3. University of Miami School of Law (Coral Gables, FL)
The University of Miami School of Law is the oldest law school in South Florida. Its programs and reputation have stood the test of time, being one of the country’s top law schools.
The school boasts 18 areas of study and more than 300 course offerings. Opportunities for experiential education are abundant, with 18 clinics and practicums. In sum, students receive thorough and rigorous training in their areas of interest.
The school has a reputable Environmental Law program, which includes an Environmental Justice Clinic and access to one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. Indeed, Florida’s Everglades National Park is the natural backdrop for this program. A Miami Law student was recently awarded the very prestigious fellowship at the Washington DC-based Environmental Law Institute. Miami Law is consistently touted as a top school for International Law as well.
Notable faculty include Marilyn Milian, host of the People’s Court, and Jan Paulsson, a world-renowned expert in international arbitration.
2. Florida State University College of Law (Tallahassee, FL)
FSU College of Law has made to the top spot across a variety of rankings and lists. PreLaw Magazine named it as the #1 law school for careers in government and #7 for human rights and public policy. It is the first school on this list to break into the top 20 on the US News and World Report list for top law schools.
Its Center for Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law is nationally recognized, providing students with excellent practical law, advocacy, and policy training. The Director, Dr. Erin Ryan, has presented her wide-ranging research throughout the US and the world and has authored many scholarly works, including a book on federalism, published by the preeminent Oxford University Press.
Over 70% of graduates obtain full-time employment within ten months of graduation. The bar passage rate for the school hovers around an impressive 80%. Of course, FSU College of Law is a selective school, with an acceptance rate of 35% in 2019.
1. University of Florida Levin College of Law (Gainesville, FL)
Last, but not least, is the outstanding University of Florida Levin College of Law. It is the oldest operating law school in the state of Florida. In recent years, approximately 80% of each graduating class found full-time employment in the law sector within a year of degree completion. It was ranked #21 in “Best Law Schools” and #2 and #20 for its Tax law and Environmental Law programs, respectively.
The acceptance rate for 2020 was a mere 20%, making it the most competitive school on this list. Levin College of Law faculty are experts in their field and have very active research profiles to complement their outstanding teaching.
A myriad of “hands-on” opportunities are offered to students, ranging from faculty-supervised clinics and field placements to externships and advocacy programs.