Eckerd students can earn direct admission to Stetson law school, scholarships

Starting in the fall, high-performing Eckerd College students, including students and graduates of Eckerd’s Program for Experienced Learners, can earn direct admission to Stetson law school.

Eckerd College's Fox Quad.

Eckerd College’s Fox Quad.

The partnership with Stetson University will also offer $15,000 or more in scholarship opportunities to accepted Eckerd College students based on qualifications and credentials.

Through the new program, eligible Eckerd College students who have completed coursework requirements for their bachelor’s degrees and have competitive grades and scores on the Law School Admissions Test may apply and be accepted to law school at Stetson University in their senior year.

Stetson Law school's Crummer Courtyard.

Stetson Law school’s Crummer Courtyard.

“This new direct admission agreement between Stetson University’s College of Law and Eckerd will offer wonderful opportunities for Eckerd College graduates. We look forward to a growing and flourishing relationship with Stetson Law,” said Suzan Harrison, Eckerd College’s Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“This new partnership makes it possible for Eckerd College students who are passionate about advocacy to seamlessly transition into law school,” said Dean and Professor of Law Christopher Pietruszkiewicz.

“Student advocates can make a natural transition from Eckerd to Stetson law school,” said Dean Pietruszkiewicz. “Eckerd’s academic strengths in the natural sciences dovetail into Stetson’s international leadership in environmental law.”

A private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Eckerd College has a diverse student body with 1,800 students from 48 states and 40 countries and is one of only 40 schools listed in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives. In 2003, Eckerd became one of the youngest colleges to receive a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Home to the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson regularly hosts the finals of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition and the International Wildlife Law Conference that unites student advocates from around the world and features speakers from across the planet, as well as the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series that brings key environmental advocates to the law school campus.

Stetson law school is ranked No. 1 in Trial Advocacy and No. 3 in Legal Writing in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Stetson offers certificates of concentration for J.D. students in the areas of advocacy, elder law, environmental law, international law and social justice advocacy.

Read more about the new program in the Tampa Bay Times.


Media Contacts:

Brandi Palmer

Stetson Communications Office

(727) 562-7381

Robbyn M. Hopewell

Eckerd Media Relations

(727) 864-7978