New 3+3 agreement for Pre-Law Students

Published on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Becker College and Western New England University’s School of Law recently signed a 3+3 articulation agreement that allows undergraduate students attending Becker College to apply for admission to the Law School and begin their legal education during their senior year. This could shorten the time for students to earn both their Bachelor’s and JD degrees from seven years to six years.

“We are thrilled to partner with Western New England School of Law, as we share not only geographic proximity, but also students who are passionate, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible,” said Ursula Furi-Perry, Becker’s Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences who heads the departments of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies.  “This agreement will allow Becker students to pursue their legal careers through rigorous academics and experiential learning opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”

Becker College students majoring in Pre-Law/Legal Studies can take advantage of the 3+3 program. Program participants must successfully complete the first three years of the undergraduate studies at Becker and meet WNEU School of Law matriculation requirements.

School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin explained that the program “will open up opportunities for undergraduate students who want to focus a law degree in the field of study they are passionate about, and save them precious time and money in the process. While many students will find this arrangement attractive, it may be especially appealing to students who are returning to school later in life following a military deployment or after devoting time to family matters.”

With an emphasis on the development of practical lawyering skills, the JD program provides extensive experiential opportunities in legal clinics and externships. The 3+3 program becomes effective beginning in the 2018-19 admission cycle for students desiring to begin law school in the fall of 2019.