Founded in 1900 as Florida's first law school, Stetson University College of Law has educated outstanding lawyers, judges and other leaders for more than 100 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* [top]
- 722 total full-time J.D. students
- 139 total part-time J.D. students
- 12 LL.M. in International Law students
- 23 LL.M. in Elder Law students
- 13 LL.M. in Advocacy students
- 8 M.J. in Healthcare Compliance students
- 4 M.J. in Aging, Law and Policy students
*Data as of Oct. 2, 2019
2019 J.D. Entering Classes* [top]
The information below profiles the 255 students in the full- and part-time entering J.D. classes:
- Minority students: 29%; Women: 55%
- 27 states and 3 foreign country represented
- 84 colleges/universities
- Age range: 18 - 63
- Total new entrants: 299
- Full-time: 255
- Part-time entrants: 44
- New J.D. students receiving scholarships: 86%
- LSAT scores for fall 2019 entrants:
High LSAT 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Total FT/PT entrants 153 155 158
- UGPA for fall 2019 entrants:
UGPA 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Total FT/PT entrants 3.05 3.3 3.55
*Data as of Aug. 26, 2019
J.D. Application Deadlines [top]
- Entering Fall Semester new students: May 15
- Entering Fall Semester transfer students: August 1
2019-2020 Tuition [top]
- 2019-20 full-time* (fall/spring) $44,468
- 2019-20 part-time** (fall/spring/summer est.) $37,747
*Full-time tuition does not include summer classes.
**Part-time tuition includes required on-campus summer session.
- 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.
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 a central part of the Stetson Community, especially the students’ law school experience. As a center for student engagement, students can seek research and technology instruction, find quiet places to study, and engage in wellness activities. The Hand Law Library also houses the Academic Success and Bar Prep Services Department, as well as the IT Department. And in addition to 34 study rooms and 135 study carrels in the Hand Law Library, there are three classrooms where seminar and skills-based courses are held.
Stetson University College of Law has more than 9,000 graduates, including judges, prominent attorneys, business leaders, government officials and academicians. Though 80% live in Florida, Stetson graduates practice in 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S.V.I. and Puerto Rico, and 55 foreign countries.
Career Development [top]
Stetson provides career coaching and instructional programs for students and alumni. For the class of 2017, of 263 graduates, 245 were employed and 6 were enrolled as full-time students on March 15, 2018. Visit Employment Reports for more information.
Bar Passage [top]
Stetson’s pass rate for first time-takers was 77.6% on the July 2019 Florida Bar Examination. The statewide average is 73.9%.
Practical Training [top]
Stetson was the first law school in Florida to establish a clinical program. Stetson's clinics and externships include:
- American/Caribbean Law Externship
- Bankruptcy Externship
- Bankruptcy Judicial Externship
- Child Advocacy Clinic
- Civil Elder Law Clinic
- Civil Legal Services Clinic
- Elder and Disability Law Externship
- Environmental Law Externship
- Family Law Externship
- Federal Judicial Externship
- Federal Litigation Externship
- Florida Circuit Court (Appellate) Externship
- Florida Circuit Court (Trial) Externship
- Florida District Court of Appeal Externship
- Homeless Advocacy Externship
- Immigration Law Clinic
- Individual Externship
- In-House Counsel Externship
- Intellectual Property Externship
- Labor Law Externship
- Local Government Clinic
- Municipal and Administrative Law Externship
- Prosecution Clinic
- Public Defender Clinic
- State Litigation Externship
- State Supreme Court Externship
- Summer Law and Policy Externship in Washington, D.C.
- Tampa Prosecution Clinic
- Veterans Advocacy Clinic (In-House)
Stetson at a Glance [top]
- Ranked #1 for trial advocacy and #3 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked #3 in 2016-2017 Top Moot Court Programs and sixth best moot court of this decade by National Jurist
- Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy received the American Bar Association’s 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award
- 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
- LL.M. degrees in Advocacy, Elder Law and International Law
- M.J. degrees in International and Comparative Business; Aging, Law and Policy; and Healthcare Compliance
- Dual degree and joint degree options: J.D./LL.M. in Advocacy; J.D./M.B.A.
Special exchange options with international partner institutions: J.D./LL.M. (general), J.D./MINTEC Masters 2 in International Economic Law; J.D./M.I.E.B.L. in International and European Business Law, J.D./LL.M. in Employment Law; J.D./LL.M. in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law; J.D./LL.M. in International Commercial and Business Law; J.D./LL.M. in International Commercial and Competition Law; J.D./LL.M. in International Trade Law; and J.D./LL.M. in Media Law, Policy and Practice
- 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
- Home to institutes for biodiversity law, Caribbean law, legal communication, and veterans law
- Home to four academic journals: Stetson Law Review, Journal of Comparative and International Aging Law & Policy, Journal for International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law
- Honors program for top-ranked students
- More than 45 student organizations
- National and world champion advocacy teams
- Wide variety of clinic and externship opportunities
- Vibrant campus life with diverse student organizations, interscholastic activities and competitions
- Six study abroad and six foreign exchange programs
- Main law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg with satellite center near downtown Tampa
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
• M.J. degrees in International and Comparative Business; Aging, Law and Policy; and Healthcare Compliance
• Dual degree and joint degree options: J.D./LL.M. in Advocacy, J.D./M.B.A., and other exchange options with international partner institutions