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Florida Coastal School of Law

Florida Coastal School of Law
Motto Lex Ubique Est
(law is everywhere)
Established 1996
School type Private
Dean Chidi Ogene (interim)
Location Jacksonville, Florida, US
Enrollment 1704[1]
Faculty 129[1]
USNWR ranking Tier 4
Bar pass rate 72.9% (Feb. '14) / 5th overall [2]
Website fcsl.edu
The entrance to FCSL on Baypine Road
The lakeside of FCSL at night
Four knowledge bars serve students by providing a forum for students and professors to continue conversations outside of the classroom. [3]
The sun setting on the lake behind FCSL

Florida Coastal School of Law is a private law school in Jacksonville, Florida. Established in 1996, the school is owned by the for-profit educational investment fund InfiLaw System of independent law schools, which also owns Charlotte School of Law and Phoenix School of Law, and is owned by Sterling Partners.[4][5] Florida Coastal School of Law received its license from the state of Florida in 1995 and opened for classes in winter 1996. The class entering in 1996 graduated in spring 1999. The college was provisionally approved by the American Bar Association in 1999 and received its full accreditation in 2002.[6]

Contents

  • Academics 1
    • Moot Court 1.1
    • Mock Trial 1.2
    • Law Review 1.3
  • Bar passage rate 2
  • Post-graduation employment and debt 3
    • Student debt 3.1
    • Employment outcomes 3.2
  • Tuition and Cost 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Academics

The National Jurist ranked Florida Coastal among the top innovative law schools in 2013. [7] In 2014, Florida Coastal made the American Bar Association's Top Ten List of law schools teaching the technology of legal practice. [8] In addition to its curriculum for a juris doctor, Coastal offers several certification programs in specialized areas of the law. Coastal currently offers an environmental law certificate, sports law certificate, international comparative law certificate, family law certificate, and an advanced legal research and writing certificate. Additionally, Coastal, offers accelerated dual degree programs, with Jacksonville University, that allow students to complete a juris doctor and a M.B.A. or a M.P.P. in four years. [9]

Coastal also has an internship and externship clinical program.

  • Florida Coastal School of Law — official site

External links

  1. ^ a b "Florida Coastal School of Law".  
  2. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners, February 2014 General Bar Examination. http://www.floridabarexam.org/public/main.nsf/ES0214.PDF/$file/ES0214.pdf Retrieved on April 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Academic Technology Resources for Students. Retrieved on February 22, 2014. http://www.fcsl.edus/fcsl.edu/files/Academic%20Technology%20Resources%20for%20Students.pdf
  4. ^ Infilaw Corp. (2012). "Home". Infilaw Corp. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sterling Partners (2011). "Portfolio:InfiLaw". Sterlings Partners. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "ABA grants Florida Coastal School of Law accreditation". The Florida Bar News ( 
  7. ^ prelaw, A National Jurist Publication, 25 Most Innovative Ideas. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/prelaw_2013backtoschool/#/30 Retrieved on 9 Sept. 2013.
  8. ^ American Bar Association, Teaching the Technology of Practice, the Top 10 Schools. http://www.americanbar.org/publications/law_practice_magazine/2014/july-august/teaching-the-technology-of-practice-the-10-top-schools.html Retrieved on August 10, 2014
  9. ^ Dual Degrees. http://www.fcsl.edu/academics/dualdegrees Retrieved on Jan. 15, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Law School Public Interest Programs - Summer Fellowships
  11. ^ Florida Coastal School of Law, Moot Court Honor Board. https://www.fcsl.edu/content/moot-court-honor-board
  12. ^ Jacksonville law students gain national respect in courtroom competitions, Feb 16, 2010. http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/schools/2010-02-16/story/jacksonville_law_students_gain_national_respect_in_courtroom_com Retrieved Sept. 3, 2012
  13. ^ http://www.law.uh.edu/blakely/mcnc/2014/rankings.asp
  14. ^ Coastal Law, Mock Trial. http://www.fcsl.edu/content/mock-trial Retrieved on Sept. 10, 2013.
  15. ^ Westlaw Database Directory. http://directory.westlaw.com/default.asp?GUID=WDIR00000000000000000000095385201&RS=W&VR=2.0 Retrieved on Sept 9, 2013
  16. ^ Florida Law, Flat Rate Library, LexisNexis. http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/images/samples/AML/FL%20General%20Practice%20-%20Bronze.pdf Retrieved on Sept 9, 2013
  17. ^ Florida Coastal Law Review. http://www.fcsl.edus/fcsl.edu/files/LR%20informational%20sheet_0.pdf Retrieved on Sept 9. 2013.
  18. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners, February 2014 General Bar Examination. http://www.floridabarexam.org/public/main.nsf/ES0214.PDF/$file/ES0214.pdf Retrieved on April 15, 2014.
  19. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners. http://www.floridabarexam.org/public/main.nsf/ES0713.PDF/$file/ES0713.PDF Retrieved on Jan 15, 2014
  20. ^ Florida Board of Bar Examiners http://www.floridabarexam.org Retrieved on April 15, 2014.
  21. ^ http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings
  22. ^ http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/floridacoastal/2013/
  23. ^ a b American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education And Admissions to the Bar, Florida Coastal School of Law. http://employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/ Retrieved on 6 Aug. 2014
  24. ^ "Employment Statistics". 
  25. ^ Tuition and Fee Schedule. http://www.fcsl.edu/tuition Retrieved on Jan. 15, 2014.
  26. ^ "Tuition and Expenses". 
  27. ^ "Florida Coastal Profile". 
  28. ^ Yellow Ribbon Program Information 2013-2014. http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon/2013/states/fl.asp Retrieved on Jan. 15, 2014

