A fast-track degree program launched last year by UofL’s Brandeis School of Law will now include Murray State University as a partner.

As part of the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, Murray State undergraduate students majoring in political science can apply to Brandeis Law and make their senior year also count as their first year of law school. The accelerated curriculum means students will have one less year of coursework, tuition and expenses.

Brandeis Law has already solidified a similar agreement with Kentucky Wesleyan College. That partnership was announced in February.

“We want to help students jump-start their legal education,” said Brandeis Law Dean Susan Duncan. “We’re thrilled to have Murray State as a partner and to know we are doing our part to help college students reduce costs and begin their legal careers more quickly.”

Murray State, located in Murray, Kentucky, has more than 10,000 students and includes five regional campuses.

“This partnership is a great step forward for providing our students with an accelerated pathway in furthering their academic pursuits,” said Staci Stone, interim dean of Murray State University’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts. “Our recruiting efforts will be strengthened as well, allowing us to offer this innovative program to prospective students interested in law school.”

UofL’s law school hopes to continue expansion of the 3+3 program as a way to encourage more students to pursue a law degree and trim academic expenses.