ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) – The Massachusetts School of Law wants to open a new undergraduate college that would allow students to earn bachelor’s and law degrees in six years, instead of the typical seven. The law school’s trustees voted last week to ask the Massachusetts Higher Education Coordinating Committee to approve the college, to be called The Massachusetts College of History and Law, the school announced Monday.

The school planned to submit a formal request to the committee in about two weeks, MSL dean Lawrence R. Velvel said. If approved, the college could open as soon as next fall.

Undergraduates who earn a 3.2 GPA could enter the law school in their junior year and earn a bachelor’s degree a year later while working toward a law degree.

“I don’t know of anybody that’s doing that today in law schools,” Velvel said.

Tuition would be $6,000 a year for undergraduates. MSL’s tuition is $13,300 annually. Velvel said eventually the new college could have about 600 students.

“MCHL will especially seek students from working class, minority, immigrant and non-affluent backgrounds, and will provide them with a rigorous but inexpensive education intended to help them rise on the socio-economic ladder,” he said.

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