Professor Deborah Geier was quoted in an article published in Crain’s Cleveland Business regarding C-M’s 3+3 agreements, which permit eligible students from Lake Erie College, Ursuline College, and the University of Findlay to complete both their undergraduate and law degrees in 6 years (rather than 7). The article, “A Bachelor’s and Law Degree in Six Years? Maybe,” can be found here: http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160723/NEWS/160729929/a-bachelors-and-law-degree-in-six-years-maybe.
The article describes the 2014 rule change made by the Ohio Supreme Court that permits Ohio law schools to enter into these agreements for the first time. Professor Geier, who chairs the Admissions Committee, is quoted as saying that C-M was interested immediately in pursuing this option “because the school strives to keep costs low for students.” The program is a “win-win” because “students are able to save a year of undergraduate tuition, while the law schools are able to draw the kind of efficient and organized students attracted to this kind of program…. While employment in the legal field has has taken a hit, she said the students who succeed in an accelerated program are likely to be the kind of students who will do well in the industry…. ” The article closed by saying, “While Geier doesn’t expect these 3+3 programs to produce a large number of law school graduates, she does think it will be a trend going forward. Schools can’t continue to do things the way they’ve always done them, she said. They have to be flexible and open to change so that they can best serve students. ‘Students really are the center of our universe,’ Geier said.”