The Florida State University College of Law has been rated among the nation's top law schools by Business Insider and U.S. News & World Report.
According to ABA data for the class of 2015, Florida State is also the #1 law school in Florida in terms of job placement. Preparing graduates to succeed in their careers is the most important thing we do. We also are known for our world class faculty, our successful and friendly student body, and our location in Tallahassee that gives students a wide variety of opportunities to gain legal experience. Our students like their experiences at our law school and the careers we help them launch.
Florida State’s academic programs and faculty are among the best in the nation. Our faculty delivers a sophisticated program of study that prepares students to enter the worlds of law, business and government at the highest possible level.
|Director of admissions||Jennifer Kessinger|
|Application deadline||July 15|
|Approximate number of applications||1855|
|Tuition and fees Full-time||$20,683 per year (in-state)
$40,695 per year (out-of-state)
|Room and board||$10,000|
The following numeric and letter grades are utilized by the College of Law and are shown on a student’s official grade transcript:
|A+||98-100||S+: Distinguished Satisfactory Work (hour credit only)|
|A||93-97||S, S-: Satisfactory (hour credit only)|
|A-||90-92||U: Unsatisfactory (no credit)|
|B-||77-79||AD: Administrative Disenrollment (no credit)|
|C+||74-76||AF: Administrative F (numeric grade = 60)|
|C||69-73||WD: Withdrawn from course by permission|
|C-||65-68||W: Withdrawn from College/University|
|A+||98-100||S: Satisfactory (hour credit only)|
|A||93-97||U: Unsatisfactory (no credit)|
|B||80-85||IE: Incomplete Expired (numeric grade = 60)|
|C+||74-79||AD: Administrative Disenrollment (no credit)|
|C||67-73||AF: Administrative F (numeric grade = 60)|
|D||62-66||WD: Withdrawn from course by permission|
|F||60-61||W: Withdrawn from College/University|
All grades awarded in the College of Law are subject to the following grade normalization rules except as provided in section 4.3.
Mandatory curve. Except as otherwise provided in 4.3.2 or 4.3.3, in every class the median grade awarded must be between 79-81 and the distribution of the final grades awarded in the class must fall within the following percentages:
|45-55%||93-100||5-15%, with < 3% for 98-100|
|60-66||5-20%, except 0-20% for Legal Writing|
|summa cum laude||Highest Honors||93.000 or above|
|magna cum laude||High Honors||89.000 to 92.999|
|cum laude||Honors||84.000 to 88.999|
|Dean’s List||Dean’s List For any semester in which a student’s semester grade point average is 86.000 or better, the designation of “Dean’s List” will be noted on the student’s transcript for that semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List designation, a student must successfully complete 12 or more credit hours for the semester with at least six graded LAW hours.|
|Name of Award||Awarded for/to|
|Book Award||Law firms, corporations and individual alumni and friends have joined the College of Law in the Book Award Program, created to generate unrestricted contributed funds for the College, and to recognize the academic achievements of law students. Sponsors contribute $3,000 for each of five years to support a Book Award in a designated area. Book Award contributions are fully tax deductible.|
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$52,000-$75,000|
|Median in the private sector||$60,000|
|Median in public service||$45,043|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||42.9%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||81.7%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||13.6%|
|Public Interest Organizations||3.6%|
Externships allow students to earn academic credit while working off campus in a law office or court.
Students learn the role of attorney or judicial clerk while representing real clients and adjudicating actual cases. Florida State College of Law offers one of the most extensive externship programs in the United States. Externships are offered year round, and are available locally, throughout Florida, and in other national and international locations. In part-time programs, students may take other classes while externing, while in full-time programs students spend the entire semester immersed in practice.
Students can take advantage of opportunities in the following externship programs: