Degrees

3+3 Program

The 3+3 Program is a rigorous program designed to accelerate the completion of the Bachelor’s degree from FSU’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Juris Doctor degree from FSU’s College of Law. Admitted students will complete their studies in six years rather than the typical seven. This program is only open to juniors in the Criminology major who have earned 90 credit hours and completed all Liberal Studies requirements.

3+3 Program Guidelines

The College of Criminology & Criminal Justice may identify other requirements upon their students who choose to participate, so long as they fall within the general parameters of the 3+3 Program. Criminology students who gain admission into the J.D. Program through the 3+3 Program will follow the usual prescribed course of study for full-time, first-year law students.  Upon successful completion of the first year of law school, the 30 credits earned will be counted toward the College of Criminology & Criminal Justice undergraduate degree, sufficient to complete University requirements for the Bachelor’s degree. With completion of the 30 credit hours, students will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree and must apply to graduate following the FSU Registrar’s guidelines. Eligible students may participate in the commencement ceremony.

The Juris Doctor degree will not be awarded until successful completion of the required minimum 88 total course credits in the law school (including the 30 hours earned during the first year as part of the 3+3 Program) and all other J.D. graduation requirements. 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 preclude students from applying to the College of Law (as well as other law schools) in the future upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree.  Students who fail to successfully complete the first year of law school, or who elect for other reasons to withdraw, may return the next semester to the University without applying for readmission as a Bachelor’s degree candidate. Any successfully completed course work at the law school will be treated by the University in the same manner as other transfer credit.

Requirements

  • Completed all three College of Criminology Core courses with a grade of “C” or better and five additional Criminology electives from the approved list of Criminology courses (total of 24 hours)
  • Completed oral competency, computer literacy, and multicultural requirements
  • Earned at least 90 undergraduate credits prior to matriculation at the College of Law
  • Have a FSU Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.6
  • Taken the LSAT during Junior year with a score of 159-160
  • Completed College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Admission application
  • Applied for admission to FSU College of Law no later than March 15th of their Junior year
  • Agree to pay the same tuition and fees to the College of Law as do other first-year students