Stetson University College of Law

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Stetson University College of Law
Stetson University College of Law Logo 2014.jpg
Motto Pro Deo et Veritate[1]
Established 1900
School type Private
Parent endowment US$47.6 million
Dean Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz[2]
Location Gulfport, Florida, US
Enrollment 1,033
Faculty 61
USNWR ranking 93rd[3]
Bar pass rate 89.3% (July 13)[4]

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.[5] 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.

Tuition and Cost[edit]

2014–15 Tuition:[6]

  • $38,584 in tuition

Employment Statistics[edit]

53.4% of the Class of 2011 were known to be employed in long-term, full-time legal jobs (excepting solo practitioners) nine months after graduation. 23% of the Class of 2011 were employed in part-time or short-term jobs, unemployed and seeking employment or pursuing additional education. The employment status of 4.7% of the Class of 2011 was unknown. 0.6% of the Class of 2011 obtained a federal clerkship. 3.7% of the Class of 2011 were known to be employed in law firms of 101 attorneys or more. 18.3% of the Class of 2011 were known to be employed in full-time, long-term government or public interest jobs. 0.6% of the Class of 2011 were employed in school funded jobs.[7]


Stetson School of Law main tower as seen from the main courtyard (inspired by Torre del Oro in the city of Seville)
  • 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.[4]
  • The Stetson Law Review was the Headquarters for the National Conference of Law Reviews from 2003–2008.
  • Home to the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law.
  • Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law.
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[9]
  • 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 was 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 in the oldest and most prestigious moot court event in the United States.

Notable alumni[edit]

Stetson School of Law Library (58,000 square feet)
Stetson Law's Campus from the Library
Stetson Law's Crummer Courtyard from the Coffee Shop

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ AbleMedia. Latin Mottoes of U.S. Colleges and Universities
  2. ^ "Stetson Law Faculty Directory". Retrieved 11/8/2012. 
  3. ^ a b U.S. News & World Report. Rankings: Stetson University College of Law. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Stetson University College of Law. Profile/Quick Facts. Retrieved 13 March 2014
  5. ^ Stetson Tour
  6. ^ Stetson Law Tutition. [1]. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  7. ^ Law School Transparency. Stetson University Profile. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Best Law Schools Revisited". National Jurist. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Stetson Law News (8 April 2009). "Stetson Wins National Championship". Retrieved 13 March 2014
  10. ^ Atwood, Evangeline; DeArmond, Robert N. (1977). Who's Who in Alaskan Politics. Portland: Binford & Mort for the Alaska Historical Commission. p. 12. 
  11. ^ The presidents and chancellors: Profiles of chief executive officers of member institutions of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and its Presidents Academy. 1982. p. 68. ISBN 0-87117-113-9. 

Further reading

  • 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.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°45′24″N 82°43′06″W / 27.756559°N 82.718199°W / 27.756559; -82.718199