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The 3 + 3 program is open to academically-qualified Westfield State undergraduates who are committed to pursuing a law degree at UMass Law in Dartmouth. You will complete the first three years of your undergraduate studies at Westfield State. In your fourth year, you will attend UMass Law as a first-year law student, and earn credit toward completion of your undergraduate degree by completing first-year law courses. In effect, you save one year of college tuition by substituting your first year of law school for your senior year of college!
The program is designed for students who enter Westfield State University with a strong interest in pursuing law, or who develop an interest early on and whose career goals and interest in legal education can be well served by UMass Law. Completion of the program will yield a baccalaureate degree from Westfield State University as well as a juris doctor from UMass Law.
You will normally be admitted only as full-time students in the law school and will follow the usual course of study for a full-time, first-year law student.
Your credit for courses completed at UMass will transfer to Westfield State as a free elective credits or as credits for which a first-year law school course is a substitute acceptable to your major.
Your first-year law grades will not be included in the calculation of your cumulative institutional undergraduate GPA, but will be included in calculation of the cumulative overall GPA.
Westfield State students in their first-year at UMass Law will pay the same tuition and fees to the law school as do other first-year students. Westfield State tuition and fees will be waived.
You may apply for financial aid through UMass Law.
Students who fail to complete successfully the first year of law school, or who elect for other reasons to withdraw, may return to Westfield State the following semester.