Stetson partners with Univ. South Florida to offer undergrad and JD in six years

Stetson University College of Law has announced a new program designed to get students an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years — one less than normal. The Tampa, Fla.- law school has partnered with University of South Florida, also located in Tampa.

Students seeking a JD degree typically complete a four-year undergraduate program followed by three years of law school. Under the new 3+3 accelerated path, students will spend three years at USF and three years at Stetson Law.

Students’ first year in the full-time JD program at Stetson also serves as their final year of study at USF. Interested students must enroll in USF’s Honors College and meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

“Through our agreement with the USF Honors College, students can graduate with an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years, save a year of tuition, and attend the top ranked advocacy program in the country — a program that blends foundational law with the legal skills necessary to succeed in today’s marketplace,” said Stetson Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz. “Together, Stetson and USF will help to create not only the next generation of lawyers but also the next generation of leaders.”

The 3+3 program also provides partial 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 the College of Law.

“The partnership between the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law is a great opportunity for highly-motivated and focused students to achieve their goals,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft.