Florida Coastal School of Law

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Florida Coastal School of Law
FLACSL Seal.jpg
Motto Lex Ubique Est
(law is everywhere)
Established 1996
School type Private
Dean Chidi Ogene (interim)
Location Jacksonville, Florida, US
Enrollment 1704[1]
Faculty 129[1]
USNWR ranking Tier 4
Bar pass rate 72.9% (Feb. '14) / 5th overall [2]
Website fcsl.edu
FlaCoastal.jpg
The entrance to FCSL on Baypine Road
The lakeside of FCSL at night
Four knowledge bars serve students by providing a forum for students and professors to continue conversations outside of the classroom. [3]
The sun setting on the lake behind FCSL

Florida Coastal School of Law is a private law school in Jacksonville, Florida. Established in 1996, the school is owned by the for-profit educational investment fund InfiLaw System of independent law schools, which also owns Charlotte School of Law and Phoenix School of Law, and is owned by Sterling Partners.[4][5] Florida Coastal School of Law received its license from the state of Florida in 1995 and opened for classes in winter 1996. The class entering in 1996 graduated in spring 1999. The college was provisionally approved by the American Bar Association in 1999 and received its full accreditation in 2002.[6] According to Florida Coastal's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 40.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, employment requiring a JD nine months after graduation.[7]

Academics[edit]

The National Jurist ranked Florida Coastal among the top innovative law schools in 2013. [8] In addition to its curriculum for a juris doctor, Coastal offers several certification programs in specialized areas of the law. Coastal currently offers an environmental law certificate, sports law certificate, international comparative law certificate, family law certificate, and an advanced legal research and writing certificate. Additionally, Coastal, offers accelerated dual degree programs, with Jacksonville University, that allow students to complete a juris doctor and a M.B.A. or a M.P.P. in four years. [9]

Coastal also has an internship and externship clinical program. Criminal law externships in the United States Attorney's Office, the State Attorney's Office, and the Office of the Public Defender throughout Florida and the southeast United States are available to Coastal students.[10] Recently Coastal began offering externships in international criminal law with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Internships in consumer law are available through Coastal's Consumer Law Clinic, and students can learn to offer general legal assistance through a clinical program with Jacksonville Legal Services, a pro bono organization.[10]

Coastal established the Center for Law and Sports in 2005. The Center offers students a comprehensive sports law curriculum in which to obtain a certificate in sports law.

Moot Court[edit]

The 2012-2013 Moot Court National Championship ranked Florida Coastal School of Law's Moot Court team number two in the championship. [11] In 2010, Florida Coastal gained national attention when they scored a victory against Harvard Law in a moot court contest. Students are only eligible to try-out for the Moot Court team during their 1L year in law school. [12]

Mock Trial[edit]

Florida Coastal's Mock Trial team competes with law students across the state of Florida and the United States. The team members present their case before a judge and jury. Acceptance into the team is based upon a competitive meritocratic process that judges the student's ability and talent. Students are only eligible to try-out for the Mock Trial team during their 1L year in law school.[13]

Law Review[edit]

The Florida Coastal Law Review is a legal journal edited by second and third year law students under the guidance of law professors. The journals are retrievable by judges, attorneys, and scholars around the world through the legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw. [14] [15] The journal is published three times a year. Students can join by being in the top 5% of their class or by submitting a high quality writing piece to law review. [16]

Bar passage rate[edit]

The bar passage rate for first-time test takers was 72.9% during the February 2014 exam. [17] The bar passage rate for first-time test takers in year 2013 was 79.3% in February and 67.4% in July.[18]

Florida Bar Passing Percentage [19]

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Post-graduation employment and debt[edit]

Student debt[edit]

According to U.S. News & World Report, the average indebtedness of 2013 graduates who incurred law school debt was $150,360 (not including undergraduate debt), and 91% of 2013 graduates took on debt.[20]

Employment outcomes[edit]

Florida Coastal's Law School Transparency score is 29.5%,[21] indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 who successfully started the practice of law within nine months.

