COL Frequently Asked Questions Archive

Graduation

How are students supposed to get their pro bono hours and community service work completed?

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has uniquely altered the Spring 2020 pro bono and community service work normally performed by students. Please view the Emergency Pro Bono Policies and Procedures for the COVID-19 Pandemic for more details.

Has the COL addressed the issues related to graduating honors in the context of COVID-19?

Yes, the COL has passed the Emergency Grading Policy. The policy amends the standard for graduating honors.

Grades/Bar/Exams

When will the February Bar Exam results be released, and how will we be sworn in?

The February Bar Exam results were released on April 13, 2020, and are available on the Florida Supreme Court’s website

New Bar members can take their attorney oaths remotely using two-way video conferencing. The requirement is that the person administering the oath can positively identify the person taking the oath. Electronic oaths of admission must be submitted via email to oath@floridabarexam.com so they can be processed and submitted to the court and The Florida Bar. The video conferencing oath option is extended through the end of May. 

What is the new grading policy for the spring 2020 semester?

The College of Law passed the Emergency Grading Policies and Procedures for the COVID-19 Pandemic. This policy requires that all J.D. students and resident LL.M. students be graded using a pass/fail scale, unless the course was completed by March 13. Students in the online LL.M. and online Master of Laws programs will be graded as normal.

View the Emergency Grading Policies and Procedures for the COVID-19 Pandemic for more details. 

How is College of Law advocating for our students taking the FL Bar?

Dean Alexandre and the deans from Florida’s 11 other law schools have sent a letter to the Supreme Court of Florida and the Board of Bar Examiners advocating that students be admitted to practice as soon as possible. They have submitted a variety of options for considerations, as well as offered our law school premises for administration of the bar exam within CDC guidelines. Please see the complete letter for the detailed arguments urging that students be allowed to practice as early as possible this summer. 

Housing/Fees

Will I receive my security deposit back?

Housing Security deposits will be reimbursed to 3Ls who desire to move out because of coronavirus. For 1L and 2Ls, security deposits will be handled in the normal way by rolling over to the next year. If you would like to move out due to the Coronavirus, you must notify housing immediately and let them know what arrangements you plan to make. The deadline for making these arrangements was Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

For graduating 3Ls who want to take advantage of Bar Stay, we will extend the Bar Stay move out deadline to August 2, regardless of whether the July Bar takes place or is delayed. See the 10:27 p.m., April 1, 2020 Important Message from Dean Alexandre here

Will I get my activities fee and printing benefit refunded?

All J.D. and International LL.M. students will be refunded a prorated percentage of the activity fee and printing benefit you may not have been able to use. Additionally, the Business Office will refund any graduating 3L who has a balance on their print accounts from funds that they personally contributed this semester. Please contact the Business Office at 727-562-7805 if you believe you are eligible for this refund.