3+3 program: fast track to a law degree
UMass Law's 3+3 joint degree program offers an accelerated pathway to an undergraduate and law degree. The 3+3 program enables qualifying students to substitute the first year of law school for the final year of their undergraduate program, earning both the bachelor's and juris doctor degrees in six rather than seven years. Participating students will save a full year of tuition and living expenses.
The program leads to the award of a bachelor’s degree by your undergraduate institution and a juris doctor degree by UMass Law.
- Provides a fast track to a law degree and legal career
- Saves one full year of tuition and living expenses
- Provides a smooth transition from your undergraduate education to law school
- Program students enjoy library privileges throughout their enrollment at either institution
- Eliminates the process and cost of applying to multiple law schools
We have established programs with:
- Anna Maria College
- Assumption University
- Bridgewater State University
- Fitchburg State University
- Framingham State University
- Johnson & Wales University (JWU)
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- Regis College
- Salem State University
- Springfield College
- UMass Boston
- UMass Dartmouth
- UMass Lowell
- Westfield State University
- Worcester State University
Application and Enrollment
- Eligibility: Students at participating undergraduate institutions should speak with their pre-law advisor as early as possible to be sure they are on track to complete all requirements.
- Application: The application deadline for UMass Law is June 30. Students looking to enroll in the 3+3 program must apply before this deadline during their junior year of college.
- The fourth year: 3+3 students are admitted as full-time students at UMass Law and will follow the course of study for full-time, first-year law students. Upon successful completion of the first year of law school, the credits earned will be transferred to the student's undergraduate institution in satisfaction of remaining graduation requirements.
- Cost: During your first year of law school, you will pay the same law school tuition and fees as other first-year students, and the tuition for your senior undergraduate year will be waived.
- GPA: First-year law school grades will not be included with your undergraduate grades in calculating your undergraduate grade point average. If you do not successfully complete the first year of law school or elect to withdraw, you may return to your undergraduate institution next semester.