Our highly accomplished and accessible law faculty delivers a program that is designed to produce sophisticated entrants into the legal marketplace.
Florida State's alumni network is truly superb, evidenced by our outstanding employment rates, extensive mentoring and alumni contribution rates. Hundreds of alumni visit campus each year to mentor and interview our students. Many additional alumni network via video conference.
Current students represent 42 U.S. states, 38 countries and 299 colleges & universities.
The 2020 entering class has a median LSAT of 161 and a median GPA of 3.73.
Florida State’s graduates continue to excel on the Florida Bar Examination. Our bar passage rate for the two most recent administrations of the exam was 83.6%. By contrast, the overall passing rate for first-time test takers was 70.9%.
Since 2010, the Moot Court Team has won 1st place in 17 national competitions and in one international competition. In February 2020, they won 1st place in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition.
Florida State’s Trial Team is ranked the nation’s 15th best in a 2020 ranking of the top trial teams. In October 2020, the team won 1st place in the 2020 Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition.
In 2018, our Black Law Students Association won 3rd place in the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. Our BLSA has been named National Chapter of the Year four times since 2011.
In 2020, for the ninth time since 2008, Florida State’s Student Bar Association received the National Achievement Award, which honors the best SBA in the nation, from the American Bar Association Law Student Division.
Professional Skills Training
Law students earn academic credit at our in-house, live-client Business Law Clinic, Children’s Advocacy Clinic, COVID-19 Veterans Legal Clinic, Gender and Family Justice Clinic, Children in Prison Project, Collateral Consequences Project, Health Care Access Project, Human Trafficking and Exploitation Law Project, Immigration and Farmworker Project, The Injunction Project and Juvenile Solitary Confinement Project. Clients in the Business Law Clinic are business and social entrepreneurs from across the Florida State University campus.
In our extensive clinical externship program, law students earn academic credit by working in one of 100+ outside law offices or courts. Placement areas include judicial, criminal, civil, legal services, appellate, business and international.
Our rich curriculum includes series of courses focused on litigation skills, transactional skills, legislative practice skills and administrative practice skills.