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Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Charleston School of Law introduced a new program allowing Spring admissions and hopes UF students take notice.

The program would allow December graduates to apply and attend law school a month after graduation. With UF in the top 25 colleges represented in applications to the law school, according to Charleston School of Law spokesman Andy Brack, the school admissions hopes the chance to start immediately instead of waiting for Fall is appealing.

"We’ve been in Charleston for 10 years, but this is the first time we’ve offered January admission and I believe it’s the first time it’s been done in South Carolina," Brack said.

Brack said there was no cost to implement the program, which was introduced by the new president and managing director, J. Edward Bell III.

UF used to have a similar program that allowed students to begin school in the Spring and Summer until 2008, said Laura Rosenbury, the dean of the College of Law. However, she said they changed to having one date in Fall because it is in line with the top 100 law schools and gives graduates a chance to have internship and work experience over the summer.

"We thought it would be beneficial for all UF students to start at same time," Rosenbury said.

"We’re only looking forward in order to enhance the student experience."

John Rodstrom, 23, is now attending Stetson University College of Law after graduating from UF in Spring 2014. He said he doesn’t see the benefit of being able to start law school early.

"I think having a break even just in summer is kind of nice because I will be spending seven years in school," Rodstrom said.

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