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Stetson University College of Law
number of prosecutors, public defenders and judges, so FIU’s affordability makes it a much-desired school for students interested in those professions, said Dean R. Alexander Acosta. The school ranks second in percent of graduates employed nine months after graduation — with 92 percent. FIU also ranks within the Top 10 for the number of Hispanic students, and the Princeton Review gave the law school high marks for having one of the most diverse group of students in the nation. “Our mission is to introduce the law to an increasingly diverse student body, who will graduate into an increasingly diverse profession,” Acosta said. FIU has a competitive night program, Acosta added, and it recently began offering advance standing to students with foreign J.D.s entering this program. Additionally, the law school boosted its clinics to eight and expanded its externship program so students graduate with an array of practice experiences, Acosta said. Finally, its facultyto-student ratio of 16.2-to-1 is the second highest in the region. Additionally, FIU regularly ranks first with the state’s highest
bar-passing rates (2005, 2007 and 2009).
University of Miami School of Law
LSAT: 155-159 GPA: 3.25-3.66 Enrollment: 1,235
University of Miami School of Law is one of the oldest and largest law schools in Florida. Founded in 1926, today it has more than 20,000 alumni practicing law throughout the United States and nearly 80 countries around the world. With great size comes great power to offer a large array of courses and opportunities, said Therese Lambert, director of Student Recruitment. The campus is particularly energized these days with the recent addition of Dean Trish White, who is bringing new programs and life to the law school. One of Dean White’s first initiatives has been to create new international programs and learning opportunities. Its “Law Without Walls” online courses let law students interact with faculty, practitioners and entrepreneurs from across the globe,
Lambert said. Its clinics and externship programs also are noteworthy, Lambert said, because of the expanded offerings. The goal is not only to give students experience, especially in this tight job market, but to expose more employers to Miami and thereby produce more job opportunities. Miami also is proud of its student development program, which partners three staff members who also are attorneys with its first-year class. Every student meets with these attorneys, who help the students adjust to law school and define their professional goals. Additionally, the law school has student fellows who are on call 24/7, Lambert said.
Nova Southeastern Law School
LSAT: 147-152 GPA: 3.01-3.47 Enrollment: 1,000
Nova Southeastern Law School, also known as the Shepard Broad Law Center, is known for its skills-centered education, said Athornia Steele, dean and professor of law. All Nova law students are required