Stetson Law: Direct Admission

Stetson Law: Direct Admission

Looking to streamline your path to law school? The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus proudly offers a Direct Admission Program in partnership with Stetson University College of Law. USF Sarasota-Manatee campus students are guaranteed admission into Stetson Law’s nationally top-ranked programs after meeting certain prerequisites.

In order to qualify for this opportunity, you must:

A. Be a student in any major at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus who has completed at least 90 semester hours of coursework, with at least 30 semester hours completed through USF.

B. Complete all requirements for the USF Bachelor’s degree before matriculating at the College of Law.

C. Earn a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3 in courses taken at USF.

D. Earn a minimum score on the LSAT at the 50th percentile of the most recent class to matriculate at the College of Law.

E. Apply to the College of Law for admission into the full-time J.D. program between October 1st and May 15th in the academic year before the student intends to begin J.D. study.

F. Meet the College of Law’s character and fitness requirements and comply with the College of Law’s general admissions policies.

For more information, contact the Stetson Law Office of Admissions and Student Financial Planning at

About the Program

While the American Bar Association does not recommend a particular undergraduate program to prepare for a legal career, there are nationally recognized top choices including several offered at USF's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) including: English, History, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Criminology. Another aspect of a strong pre-law curriculum, preparing for success on the LSAT exam, is that courses provide a wide scope of knowledge. These majors offer a breadth of knowledge and are designed to enable pursuit of a minor in one of those programs or others like Environment Policy, Political Science, Sociology or Latin American, leading to an even broader pre-law foundation.

About Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, has prepared lawyers and leaders since 1900. Today, Stetson leads the nation in blending legal doctrine with practical training, evidenced by its top-ranked programs in advocacy and legal writing. Through an academically rigorous curriculum and commitment to social responsibility, Stetson lawyers are ethical advocates ready to succeed in the legal profession.