Special Programs

Special Programs

Students in all of Stetson University's undergraduate majors can prepare for admission to the Stetson University College of Law or at distinguished law schools around the nation. The university organizes special programs, such as a law school recruiting night, visiting lectures by law faculty and LSAT preparation sessions. The university also provides resources that guide students through the admissions process.

All Stetson University undergraduates interested in legal careers benefit from the strong relationship between undergraduate faculty in DeLand and law faculty at the College of Law in Gulfport and Tampa. Through collaborative effort, undergraduate and law faculty have established two noteworthy opportunities for Stetson University undergraduate students to earn a law degree: the 3+3 B.A./J.D. accelerated program and the 4+3 program with direct admission to the College of Law.

3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. Accelerated Admission to the College of Law

Stetson University College of Law has collaborated to offer certain high-performing undergraduate students an opportunity to reduce the time required to earn both a Bachelor's Degree and Juris Doctor degree. Students seeking a J.D. degree typically complete a four-year undergraduate program followed by three years of law school.

The Accelerated 3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. path allows qualified students to earn both their bachelor's and J.D. degrees in six years.  Stetson Law has Accelerated 3+3 Bachelor's/J.D. program agreements with:

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.

Interested students must meet the program's eligibility requirements, as outlined in the Stetson University Catalog.

To be eligible, the student must meet minimum GPA and LSAT requirements. Before matriculating at the College of Law, eligible students must complete all undergraduate degree requirements except for the 31 credits that transfer from the law school.

Students interested in this accelerated program must provide notice of intent to the Pre-Law Advisory Committee on or before September 1 of the year prior to the intended matriculation date at the College of Law.

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 with:

  • At least 24 course units completed at the DeLand campus
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2
  • A minimum score on the LSAT at the 60th percentile

Students must also meet all other admission requirements.

More Information

For more information on these opportunities, please contact:

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 University of South Florida Honors College undergraduates 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 new 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 generous scholarship support for students once they start at Stetson 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 mentor from Stetson Law.

Interested students must enroll in USF's Honors College and meet the program's eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Contact Information:

Laura Zuppo
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Planning
Stetson University College of Law
1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707-3299
Email: zuppo@law.stetson.edu
Phone: 727-562-7802

Sondra J. Fogel, Ph.D
Director of Special Programs
USF Honors College
4202 E. Fowler Ave, ALN 241
Tampa, FL 33620
Email: sfogel@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-3087
Fax: 813-974-5801

Accelerated 3+3 Bachelor’s/J.D. Program with University of West Florida

The University of West 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 University of West Florida undergraduates to matriculate at Stetson University College of Law before completion of a Bachelor's Degree at the University of West Florida.

Students seeking a J.D. degree typically complete a four-year undergraduate program followed by three years of law school. The new 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 UWF and three years at Stetson Law. Students' first year in the Stetson J.D. program will count as elective credits toward the UWF Bachelor's Degree and also serves as their final year of study at UWF.

The UWF 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 generous scholarship support for students once they start at Stetson 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 mentor from Stetson Law.

Interested students must meet the program's eligibility requirements and must apply with UWF’s Pre-law Advisory Committee.

How to Apply

Contact Information:

Laura Zuppo
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Planning
Stetson University College of Law
1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707-3299
Email: zuppo@law.stetson.edu
Phone: 727-562-7802

Kimberly M. Tatum
Associate Professor and Associate Dean
College of Professional Studies
University of West Florida
11000 University Pkwy.
Building 85/ Room 109
Pensacola, FL 32514
Email: ktatum@uwf.edu
Office: 850-857-6198