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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 (2014) 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.

Hispanic Business magazine (2013) ranks Florida State the nation’s 5th best law school for Hispanic students.

The National Jurist magazine (2013) ranks Florida State the nation’s 9th “Best Value” law school.

A 2012 update of Leiter’s Law School Rankings rates our faculty the nation’s 33rd best in terms of per capita scholarly impact.

 

Student Selectivity

The College of Law receives 12 applications for every seat in the entering class.

The 2013 entering class has a median LSAT of 159 and a median GPA of 3.51.

Current students represent 31 states, 20 countries and 161 colleges and universities.

 

Students have access to a wide variety of opportunities to gain hands-on legal work experience while they are taking classes in Tallahassee. Marialle Bell ('13), who works at the Office of the Public Defender for Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit, externed at the Office of the Public Defender in Tallahassee during the spring of 2012.

 

 

 

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 82.8%. By contrast, the overall passing rate for first-time test takers was 72.9%.

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 and 2013, 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.

The College of Law’s extensive clinical externship program has been referred to as a model for the nation. It includes judicial, criminal, civil, legal services, appellate and international placements.

Students and faculty at the law and medical schools work together through the Medical-Legal Partnership — a new clinic within the Public Interest Law Center.

Justice Antonin Scalia
Addressing Florida State University
College of Law students



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