Florida can be a spectacular place to study and practice the law. The state's status as a hub for multinational business, a major entry point for intending immigrants, and a popular retirement destination mean that there are limitless opportunities for lawyers of many different areas of practice. One significant early decision involves choosing the right Florida law school. The following article reviews some important considerations in choosing a law school and provides some useful links to prominent schools.
Florida law schools offer a wide range of options, depending on what you are looking for from your legal education. Some schools have a stellar reputation that could lead to big firm employment, while others may offer a more flexible schedule, great opportunities to get experience practicing law in legal clinics, law journals that are respected within their area of the law, and financial aid or an affordable tuition.
As you begin the search for the right law school you should carefully consider your goals for yourself in your legal education and the career that will follow. Although this is true wherever you study, it can be particularly helpful to understand the culture of a Florida law school before seeking admission. St. Thomas University School of Law is a conservative Christian law school, while the University of Florida, Levin College of Law's student body is more passionate about their football team than they are about conservative politics (go Gators!). Understanding a law school's culture can help ensure that you find the right environment to succeed.
How Can I Find a Florida Law School?
Florida's law schools are rated alongside the rest of the nation in the U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings. The University of Florida (Levin), Florida State University, and the University of Miami School of Law are within the top hundred. The chart below lists these and other prominent Florida law schools and provide links to their website and significant law journals. Follow the links to learn more about these schools.
Taking Your Next Steps
Finding the right Florida law school is just the first in a long series of important decisions you'll need to make on your path to a career in the law. Fortunately, there are a wealth of materials that can help you make informed decisions. Find articles, worksheets, and other resources throughout FindLaw for students.