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UMass Law & Westfield State Sign Agreement for a New 3 + 3 Law Program

Affordable, accessible program provides opportunity for service-minded students seeking a law degree

Westfield, Mass.—Leaders from Westfield State University and UMass Law officially announced a new 3 plus 3 law program today. The two public institutions emphasized the opportunity and affordability that the new partnership provides, as well as their common mission of graduating service-minded professionals at the signing event this afternoon on the campus of Westfield State University.

“Not only is the match right between two public institutions, but UMass Law’s emphasis on using a law degree to promote service and social justice pairs nicely with the mission and values of Westfield State University,” said Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.

“UMass Law looks forward to working with Westfield State students to help them realize a law degree through this cost-effective and streamlined program,” said UMass Law Dean Eric J. Mitnick.

Students who complete the six-year program will obtain both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree. Following the completion of 90 credits at Westfield State, enrolled students begin their first year at UMass Law in Dartmouth, Mass. Once the first 30 credits are completed at UMass Law, students will obtain their bachelor’s degree from Westfield State. Those 30 credits will dually serve as the first-year requisite toward their law degree from UMass Law.

“We are proud to partner with UMass Law in providing this formalized pathway for our undergraduate students who are also interested in pursuing a law degree,” added Torrecilha, who explained that he hopes students in majors not traditionally associated with law consider this worthwhile program. He mentioned majors like business, ethnic and gender studies, and English as some possibilities.

Torrecilha and Mitnick signed the new agreement following a panel discussion for students, faculty and other interested members of the Westfield State community. The panel entitled, “The Role of a Public Law School in Promoting Social Justice,” featured Mitnick, as well as Dr. John Quinn, who leads the law school’s public interest law programs. Westfield State Criminal Justice Associate Professor and former prosecuting attorney Dr. Alice Perry and Attorney Len Zandrow, who directs the Justice Bridge law practice incubator program at UMass Law and provides extensive pro bono legal services, rounded out the informative panel.