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The University of Toledo College of Law and Marietta College announced a 3+3 program partnership on Nov. 8, 2019, to offer Marietta College students a faster path to complete their law degree.

3+3 is an accelerated J.D. program, which allows select undergraduate students at partner institutions to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in just six years instead of seven. Students not only save a year of tuition and housing costs, but also enter the job market sooner.

Students who qualify for the latest 3+3 Program must first complete three years of undergraduate coursework at Marietta College. In their junior year, students will take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and complete a College of Law application. Students will begin legal courses at Toledo Law during what typically would be their senior year.

"Marietta College is committed to providing access to top-notch educational opportunities for all of our students," said Bill Ruud, Marietta College's 19th president and former dean of The University of Toledo College of Business. "This 3+3 law school opportunity is a creative partnership for both Marietta College and The University of Toledo College of Law that helps students better manage the cost of higher education, while obtaining an amazing education from two outstanding institutions."

"We are excited to strengthen our relationship with Marietta College," said Geoffrey Rapp, associate dean for academic affairs and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values at The University of Toledo College of Law. "We look forward to providing a shorter path to a law career for outstanding Marietta College students."

Toledo Law was one of the first law schools in Ohio to launch a 3+3 program. In addition to Marietta College, Toledo partners with several undergraduate institutions across Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, including The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters, Adrian College, Indiana Tech University, Lourdes University, Siena Heights University, Trine University, and the University of Findlay. Continued growth is anticipated over the next few years.

Pictured from left to right are D. Benjamin Barros (Toledo Law Dean), Dr. Karen S. Bjorkman (UToledo Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr. William N. Ruud (Marietta College President), and Dr. Janet L. Bland (Marietta College Provost and Dean of Faculty).