English BA / Law JD

Major: English and Law 
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Juris Doctor (JD)
Calendar Type: Quarter and semester
Minimum Required Credits: 180.0 quarter credits & 85.0 semester credits
Co-op Options: No Co-op (Six years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 23.9999
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3094
JD Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 21.0101
JD Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 23-1011

About the Program

This accelerated degree program combines the BA in English in the College of Arts and Sciences and the JD offered by the Kline School of Law. It is a "3+3" program, allowing qualified students to earn both their BA in English and their JD in six years. The study of English provides a strong foundation for success in law school.

For more information about this program, please visit the Department of English & Philosophy web page.

Admission Requirements

For the BA: Standard for all Drexel undergraduate programs

To be admitted to Drexel's Kline School of Law, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.45
  • Earn a LSAT score that meets or exceeds the Kline School of Law's current LSAT median (as determined by point of entry into the undergraduate program) no later than December of year three of undergraduate program
  • Actively participate in pre-law and BAJD activities
  • Meet regularly with academic advisor and the pre-law advisor
  • Maintain satisfactory progress towards completing required undergraduate coursework as set out in the plan of study in three years
  • File complete, binding application to the Kline School of Law by December 31 of year three of undergraduate program
  • Comply with all admission and seat deposit requirements of the Kline School of Law
  • Comply with all character and fitness requirements of the Kline School of Law

Students who do not meet these qualifications may still be granted admission if space is available.

Degree Requirements

University Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum *
Developing Quantitative Reasoning *6.0-8.0
Two courses in MATH based on placement exams OR
Symbolic Logic I
Symbolic Logic II
Engaging the Natural World *6.0-8.0
Analyzing Cultures & Histories *6.0-8.0
Understanding Society & Human Behavior *6.0-8.0
Cultivating Global Competence *6.0-8.0
Perspectives in Diversity *3.0-4.0
Language Requirement8.0
Select 2 consecutive courses in a foreign language, reaching at least 103 **
English Major Requirements
English Core Courses30.0
English Freshman Seminar
African American Literature
English Major Colloquium (1.0 credit course, repeated three times for 3.0 credits total)
Topics in World Literature
Women and Literature
Senior Project in Literature
Threshold Concepts in Writing
Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar
Creative Writing
Concentration in A) Literary Studies or B) Writing - Choose one:36.0
A) Literary Studies Concentration
Literature Surveys - Select four for a minimum of 12.0 credits
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Authors and Periods - Select one for a minimum of 3.0 credits
Period Studies
Major Authors
Literary Impacts - Select one for a minimum of 3.0 credits
Literature & Science
Literature and Other Arts
Literature and Society
Literary Traditions - Select one for a minimum of 3.0 credits
The Bible as Literature
Literary Theory - 3.0 credits
Literary Theory
Literature Seminars - Take both for a minimum of 6.0 credits
Seminar in English and American Literature
Seminar in World Literature
English Electives - minimum of 6.0 credits
Choose any additional 2 courses (300+) in WRIT or ENGL for a minimum of 6.0 credits
B) Writing Concentration
Foundations - Select one for a minimum of 3.0 credits
The Peer Reader in Context
Advanced Composition
Rhetoric and Technique - Select one for a minimum of 3.0 credits
Argument and Rhetoric
Forms Seminar
Audience Awareness - Select one for a minimum of 3.0 credits
Writing for Target Audiences
Writing for Social Change
Writing Practices - Select seven additional courses for a minimum of 21.0 credits (at least 5 must be WRIT or ENGL courses)
Introduction to Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Grant Writing
Research Project Development
Playwriting I
Screenwriting I
The Peer Reader in Context
Advanced Composition
Argument and Rhetoric
Story Medicine
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Writing in Public Spaces
“Mistakes Were Made”: Truth, Writing, and Responsibility
Forms Seminar
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Life is Beautiful
Writing About the Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing and Reading the Memoir
Writing for Target Audiences
Writing for Social Change
Writing in Cyberspace: Writing for/about the Web
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Internship in Publishing
Special Topics in Writing
English Electives - minimum of 6.0 credits
Choose any additional two courses (300+) in WRIT or ENGL for a minimum of 6.0 credits
Free Electives (Undergraduate)28.0
Choose 28.0 credits from any discipline (consider a minor).
Free Electives (Law School Requirements)33.0
Take 22.0 semester credits of required first-year law courses (that count as 33.0 undergraduate quarter credits)
Law School Requirements ***
Civil Procedure
Legislation and Regulation
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law (Law Reqts/Electives)
Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II
Professional Responsibility
Electives and Menu Requirements including:
One Upper Level Writing Course (WUL). See list below.
One Statutory Course
One Professional Practice Course
Total Credits180.0-191.0

See Core Curriculum List for complete list of course options.


Select two consecutive courses at the 102-499 level within the same subject code: ARBC, CHIN, FREN, GER, JAPN, KOR, SPAN.

Language courses may count toward the College Core Curriculum requirements, in which case students may take a corresponding number of free electives.


A minimum of 61.0 credits must be "in-class" credits. See Student Handbook for definitions. 

Students must also complete a minimum of 50 hours of eligible pro bono work, documented with the Law School's Experiential Learning Office.

