Five of the Top Law Schools in Florida

Why study Law in Florida?

The reason that Florida is one of the best places to study law is because of its incredible weather, quality education and amazing social life.

Florida is known as the ‘Sunshine State’ because of its tropical and subtropical climate. Summers are long and humid, and the rainy season is from May to October. Daily thunderstorms are the norm in the Florida area.

Florida is the warmest of all US states with an average daily temperature of 70.7°F (21.5°C) and 2800 hours of sunlight over the year.

No wonder it is one of the most popular places to study!

The cost of living in Florida is generally viewed as affordable with low taxes and well-priced housing.

Florida’s economy has a huge dependency on tourism with world renowned amusement parks such as Disney World. Florida also has strong agricultural, aviation and aerospace industries. Florida’s $1.0 trillion economy is the fourth largest economy in the United States.

Florida has a lot of things to do, and visit, such as:

• The Everglades National Park

• Walt Disney World

• Universal Studios

• Kennedy Space Centre

• Miami Beach

• Daytona 500

And many more!

Florida has an estimated population of more than 20 million people.

What are the motivating factors that lead up to you apply for acceptance to a specific University?

• Is it the prestige?

• The high academic standards?

• Could it be your parents went there before you?

• Maybe it has history dating back very far – and this impresses you?

• Does the Universities’ famous alumni affect your decision?

• Perhaps it’s more affordable than the other Universities in the area – who knows?

There is no system; no right or wrong of it. You apply and do the rounds of visiting, inspecting, examining (while you parents are doing serious math over their checking account); and calculus eventually, when the musical chairs are over and the music stops, hopefully you’ve been accepted by a University.

This wonderful place of learning suddenly becomes – by your frequently given opinion – the finest institution of academia ever to have been built and stands on hallowed ground – yadda, yadda, yadda. We’ll come back and check you out in a year or so!

Florida Bar Exam

For those who don’t already know, the MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. This test is divided into two sessions of morning and afternoon.  Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

Now let’s discuss the merits of various Law Schools in Florida.

1. Levin College of Law, University of Florida

The College of Law was founded in 1909 and it was renamed the Levin College of Law in 1999 after prominent Pensacola trial lawyer and alumnus Fredric G Levin.

It has over five different degrees on offer; from the well know JD to post JD Degrees.

An academic year in law school must be at least 130 days long, over eight months. This is mandated by the ABA. So, it’s a must to be enrolled for a minimum of 24 months in a law school – and a maximum of 84 months, in order to earn your Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
UF Law supports more than 80 full-time faculty and more than 50 adjunct professors and lecturers.

The Fredric G. Levin College of Law offers a full time, three-year, law program leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. They also offer advanced law degrees, such as the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree.

School website:

Type of School Public
Acceptance rate 20.65
Median Undergraduate GPA 3.44
Median LSAT Score 164
Annual Tuition Fees – Resident $10 901 per Semester
Annual Tuition Fees – Non-Resident $19 019 per Semester

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2.  University of Miami – School of Law

The Miami School of Law, which is the law school of the University of Miami was founded in 1926. It is situated in Coral Gables, Florida in the US.

The faculty/law student ratio is very low – 9:1 and this makes this law school great.

In 1957, this University began offering an LL.M. in Inter-American Law, and also, the Masters of Comparative Law (which is now an LL.M.) in Inter-American Law, and the Masters of Comparative Law (now an LL.M.); this was first offered in 1959.  Then, in 1998, the school chose to reduce the size of its entering JD classes by 15% to reduce the size of its entering JD classes.

Also offering extensive ‘Public Interest Programs and opportunities, The University of Miami School of Law, including the ‘Center for Ethics and Public Service’ offering in-house clinics and educational programs including ‘Children and Youth Law Clinic, ‘Health and Elder Law Clinic’ and ‘Corporate & Professional Responsibility Program’.

Further, giving students the opportunity to become involved in over 25 different projects each year, and thus reaching underserved and at-risk populations – both locally and abroad; is the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center. These are quite diversified programs and students can’t fail but to recognize the benefit for them these programs will provide.

The school offers the standard Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in a variety of specializations and they offer interdisciplinary or joint degrees.

School website:

Type of School Private
Acceptance rate 54.66
Median Undergraduate GPA 3.80
Median LSAT Score 158
Annual Tuition Fees – Resident $26 500 per Semester
Annual Tuition Fees – Non-Resident $26 500 per Semester

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3. Stetson University, Stetson – College of Law

The Stetson University College of Law, founded in 1900, is the oldest law school in Florida.
Stetson Law School is situated on a 21-acre, palm-tree lined campus. Some of the best beaches in Tampa is situated in close proximity. The law school is currently ranked #1 for trial advocacy and #3 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report.

The first law school to be founded in Florida was actually the Stetson University College of Law.

This college, founded in 1900, was closed from 1942 to 1946 because of the Second World War. In 1954 it was re-located from DeLand to Gulfport, Florida which is a suburb of St. Petersburg.

It was been the location for several movies and television shows, including Adam Sandler in the Waterboy; Ghost Story; From Earth to Moon; and Walt before Mickey.

School website:

Type of School Private
Acceptance rate 50.42
Median Undergraduate GPA 3.30
Median LSAT Score 155
Annual Tuition Fees – Resident $22 234 per Semester
Annual Tuition Fees – Non-Resident $22 234 per Semester

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4. NSU Shepard Broad College of Law; University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The law school of Nova Southeastern University: located on the university’s main campus in Davie, Florida. The school offers full-time day and part-time evening programs

Some of this Law School’s Extra Curricular activities:

The School’s Flagship’s publication is the Nova Law Review which is managed by a student-directed honor society – established in 1976. It goes to press three times a year.

Board members from the third- or fourth-year law class manager the Journal, that is edited entirely by second, third year, and fourth students. It also publishes an online companion.

International Law Student’s Association Journal of International and Comparative Law

Moot Court Society, the law school’s moot court program

Jessup Moot Court Team, the law school’s international law moot court team

School Website:

Type of School Private
Acceptance rate 49.96
Median Undergraduate GPA 3.16
Median LSAT Score 151
Annual Tuition Fees – Resident $20 895 per Semester
Annual Tuition Fees – Non-Resident $20 895 per Semester

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5. Florida International University – College of Law

Founded in the year 2000; this College of Law is one of the Florida International University’s 26 schools and colleges.

In August of 2002, when it officially opened its doors, it received provisional accreditation from the Bar Association two years later in 2004; then, on 1st December 2006 it was grated full accreditation. The inaugural class graduated on 22 May 2005.

It officially opened its doors in August 2002, received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in August 2004, and was granted full accreditation on December 1, 2006. The inaugural class graduated on May 22, 2005.

In April 2007, it was revealed that FIU Law graduates passed the February 2007 Florida bar exam with a 94 percent passing rate – the highest mark in the state of Florida.

In March 2007, the FIU College of Law received its first national ranking in US News & World Report. Ranking in the third of the four tiers of the law school, this marked the first time in several decades that a new law school had been so highly ranked. FIU marked

School Website:

Type of School Public
Acceptance rate 48.59
Median Undergraduate GPA 3.61
Median LSAT Score 157

Florida & the Future

Florida is the fourth most populated state in the USA. We read that it is a financially wealthy state with lots of commerce and industry to make job hunting pleasure.

So, once you’ve graduated, your future should be looking rosy if you just apply yourself, with momentum, to securing one of the many plum jobs out there just waiting for you – or the guy that beat you to it and is now sitting in the corner office with the killer view!

Martin Vermaak

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