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Our highly accomplished and accessible law faculty delivers a program
that is designed to produce sophisticated entrants into the legal marketplace.



Professor Dave Markell (left) is one of the faculty experts who have helped make Florida State's environmental law program one of the best in the nation.



National Recognition

U.S. News & World Report (2015) rates Florida State as the #1 law school in Florida, and 45th best nationally. Florida State's environmental program is ranked the nation's 14th best.

A National Law Journal report (2014) rates Florida State as Florida’s #1 law school, and the nation’s 25th best, in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates employed nine months after graduation in full-time, long-term, bar passage-required jobs not funded by the school.

The National Law Journal (2014) rates Florida State as the nation’s #3 law school in terms of placing graduates in government and public service jobs.

Moody's (2014) rates Florida State as Florida's #1 law school and the nation's 28th best, in terms of job placement.

HispanicBusiness (2014) ranks Florida State the nation’s #2 law school for Hispanic students.

The National Jurist magazine (2014) ranks Florida State the nation’s #10 “Best Value” law school.

Readers of the influental Brian Leiter's Law School Reports blog voted our faculty the nation's 35th best in a 2014 survey on the nation's top law faculties.


Alumni Network

Florida State's alumni network is truly superb, evidenced by our outstanding job placement, extensive mentoring and alumni contribution rates. Hundreds of alumni visit campus each year to mentor and interview our students. Many additional alumni network via video conference.

Alumni (left) conducting mock interviews.


Student Selectivity

The College of Law receives 10 applications for every seat in the entering class.

The 2014 entering class has a median LSAT of 159 and a median GPA of 3.44.

Current students represent 30 U.S. states and territories, 19 countries and 147 colleges and universities.


Alejandra Berlioz ('15), worked at the Miami office of international law firm White & Case during the summer of 2014.




With five courtrooms - four with jury boxes, the Advocacy Center is the nation's finest facility for training trial and appellate advocates. Alexandra Haddad ('12) was a member of the Moot Court Team that won first place in five major championships during the 2011-12 academic year.

Student Successes

Florida State’s graduates continue to excel on the Florida Bar Examination. Our bar passage rate on the most recent administration of the exam was 81.8%. By contrast, the overall passing rate for first-time test takers was 71.8%.

Since 2010, the Moot Court Team has won 1st place in 10 national competitions and in one international competition. In 2012, the Mock Trial Team won 1st place in the National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition.

In 2014, our Black Law Students Association won 1st place in the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. In 2006, 2011 and 2012, our BLSA was named National Chapter of the Year by the National Black Law Students Association.

In 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Student Bar Association received the national Student Bar Association Award, a top honor, from the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.


Professional Skills Training

The College of Law’s 50,000-square-foot Advocacy Center includes five courtrooms and is the finest advocacy training facility in the nation.

Law students earn academic credit at one of our in-house, live-client clinics in family law, juvenile law and medical patient assistance.

In our new Business Law Clinic, law students earn academic credit by helping advise business incubators across the Florida State University campus.

In our extensive clinical externship program, law students earn academic credit by working in one of 100+ outside law offices or courts. Placement areas include judicial, criminal, civil, legal services, appellate, business and international.

Justice Antonin Scalia
Addressing Florida State University
College of Law students

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