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Law degree in six years under USF, Stetson agreement

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: April 17, 2013 at 05:04 PM
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An agreement between the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law will allow aspiring attorneys to lop a full year off the time it takes to earn a law degree.

The schools announced a new “3+3” program on Wednesday, allowing qualified students to earn both their bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees in six years. Typically, law students complete a four-year undergraduate program followed by three years of law school.

Under “3+3,” students’ first year in the full-time JD program at Stetson also serves as their final year of study at USF. Students must enroll in USF’s Honors College and meet eligibility requirements.

The new program also provides partial scholarship support. Students will be paired with a student, graduate, or faculty mentor from Stetson.

“Our brightest students are eager to take on the challenges of advanced degrees, and we are confident the excellent undergraduate education they received at USF will prepare them for the rigors of Stetson’s exceptional program,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said in a news release.

“These talented students will move more quickly through their education – incurring less debt – and be on their way to reaching their goals.”


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