Florida State University College of Law

Florida State University College of Law

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Florida State University College of Law gives the Sunshine State one of the best value schools in the country. It is among the top three most rigorous schools in the region in which to gain admission and offers in-state students a great deal on tuition at under $20,000 per year.

Located 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, the Tallahassee, Fla., school attracts 78 percent of its students from Florida. Naturally, Florida State graduates place well throughout the state, where most of them stay to practice. In addition to Tallahassee, graduates are well represented in Tampa, Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville.

Florida State offers clinics and a variety of externships and, keeping up with the region’s growth in experiential learning trend, the school recently introduced its new Advocacy Center, a five-courtroom facility where students can practice their advocacy skills.

In addition to having one of the better academic reputations among Gulf Coast schools, it ranked third in The National Jurist 2011 ranking of Best Value Law Schools — highest in the region.

Dean Donald Weidner thinks the school’s intangibles are just as important for students to pay attention to.

“The greatest strength of the school is the morale of the students,” he said. “We have a very high level of collaboration and supportiveness ... lots of esprit.”

He said the school has the 10th highest alumni giving rate in the country. 

“Last year, 80 percent of our students gave cash gifts,” Weidner said. “They wouldn’t do that unless they were enjoying the experience.”

Published Summer 2012

Admission Profile
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75th Percentile1603.72
25th Percentile1573.32
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$11500
Percent receiving grants69.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 89.60%
NJ Employment82.06
Bar Passage80.19%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Best Value: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy