Top Choices for Potential Law Students Seeking a Florida Law Degree
Pursuing a career in law begins with finding the right school that fits your academic preferences. Whether you’re looking for a highly interactive public school or a smaller, more private learning setting, Florida houses a wide variety of esteemed law programs with promising educational opportunities.
Top Law Schools and Characteristics
1. University of Florida Levin College of Law (Gainesville, FL)
Consistently noted as one of the most reputable public law schools in Florida, the University of Florida Levin College of Law is home to an impressive list of alumni, including Florida Bar presidents and Florida cabinet members. Founded in 1909, it is one of the largest public law schools in the country and is popular amongst students seeking lower in-state tuition rates ($22,231 for full time residents and 38,836 for non-residents), as well as an overall economic cost of living.
Median LSAT score: 158/180
2. Florida State University College of Law (Talahassee, FL)
A public law school located in the state’s capital, Florida State University College of Law provides an interactive setting that allows students and faculty to collaborate outside of the classroom. Students who attend this school are exposed to a variety of legal experience, as Tallahassee is home to many courts, law firms, and the Florida Legislature. Full-time yearly tuition for Florida residents is $20,683 and $40,695 for non-residents.
Median LSAT score: 159/180
3. University of Miami School of Law (Coral Gables FL)
University of Miami offers a private learning setting in a subtropical environment—making it a favorable option for aspiring applicants. While tuition is higher than other Florida schools ($46,166 plus an additional $14,000 for room and board), U of M School of Law has a relatively relaxed admission rate of 50.5%. This school is a fit for students seeking additional education opportunities, as it offers 8 concentrations and 8 options for joint-degree programs.
Median LSAT score: 157/180
4. Florida International University College of Law (Miami, FL)
A diverse learning setting in an even more diverse city makes Florida International University College of Law a promising option for prospective students. Located in South Florida, it is the region’s only public law school with an 87% rate of post-graduate employment. Tuition for full time residents is $21,345, and $35,590 for non-residents.
Median LSAT score: 156/180
5. Stetson University College of Law (Gulfport, FL)
Stetson University is home to Florida’s first law school, founded in 1900. It has been accredited by the American Bar Association and also has a campus in Tampa FL, which contains a working court, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. Full-time tuition (resident and non-resident) is at $38,900, while part time tuition is $26,960 (also resident and non-resident).
Median LSAT score: 155/180
No matter what Florida school you choose to pursue your degree in law, the state offers promising law programs that help ensure a successful, post-graduate career.
Norma Lorenzo, Esq., is the managing partner at Hermanni & Lorenzo Law Group, an Immigration law firm established in Miami since 2008. Ms. Lorenzo has helped hundreds of immigrants with a variety of cases obtain legal status in the United States. She also teaches at Florida International University School of Law.