Law School Courses

Upper-Level Writing (WUL) Courses (may also be used as electives once requirement is fulfilled):
LAW 610SReproductive Rights & Justice2.0-3.0
LAW 611SSex, Gender, & the Law2.0-3.0
LAW 614SSupreme Court Seminar3.0
LAW 640SEducation Law2.0-3.0
LAW 647SThe Rights of Children2.0
LAW 656SJustice Lawyering Sem1.0-3.0
LAW 673SCrime and Community2.0
LAW 741SEstate Planning2.0
LAW 790SToxic Torts2.0-3.0
LAW 791SRegulating Patient Safety2.0-3.0
LAW 793SMental Health Law2.0-3.0
LAW 827SImmigration Litigation2.0
LAW 832SContract Theory Seminar2.0-3.0
LAW 836SLegal History2.0-3.0
LAW 838SFoundations of Legal Analysis2.0
LAW 840SLiterature and The Law Seminar2.0-3.0
LAW 842SLaw and Mind Sciences2.0-3.0
LAW 844SLaw and Social Movements2.0-3.0
LAW 848SCourts and Public Policy2.0-3.0
LAW 882SLitigation Drafting2.0
LAW 884SContract Drafting2.0
LAW 910SAppellate Advocacy2.0
LAW 920SDrexel Law Review ((if WUL option))1.0-6.0
LAW T880SSpecial Topics in LAW1.0-5.0
Statutory Courses (may also be used as electives once requirement is fulfilled):
LAW 620SAdministrative Law3.0-4.0
LAW 622SEmployment Discrimination3.0
LAW 623SElection Law3.0-4.0
LAW 624SEnvironmental Law3.0
LAW 642SSpecial Education Law2.0-3.0
LAW 674SHealth Care Fraud and Abuse2.0-3.0
LAW 675SFederal Criminal Law2.0-3.0
LAW 676SWhite Collar Crime2.0-3.0
LAW 700SBusiness Organizations3.0-4.0
LAW 701SFederal Income Tax3.0-4.0
LAW 702SEnterprise Tax3.0-4.0
LAW 706SSecured Transactions3.0
LAW 708SPayment Systems3.0
LAW 710SBankruptcy3.0-4.0
LAW 711SSales3.0
LAW 714SSecurities Regulation3.0
LAW 740STrusts and Estates3.0-4.0
LAW 760SCopyright3.0
LAW 764STrademarks & Unfair Competition3.0
LAW 792SFood and Drug Law2.0-3.0
LAW 796SInsurance Law2.0-3.0
LAW 820SImmigration Law3.0-4.0
LAW 821SEuropean Union Law2.0-3.0
LAW 826SRefugee and Asylum Law2.0-3.0
Professional Practice Courses (may also be used as electives once requirement is fulfilled):
LAW 924S
LAW 653S
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Seminar
LAW 931S
LAW 654S
Law Co-op
and Lawyering Practice Seminar
LAW 933S
LAW 654S
Co-op Intensive
and Lawyering Practice Seminar
LAW 941S
LAW 942S
Criminal Litigation Clinic I
and Criminal Litigation Clinic II
LAW 943S
LAW 944S
Civil Litigation Clinic I
and Civil Litigation Clinic II
LAW 947S
LAW 948S
Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic
and Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic II
LAW 950S
LAW 951S
Community Lawyering Clinic I
and Community Lawyering Clinic II
Free Electives (may require permission to enroll)
Any other unspecified LAW course numbered 550S and above may count as a JD elective

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Literary Studies Concentration

Undergraduate course credits are quarter credits

First Year
ENGL 1013.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 1033.0VACATION
ENGL 1953.0ENGL 1023.0ENGL 2043.0 
UNIV H1011.0ENGL 2033.0WRIT 2253.0 
WRIT 1953.0WRIT 2003.0Engaging the Natural World3.0-4.0 
Developing Quantitative Reasoning3.0-4.0Developing Quantitative Reasoning3.0-4.0Understanding Society and Human Behavior3.0-4.0 
Foreign Language Course (1st consecutive course)4.0Foreign Language Course (2nd consecutive course, at least 103-level)4.0  
 17-18 17-18 15-17 0
Second Year
ENGL 2113.0ENGL 2123.0ENGL 3011.0VACATION
ENGL 2073.0ENGL 3253.0ENGL 3553.0 
ENGL 3011.0Analyzing Culture and Histories3.0-4.0WRIT 3103.0 
Analyzing Culture and Histories3.0-4.0Cultivating Global Competence3.0-4.0Perspectives in Diversity3.0-4.0 
Cultivating Global Competence3.0-4.0Understanding Society and Human Behavior3.0-4.0Undergraduate Electives6.0 
Engaging the Natural World3.0-4.0   
 16-19 15-18 16-17 0
Third Year
ENGL 3011.0ENGL 3603.0ENGL 3153.0Student transitions to First Year of Law School
ENGL 3353.0ENGL 3803.0Undergraduate Electives12.0 
ENGL 4903.0ENGL 4923.0  
UNIV H2011.0ENGL 4953.0  
ENGL or WRIT Elective (1 of 2)3.0ENGL or WRIT Elective (2 of 2)3.0  
Undergraduate Electives6.0Undergraduate Elective1.0  
 17 16 15 0
Total Credits 144-155

Law School course credits are semester credits

First Year Law course credits (22.0 semester credits) are counted toward the English BA.

Fourth Year
LAW 550S (Counts toward UG free elective)4.0LAW 555S (Counts toward UG free elective)3.0
LAW 552S (Counts toward UG free elective)4.0LAW 556S (Counts toward UG free elective)4.0
LAW 554S (Counts toward UG free elective)4.0LAW 558S4.0
LAW 565S (Counts toward UG free elective)3.0LAW 566S3.0
 15 14
Fifth Year
LAW 560S4.0LAW 830S2.0
LAW Requirements/Electives10.0Law Requirements/Electives12.0
 14 14
Sixth Year
Law Requirements/Electives14.0Law Requirements/Electives14.0
 14 14
Total Credits 85
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