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Stetson Law again ranked first in trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report


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Gulfport, Fla. – U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Stetson University College of Law first for trial advocacy. Stetson has consistently ranked among the top law schools for trial advocacy since these rankings began in 1995. In addition, Stetson was ranked fourth in legal writing this year. U.S. News ranks law school specialties based on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions.

Last year, Stetson was tied for first in advocacy by the 2006 U.S. News & World Report national rankings.

“Stetson is again proud to be recognized as a national leader in training skilled lawyers,” said Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson, who also directed the legal writing program until 2004. “Being ranked highly in both advocacy and legal writing reflects our mission to prepare students for the profession.”

Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy strengthens the school’s commitment to advocacy training, hosting a national tournament for the American Mock Trial Association which brings more than 400 undergraduate student trial teams together from around the nation.

“The Advocacy Center provides students with hands-on experiences that teach them to represent their clients in and out of the courtroom,” said Professor and Center Director Roberta Flowers. “Stetson is proud of its legacy of teaching students not only to think like lawyers but also to act like lawyers.”

Stetson offers full and part-time programs leading to the J.D., J.D./M.B.A., and LL.M. degrees and is the headquarters for the National Conference of Law Reviews.