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March 2, 2017 | last updated March 2, 2017 7:22 pm

Husson, Maine Law sign agreement to expedite student admissions

Courtesy / Husson University
Courtesy / Husson University
Husson University's School of Legal Studies, a part of its College of Business, emphasizes experiential learning, like this mock trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center. A new agreement between Husson and Maine Law helps students interested in earning a law degree gain admission and earn their bachelor's degree in a 3+3 accelerated program.
Courtesy / Husson University
Marie Hansen is dean of Husson University’s College of Business.

Husson University's College of Business has signed a 3+3 articulation agreement with the University of Maine School of Law that would enable its students who study for three years at Husson to apply for admission to Maine Law's three-year Juris Doctor program.

Students who complete one year of Maine Law's JD program would satisfy the remaining requirements for a bachelor's degree from Husson University.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in furthering their legal education," said Marie Hansen, dean of Husson University's College of Business. "Creating this agreement smoothes the transfer of credit process from Husson to Maine Law. We are pleased to be working closely with Maine Law to help ease the transition to law school."

"Maine Law is excited to offer this opportunity to students who are clear about their career goals," said Caroline Wilshusen, associate dean for admissions at Maine Law. "Maine Law sees this as an opportunity to encourage students throughout Maine to consider a law degree as a path towards leadership and service in their local communities."

Since the new 3+3 agreement was initiated, three students from Husson University have been accepted to Maine Law, according to a release from Husson announcing the agreement.

The first was Chelsea Broomhall from Saco, a junior at Husson University pursuing a bachelor of science in legal studies/pre-law degree with a paralegal certificate. Broomhall was recently named to Husson University's dean's list.

"I've always known that I wanted to go to law school and become an attorney," said Broomhall. "I started at Husson because I was able to transfer nine credits from Biddeford Regional Center for Technology. That was almost a semester's worth of classes. Participating in the 3+3 program allows me to save a year's worth of tuition and get into my chosen career field faster." Danielle Conway, dean of Maine Law, said the agreement with Husson advances the law school's initiatives to increase enrollment and expand diversity of students, including those from more rural areas.

"I am pleased that the University of Maine School of Law is reaching prospective law students like Chelsea Broomhall," Conway said. "This program was made possible through collaborations with fine institutions like Husson University. I am also thrilled that Ms. Broomhall has taken full advantage of Maine Law's Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program to sharpen her resolve to one day become a lawyer in Maine."

Margaret Campbell, a Maine Law graduate who is an assistant professor at the School of Legal Studies at Husson University's College of Business, said the new program benefits both institutions and their students.

"As a result of this articulation agreement, students interested in earning a law degree get a great education and save money," she said. "Both schools increase enrollments, and our state gets quality lawyers who can serve the needs of the public, particularly in under-served areas of the state. Everyone wins."

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