GLASSBORO Adding to its expanding array of degree paths and partnerships, Rowan University has created a six-year dual-degree program with Widener University Delaware Law School.

After completing 75 percent of a bachelor's degree - three years of a four-year program - Rowan students with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher can transfer, as long as they meet Delaware Law School's admissions standards.

The students receive their bachelor's degree from Rowan and their J.D. from Widener.

Students also can be admitted to Delaware Law School after completing the four years of a bachelor's degree through an "express admissions program." That also requires a 3.0 or higher GPA and admissions requirements of a minimum LSAT score.

Rowan students who transfer to Delaware Law through the 3-plus-3 program or who enter through express admission after graduating from Rowan will be awarded $10,000 merit scholarships, renewable each year. Tuition and fees at the law school total more than $42,000.

The Rowan-Widener agreement also gives Rowan students the opportunity to audit law school classes at Delaware Law. And Delaware Law will guarantee four Rowan spots in its Jurist Academy, a preparatory program for incoming college juniors and seniors.

Rowan has been creating alternative paths to degrees outside traditional four-year programs, including dual-degree programs and agreements with local community colleges. This year, the school announced a three-year bachelor's degree track in which students take classes year-round to graduate more quickly. - Inquirer staff