One of the top considerations for any budding law professional is the choice of law school. Fortunately, there are a lot of quality options if you are looking to begin your law education in the state of Florida. Whether you are looking for a large university experience or a more intimate setting, there is an option for every personal preference. Here are four of the top law schools to consider in Florida:
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW – GAINESVILLE: With a stellar reputation as one of the most rigorous public law schools in the region, the University of Florida Levin College of Law is also one of the largest public law schools in the country. Boasting an impressive list of alumni, the school is a good choice for students wanting low in-state tuition rates. Starting at under $23,000 for full-time resident students, the campus also claims a low cost of living.
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW – CORAL GABLES: This private school boasts one of the most idyllic settings of higher education in the country. The school is known for its versatility, offering eight distinct concentrations and eight additional options for joint-degree programs. Because it is not a state-supported school, the tuition ranks in higher than its public school counterparts, coming in at approximately $46,000 annually.
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW – TALLAHASSEE: This public law school is conveniently located in the state’s capital. This unique location gives students the chance to clerk for a variety of courts and law firms, with additional internship opportunities with the Florida Legislature. The immersive setting prides itself on its collaboration between students and teachers both inside and outside of the classroom. In-state tuition ranks as one of the state’s most affordable at just a bit over $20,000 per year.
STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW – GULFPORT: Founded in 1900, Stetson University gets to claim that it is the home to the state’s first law school. With an additional campus located in Tampa, the school also gets to boast the unique opportunity to learn within a working court, the Second District Court of Appeal. Full-time tuition for both residents and non-residents comes in at just under $40,000 for this private school experience.
Although the law schools I attended didn’t make this specific list, I think they’re worth a mention!
BARRY UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL – ORLANDO: The Dwayne O. Andreas school of law is one of the most unique in Florida. It is the one and only Dominican law school and is the first law school in America to be founded by a group of religious women. The school provides a high quality legal education using the intellectual tradition of Catholicism through study, reflection, and action. Each graduate learns to become informed in their community and committed to provide social justice in their service.
ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL – MIAMI GARDENS: St. Thomas University is nationally ranked as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools. The academics of St. Thomas’s law school is devoted to providing an education that is lifelong and committed to teaching future graduates about human dignity and human rights not only in America but across the globe.
Carin Maxey’s blog posts are not legal advice and are meant for informational purposes only. If you require legal advice, please seek a licensed professional in your jurisdiction.