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Florida International University College of Law

In an ever-changing and increasingly global community, today's lawyers must be able to meet these challenges head-on. Thus, the College of Law is committed to training lawyers capable of serving the highest ideals of the profession in a variety of areas of practice. FIU legal education takes place not only in the classroom but in a number of experiential settings as well.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 508
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 157
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.13 - 3.74
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 89.47%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87.0%
In State Tuition $18,841
Out of State Tuition $33,086

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About Florida International University College of Law

In an ever-changing and increasingly global community, today's lawyers must be able to meet these challenges head-on. Thus, the College of Law is committed to training lawyers capable of serving the highest ideals of the profession in a variety of areas of practice. FIU legal education takes place not only in the classroom but in a number of experiential settings as well.

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Florida International University College of Law is a relatively new school. It received its full accreditation from the ABA in 2006. It was created to provide opportunities for underrepresented groups and to serve the immediate community. Students come from all over the globe, and most agree it’s a great educational experience for the cost—truly “an affordable gem.” One student says, “The school has surpassed all of my expectations.” The school offers eight clinical programs, giving students the chance to gain experience in the courtroom by representing real cases. In the human rights and immigration clinic, they represent clients in political asylum, as well as other immigra­tion cases. This real-world experience is “something employers are always looking for” and is a part of the “hands-on” experience many students refer to. At FIU, education is practical. Community service is required, as well as a three-semester legal writing pro­gram. Professors spend time teaching how to write memos, petitions, appeals, and oral arguments. Students are prepared for the tangible world of legal practice and claim they measure up well against those of other more established institutions, performing highly in both national and international moot courtroom competitions. “FIU compares to the top law schools of the country,” one student boasts. Students attribute this to the faculty, who are some of the “most qualified and brilliant professors in the field.” “They care about our success.” Another thing that sets this program apart from others is the school’s “focus on international education.” There’s an international law requirement in the first year. Most classes devote some time to global issues, respecting “current legal trends and the importance of globalization.” “The curriculum is challenging but fair and offers a good variety of electives in the second and third years.” However, some students would prefer a chance to specialize in areas such as tax, business, or criminal law. They hope FIU will confer the LLM degree in the future, as well.Students love the “familial atmosphere” of FIU, claiming “the deans and administra­tors know most students by name.” The class sizes are small, and students say professors honestly appear happy when they drop by their offices. The professors “provide real-world insight,” and even the administrative body is “committed” to its students. The career development office assists students with writing resumes and cover letters, as well as prepping them for mock interviews. “The administration does not just ‘operate’ the school, but understands itself to be partners of the students in their journey through law school.” There are many opportunities for internships within Miami. Another perk is the school’s proximity to both state and federal courts. In addition to the many Miami firms, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals is situated right behind the campus. Furthermore, “The dean and the professors do everything that they can to bring the legal world to us.” The school hosts visiting lecturers from across the country. Some students argue the school’s newness might hamper their vocational opportunities beyond state lines, citing its lack of recognition outside of Florida. “Not many employers conduct on-campus interviews here,” but “The administration is working hard at facilitating net­working and externship and internship opportunities that could lead to jobs down the road.” Most students feel confident that FIU’s reputation as a law school will grow, claiming, “It has already made excellent progress in its short history.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 168

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MSW (Master of Social Work) 4.5 years, JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration) 3.5 years, JD/MIB(Master of International Business) 3.5 years, JD/MSPsych (Master of Science in Psychology) 4 years, JD/MALACS( Master of Latin America and Caribbean Studies) 3.5 years, JD/MBA (Master of Business Administration) 4 years, JD/MSCS (Master of Science in Criminal Justice) 3.5 yrs. JD/MSES (Master of Environmental Studies) 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 73
Full-Time Faculty 32
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 32
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 48% Male
52% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 39%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 45%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,841 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,710 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $34,551 $18,841

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,086 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,710 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $48,796 $33,086

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$38,448 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $20

Incoming Class

Florida International University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 158
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 155
LSAT Total 151 - 157

Florida International University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.12 - 3.74
Part-Time 3.13 - 3.78
Total 3.13 - 3.74

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#3 Best Environment for Minority Students
#4 Most Diverse Faculty

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 99%
First Time Pass Rate 89%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 54 34%
Firm Sized 11-25 16 10%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 10%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 22 14%
Government 25 16%
Public Interest 5 3%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 6 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 13 7%
Unemployed, Seeking 5 3%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 1%
TX 2%
FL 88%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Florida International University College of Law include:

  • Andrea Canona - Fellow, Dept. of Justice Honors Program
  • Shannon O'Shea - Law clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Katie A. Edwards - Member, Florida House of Representatives
  • Christopher Kokoruda - Atty, Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office
  • Chris Carbot - Atty, Greenberg Traurig

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