Eckerd College

3+3 Accelerated Law Program for Eckerd Students

The Florida State University College of Law is accepting applications from college juniors at Eckerd College 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.


Eckerd College students who meet the following criteria shall be eligible to apply to the Florida State University College of Law through the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program at Eckerd as early as the students' first semester of the sophomore year:

  • Sophomore status
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four Eckerd courses with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Declaration of a major which can be completed by the end of the junior year.
  • Presentation of a plan to complete all Eckerd degree requirements (other than total number of courses needed) by the end of the junior year.

Students meeting the above criteria will be eligible for consideration for early admission to the College of Law. The law school admissions process requires that students:

  • Take the LSAT during (or prior to) their junior year and earn a score acceptable for admission
  • Apply for admission by the published deadline during the student’s junior year or as otherwise established by the law school
  • Meet the law school’s requirements for moral fitness and character as set out in its admissions application
  • Pay the same tuition and fees for law school as do other first-year students

Questions regarding the application process to Florida State Law should be directed to

Florida State University College of Law Contact:
Ralph Keiffer
Senior Admissions Officer

Admissions Decisions

The College of Law agrees to notify applicants of its admissions decisions no later than June 1st. Enrollment of 3+3 students will be contingent upon their completion of all bachelor’s degree requirements for the student’s chosen major at Eckerd College. This includes successful completion of at least 27 Eckerd course equivalents, 18 of which must be completed in residence at Eckerd. Eckerd will provide the law school a letter certifying such completion. Students not accepted by Florida State Law may still complete their fourth year at Eckerd and fulfill their remaining requirements to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. They can reapply for regular (not early) admission to the College of Law after that point.

Students can decide to opt out of the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program at any time and elect to fulfill their remaining requirements for graduation with a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd. Also, students who do not successfully complete their first year of course work at Florida State Law may return to Eckerd to fulfill their remaining requirements for graduation with a bachelor’s degree.

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. Any successfully completed course work at the law school will be treated by the university in the same manner as other transfer credit.