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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.
The above LSAT and GPA data pertain to the 2015 entering class.
|Director of admissions||Jennifer Kessinger|
|Application deadline||July 15|
Law School Admissions details based on 2016 data.
*Medians have been calculated by averaging the 25th- and 75th-percentile values released by the law schools and have been rounded up to the nearest whole number for LSAT scores and to the nearest one-hundredth for GPAs.
|Approximate number of applications||1855|
The above admission details are based on 2015 data.
|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|C||69-73||WD: Withdrawn from course by permission|
|C-||65-68||W: Withdrawn from College/University|
The following numeric and letter grades were utilized by the College of Law prior to November 9, 2007 and may be reflected on a student’s official grade transcript:
|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|
Grade Point Average: A student’s official grade point average and class rank are determined using the student’s numeric grades, not letter grades.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option
A student may elect to enroll in a law school course on an S/U basis subject to the following conditions:
The S/U option is not available to first-year students. An upper-level student may elect to take any course on an S/U basis, except a required course (i.e., Constitutional Law II or Professional Responsibility) or the course which is used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement, other than a DIS project.
A student may elect only one course each semester under the S/U option, not including courses that are offered only on an S/U basis.
To exercise the S/U option, a student must complete and submit an S/U request form to the Records Office by the end of the fourth week of classes for the fall and spring semesters and by the end of the second week for the summer term. Once exercised, the S/U option is irrevocable.
The class instructor will not be informed of the identity of those students who have elected to take the course on an S/U basis, and the instructor will assign a numeric grade to those students on the same basis as all other students in the class. The numeric grades awarded to students electing to take the course on an S/U basis will be taken into account by the instructor in normalizing the grades awarded by the instructor in the course.
A student electing the S/U option will receive a final grade of Satisfactory (S) in the course only if the student’s numeric grade in the course is a 69 or better. A numeric grade of 68 or below will result in a final grade of Unsatisfactory (U) and no credit will be awarded for the course.
For any course which students must take on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis (i.e., mandatory S/U course), a professor may award the grade S+ to indicate that the student work was significantly better than that needed for the student to pass the course, and may award the grade of S- to indicate that although the work was sufficient to pass the course, it was significantly worse than the work that the professor expected from students in the course.
Credit hours earned by a student for a Satisfactory grade under the S/U option will count toward the total hours required for graduation [see section 1.2.1], but will not count toward the graded hours required for graduation [see section 1.2.3].
An interim grade of Incomplete (I) may be assigned by the instructor if a student has not completed all assigned course work at the time that grades are submitted.
All incomplete coursework must be completed by the end of the next academic term (including summer term), unless an exception is granted by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs prior to that time.
An Incomplete grade not otherwise changed will become an Administrative F (AF) and will result in a numeric grade of 60 in a graded course or an Unsatisfactory in an ungraded course.
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|
The term “class” in this paragraph refers to a particular section of a course, and not to multiple sections even when an instructor teaches more than one section of a course, except that a professor who teaches two sections of a course together as one class shall curve both sections together.
Class profile option. In any upper-level class that either (a) is classified as satisfying the Upper Level Writing Requirement, or (b) has an enrollment of 16 or fewer students, the instructor may elect to award final grades in the class under the class profile option in lieu of the curve. Under the class profile option, the mean (i.e., average) of the grades awarded in the class must not vary from the mean grade point average of the students enrolled in the class by more than six (± 6) points. In any other upper-level class that has an enrollment of 17 to 34, the instructor may elect to award final grades in the class under the class profile option in lieu of the curve. Under the class profile option, the mean (i.e., average) of the grades awarded in the class must not vary from the mean grade point average of the students enrolled in the class by more than three (± 3) points. The College registrar will, prior to each examination period, calculate the mean GPA of each class eligible for the class profile option and report it to the instructor.
|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%|
Areas of Legal Practice
|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:
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