Why Stetson Law
Since being founded in 1900 as Florida’s first law school, Stetson University College of Law has welcomed bright students from across the nation and prepared them for success as highly skilled attorneys, judges, CEOs, and advocates. Read on to learn why you should consider applying for admission to Stetson Law and joining our community.
7 Great Reasons to Consider Stetson Law:
The strength of our academic programs.
We are proud to be ranked #1 for trial advocacy and #3 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report. Stetson is also a leader in the areas of elder law, biodiversity-environmental law, higher education law, international law, social justice, veterans law, Caribbean law, and other areas of legal study. Stetson offers five J.D. certificate of concentration programs, more than 60 skills electives, and joint or dual-degree options for J.D./LL.M., J.D./M.B.A., and J.D./M.P.H.
Opportunities to gain practical legal experience.
Stetson offers students more than 400 clinic and externship opportunities annually across the Tampa Bay, Florida metropolitan area. With more than 30 clinic and externship courses at approximately 60 hosting organizations, Stetson joins a handful of other law schools across the country who guarantee that every student can participate in a clinic or externship course during law school.
Scholarships for lowering the cost of higher education.
In Fall 2015, 55% of new J.D. students received scholarships. All admitted first-year students are automatically considered for multi-year scholarships. Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, Stetson will support an unlimited number of qualified veterans or eligible dependents with the GI Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program.
A beautiful campus located in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida.
Stetson’s 21-acre, palm-tree lined main campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg was once a 1920s resort frequented by Babe Ruth and other celebrities. Today, our historical buildings are supplemented with 3,920 network connections, seven working courtrooms, 50 library group study rooms, a swimming pool, and a law library with more than 419,000 volumes. Need a break from studying? Trip Advisor’s #4-ranked best beach (St. Pete Beach) is five minutes from campus.
Faculty who love teaching law and care about students’ success.
Our professors are involved in almost every aspect of campus life and are passionate about working with students both inside and outside the classroom. Faculty from throughout the law school spend time serving as mentors, advising student organizations, and coaching advocacy teams. Our faculty are authors, lawyers, and leaders in their areas of legal expertise.
Career development services for both students and graduates.
An accessible career development staff supports students with individual coaching sessions, group meetings and programs. Stetson’s “Career Toolkit” workshop series provides a framework for career planning and job searching. Our staff has established relationships with the Tampa Bay area legal community and works to help graduates find their ideal careers.
Study abroad programs in the Cayman Islands, Cuba, England, South Korea, Spain, and The Netherlands.
Our students can explore the world while earning academic credit and meeting legal experts in faraway countries. In addition to Stetson’s summer abroad and semester programs, Stetson also has international exchange agreements with universities in Australia, England, Ireland, France, and Spain.