Stetson Law ranked best school for Trial Advocacy in the U.S. for the 21st time

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For the 21st time, Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, is ranked the No. 1 school for Trial Advocacy in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. Stetson is ranked No. 3 for Legal Writing, and is consistently among the top six programs for legal writing.

Kristen Adams

“For 25 years, Stetson has distinguished itself among the top programs in the country for Trial Advocacy. We are also extremely proud to be consistently recognized among the top programs for Legal Writing. We are honored to appear for the first time in the top third of law schools for Dispute Resolution. Skills in these areas are critical to the successful practice of law, and we are dedicated to preparing our students to be the best lawyers they can be,” said Stetson Interim Dean and Professor of Law Kristen David Adams, who directs the Dispute Resolution Board at Stetson.  

Charles Rose

“Stetson advocates speak on behalf of clients whenever and wherever they are called to do so,” said Charles H. Rose III, Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy and director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson. “Stetson transforms students into advocates who are powerful, compassionate and persuasive – committed to excellence in word and deed. That is the hallmark of a Stetson education.”

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Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D.

“It is a tremendous honor to be ranked number one in Trial Advocacy for the 21st time,” said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. “This consistency highlights Stetson’s commitment to a rigorous education where faculty are deeply invested in the educational pursuits of our students. Such recognition exemplifies our commitment to students who learn to provide outstanding legal representation while working with innovative faculty who prepare them for significant careers beyond these walls.”

Stetson Law is ranked among the top third of law schools for Dispute Resolution by U.S. News. In 2018, for the first time in its 17-year history, Stetson’s Dispute Resolution Board achieved a perfect four-for-four record of advancing to nationals in all four dispute resolution competitions sponsored by the ABA.