Stetson University

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Founded in 1900 as Florida's first law school, Stetson University College of Law has educated outstanding lawyers, judges and other leaders for 115 years.

In 1954, the College moved from Stetson's main campus in DeLand to Gulfport, nestled in one of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The College of Law opened a satellite campus in downtown Tampa in 2004. Stetson is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1931.

Student Demographics
2014 J.D. Entering Classes
J.D. Application Deadlines
2014-2015 Tuition
Law Library
Career Development
Bar Passage
Practical Training
Stetson at a Glance

Student Demographics (as of Fall 2014) [top]

  • 667 full-time J.D. students
  • 198 part-time J.D. students
  • 11 LL.M. in International Law students, representing 8 foreign countries
  • 35 LL.M. in Elder Law students (online)
  • 20 LL.M. in Advocacy students (online)

2014 J.D. Entering Classes* [top]

The information below profiles the 246 students in the full- and part-time entering J.D. classes:

  • Minority students: 26%; Women: 43.5%
  • 27 states represented
  • 92 colleges/universities in 4 countries
  • Age range: 20-60
  • Total new entrants: 246
    • Full-time: 210
    • Part-time entrants: 36
  • New J.D. students receiving scholarships: 73.58%
  • LSAT scores for fall 2014 entrants:

    High LSAT 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile
    Total FT/PT entrants 152 155 157
  • UGPA for fall 2014 entrants:

    UGPA 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile
    Total FT/PT entrants 2.98 3.25 3.54

    *Data as of Oct. 5, 2014.

J.D. Application Deadlines [top]

  • Entering Fall Semester new students: May 15
  • Entering Fall Semester transfer students: August 1

2014-2015 Tuition [top]

  • 2014-15 full-time* (fall/spring) $38,584
  • 2014-15 part-time** (fall/spring/summer) $33,370

*Full-time tuition does not include summer classes.
**Part-time tuition includes required on-campus summer session.

Scholarships [top]

  • A variety of financial aid options are available, including a range of scholarships and loans.
  • Stetson awards multi-year scholarships to selected entering law students. All admitted students are considered for scholarships; no special application is needed. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, a range of other personal accomplishments and experiences, and the ability to further the mission of the College of Law. Applicants who wish for their unique circumstances and backgrounds to be considered should include an addendum with their application.
  • Visit Student Financial Planning for more information.

Faculty [top]

The full-time regular faculty of 50 professors is supplemented by two visiting full-time professors and 50 adjunct professors in specialized areas.

Law Library [top]

The three-story Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library in Gulfport is one of the most advanced legal research centers in the southeastern United States. The Tampa Law Center also houses a satellite library to support students, alumni and judges. Housing almost 400,000 volumes, the libraries have extensive research databases, wireless networks, 50 group study rooms and eight professional librarians. There is a laptop requirement for all admitted students.

Alumni [top]

Stetson University College of Law has more than 9,000 graduates, including judges, prominent attorneys, business leaders, government officials and academicians. Though nearly 80% live in Florida, Stetson graduates practice in 48 states, the District of Columbia and 22 foreign countries.

Career Development [top]

Stetson provides career coaching and instructional programs for students and alumni. For the class of 2013, of 321 graduates, 292 were employed and 5 were enrolled as full-time students on Feb. 15, 2014.

Bar Passage [top]

Stetson Law graduates had a 78% bar passage rate on the July 2014 administration of the Florida Bar Examination, exceeding the statewide average by more than seven percent.

Stetson ranked first for alumni bar passage rate for July 2013 and February 2014 in Florida. Stetson's July 2013 passage rate for the Florida bar examination was 89.3% (compared to an overall pass rate of 77.2% among first-time test takers). In February 2014, 85% also passed (compared to 72.9% state average).

Practical Training [top]

Stetson was the first law school in Florida to establish a clinical program. Stetson's clinics and internships include:

  • Bankruptcy Judicial Internship
  • Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Civil Elder Law Clinic
  • Civil Legal Services Clinic
  • Elder and Disability Law Internship
  • Elder Consumer Protection Internship
  • Environmental Law Internship
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Law Internship
  • Family Law Internship
  • Federal Judicial Internship
  • Federal Litigation Internship
  • Federal Public Defender Clinic
  • Florida Circuit Court (Appellate) Internship
  • Florida Circuit Court (Trial) Internship
  • Florida Department of State
  • General Counsel Internship
  • Florida District Court of Appeal Internship
  • Homeless Advocacy Internship
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Individual Externship
  • In-House Counsel Internship
  • Innocence Initiative Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Internship
  • Labor Law Internship
  • Local Government Clinic
  • Low Income Taxpayers Clinic
  • Military Justice Internship
  • Municipal and Administrative Law Internship
  • Prosecution Clinic
  • Public Defender Clinic
  • State Litigation Internship
  • State Supreme Court Internship
  • Summer Law and Policy Internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa Prosecution Clinic
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Internship
  • Veterans Advocacy Clinic (in-house at Stetson)

Stetson at a Glance [top]

  • Ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy and No. 2 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report
  • Individual attention to student needs
  • Talented, accessible faculty who excel in their fields
  • State-of-the-art library and classrooms
  • Seven courtrooms
  • J.D. certificates of concentration in advocacy, elder law, environmental law, international law and social justice
  • Dual degree and joint degree options: J.D./LL.M. in Advocacy, J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.H., J.D./M.I.E.L. in International Economic Law, and J.D./M.E.B.L in European Business Law
  • LL.M. degrees in advocacy, elder law and international law
  • One of few U.S. law schools to share space with a working court, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal
  • The first law school in Florida to require pro bono service by students and faculty
  • Excellent career development and bar preparation services
  • Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law
  • Home to institutes for biodiversity law, Caribbean law, legal communication, and veterans law
  • Home to four academic journals: Stetson Law Review, Journal for International Aging Law and Policy, Journal for International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law
  • Honors program for top-ranked students
  • 45 student organizations
  • National and world champion advocacy teams
  • Wide variety of clinic and internship opportunities
  • Vibrant campus life with diverse student organizations, interscholastic activities and competitions
  • Eight study abroad and six foreign exchange programs
  • Main law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg with satellite center near downtown Tampa

Specialty Programs

In addition to the J.D. required curriculum, Stetson also offers the following programs and certificates:

• J.D. certificates of concentration in advocacy, elder law, environmental law, international law and social justice

• LL.M. degrees in advocacy, international law, and elder law

• Dual degree and joint degree options: J.D./LL.M. in Advocacy, J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.H., J.D./M.I.E.L. in International Economic Law, and J.D./M.E.B.L in European Business Law


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