Stetson University College of Law
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|Stetson University College of Law|
|Motto||Pro Deo et Veritate|
|Parent endowment||US$47.6 million|
|Dean||Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz|
|Location||Gulfport, Florida, US|
|Bar pass rate||89.3% (July 13)|
Stetson University College of Law, founded in 1900 and part of Stetson University, is Florida's first law school. Located in Gulfport, Florida (moving to the city in 1954 from its original location in DeLand, Florida). The law school occupies a historic 1920s resort hotel, the Rolyat Hotel, designed by Richard Kiehnel. The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The college also has a campus in Tampa, Florida which shares space with a working court, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal.
Stetson offers J.D. Certificates of Concentration in Advocacy, Elder Law, Environmental Law, International Law and Social Justice; J.D./M.B.A., J.D./Grado (Spanish law degree), J.D./M.I.C.L., and J.D./M.P.H. dual-degree programs; LL.M. in International Law, LL.M. in Elder Law and LL.M. in Advocacy. The college is home to the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law and has Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law. The Stetson Law Review was the Headquarters for the National Conference of Law Reviews from 2003–2008. The Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy and the Journal of International Aging Law and Policy are produced in conjunction with the school.
Stetson University is ranked #74 in the National Jurist's rankings of the top 80 law schools in the United States. It is ranked 93rd among law schools nationally by US News & World Report, the school is ranked 1st in trial advocacy, 6th in legal writing, and 37th in part-time law. The July 2013 pass rate for the Florida bar examination was 89.3% compared to an overall pass rate of 77.2% among first-time test takers.
Tuition was $37,782 in 2013–14. According to Stetson University College of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 62% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. Stetson's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 20.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
Stetson fielded the 2009 American Association for Justice National Champion Trial Team, placing first out of 248 squads from 147 law schools. Stetson has won the AAJ National Championship 4 times. The Stetson Law School team was the 2004–2005 world champions at the 12th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, the first U.S. law school to win since 1996, receiving Frederic Eisemann Award (i.e., prevailing team in orals) for winning. Stetson defeated the University of Vienna for the gold. The Stetson Law School team were also the 2013 National Champions at the 63rd annual National Moot Court Championship hosted by the New York City Bar placing 1st out of 260 teams.
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- Susan C. Bucklew (1977) – United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- Craig Crawford (1981) – television political commentator, writer, and columnist for the Congressional Quarterly
- E. Harris Drew (1923) – Member of the Florida Supreme Court (Chief Justice)
- Richard E. Doran – Attorney General of Florida under Jeb Bush
- David W. Dyer – United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Roy Geiger – United States Marine Corps General who, during World War II, became the first Marine to lead an army
- Joe Hendricks – United States House of Representatives (1937-1949)
- Carol W. Hunstein (1976) – Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
- Bruce Jacob – Florida Assistant Attorney General during the early 1960s and argued the case for the respondent in the landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright
- Craig T. James – United States House of Representatives (1989-1993)
- Frederick B. Karl (1949) – Florida Supreme Court Justice
- Carl M. Kuttler, Jr. (1965) – President of St. Petersburg College, 1978–2009
- Elizabeth A. Kovachevich (1961) – United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- Michael William Lebron, Lionel (1983) - Nationally syndicated radio talk show host.
- Kenneth Marra (1977) – Federal judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- Rich McKay (1984) – President and general manager, Atlanta Falcons (2004)
- Peter N. Meros (1972) – Judicial Nominating Commission
- James T. Russell (1954) – Florida Legislature (1958); Florida assistant state attorney (1965)
- Congressman E. Clay Shaw Jr. (1966) – Represented South Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981–2007.
- David Sholtz – twenty-sixth Governor of Florida (1933–1937)
- James C. Smith – Attorney General of Florida
- Roy Speer – Co-founder of Home Shopping Network
- Louie Willard Strum – Florida Supreme Court Justice
- Elwyn Thomas – Florida Supreme Court Justice
- James D. Whittemore (1977) – United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- Emmett Wilson – United States House of Representatives (1913-1917)
- Bruce Jacob (see Notable alumni)
- Ellen Podgor (an expert on white-collar crime)
- Charles Rose (author of Fundamental Trial Advocacy and noted military law scholar)
- Harold Sebring (former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court and a judge at the Nuremberg War Trials), Dean of Stetson Law (1955–1968).
- Carol Henderson (Director of National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law and president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.)
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- Florida's First Law School: History of Stetson University College of Law (2006) by Michael I. Swygert provides a detailed history of the school covering its founding, development, and growth. ISBN 1-59460-316-2.