UMass Law Enters Into 3+3 Agreement with Worcester State

Worcester State University and the UMass School of Law entered into an agreement that will allow students to obtain a bachelor's and law degree in six years.

The 3+3 program expedites the duration of legal education, allowing students to cut off a year from their studies. UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert Johnson and Worcester State University President Barry M. Maloney announced the agreement April 4, 2018.

"Both public institutions provide opportunity and affordability," Maloney said.

Worcester State is just the latest college to join UMass Law in the accelerated 3+3 program. The law school has also signed agreements with Becker College, Fitchburg State University, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth and UMass Lowell.

UMass Law Dean Eric Mitnick said the school also has agreements in the works with Framingham State and Westfield State, and hopes to also add Bridgewater State, Salem State and UMass Amherst, the Worcester Business Journal reported.

The accelerated J.D. program is dubbed “3+3” as a reference to the number of years students spend at each undergraduate program before moving on to UMass Law. These types of programs, which provide an opportunity to cut down on the expense of a law degree, have grown in popularity over the years. The 3+3 program is designed for students who are committed to studying law from the beginning of their college education.

The program with Worcester Sate will begin in the fall 2018 semester. Eligible students enter the 3+3 program at the start their freshman year and graduate from UMass Law with a J.D.  within six years.

"We're really excited about the possibility of what this can do," Johnson said.