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FGCU Legal Studies Signs Articulation Agreements With Three Florida Community Colleges to Further Student Access to Bachelor's Degrees

FORT MYERS, FL - The legal studies program at Florida Gulf Coast University has entered into articulation agreements with three Florida community colleges to facilitate the transfer and transition of students who complete associate degrees in law-related areas.

Graduates from Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Florida Keys Community College in Key West and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa who hold an Associate of Science in paralegal and related areas will be able to continue their college education toward a Bachelor of Science in legal studies at FGCU.

“I am very pleased with the prospects of these worthwhile arrangements between FGCU and these fine two-year institutions,” legal studies program coordinator Bob Diotalevi said.

“As the only traditionally-based and distance learning-based legal studies program in the state, FGCU’s BS degree can serve students locally as well throughout Florida. Legally related fields provide solid career paths for those with proper training, education and skills. We at FGCU look forward to other two-year colleges joining us to better serve our students.”

The FGCU legal studies program consists of 48 hours of upper division coursework including Florida general education and FGCU requirements for graduation. FGCU designed the program to prepare graduates for advancement in careers in law-related professions, particularly as legal assistants and paralegals.

According to the United States Department of Labor, there is a tremendous growth opportunity in law-related professions. Paralegals, legal secretaries and lawyers respectively ranked No.1, 21 and 35 in the top 40, fastest growing occupations to the year 2005 that require a college degree or post-secondary education.

In the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation’s “Florida Employment Forecast,” the top 100 fastest growing occupations in Southwest Florida projected from 2001-2009, paralegal ranked No.7. It was also projected that between 1998 and 2008, the number of paralegals in America will increase 62 percent, nearly fives times the average rise in all other professions.

For more information, visit the FGCU legal studies program web site at or contact Diotalevi at (239) 590-7817 or .

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