Why Choose the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program
The 3+3 accelerated law program is an intense yet rewarding and high-value opportunity for qualified and highly motivated students to earn two degrees in just six years - a bachelor's degree, followed by a Juris Doctor degree.
How the Program Works
If you have a serious interest in becoming a lawyer, this program could be the right fit for you! the 3+3 Accelerated Law program gives students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree in three years, rather than the traditional four years. While completing their Saint Leo undergraduate program requirements, qualified third year students can apply to Florida State University College of Law School or Barry University's School of Law.
Benefits of the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program
- Earn your bachelor's degree in three years, rather than four.
- Take pride in the prestige of being accepted into such an elite academic program.
- Gain a competitive edge over your peers, graduating with two high-value degrees in less time.
- Have the ability to enter the workforce earlier, armed with an advanced degree that will likely increase career opportunities and earning potential.
- Save an entire year's worth of tuition, fees, and housing costs that are traditionally necessary to earn both degrees.
Specialized Academic Advising
Because the time frame necessary to complete the program will vary depending upon each student's unique circumstances at the time of entry, academic advising is a crucial part of this program. Personalized, one-on-one advising from a dedicated accelerated degree program advisor is one of the hallmarks of this program and ensures that students stay on track for timely progress to graduation.
3+3 Program Facilitators
Dr. Heather Parker (3+3 Program Advisor)
Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences | Professor of History
Office: (352) 588-7894 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. David Persky (Pre-Law Advisor)
Professor of Criminal Justice
Office: (352) 588-8916 | Email: email@example.com
Dr. Hudson Reynolds
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office: (352) 588-8340 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Daniel DuBois
Assistant Professor of History
Office: (352) 588-8369 | Email: email@example.com
Students in the 3+3 Accelerated Law program follow the same undergraduate curricula of our traditional programs, but all degree program requirements must be completed in three years. This includes the student's University Explorations courses, major program courses, and Legal Studies Minor courses. Transfer, AP, IB and dual-enrollment credits earned by high school students before graduation can also be applied. The remaining credits required to graduate will be completed during the student's first year of Law School and transferred back to Saint Leo as elective credits. In this way, students will acquire the credits necessary to earn their bachelor's degree.
University Explorations (42 Credits)
Saint Leo's University Explorations is the university's general education program. Students will complete 42 credits in this program which includes 12 credits of English Composition, Mathematics, and computer skills, and 30 credit hours spread over five learning clusters representing the liberal arts and sciences (science, literature, history, sociology, psychology, religion, philosophy, the arts and humanities.
Students Selected Major Program (+/- 36 Credits)
Students will choose any Saint Leo University major to participate in the 3+3 Accelerated Law School Program.
Legal Studies Minor (18 Credits)
- POL 326 United States Constitutional Law I (3 credits)
- POL 327 United States Constitutional Law II (3 credits)
- CRM 321 Substantive Criminal Law (3 credits)
- CRM 322 Law of Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
- GBA 231 Business Law I (3 credits)
- GBA 332 Business Law II (3 credits)
To be eligible for the 3+3 Accelerated Law program, prospective students are required to have a minimum 3.5 GPA and SAT score of 1200+ or ACT score of 25+ for first-year students.
Individuals looking to pursue the 3+3 program should have maintained exceptional grades throughout their high school careers. They should also possess excellent reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. To be successful in this program, students will have to remain highly motivated, self-directed, and ready to engage in a rigorous course of study.
As a part of the application process, students will also be asked to provide a written statement explaining why they wish to participate in the program.
Students whose credentials fall just below the minimum eligibility requirements and are interested in being considered for admission into a 3+3 accelerated law degree program should alert their Saint Leo admissions counselor.
How to Apply
Students will need to apply to Saint Leo University and be accepted. After acceptance into Saint Leo University, prospective candidates will need to apply and be accepted into the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program. 3+3 Accelerated Law Program candidates that qualify will apply for admission to Florida State University's College of Law or Barry University's School of Law during their third year
A variety of law-related internships are available for the 3+3 students. Students should contact their academic advisor to pursue these opportunities.
Typical career paths for law school graduates include:
- Campaign Manager
- Legal Advocate
- Political Analyst
- Legal or Political Consultant
Cost and Aid
Saint Leo has the lowest tuition rate of any private college that offers the 3+3 program in Florida, and we award generous financial aid packages to reduce out-of-pocket costs even further. Students enrolled in the program can expect to receive between $9,000 and $10,000 in institutional aid and may also qualify for additional merit-based awards.
For more information about the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program at Saint Leo University, Contact the Program Advisor, Heather Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule a visit and explore Saint Leo's vibrant academic community in person. You can also read Florida State University's College of Law and Saint Leo's partnership here.