The pact is one of several that Fitchburg State has negotiated with post-baccalaureate institutions in an effort to provide cost-effective paths to students’ academic and career goals.
Participating students will complete their first three years of study at Fitchburg State, and pending admission to the Massachusetts School of Law, will be able to complete their bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees after their three additional years of study. Students who complete the program will get their bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State and law degree from Massachusetts School of Law.
While normal tuition and fees will apply for both institutions, participating Fitchburg State students will be eligible for a renewable $5,000 scholarship toward tuition at MSLAW.
“This agreement creates opportunities for students to put their careers on a fast track,” Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus said. “Graduates of this program will save a year in time and expense and in possession of valuable credentials.”
“As a graduate of the Massachusetts state college system, I know the value of an accessible, high quality education,” MSLAW Dean Michael L. Coyne said. “As educators concerned about the future of society and the legal profession, it is vital that we continue to provide pathways for students from all backgrounds to enter the legal profession and contribute to their communities.”