Stetson Law again ranks first in trial advocacy, joins top 100 law schools nationwide

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Gulfport, Fla. – The 2008 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Stetson University College of Law among the nation’s top 100 law schools. The national publication again ranked Stetson University College of Law first for trial advocacy. Stetson ranked number five for legal writing.

Since these rankings began in 1995, Stetson has consistently placed among the top law schools for trial advocacy. Stetson was also ranked fifth in the nation for legal writing this year, which is its third time in the top five since this specialty ranking was introduced three years ago.

“We are delighted that our ranking is starting to reflect that Stetson provides an outstanding legal education for its students,” said Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson, who also served as Director of Legal Research and Writing at Stetson from 1996 until 2004. “We are proud to be included among the national top law schools, and we are honored that practitioners, judges and academicians recognize the strength of our various skills programs, such as trial advocacy and legal writing.”

Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy continues to strengthen the school’s commitment to advocacy training, hosting a national championship tournament for the American Mock Trial Association this April.

“Our advocacy program prepares Stetson students to serve the legal profession, both in and out of the courtroom,” said Advocacy Center Director and Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor Roberta Flowers.

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