Stetson University College of Law
Stetson University College of Law, located in St. Petersburg, is the first law school in Florida to establish a pro bono service requirement for students and faculty. Students entering this fall at Stetson Law are required to complete 60 pro bono hours to graduate.
Over each of the past few years, Stetson law students completed more than 14,000 legal and non-legal hours of pro bono service, assisting people at more than 100 locations in Tampa Bay and across the state of Florida. In 2009-2010, students completed more than 19,000 hours of pro bono.
Stetson Law also is home to other law-school firsts and best-in-class programs, said Cathy Fitch, director of career development. It has long set the standard for advocacy education, ranking first or second in advocacy since the U.S. News began ranking the specialty in 1995.
The school boasts the lowest student-to-faculty ratio in the region and the highest job placement rate — 93.5 percent.
Students also hone their advocacy skills in seven teaching courtrooms, including the nation’s first model elder-friendly courtroom. Students have an opportunity to watch the appeals process in action at the Second District Court of Appeal, one of few working courts in the country to share space with a law school. The court is located at Stetson’s Tampa Law Center, in a hub of legal activity that includes top area law firms and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Published January 2011.