Campbell Law School, Salem College partner to create accelerated dual degree

Photo of Campbell Law Dean Leonard and the president of Salem Academy and College

WINSTON-SALEM — Campbell Law School and Salem College have partnered to create an accelerated dual-degree option for students seeking to earn undergraduate and juris doctor degrees.

Under the 3+3 accelerated dual degree program, Salem College students can earn an undergraduate degree and a juris doctor from Campbell Law in six years rather than seven, saving both time and money. A student enrolled in the 3+3 program will spend three years at Salem College, completing general education requirements and the coursework for their major. In their fourth year, the student will begin study at Campbell Law, and the credits earned during that year will complete their undergraduate degree while counting toward their law degree.

“Salem College is honored to be part of our wonderful higher education ecosystem in North Carolina, and we are thrilled about our partnership with Campbell Law School to establish the 3+3 program,” Salem Academy and College President Summer J. McGee Ph.D. said. “We offer a diverse and inclusive community at Salem College as we prepare students to make a bold impact locally, nationally and globally. The new program will provide an accelerated pathway for students at Salem who want to pursue law degrees, saving them both time and money.”

This program is available to students of competitive majors at Salem College. Salem College’s pre-professional programs, including their pre-law program, prepare students for the rigorous course of studies experienced in law school.

Campbell Law School and Salem College share many characteristics that make this partnership attractive to students. Both institutions offer small class sizes and various organizations that help their communities and beyond.

“This is a unique pathway for the top Salem College students to focus on law school early in their collegiate careers,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard.

In addition to Salem College, Campbell Law has also partnered with Campbell University, Methodist University, William Peace University and Meredith College to offer similar 3+3 programs.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,700 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 12 years of being in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.


Salem Academy and College, celebrating 250 years and built upon a foundation of empowering and preparing girls and women from all around the world to effect change, shatter expectations and lead. Exclusively focused on developing tomorrow’s health leaders and change agents in STEAM fields and liberal arts. Salem Academy and College is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a vibrant college town known for arts and innovation. For more information about Salem Academy, please visit For more information about Salem College, please visit