USF Gets a College of Law, Sort Of

Apr 17, 2013

The University of South Florida can finally compete with the state’s other large public universities that have law schools (University of Florida and the Florida State University).

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL.
Credit Stetson

The state's first law school, Stetson University College of Law, has joined with USF to offer a “3+3” program to students who want to earn a Juris Doctor law degree as well as a bachelor's.

The accelerated six-year program lets students earn both degrees by spending three years at USF and three years at Stetson Law. The students' first year at Stetson serves as their final year with the USF Honors College, thus saving a full year of tuition.

To qualify, students must enroll and meet the eligibility requirements of the USF Honor’s College. Once admitted into the 3+3 program, students will be paired with a mentor from the College of Law.

“Together, Stetson and USF will help to create not only the next generation of lawyers but also the next generation of leaders,” Stetson Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz stated in a press release.

Partial scholarship support is available for students once they start at Stetson. The agreement between the two institutions was officially signed Wednesday during a ceremony attended by USF President Judy Genshaft, Stetson University President Wendy Libby, and several top administrators from both universities.