Florida State University College of Law
|College of Law|
|Dean||Donald J. Weidner|
|Location||Tallahassee, Florida, USA|
The law school borders the southeast quadrant of the University's campus, near the Donald L. Tucker Center, an arena and part of the Tallahassee civic center area. The College of Law campus consists of four major buildings, four historic houses around a green and five parking lots. It occupies two full city blocks and is directly across the street from the Florida Supreme Court and one block from the Florida Legislature. The school's most recent addition is its 50,000-square-foot Advocacy Center, which includes five courtrooms.
According to Florida State University's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 68.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.
The College of Law offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.), which is the first professional law degree. The three-year program provides students a foundational first-year program, a legal writing program, and a varied offering of upper-level courses, seminars, clinics, and co-curricular activities.
Externship programs exist in the United States and abroad — including at the International Bar Association in London, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, the Special Court of Sierra Leone, in Washington, D.C., and in every major city in Florida, allowing students to spend a semester outside of Tallahassee.
The College of Law offers an Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in Environmental Law and Policy, as well as an LL.M. program for foreign lawyers. Additionally, the College of Law offers certificate programs in Environmental and Land Use Law, Business Law and International Law. Its faculty also offers a significant range of courses in Criminal Law.
The College of Law offers joint degree programs allowing students to earn other degrees in conjunction with the J.D., including Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Ph.D. degrees.
U.S. News & World Report (2015 edition)
- College of Law - 50th overall
- Environmental Law - 17th overall
In 2014, National Jurist ranked the College of Law as the 10th "Best Value Law School" in the country based on employment, bar passage rates, tuition, cost of living and average debt upon graduation.
A 2012 update of Leiter’s Law School Rankings rates the law school faculty the nation’s 33rd best in terms of per capita scholarly impact.
In 2011, PreLaw magazine ranked Florida State the nation’s 3rd “Best Value” law school and has been ranked "top 10" for three years in a row.
National Jurist magazine (2010) ranks the law library the 30th best in the nation.
National Jurist magazine (2013) ranks Florida State the nation's 34th best law school in the country.
According to Florida State University's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 68.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners. Florida State University's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 13.1%, 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.
The estimated total cost of attendance (including the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Florida State University for the 2014-2015 academic year is $38,593 for Florida residents and $58,344 for non-Florida residents. Most non-residents are eligible to reclassify as Florida residents for tuition purposes after the 1L year. Using the 2014-15 tuition & fees schedule, if a non-Florida resident student were to reclassify and pay in-state tuition for their second and third years of law school, they would pay an average of $27,364 per year in tuition for all three years.
In a recent study of faculty productivity of law schools Florida State Law ranked third and was the top law school in Florida and the most productive in the Southeastern U.S. The faculty scholarship of Florida State Law regularly ranks among the top 30 law schools based on downloads, according to the Social Science Research Network, which hosts working papers by Florida State Law Faculty in Public Law and Legal Theory, Law, Business & Economics and Sustainability Law & Policy.
Nationally prominent law professors at FSU include faculty in: Administrative and Regulatory Law (Mark Seidenfeld); Constitutional Law (Nat Stern); Criminal Law (Wayne Logan, Dan Markel, Gary Kleck); Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law (Donna R. Christie, David L. Markell, Hannah Wiseman); International Law (Frederick M. Abbott, Fernando Tesón); Law & Humanities, including Legal Philosophy (Rob Atkinson and Fernando Tesón); Law, Economics & Business (Bruce L. Benson, Manuel Utset, Kelli Alces, Shawn Bayern); and Tax Law (Joseph M. Dodge, Steve Johnson, Jeffrey Kahn).
Florida State Law faculty members have published their own casebooks in environmental law — David Markell and Donna Christie. Other faculty authored books are widely used in law schools across the country for courses in Tax Law (Joseph M. Dodge), International Intellectual Property Law (Frederick M. Abbott), and Law and Economics (Mark Seidenfeld). Beyond the classroom, Florida State Law faculty members are regularly cited as authorities by courts, law reform bodies and other scholars. One faculty member, Sandy D'Alemberte, is a former president of both the American Bar Association and the National Judicature Society.
Affiliated faculty from other university departments holding courtesy appointments at the law school include John Scholz, a leading political scientist addressing regulatory enforcement; Bruce L. Benson, an economist focused and law and economics; R. Mark Isaac, a leading experimental economist; and Gary Kleck, a criminologist known for his work on guns and deterrence.
The Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law is the state's first and remains its only student publication in the field. It is ranks among the top environmental and land use law journals based on citations.
The Journal of Transnational Law & Policy publishes articles in the field of international law, including human rights, comparative law and U.S. foreign policy.
Law students also publish the Florida State University Business Review a biannual publication which examines the interrelated disciplines of business and law but is not an official cocurricular journal.
Some of its distinguished graduates include:
- "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF).
- "National Jurist - March 2010". nxtbook.com. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- "National Jurist - February 2013". nxtbook.com. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- "Florida State University Profile".
- "Cost of Attendance: Fall 2014/Spring 2015".
- "Faculty Scholarship Study". rwu.edu. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- The official FSU College of Law website