Accelerated 3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. Program with University of South Florida
The University of South Florida and Stetson University 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 degree.
The Accelerated 3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. Program ("3+3 Program") allows certain high-performing the University of South Florida Honors College undergraduates and Provost Scholars on any USF campus to matriculate at Stetson University College of Law before completion of a bachelor's degree at the University of South Florida.
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 USF and three years at Stetson Law. Students' first year in the Stetson J.D. program will count as elective credits toward the USF bachelor's degree and also serves as their final year of study at USF.
The USF students will earn their baccalaureate degree no later than the end of their fourth year (i.e., 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 substantial scholarship support for students once they start at Stetson. Once admitted into the 3+3 program, students will be paired with a student, graduate, and/or faculty member mentor from Stetson Law.
Interested students must enroll in USF's Honors College or be approved as a Provost Scholar and meet the program's eligibility requirements as listed below:
- Provide notice to the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College of intent to apply for the 3+3 Program on or before September 1 of the year prior to the intended matriculation date at the College of Law (generally at the beginning of the student’s third year);
- Complete at least 89 credits in the undergraduate curriculum before matriculating at the College of Law; of these credits, at least 45 must be completed at USF;
- Be eligible for graduation from USF no later than 4 years after first matriculating at USF, when courses from the first year of study at the College of Law are applied to the student’s academic record per the course equivalency table adopted and approved by the USF Undergraduate Studies Council;
- Earn a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 in courses taken at USF as of the date of application to the College of Law;
- On or before the application date, earn a minimum score on the LSAT at the 75th percentile of the most recent class to matriculate at the College of Law;
- Receive the written recommendation of the Dean of the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College no later than December 1 in the academic year before the student intends to begin J.D. study;
- Apply to the College of Law for admission into the full-time J.D. program between October 1 and January 15 in the academic year before the student intends to begin J.D. study;
- Meet the College of Law’s character and fitness requirements and comply with the College of Law’s general admissions policies.