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 78.2% (July 14)[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.


Stetson School of Law main tower as seen from the main courtyard (inspired by Torre del Oro in the city of Seville)

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.[4] 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.[6] 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.[3] The July 2014 pass rate for the Florida bar examination was 78.2%.[4]

Tuition was $38,584 in 2014-2015.[7] 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.[8] 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.[7]

Student life[edit]

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 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.

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.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  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. ^ "Best Law Schools Revisited". National Jurist. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Stetson University Profile". 
  8. ^ "ABA Required Disclosure" (PDF). 
  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.

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