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University of West Florida and Florida State University College of Law lower cost of degree with 3+3 program

Today, the University of West Florida and Florida State University College of Law announced a partnership to offer a 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, which will allow aspiring attorneys to reduce the time they spend working toward a law degree.

The 3+3 program allows high-performing students to earn their bachelor’s and juris doctor (J.D.) degrees in six years, rather than the traditional seven years, saving a year of time and cost. Students will spend three years at UWF and three years at FSU College of Law.

“This partnership is an example of our commitment to developing seamless transitions for our students,” said UWF President Judy Bense. “We are proud to partner to give our students the ability to attend what many of them consider to be their dream law school.”

Students accepted into the program will be paired with a law student, faculty or alumni mentor. The UWF Pre-Law Advisory Committee advises students who are interested in the 3+3 program and will work with applicants to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements.

“I am delighted about our new partnership with the University of West Florida,” said FSU College of Law Dean Donald J. Weidner. “In short, under this program, the first year of law school is double-counted: that is, it is credited both to the law degree and to the undergraduate degree. The result is that students and their families save the entire cost of the fourth year of college.”

Florida State University is currently ranked the #1 law school in Florida by U.S. News & World Report.