USM, UMaine Law partner for degree program

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PORTLAND — A new partnership between the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years.

Students in the “3+3” program will complete three years of undergraduate work followed by three years in law school. Qualified students can take the law school entrance exam and apply to the School of Law in their junior year at USM, and will enroll in what would have been their senior year if they are accepted.

Successful completion of their first year in law school would provide students credits to earn the remaining credits for their undergraduate degree, while they move forward in completing the last two years of law school.

According to a press release from USM, the partnership is expected to result in both time and tuition savings for students. The first enrollments are expected for spring of 2017.