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Framingham State, UMass Law reach degree agreement

July 12, 2018
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Framingham State's campus. The university is the latest to sign an agreement with UMass School of Law allowing students to get a bachelor's and law degree in six years.

Framingham State University and the University of Massachusetts School of Law have signed an agreement allowing students to get their bachelor's and law degrees in six years.

Students who take advantage of the program, called 3+3, will spend three years at Framingham State earning their bachelor's degree. During their fourth year, they transfer to UMass Law, with credits they earn in their first year transferring back to Framingham State, where they count toward their elective course requirements.

Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos said the partnership allows students to save both time and money while earning a law degree, which he called a major financial commitment.

Framingham State has a similar program in place with Suffolk University Law School.

Framingham State is the second Central Massachusetts college to sign such an agreement with UMass Law this year. Worcester State University did the same, and other area colleges have in the past, including Becker College in Worcester and Fitchburg State University.

UMass Dartmouth is led by Robert Johnson, who was the president of Becker College in Worcester for seven years before becoming chancellor in Dartmouth in 2017. UMass Law is also located in Dartmouth, a few miles from the UMass Dartmouth campus. The law school graduated its first class in 2011 and is the state's only public law school.

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