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Pre-Law

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Faculty: 7

Contact:
T. Wayne Bailey
wbailey@stetson.edu
386-822-7574

Program website:
stetson.edu/pre-law

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Stetson University's pre-law advising program draws on more than a century of experience in guiding undergraduates toward the study of law and legal careers. Our faculty advisors help students find a program of study that brings out their passion for learning and hones their skills of analysis, reflection and communication, in preparation for successful admission to national law schools or our own College of Law in Gulfport/St. Petersburg, Fla. A great strength of our approach is that it allows students to major in an academic discipline of their choice -- in arts and sciences, business, or music -- while building a firm foundation in the liberal arts study that law school admission officers prize. With guidance from pre-law advisors, students can also tailor an undergraduate program of study that meets their individual interests in family, corporate, criminal, environmental, civil rights or copyright law.

Sound Educational Preparation

The American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools stress that no specific major will improve a student's admission to law school. Instead, law schools welcome a diversity of majors, including those found in the humanities, business, social sciences, and the physical and natural sciences. Stetson University offers 73 majors that serve as a worthy foundation for law school study. In addition, the liberal arts curriculum trains students in the skills that law schools demand, including critical and analytical reasoning, problem-solving, written and oral communication, and task organization and management. As a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honorary society, Stetson University is recognized for its distinction and academic excellence in the Arts and Sciences.

Distinctive Programs

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 (e.g., 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.

Please refer to the Pre-Law program's Special Programs page for more information, eligibility requirements and details on the application process.

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.

Please refer to the Pre-Law program's Special Programs page for more information, eligibility requirements and details on the application process.

Record of Success

Stetson University's tradition of preparing students for legal careers is evident in the quality of law schools they attend, including Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Duke University and Georgetown University. Stetson University alumni have met great success in business, private practice and the political arena.

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