined by the English ELSAP committee, be a member of the Pre-Law Society, take part in the 
Pre-Law Advisory Program and receive academic advisement by the Coordinator of the RMU Pre-Law Advisory Program, Prof. Louis Swartz, take the LSAT by the fall of their third year, meet any applicable character and fitness requirements for law school, as well as comply with all application, seat deposit, and other deadlines, and in the spring of their third year have any required in-person interviews with the University committee at RMU and with a representative of the law school.



Program Criteria and Procedure by Year:
 

1. First Semester at RMU:

 

    Potential ELSAP students must notify their admissions counselor and meet with the English Department’s ELSAP Advisor during their first semester at RMU.  Only full-time, on-ground freshmen students are eligible. Transfer students are not eligible.

 

    Priority consideration is given to students who have received a 3.5 or higher in their first semester at RMU and who have a recorded standardized test score of either at least 21 on the ACT or a 1120 on the combined English and Math SAT.

 

2. Second Semester at RMU:

 

    Interested students must complete the following in their second semester at RMU in order to be considered:

  • Submit transcript or current checksheet, standardized test scores, and a completed application form to the English Department ELSAP Advisor

  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a professor in an RMU class.

    The Department of English will consider applications during the spring semester, and applicants who are accepted as candidates will be asked to meet with the English Department’s ELSAP Advisor and to sign a waiver indicating they know the program requirements and conditions.  Only when this process is complete may the student be added to the checksheet for the program.  

 

3. Second and Third Years at RMU:

 

    When students are added to the checksheet they become candidates for early law school admission.  To continue on the checksheet students must:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA

  • Make appropriate academic progress as determined by the English Department ELSAP Advisor

  • Be a member of the Pre-Law Society

  • Take part in the Pre-Law Advisory Program

  • Receive academic advisement by the Pre-Law Coordinator, Prof. Louis Swartz.

 

4. Third Year at RMU:

 
  • Take the LSAT in the fall of their third year,

  • Have in-person interviews with the University committee at RMU and with the Director of Admissions of Duquesne University School of Law in the spring of their third year.  

   


 

Withdrawing from ELSAP

 

    Students who do not maintain these requirements or who choose to discontinue participation in this program may continue on the BA in English with a concentration in English Studies checksheet and graduate on time.

 


Law School Admission Requirements

 

    To be admitted as a law student at Duquesne University under ELSAP students must fulfill the program requirements and receive a score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) above the 60th percentile as well as ACT score of equal to or greater than 21 and an SAT score of 1120 combined (our minimum to enter the program).

 

    To be admitted at Drexel under ELSAP, students must receive a score equal to or greater than the median score of the incoming class of the previous year (for 2015 approx. 154), as well as complete all interview, letters of recommendation, and other application procedures. Drexel requires the following:

  • SAT equal or greater than 1120 (Math and Critical Reading, with no section less than 500) or ACT score of equal to or greater than 23

  • A high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (or its equivalent) 


  • Exceptions to the Early Admissions Program criteria will be made on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary applicants, with the consent of both RMU and Kline School of Law. 

    To be admitted to the University of Akron Law School under ELSAP, students must score at least 150 on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 in their junior year, satisfy the character and fitness standards of Akron Law.  Students who do not meet these criteria (or are not in ELSAP) may apply on a case-by-case basis. 

 
For More Information, Contact: 
Sylvia Pamboukian, Ph.D. 
Interim Department Head, English
English Department

pamboukian@rmu.edu
412-397-6450 Phone
412-397-6469 Fax
Wheatley Center 234
Moon Campus
Additional participating schools may also request specific LSAT scores, SAT scores and interviews.










Bachelor of Arts in English

(Accelerated Law School Admission Course of Study)

 
 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First Year

COSK 1221 Argument and Research 

HUMA 1010 Humanities

MATH 1050 Math Reasoning

PSYC 1010 Gen. Psych

HIST or POLS Course*

 

15 Credits

COSK 2220 Public Speaking

ELIT Course*

ECON 1010 Survey of Econ.

SOC Course*

Natural Science Course*

 

15 Credits

Second Year

COSK 2221 Intercultural Comm.

INFS 1020 Intro Decision Supp. Sys.

ENGL2010 Study of Essay

ELIT 3520 Shakespeare

ELIT 2030, 2040, 2055 or 2080

 

15 Credits

COSK 2230 Prof. Comm

ELIT 2000 Study of Lit.

ENGL 2540 Study of Lang.

ENGL 3500 Study of Rhetoric

ENGL 3010 Mod. Engl. Grammar

 

15 Credits

Third Year

ELIT 3080 Am Lit before 1865

ELIT 3120 Brit Lit to 1789

ENGL 3110 Hx of Engl. Lang.

ELIT 4000 Teaching of Writing

ELIT 3000 Seminar*

 

15 Credits

ELIT 3090 Am Lit after 1865

ELIT 3130 Brit Lit to 1789

ELIT 4800 Seminar in Lit

ELIT 3000 Seminar*

ELIT 2030, 2040, 2055, or 2080

 

15 Credits

Law School at Partner Institutions (30 Credits)

   
 

* Use electives from the list on the English Studies Concentration checksheet as options

Note: Students must complete SET requirements to receive an RMU degree.