According to the American Bar Association for 2012 Florida Coastal graduates, 48.43% are employed in a position that required for the graduate to pass the bar exam; 13.92% are employed in a position in which the employer sought an individual with a J.D. or in which the J.D. provided a demonstrable advantage in obtaining or performing the job, but which did not itself require an active law license; 6.86% of the graduates are in a professional position in which a J.D. is neither required nor a demonstrable advantage; 4.71% are employed in a non-professional position; .39% are undeterminable; 5.29% are pursuing graduate work full-time; 2.39% are unemployed and not seeking employment; and 18.04% are unemployed and seeking employment. [22]

According to the law professor blog, "The Faculty Lounge", based on 2012 ABA data, 35.9% of graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission within 9 months after graduation.[23]

ABA Employment Summary for 2012 Graduates [22]
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
48.43%
-Full Time Long Term
  
35.9%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
13.92%
Employed - Professional Position
  
6.86%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
4.71%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.39%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
5.29%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.0%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
2.35%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
18.04%
Employment Status Unknown
  
0.0%
* "Full Time Long Term" reflects the number of graduates who have found full-time and long-term employment that required for the graduate to pass the bar exam.

Tuition and Cost[edit]

Fall 2013 Semester: [24]

  • $20,675.50 for Full-Time Students (13-16 credit hours)
  • $16,767.50 for Part-Time Students (9-12 credit hours)

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Florida Coastal for the 2013-2014 academic year is $62,690.[25] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $246,459.[26]

In addition to various scholarships, Coastal students may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill funds and the Yellow Ribbon Program. [27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Florida Coastal School of Law". U.S. News and World Report. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  2. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners, February 2014 General Bar Examination. http://www.floridabarexam.org/public/main.nsf/ES0214.PDF/$file/ES0214.pdf Retrieved on April 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Academic Technology Resources for Students. Retrieved on February 22, 2014. http://www.fcsl.edu/sites/fcsl.edu/files/Academic%20Technology%20Resources%20for%20Students.pdf
  4. ^ Infilaw Corp. (2012). "Home". Infilaw Corp. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sterling Partners (2011). "Portfolio:InfiLaw". Sterlings Partners. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "ABA grants Florida Coastal School of Law accreditation". The Florida Bar News (Tallahassee, Florida: The Florida Bar). September 15, 2002. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  7. ^ "Employment Statistics". 
  8. ^ prelaw, A National Jurist Publication, 25 Most Innovative Ideas. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/prelaw_2013backtoschool/#/30, Retrieved on 9 Sept. 2013.
  9. ^ Dual Degrees. http://www.fcsl.edu/academics/dualdegrees Retrieved on Jan. 15, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Law School Public Interest Programs - Summer Fellowships
  11. ^ Florida Coastal School of Law, Moot Court Honor Board. https://www.fcsl.edu/content/moot-court-honor-board
  12. ^ Jacksonville law students gain national respect in courtroom competitions, Feb 16, 2010. http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/schools/2010-02-16/story/jacksonville_law_students_gain_national_respect_in_courtroom_com Retrieved Sept. 3, 2012
  13. ^ Coastal Law, Mock Trial. http://www.fcsl.edu/content/mock-trial Retrieved on Sept. 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Westlaw Database Directory. http://directory.westlaw.com/default.asp?GUID=WDIR00000000000000000000095385201&RS=W&VR=2.0 Retrieved on Sept 9, 2013
  15. ^ Florida Law, Flat Rate Library, LexisNexis. http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/images/samples/AML/FL%20General%20Practice%20-%20Bronze.pdf Retrieved on Sept 9, 2013
  16. ^ Florida Coastal Law Review. http://www.fcsl.edu/sites/fcsl.edu/files/LR%20informational%20sheet_0.pdf Retrieved on Sept 9. 2013.
  17. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners, February 2014 General Bar Examination. http://www.floridabarexam.org/public/main.nsf/ES0214.PDF/$file/ES0214.pdf Retrieved on April 15, 2014.
  18. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners. http://www.floridabarexam.org/public/main.nsf/ES0713.PDF/$file/ES0713.PDF, Retrieved on Jan 15, 2014
  19. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners http://www.floridabarexam.org Retrieved on April 15, 2014.
  20. ^ http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings
  21. ^ http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/floridacoastal/2013/
  22. ^ a b American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education And Admissions to the Bar, Florida Coastal School of Law. http://employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/, Retrieved on 3 Sept. 2013.
  23. ^ Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge, March 30, 2013. Retrieved on February 24, 2014, http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/03/-full-rankings-bar-admission-required-full-time-long-term.html. -- For the latest Employment Summary Reports from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education, see http://employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/
  24. ^ Tuition and Fee Schedule. http://www.fcsl.edu/tuition Retrieved on Jan. 15, 2014.
  25. ^ "Tuition and Expenses". 
  26. ^ "Florida Coastal Profile". 
  27. ^ Yellow Ribbon Program Information 2013-2014. http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon/2013/states/fl.asp Retrieved on Jan. 15, 2014

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°13′58″N 81°34′49″W / 30.23278°N 81.58028°W / 30.23278; -81.58028