Part-Time J.D. Program
Stetson's Part-Time J.D. Program is designed for working professionals or others with daytime commitments. By taking evening classes at the Tampa Law Center and the Gulfport campus, students can earn a law degree in as little as four years.
About the Part-Time J.D. Program
Students must complete 88 credit hours to graduate and will be required to take classes at both the Gulfport campus and the Tampa Law Center. The academic year begins in August, and the estimated time for completion is four years, including summer sessions. Part-time students typically will take eight to 10 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and five to seven credit hours each summer session. There are short breaks between each academic session.
The first four semesters will be devoted primarily to completing required core courses. Most required classes are taken in the first two years (including the first summer session) and are held weekday evenings, generally Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, between 6:15 and 9:30 p.m. During summer sessions, students may also have required classes on Wednesdays. Usually, one or two evenings of required courses are held in Tampa, with the other evening(s) in Gulfport. During the final two years, students take electives and complete the area requirements. After completing the required core courses, students may select courses from throughout the curriculum, including morning, afternoon, weekend or evening courses. Students may take up to 45 total credit hours in Tampa (core courses and electives combined), with the remainder taken at the Gulfport campus. Additional information regarding area requirements, electives and other details is available at www.law.stetson.edu/academics and on the Required J.D. Curriculum page.
After completing 28 credit hours, part-time students meeting certain academic criteria may apply to accelerate their program by converting to full-time status.
The College of Law's main campus is in Gulfport, Fla., a suburb of St. Petersburg. Stetson Law also has a satellite campus in downtown Tampa.
Stetson is committed to making the part-time law school experience as comparable as possible to the full-time program. Part-time students have access to all campus offices and recreational facilities, and many departments have evening hours. Stetson's Gulfport library is open around the clock with a student access card, and the Tampa Law Center library is open daily to students from 6 a.m. to midnight.
A special orientation for entering part-time students is held in mid-August. Many part-time students participate in Stetson's summer programs in Argentina, China, the Netherlands and Spain. Stetson also offers a two-week winter break course in Grand Cayman.
Stetson Law at a Glance
- Ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy and No. 2 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report
- Individual attention to student needs
- Talented, accessible faculty who excel in their fields
- State-of-the-art library and classrooms
- Seven courtrooms
- J.D. certificates of concentration in advocacy, elder law, environmental law, international law and social justice
- J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./M.I.E.L. (France) dual-degree programs
- LL.M. degrees in advocacy, elder law and international law
- One of few U.S. law schools to share space with a working court, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal
- The first law school in Florida to require pro bono service by students and faculty
- Excellent career development and bar preparation services
- Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law
- Home to institutes for biodiversity law, Caribbean law, legal communication, and veterans law
- Home to four academic journals: Stetson Law Review, Journal for International Aging Law and Policy, Journal for International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law
- Honors program for top-ranked students
- National and world champion advocacy teams
- Wide variety of clinic and internship opportunities
- Vibrant campus life with diverse student organizations, interscholastic activities and competitions
- Seven study abroad and seven foreign exchange programs
- Main law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg with satellite center near downtown Tampa
Application Requirements and Procedures
Our part-time students come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and interests. Nearly one fourth of students have already earned master's or doctoral degrees in other fields. No one career path or previous course of study is required to enter law school. Part-time students are required to meet the same rigorous admission and graduation requirements as students in the full-time program; visit stetson.edu/lawadmissions for details.