Students in all of Stetson's undergraduate majors can prepare for admission to Stetson College of Law or at distinguished law schools around the nation. The university organizes special programs, such as a law school recruiting night, visiting lectures by law faculty, and LSAT preparation sessions. The university also provides resources that guide students through the admissions process.
All Stetson undergraduates interested in legal careers benefit from the strong relationship between undergraduate faculty in De Land and law faculty at the College of Law in Gulfport and Tampa. Through collaborative effort, undergraduate and law faculty have established two noteworthy opportunities for Stetson undergraduates to earn a law degree; the 3+3 B.A./J.D. accelerated program and the 4+3 program with guaranteed admission to the College of Law.
3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. Accelerated Admission to the College of Law
Under this program, students with outstanding credentials upon entry to the u niversity as undergraduates may be approved for early admission to the College of Law. To be eligible, the student must earn at least 90 credits in the undergraduate program at DeL and, complete all requirements in general education and a major, establish a grade point average in the 85th percentile of the class after three years of undergraduate study, and achieve a minimum score at the 80th percentile on the LSAT (a score of approximately 160). Students who are approved by the Pre-Law Advisory Committee and who meet all other admission criteria are then considered for early admission to the College of Law. After successful completion of the first year in legal study and the completion of 120 credits at the university, students receive their baccalaureate degree. They are then on track to earn the J.D. degree in their sixth year of study at Stetson.
Students interested in this accelerated program must apply to the Pre-Law Advisory Committee no later than the end of their first undergraduate semester.
4+3 Guaranteed Admission to the College of Law
Stetson faculty in the undergraduate program and in law encourage students with a serious interest in law to take full advantage of the undergraduate program over four years. The 4+3 program, with guaranteed admission to the College of Law, is thus an attractive option. Under this program, Stetson undergraduates are automatically admitted to the 3-year J.D. program in the College of Law upon completion of the 4-year baccalaureate degree with at least 105 of 120 credit hours earned at the De Land campus, a cumulative grade point average of 3.1, and a minimum score on the LSAT at the 60th percentile. Students must also meet all other admission requirements and have the recommendation of the Pre-Law Advisory Committee.
For more information on these opportunities, please contact:
Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, Department of Political Science,
Dean Grady Ballenger, Arts & Sciences, DeLand Campus
Admissions Office, Stetson University
College of Law