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All Stetson University undergraduates interested in legal careers benefit from the strong relationship between undergraduate faculty in DeLand 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 University undergraduate students to earn a law degree: the 3+3 B.A./J.D. accelerated program and the 4+3 program with direct admission to the College of Law.
For more information on these opportunities, please contact:
T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D.
College of Law Admissions Office
3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. Accelerated Admission to the College of Law
Stetson University's College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration and College of Law have collaborated to offer an opportunity to reduce the time required to earn both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor (J.D.) degree.
The Accelerated 3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. Program ("3+3 Program") allows certain high-performing undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration to matriculate to the College of Law before completion of a bachelor's degree.
Students seeking a J.D. degree typically complete a four-year undergraduate program followed by three years of law school. The 3+3 accelerated path allows qualified students to earn both their bachelor's and J.D. degrees within six years. Students spend three years at the DeLand campus and three years at the College of Law campus in Gulfport. Students' first year in the Stetson University J.D. program will count as elective credits toward the bachelor's degree and also serves as their final year of undergraduate study.
Stetson University 3+3 students will earn their baccalaureate degree no later than the end of their fourth year (i.e., 3+1). The program will be limited to students who can complete the major requirements by the end of the third year.
The 3+3 program also provides generous scholarship support for students once they start at Stetson University, reducing the overall cost associated with obtaining both degrees. Once admitted into the 3+3 program, students will be paired with a student, graduate and/or faculty member from the Stetson University College of Law who will serve as a mentor.
Interested students must meet the program's eligibility requirements, as outlined below:
A. Be a student in any major within the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Business Administration;
B. Provide notice to the Pre-Law Advisory Committee of intent to apply for the 3+3 Program on or before September 1 of the year prior to the intended matriculation date at the College of Law (generally at the beginning of the student's junior year);
C. Complete the number of credits necessary in the undergraduate curriculum required for graduation except for the 31 credits to be earned during the first year at the College of Law. Such credits must be earned before matriculating at the College of Law and at least 48 credits earned in the undergraduate curriculum must be completed at the University;
D. Complete all general-education requirements and all requirements for the student's major before matriculating at the College of Law;
E. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in courses taken in the undergraduate program as of the date of application to the College of Law;
F. On or before the application date, earn a minimum score on the LSAT at the 75th percentile of the most recent class to matriculate at the College of Law;
G. Receive the written recommendation of the Pre-Law Committee no later than December 1st in the academic year before the student intends to begin J.D. study;
H. Apply to the College of Law for admission into the full-time J.D. program between October 1st and January 15th in the academic year before the student intends to begin J.D. study;
I. Meet the College of Law's character and fitness requirements and comply with the College of Law's general admissions policies; and
J. Participate in the College of Law's Academic Success Workshop during the student's first year of law school.
Alternative Eligibility for the 3+3 Program: An exemplary student who (A) wishes to participate in the 3+3 Program, (B) did not qualify to apply for the Program because of his or her LSAT score, but (C) who meets all other Stetson eligibility requirements may petition the University Pre-Law Committee for an exception. The Pre-Law Committee will determine whether the student is eligible to apply to the College of Law under the 3+3 Program; the College of Law will consider admission of these students on a case-by-case basis.
4+3 Direct Admission to the College of Law
Stetson University 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 direct admission to the College of Law, is thus an attractive option.
Under this program, Stetson University undergraduate students are automatically admitted to the three-year J.D. program at the College of Law upon completion of the four-year baccalaureate degree with:
- At least 24 course units completed at the DeLand campus
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.2
- A minimum score on the LSAT at the 60th percentile