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UWF & FSU Partner On New "3 + 3" Law Degree Program

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The  University of West Florida is giving its best students a quicker pathway to a law degree. On Wednesday they announced a new partnership with the FSU College of Law.

UWF President Dr. Judy Bense made the announcement Wednesday afternoon that the University is partnering with Florida State University in a new "three plus three" law degree program. The program allows students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years between the two schools. Bense says the program will save students a year of college time and expense.

Dr. Donald Weidner, Dean of the FSU College of Law also spoke during the announcement about the connection between the two north Florida schools and the advantages this new agreement will bring for students.

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If a three plus three law degree program sounds familiar, it should. Last December UWF announced a similar program with Stetson Law School. Dr. Kimberly Tatum, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at UWF says this new program offer students more choices, saying "This [program] is with a public law school that is closer [to Pensacola]".

A student does not have to be enrolled in pre-law at UWF to qualify for the three plus three program, but Tatum stressed they must be one of the school's best students.

UWF students must notify the Pre-Law Advisory Committee of their intent to apply for the program on or before September first of the year before they intend to enroll at FSU's College of Law.  They will be notified of the committee's decision by the following June First.