The pre-law advising program at Stetson University draws on more than a century of experience in guiding undergraduates for the study of law and for legal careers. Our faculty advisers 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. 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, physical and natural sciences. Stetson University offers 73 majors that serve as a worthy foundation for law school preparation. 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, Stetson University is recognized for its distinction and academic excellence in the Arts and Sciences.
All undergraduate students interested in a legal career benefit from the strong relationship between Stetson University's main campus in DeLand, Fla. and the Stetson University College of Law, located in Gulfport/St. Petersburg. The 3+3 program is an accelerated track that allows students with outstanding credentials to be approved for early admission to the College of Law. The 4+3 program takes advantage of the undergraduate program over four years with guaranteed admission to the College of Law when certain academic requirements are met.
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 alumni have met great success in business, private practice and the political arena.