The Florida State University College of Law is now accepting applications from college juniors at Florida State as part of a 3+3 program. Under the program, students who meet certain admission requirements can complete a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years rather than the traditional seven, saving a year of time and costs.
Undergraduate students who gain admission into the J.D. program through the 3+3 program will follow the usual prescribed course of study for full-time, first-year law students. Upon successful completion of the first year of law school, the 30 credits earned will be counted toward the undergraduate degree, sufficient to complete university requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The Juris Doctor degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the required minimum 88 total course credits in the law school (including the 30 hours earned as part of the 3+3 program) and all other J.D. graduation requirements.
Admission to the J.D. program is highly competitive. Students participating in the 3+3 program generally will be required to:
- Take the LSAT during (or prior to) their junior year and earn a score acceptable for admission.
- Earn at least 90 undergraduate credits prior to matriculation at the law school. Participants must complete at least 45 units of lower-division credit at FSU, and all upper-division courses must be taken at FSU.
- Fulfill all major and graduation competencies by the end of their junior year.
- Apply for admission to the law school by April of their junior year.
- Pay the same tuition and fees for law school as do other first-year students.
The various colleges may impose other requirements upon their students who choose to participate, so long as they fall within the general parameters of the 3+3 program.
The College of Law does not guarantee admission; each student must meet the admission standards in place at the time of their application. A denial of admission under the 3+3 program will not foreclose opportunities for the student to apply to the College of Law (as well as other law schools) in the future upon completion of the bachelor’s degree. Further, students who fail to successfully complete the first year of law school, or who elect for other reasons to withdraw, may return the next semester to the university without applying for readmission as bachelor’s degree candidates. Any successfully completed course work at the law school will be treated by the university in the same manner as other transfer credit.
Contact Assistant Dean for Admissions Jennifer Kessinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Janeia Daniels Ingram at email@example.com.