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The Florida State University College of Law

Florida State University College of Law offers a superb legal education with a strong liberal arts orientation. Our three-year curriculum is rich and diverse. It begins with traditional courses and coverages and expands to include the latest in theoretical and interdisciplinary analyses. We have structured our curriculum to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a broad and interdisciplinary exposure to different areas of law. We have especially strong programs in three areas: environmental law; international law; and business. Students may earn certificates in two of these: environmental law and international law. We also have one of the strongest criminal law programs in the region. The law school offers joint-degree programs in cooperation with other colleges, schools and departments at Florida State University. Joint-degree programs enable students to earn two degrees concurrently, the juris doctor and a master's degree.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 698
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 157 - 162
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.29 - 3.72
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.34%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89.2%
In State Tuition $19,731
Out of State Tuition $39,744

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About The Florida State University College of Law

Florida State University College of Law offers a superb legal education with a strong liberal arts orientation. Our three-year curriculum is rich and diverse. It begins with traditional courses and coverages and expands to include the latest in theoretical and interdisciplinary analyses. We have structured our curriculum to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a broad and interdisciplinary exposure to different areas of law. We have especially strong programs in three areas: environmental law; international law; and business. Students may earn certificates in two of these: environmental law and international law. We also have one of the strongest criminal law programs in the region. The law school offers joint-degree programs in cooperation with other colleges, schools and departments at Florida State University. Joint-degree programs enable students to earn two degrees concurrently, the juris doctor and a master's degree.

Reviews

At FSU, its students report, prepare for a friendly, individualized law school experi­ence at a state school price. Of the faculty and administration, who “all [have] open door policies,” students say “I never imagined law professors would be so accessible” and “Any problems or concerns ranging from externships to the temperature of the class­rooms someone is always polite and wanting to help.” This is undoubtedly because “There is so much conversation between the stellar faculty and the students” and “The administration is fairly transparent and keeps students informed.” Students feel con­nected to their professors: “All of the professors at FSU Law seem to enjoy teaching here, and I believe that says something about the faculty, facilities, and student body.”Looking beyond law school, while “FSU is very much focused on policy and theory rather than on teaching legal-practice skills from day one,” “It’s clear that the school places great weight on job placement.” “The placement office, deans office, and all other staff here to support the students are phenomenal. They are constantly offering small workshops, resume reviews, intimate gatherings with local judges and attorneys, and more.” Students offer high praise for FSU’s facilities as well: “The classrooms are freshly reno­vated and the technology is great.” “Our new advocacy center, the previous Florida 1st DCA building, has brought five new courtrooms to the law school as well as conference rooms, new classrooms, and interview rooms. I would put the facilities of FSU law up against any law school.” Study space is widely available: “The law library is comfortable and spacious enough to fit all the students without overcrowding during exams” and across campus, facilities are “open 24/7 for students with our ID cards so no matter when we want to study we can.” Add “very low” tuition, “great” program availability, “openness toward transfer students,” and a “location in a capital city,” and it’s easy to see why FSU’s law students are so satisfied with their choice.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 6

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

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: 239

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.

Graduates Last Year: 4

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MS URP, JD/MS IA, JD/MS ECONOMICS, JD/MPA, JD/MS SW, JD/MS LIS, JD/MS FAMILY & CHILD SCI, JD/MS SPORT MGMT most programs take 4 years to complete

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 84
Full-Time Faculty 44
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 15
Part-Time Faculty 25
Faculty Gender 55% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 59% Male
41% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 73%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,731 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $19,731 $19,731

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,744 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,744 $39,744

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$29,611 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $30

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 157 - 162
LSAT Total 157 - 162

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.29 - 3.72
Total 3.29 - 3.72

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 84%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 68
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89%
Average Starting Salary $45,278
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 46 18%
Firm Sized 11-25 18 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 12 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 7 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 6 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 5 2%
Business Industry 37 15%
Government 65 25%
Public Interest 26 10%
Federal Clerkship 4 2%
State Clerkship 6 2%
Academia 8 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 10 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 9 3%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 9 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 2%
GA 4%
FL 84%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The Florida State University College of Law include:

  • Eugene E. Stearns, Esq. - Stearns Weaver Miller, et al.
  • Peggy Rolando - Shutts & Bowen
  • Jeffrey A. Stoops - President of SBA Communications Corp.
  • Justice Rick Polston - Florida Supreme Court
  • Mark Williamson - Alston & Bird LLP

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