The College of Law at Stetson University

The College of Law at Stetson University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Laura Zuppo
Application deadline April 15
Full-time program application fee $55
Part-time program application fee $55
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at Stetson University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 37.9% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.34
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 38.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.13-3.58
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 30.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.98-3.52
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.26
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 154

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.P.H
J.D./M.D.
J.D./Grado
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Advocacy, elder law, higher ed. law & int’l law centers. Natl. Clearinghouse Science, Technology & Law. Internships & clinics. Part-time & JD/MBA, JD/MPH, JD/MD & JD/Grado programs. Honors program. Summer abroad Spain, Argentina, Switzerland, Netherlands & China. January program in Cayman Islands. Spring Break abroad program. Summer internship program Washington, DC. Semester abroad London.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 182
Seminars 27
Positions available in seminars 488
Positions available in simulation courses 1,321
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 212
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Trial team, moot court, and ADR boards; Stetson Law Review, Journal of International Aging Law & Policy, and Journal of International Wildlife & Policy. More national and regional ABA Law Student Division officers in past five years than other schools. Over 40 student organizations. Leadership Development Program.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 70
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 286
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 863
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 99
Full-time students involved in field placements 289
Full-time students involved in law journals 69
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 83
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 46

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 70
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 49
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 170
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 8
Part-time students involved in field placements 27
Part-time students involved in law journals 10
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 6
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 5

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.1:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 128
Full-time minority faculty 15.5%
Part-time minority faculty 11.4%
Total faculty 133
Total faculty (men) 63.9%
Total faculty (women) 36.1%
Total faculty (minorities) 12.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#119 Best Law Schools

(4) Ranking by Specialties

#116 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#3 in Legal Writing
#33 in Part-time Law
#1 in Trial Advocacy

Law Ranking Scores

Score 36
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.2
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.5
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.11-3.57
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.34
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-157
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155
Acceptance rate 37.9% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 14.1:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.3% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.9% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar FL
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1080

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 855

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 225

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 5.3%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 6.3%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 3.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Laura Zuppo
Financial aid phone (727) 562-7813
Financial aid application deadline August 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $35,466 per year
Part-time: $24,582 per year
Room and board $12,718
Books $1,730
Miscellaneous expenses $7,412
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 10.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 8.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 7.6%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 6.2%
Median grant amount $8,395
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$16,500
Full-time students receiving grants 31.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 4.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 3.1%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.3%
Median grant amount $5,700
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,888–$11,400
Part-time students receiving grants 13.3%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $133,082
Proportion who borrowed 87.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 69,332
Microform titles 59,123
Electronic titles 622,183
Other non-book titles 2,147
Total titles 752,785
Volumes (excluding microforms) 206,612
Volume equivalent microforms 189,757
Total volumes and volume equivalents 396,369
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 93
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 80
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 4
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 80
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 6
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 43
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 43
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 43
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 396
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 1,005
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 54
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 140
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 65,758
Total seats available for library users 867
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) 21 acre law school Gulfport campus houses most programs & classes & 62,000-square-foot library, 5 courtrooms, student housing, recreational facilities, a cafe, & reception halls. Tampa Law Center houses some classes, conferences & Tampa division of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal & includes two courtrooms and magnificent library space. Library has more than 390,000 volumes.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar FL
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.9% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 337
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.9%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.1%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 11.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $70,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 42%
Median public service starting salary $40,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.3%
Percent employed in business and industry 8.0%
Percent employed in government 13.3%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 3.8%
Percent employed in law firms 61.7%
Percent employed in public interest 7.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 3.4%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 91%
Graduates employed out-of-state 7.9%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.8%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.8%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.4%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.4%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 94.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.4%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.8%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.4%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Offers a variety of education programs to ensure students and graduates gain knowledge and skills in interviewing techniques, cover letter writing, and resume design (including mock interview programs). College participates in regional job fairs in major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington. Career Development Resource Center open 24/7, which contains a reference library.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 76.4%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 99.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 16.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 81.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 4.9%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 92.3%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.7%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 42.9%