January 16- Stetson University Tampa Law Center and Campus opens

Contact Frank Klim
Executive Director of Communications
(727) 562-7889

Gulfport, Fla. – Gulfport, Fla. – The Stetson University Tampa Law Center and Campus opened for classes Jan. 15. Located at 1700 N. Tampa St. just off Interstate 275, it is the first law school in Tampa.

A small ceremony took place to mark the occasion for the 40 excited students attending the first class. Approximately 130 students will have classes in Tampa during the spring semester.

“This is a milestone in the history of our law school,” said Dean Darby Dickerson. “It is only through the hard work and cooperation of the city of Tampa that we are able to achieve this significant goal.”

The Stetson Law Center and Campus will be a major hub for legal activity in downtown Tampa and will house evening law classes, the Tampa branch of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and continuing legal education programs.

“The Tampa campus will create unprecedented opportunities for our students and faculty,” said Jan Majewski, associate dean of the Tampa campus.

A formal dedication of the campus is set for 10 a.m., Feb. 21, 2004.

The three-story, 73,500-square-foot building reflects the same Spanish-Mediterranean architecture of Stetson’s Gulfport campus, including a tower that overlooks downtown Tampa.

The first and second floors house classrooms, a state-of-the-art courtroom, a law library and other law school space. The third floor contains chambers and offices for the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. The general contractor is Angle & Schmid and the architectural firm is FleischmanGarcia.

For information on attending classes at the Stetson University College of Law’s Tampa Law Center and Campus, contact the Admissions Office at (727) 562-7802 or lawadmit@law.stetson.edu.