Florida Coastal School of Law
|Florida Coastal School of Law|
|Motto||Lex Ubique Est
(law is everywhere)
|Location||Jacksonville, Florida, US|
|USNWR ranking||Tier 4|
|Bar pass rate||74.5% (Feb. '15) / 3rd overall |
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
- In 2010, Florida Coastal was the recipient of the American Bar Association E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.
- In 2011, the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) awarded Florida Coastal the Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Award for its partnership with JALA and its commitment to pro bono legal aid to the Jacksonville community.
- In 2013, the National Jurist ranked Florida Coastal among the top innovative law schools.
- In 2014, Florida Coastal made the American Bar Association's "Top Ten List" of law schools teaching the technology of legal practice.
- In 2015, the National Jurist gave Florida Coastal an "A+ or A" for being one of the best law schools that offer practical training.
LL.M. in Logistics and Transportation Law
Coastal offers the only LL.M. degree in Logistics and Transportation Law in the United States. The program concentrates in four key areas: maritime law, trucking and rail law, aviation law, and military logistics. In each of those areas, students obtain expertise in litigation, regulation, and contracting skills relating to international and domestic transportation.
The program is entirely on-line and can be completed in one year. Law school graduates are required to complete twenty-four credits in order to obtain a Master of Law (LL.M.). Non-lawyers and law students may enroll in the program and obtain a Certificate in Transportation Regulation after completing twelve credits.
The 2012-2013 Moot Court National Championship ranked Florida Coastal School of Law's Moot Court team second in the nation. 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 after completing their second semester.
Championships: In 2014, Florida Coastal's Moot Court Honor Board finished ranked the #1 Moot Court Program in the country. The Moot Court Honor Board took top honors at the following competitions:
Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition Rendigs Products Liability Competition Child Welfare and Adoption Law Competition Chicago Bar Association National Moot Court Competition Appellate Lawyers Association Competition Mercer Ethics Moot Court Competition National Latino Law Students Association Competition National Appellate Advocacy Competition Brooklyn Regional
The Honor Board took Second Place at the following competitions:
E. Earl Zehmer National Worker's Compensation Competition Billings, Exum, & Frye Competition National Professional Responsibility Competition Child Welfare and Adoption Law Competition
The Honor Board Finished in the Quarterfinals or Won a Best Brief and/or Best Advocate in the following competitions:
E. Earl Zehmer National Worker's Compensation Competition (Best Advocate) Fredrick Douglass Moot Court Competition (Quarter Finalist) Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition (Best Brief) Rendigs Products Liability Competition (Best Advocate) Billings, Exum, & Frye Competition (Best Advocate) Duberstein Bankruptcy Competition (Best Advocate) Chicago Bar Association National Moot Court Competition (Semi Finalist) (Best Brief) Appellate Lawyers Association Competition (Best Brief) Mercer Ethics Moot Court Competition (Best Brief) National Latino Law Students Association Competition (Best Brief) Hassell Nation Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Best Brief) (Best Advocate)
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.
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. 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.
Bar passage rate
Florida Bar Passing Percentage 
- Coastal Passing
- Total Passing
Post-graduation employment and debt
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.
Florida Coastal's Law School Transparency score is 29.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 who obtained full-time long-term jobs practicing law within nine months of graduation, excluding solo practitioners.
According to the American Bar Association for 2013 Florida Coastal graduates, 40.04% are employed in a position that required for the graduate to pass the bar exam; 13.88% 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; 7.65% of the graduates are in a professional position in which a J.D. is neither required nor a demonstrable advantage; 0.53% are employed in a non-professional position; 1.6% are pursuing graduate work full-time; 4.09% are unemployed and not seeking employment; and 30.6% are unemployed and seeking employment.
Tuition and Cost
Fall 2015 Semester:
- $21,508.00 for Full-Time Students (13-16 credit hours)
- $17,444.00 for Part-Time Students (9-12 credit hours)
- $13,676.00 for Part-Time Evening 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. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $246,459.
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