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Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee are a little over thirty miles apart. But under a new admissions agreement reached between the two schools, they’re closer than ever.

Students wanting to pursue a law degree can now enroll at USF Sarasota-Manatee, take classes there and then have the admissions process into Stetson streamlined – as well as maybe receive a scholarship for the Gulfport law school.

Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed received a pair of degrees at the University of South Florida’s recent commencement ceremonies, graduating in just three years with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

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Stories about veterans waiting years - decades even - to resolve a disability claim are not uncommon.

“I have a claim from 2003 that’s still not found yet. Nobody knows where it’s at,” said Gustavo Nunez, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. “I actually gave up on it a long time ago. I was so frustrated with the system.”

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Tampa Bay veterans, 60 and older, and their spouses can get free legal help drafting a will and related documents like advanced medical directives.

The Stetson University College of Law has joined with volunteer attorneys from the area to offer the "Wills for Warriors" program for a fourth year.

Veterans must meet some income guidelines and can’t own property outside Florida because it makes the will too complicated.

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There’s no shortage of stories about veterans who have had their disability benefit claims denied by the Veterans Administration, or their appeals paperwork lost.

The VA claims process can be complex, time consuming and downright frustrating.

But there’s help for veterans who have hit a roadblock in their quest for benefits they earned while serving in the military.

Stetson University

Legal experts from Stetson University College of Law, the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation and the Community Law Program are offering free assistance with simple wills and advanced directives to veterans of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and their spouses in the Tampa Bay area.

To be eligible, veterans must have limited assets and low incomes and must make an appointment by Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. There will be no walk-ins allowed. To schedule an appointment, call 727-562-7800 x 7315 or 727-562-7393.

Stetson

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).

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.