References

In addition to various scholarships, Coastal students may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill funds and the Yellow Ribbon Program. [28]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Florida Coastal for the 2013-2014 academic year is $62,690.[26] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $246,459.[27]

  • $20,675.50 for Full-Time Students (13-16 credit hours)
  • $16,767.50 for Part-Time Students (9-12 credit hours)

Fall 2013 Semester: [25]

Tuition and Cost

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates [23]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
40.04%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
13.88%
Employed - Professional Position
  
7.65%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
0.53%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
1.6%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.0%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
4.09%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
30.6%
Employment Status Unknown
  
1.6%
Total of 562 Graduates

According to the American Bar Association for 2013 Florida Coastal graduates, 40.04% are employed in a position that required for the graduate to pass the bar exam; 13.88% are employed in a position in which the employer sought an individual with a J.D. or in which the J.D. provided a demonstrable advantage in obtaining or performing the job, but which did not itself require an active law license; 7.65% of the graduates are in a professional position in which a J.D. is neither required nor a demonstrable advantage; 0.53% are employed in a non-professional position; 1.6% are pursuing graduate work full-time; 4.09% are unemployed and not seeking employment; and 30.6% are unemployed and seeking employment. [23] [24]

Florida Coastal's Law School Transparency score is 29.5%,[22] indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 who obtained full-time long-term jobs practicing law within nine months of graduation, excluding solo practitioners.

Employment outcomes

According to U.S. News & World Report, the average indebtedness of 2013 graduates who incurred law school debt was $150,360 (not including undergraduate debt), and 91% of 2013 graduates took on debt.[21]

Student debt

Post-graduation employment and debt

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Florida Bar Passing Percentage [20]

The bar passage rate for first-time test takers was 72.9% during the February 2014 exam. [18] The bar passage rate for first-time test takers in year 2013 was 79.3% in February and 67.4% in July.[19]

Bar passage rate

The Florida Coastal Law Review is a legal journal edited by second and third year law students under the guidance of law professors. The journals are retrievable by judges, attorneys, and scholars around the world through the legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw. [15] [16] The journal is published three times a year. Students can join by being in the top 5% of their class or by submitting a high quality writing piece to law review. [17]

Law Review

Florida Coastal's Mock Trial team competes with law students across the state of Florida and the United States. The team members present their case before a judge and jury. Acceptance into the team is based upon a competitive meritocratic process that judges the student's ability and talent. Students are only eligible to try-out for the Mock Trial team during their 1L year in law school.[14]

Mock Trial

E. Earl Zehmer National Worker's Compensation Competition (Best Advocate) Fredrick Douglass Moot Court Competition (Quarter Finalist) Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition (Best Brief) Rendigs Products Liability Competition (Best Advocate) Billings, Exum, & Frye Competition (Best Advocate) Duberstein Bankruptcy Competition (Best Advocate) Chicago Bar Association National Moot Court Competition (Semi Finalist) (Best Brief) Appellate Lawyers Association Competition (Best Brief) Mercer Ethics Moot Court Competition (Best Brief) National Latino Law Students Association Competition (Best Brief) Hassell Nation Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Best Brief) (Best Advocate)

The Honor Board Finished in the Quarterfinals or Won a Best Brief and/or Best Advocate in the following competitions:

E. Earl Zehmer National Worker's Compensation Competition Billings, Exum, & Frye Competition National Professional Responsibility Competition Child Welfare and Adoption Law Competition

The Honor Board took Second Place at the following competitions:

Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition Rendigs Products Liability Competition Child Welfare and Adoption Law Competition Chicago Bar Association National Moot Court Competition Appellate Lawyers Association Competition Mercer Ethics Moot Court Competition National Latino Law Students Association Competition National Appellate Advocacy Competition Brooklyn Regional

Championships: In 2014, Florida Coastal's Moot Court Honor Board finished ranked the #1 Moot Court Program in the country.[13] The Moot Court Honor Board took top honors at the following competitions:

The 2012-2013 Moot Court National Championship ranked Florida Coastal School of Law's Moot Court team number two in the championship. [11] In 2010, Florida Coastal gained national attention when they scored a victory against Harvard Law in a moot court contest. Students are only eligible to try-out for the Moot Court team after completing their second semester. [12]

Moot Court

Coastal established the Center for Law and Sports in 2005. The Center offers students a comprehensive sports law curriculum in which to obtain a certificate in sports law.

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