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University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law

The College of Law combines traditional and innovative teaching methods to provide a dynamic professional program. The three-year Juris Doctor curriculum is designed to develop students' analytical ability, practical knowledge, communications skills, and an understanding of the codes of responsibility and ethics that are central to the practice of law. Students also may enroll in certificate programs offered in several popular practice areas. Faculty employ a variety of teaching methods, including the traditional case and Socratic methods, as well as problems, simulations, and role-playing. Courses designed to develop and refine students' writing abilities are required each year. Seminars and advanced courses provide close interaction and individualized research. Clinical programs (simulated and live) allow students to develop skills in the context of real cases.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 960
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 160 - 164
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.33 - 3.73
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.39%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 79.3%
In State Tuition $21,421
Out of State Tuition $40,786

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About University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law

The College of Law combines traditional and innovative teaching methods to provide a dynamic professional program. The three-year Juris Doctor curriculum is designed to develop students' analytical ability, practical knowledge, communications skills, and an understanding of the codes of responsibility and ethics that are central to the practice of law. Students also may enroll in certificate programs offered in several popular practice areas. Faculty employ a variety of teaching methods, including the traditional case and Socratic methods, as well as problems, simulations, and role-playing. Courses designed to develop and refine students' writing abilities are required each year. Seminars and advanced courses provide close interaction and individualized research. Clinical programs (simulated and live) allow students to develop skills in the context of real cases.

Reviews

Holding students to “high academic standards,” the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law offers students an excellent “balance between legal theory and practical courses.” Certainly a “well respected institution,” many students are quick to assert that the school’s “value is very good for [the] price.” As a pleased 3L boasts, “The greatest strength is how cheap it is, at least relative to other law schools, for the top law school in Florida.” Students also enjoy that “there are several certificate programs” available including environmental and land law use, family law, intellectual property and interna­tional and comparative law. Though some wish there were “more practical skills cours­es,” others tell us that “clinics and trial practice classes are very hands-on.” Further, students here love the extensive opportunities to study abroad in exotic locales such as Costa Rica and South Africa.Importantly the “professors are a great mix of race, background, experience, and knowledge. They are very approachable and in their offices any time to answer a ques­tion.” Indeed, “most have an open door policy and welcome student questions.” Fortunately, “many professors seek research assistants, which is a very valuable experi­ence.” However, some students do caution that first-year classes are “too large for good interaction and discussion.” Therefore, it’s sometimes possible to feel “totally lost in the shuffle.”While some students have experienced “the significant red tape” that is often part and parcel with a massive state university, many proclaim the administration here is “very responsive to student requests.” As a grateful 3L explains, “The school administration here is very helpful and listens to student concerns and does its best to redress any issues raised. The dean [even] meets regularly over coffee with students.” A content 2L echoes these sentiments sharing, “Everyone at the Levin College of Law is extremely helpful. I have gone to various offices on campus for help and have not been let down.” Students are quite happy with the “fantastic facilities,” which they find “very well kept and modern.” Classrooms “all have great seating, lighting, visual, and audio.” What’s more, the “new advocacy center is a state-of-the-art new building to practice and learn advocacy skills in a realistic full courtroom.” In addition, the library is “first-rate” and definitely conducive to long study sessions; although, some students do gripe that it’s starting to become overrun with undergraduates. Finally, students highlight the alumni network which is “vast and plays a major role in obtaining positions.” As a pleased 3L recounts, “The greatest strength is the distin­guished alumni pool around the state, region, and country who always come back, give back, and are open to help out students in the employment search. The resources and connections of the school are great as well and completely prepare all students who take advantage of them to build great attorneys and connect them with hiring employers.” However, a disgruntled 2L counters, “The school is stuck in a cycle of creating a job placement system that benefits only the top 10 percent of the students and handcuffing the bottom 75 percent. Essentially the bottom 75 percent of the students gets no benefit from the career services department and thus must scramble to find their own jobs.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 6

Description: An advanced, professional study of legal systems and philosophies in comparative perspective.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 91

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 2

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 31

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 3

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 361

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

More than 30 joint degree programs(J.D./Masters & Ph.D.); length of program varies.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 118
Full-Time Faculty 71
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 20
Part-Time Faculty 27
Faculty Gender 54% Male
45% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 65%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 10%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $21,421 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $31,421 $21,421

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,786 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $50,786 $40,786

Financial Aid

86% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$29,114 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $30

Incoming Class

University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 160 - 164
LSAT Total 160 - 164

University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.33 - 3.73
Total 3.33 - 3.73

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#69 National Liberal Arts
#76 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 92%
First Time Pass Rate 90%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 79%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 145
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 79%
Average Starting Salary $57,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 53 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 19 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 16 6%
Firm Sized 101-250 15 6%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 14 5%
Business Industry 34 13%
Government 47 18%
Public Interest 26 10%
Federal Clerkship 13 5%
State Clerkship 3 1%
Academia 7 3%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 12 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 29 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 19 6%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
GA 2%
DC 2%
FL 84%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law include:

  • Honorable Susan Black - U.S. 11th Circuit Judge
  • Lawton M. Chiles Jr. - Florida Governor 1991-98
  • Stephen Zack - Boies, Schiller & Flexner; ABA President, 2010
  • W. Reece Smith Jr. - Carlton, Fields; ABA President 1980
  • Martha Barnett - Holland & Knight LLP; ABA President 2000

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