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Florida Coastal School of Law

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Rene Alten
Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in winter/spring

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 66.0% - High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.08
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 147

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 63.5%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-151
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.83-3.34
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.09
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 147

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 44.3%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-146
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.64-2.96
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 2.90
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 145
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
FCSL has five clinical programs, as well as externships for over 100 students per semester. In addition, it has certificate programs in sports law, international law, family law, environmental law, and legal writing.
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 125
Seminars 24
Positions available in seminars 537
Positions available in simulation courses 2,434
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 150
Student activities (as provided by the school)
FCSL students publish the Florida Coastal Law Review four times a year. The school also fields teams in numerous moot court and mock trial competitions. The student body is represented by a Student Bar Legislature elected by the students. There are also a host of other student organizations, including but not limited to BLSA, HLSA,and AP®LSA.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 75
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 372
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 2,112
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 150
Full-time students involved in field placements 273
Full-time students involved in law journals 64
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 145
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 43

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
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 N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 21.6:1 - High
Full- and part-time faculty 129
Full-time minority faculty 14.5%
Part-time minority faculty 10.0%
Total faculty 145
Total faculty (men) 52.4%
Total faculty (women) 47.6%
Total faculty (minorities) 11.7%

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

RNP in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 1.7
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.83-3.34
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.08
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-151
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 147
Acceptance rate 66.0% - High
Student-faculty ratio 21.6:1 - High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.7% - Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 74.2% - 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 1753

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,702

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 51

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 22.2%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.8%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 10.9%
Female students discontinuing law school 10.1%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Roger Collins
Financial aid phone (904) 680-7717
Financial aid application deadline N/A

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $36,968 per year
Part-time: $29,912 per year
Room and board $10,251
Books $1,300
Miscellaneous expenses $8,829
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
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? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount $7,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$10,000
Full-time students receiving grants N/A

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount $8,100
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$13,500
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $134,355
Proportion who borrowed 91.8%
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) 27,833
Microform titles 80,340
Electronic titles 23,968
Other non-book titles 349
Total titles 132,490
Volumes (excluding microforms) 138,872
Volume equivalent microforms 84,054
Total volumes and volume equivalents 222,962
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 No

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 105
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 96
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 7
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 64
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 8
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
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 38
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 5

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 11
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 500
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 2,180
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 60
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 1,040
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? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 48,404
Total seats available for library users 618
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) N/A
 

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) 74.2% - Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 433
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.7%

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 7.6%
Graduates whose employment status is known 92.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 5.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 3.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.2%

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

25th percentile private sector starting salary $39,000
Median private sector starting salary $46,500
75th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 36%
Median public service starting salary $40,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.2%
Percent employed in business and industry 17.4%
Percent employed in government 10.4%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 4.1%
Percent employed in law firms 38.0%
Percent employed in public interest 22.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 4.3%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 61%
Graduates employed out-of-state 37.8%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 32
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.9%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 6.9%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 4.2%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.3%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 74.5%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 3.3%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 3.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations The FCSL Career Services department provides counseling and resume writing support for students. In addition, the department hosts on campus interviews and has weekly programming on various aspects of employment in the legal profession and other potential sources of employment. Faculty and staff conduct mock interviews for students. The full time staff of 13, all but 4 of whom have J.D.'s.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 52.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 76.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 19.0%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 46.1%
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) 6.0%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%
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) 5.5%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 18.2%
 


 
 

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