Overview

Applicants
1,553
Acceptance Rate
36%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.63
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
212

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
157 - 161

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
July 31

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$30

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
143

38.5
Female
16.1
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

At FSU, its students report, prepare for a friendly, individualized law school experience at a state school price. Of the faculty and administration, who “all [have] open door policies,” students say, “I never imagined law professors would be so accessible” and “any problems or concerns ranging from externships to the temperature of the classrooms someone is always polite and wanting to help.” This is undoubtedly because “there is so much conversation between the stellar faculty and the students” and “the administration is fairly transparent and keeps students informed.” Students feel connected to their professors: “All of the professors at FSU Law seem to enjoy teaching here, and I believe that says something about the faculty, facilities, and student body.”
Looking beyond law school, while “FSU is very much focused on policy and theory rather than on teaching legal-practice skills from day one,” “It’s clear that the school places great weight on job placement.” “The placement office, deans office, and all other staff here to support the students are phenomenal. They are constantly offering small workshops, résumé reviews, intimate gatherings with local judges and attorneys, and more.”
Students offer high praise for FSU’s facilities as well: “The classrooms are freshly renovated and the technology is great.” “Our new advocacy center, the previous Florida 1st DCA building, has brought five new courtrooms to the law school as well as conference rooms, new classrooms, and interview rooms. I would put the facilities of FSU law up against any law school.” Study space is widely available: “The law library is comfortable and spacious enough to fit all the students without overcrowding during exams” and across campus, facilities are “open 24/7 for students with our ID cards so no matter when we want to study we can.” Add “very low” tuition, “great” program availability, “openness toward transfer students,” and a “location in a capital city,” and it’s easy to see why FSU’s law students are so satisfied with their choice.

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
81%
Median Starting Salary
$65,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
85%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
48%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
90

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Akerman Senterfitt; Balch & Bingham; Broad & Cassel; Foley & Lardner; Gray Robinson; Gunster; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Holland & Knight LLP; Hopping, Green & Sams, P.A.; Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Tripp Scott; Troutman Sanders; White & Case; Wicker, Smith, O'Hara, McCoy & Ford; Federal and State Judges; Federal and State Agencies; State Attorney's Offices, Public Defender?s Offices; and Legal Aid Organizations.

Graduates Employed by Area

7%
Judicial Clerkships

Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Mel Martinez
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Justice Rick Polston
Florida Supreme Court

Craig Glidden
General Motors, Executive VP & General Counsel

Peggy Rolando
Shutts & Bowen

Eugene E. Stearns, Esq.
Stearns Weaver Miller, et al.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$29,270

% Students Receiving Some Aid
92%

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$18,071
Out-Of-State Tuition
$18,071
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$10,000
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$2,900
Fees
$22,625

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
544
Parent Institution Enrollement
41,900

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
11
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
9%
% International
2%

Demographics

29.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
51% female
49% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Of all the things to love about FSU Law, its “location in Tallahassee is a great asset. Being in the capital city offers opportunities to law students in multiple different disciplines in the legal profession.” Faculty and staff are eager to help students maximize these connections, cultivating local firms to host “events for students who are pursuing study in a particular field…because there are so many local lawyers, there are more networking opportunities than any student can possibly participate in.” Students benefit from the university’s deep roots in Florida, finding that FSU’s “alumni base is also great for reaching out and networking.” One student puts it strongly: “FSU Law is located in the capital city, literally within the shadow of the Florida Capitol Building. Being so close to the seat of power in Florida means many opportunities to interact with Supreme Court justices, legislators, and others.”
In terms of social culture, “my classmates all seem to get along and there isn’t a sense of throat cutting competition.” Reports confirm that “the other students are smart and actually nice to each other” and “competition is very low. It’s a great combination of hard work and plenty of play.” Indeed, “the students here are kind to one another, will email you notes if you are sick, and I’ve never heard of a book being hidden in the library!” Students register a few complaints about “parking” availability on campus and wishing for “more food options at school,” as well as the fact that, as at many large universities “there is often a mismatch between available seats in a class and demand,” but as a whole, one student sums it up positively: “I think we’re one of the nation’s best kept secrets.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Jennifer L. Kessinger
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Address
425 West Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601

Phone
850-644-3787

Email
admissions@law.fsu.edu