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Stetson set to build new campus in Tampa

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published June 7, 2002

TAMPA -- Now that the old Tampa Heights police station is demolished, the Stetson University College of Law is finalizing plans to build a three-story, 63,000-square-foot expansion campus on the site.

The new campus, expected to open by August 2003, will offer a part-time program aimed at allowing working people to obtain law degrees at night. The seven-acre campus also will house an office of the 2nd District Court of Appeal.

The Tampa City Council is expected to approve development plans at its June 20 meeting.

Stetson spokesman Frank Klim said up to 90 students will enroll at the Tampa campus during its first year. Stetson's law school, which was founded in 1900 and located in Gulfport, is the state's oldest law school.

"It is fitting that Florida's oldest law school will open a campus in one of Tampa's oldest neighborhoods, Tampa Heights," Gary Vause, dean of the school, said in a news release.

The school also is opening a night-school program at its Gulfport campus. Classes are scheduled to begin in August with at least 74 students.

The site of the old police headquarters, where the new campus will sit, figured in Tampa's plans to lure the new Florida A&M University law school two years ago.

FAMU ultimately opted for Orlando.

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