The College of Law at Florida A&M University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Omar Saleem
Application deadline May 31
Full-time program application fee $33
Part-time program application fee $33
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at Florida A&M University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 40.8% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.10
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 148

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 38.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-151
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.8-3.3
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.11
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 148

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 35.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 146-152
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.83-3.42
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.09
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 149

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered N/A
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
The College of Law’s practical skills training program has been recognized by National Jurist and Pre-Law Magazines. The College of Law offers four (4) in-house clinics, four (4) external clinics and judicial externships. Students are required to take a clinic or complete 20 hours of pro bono service. Students may participate in Int’l Study Programs that offers a Certificate in Int’l Justice.
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 156
Seminars 19
Positions available in seminars 309
Positions available in simulation courses 314
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 120
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The FAMU Law Review is published annually. The College of Law sponsors ten (10) practice skills competitions, five (5) moot court competitions, two (2) mock trial competitions, and the ABA Client Counseling, Negotiation and Arbitration Competitions. There are nine (9) recognized student organizations in addition to the Student Bar Associations.

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 168
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 183
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 51
Full-time students involved in field placements 34
Full-time students involved in law journals 44
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 27
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 26

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
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 67
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 108
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 18
Part-time students involved in field placements 6
Part-time students involved in law journals 7
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 6
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 10

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 18.9:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 39
Full-time minority faculty 72.0%
Part-time minority faculty 35.7%
Total faculty 49
Total faculty (men) 59.2%
Total faculty (women) 40.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 61.2%

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) 1.5
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 1.8
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.81-3.34
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.10
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-151
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 148
Acceptance rate 40.8% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 18.9:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 55.6% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 61.1% – 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 701

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 509

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 192

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 25.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 4.4%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 14.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 10.7%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Michelle Williams
Financial aid phone (850) 599-3730
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $12,424 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $32,327 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $8,892 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $23,016 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $13,000
Books $2,000
Miscellaneous expenses $10,000
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 3.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $4,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,000–$10,312
Full-time students receiving grants 6.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 0.5%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 3.6%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $7,562
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $7,562–$7,652
Part-time students receiving grants 4.2%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $96,934
Proportion who borrowed 91.5%
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) 405,016
Microform titles 1,311,688
Electronic titles 28,771
Other non-book titles 391
Total titles 565,866
Volumes (excluding microforms) 139,232
Volume equivalent microforms 252,015
Total volumes and volume equivalents 391,247
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 100
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 80
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 20
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 80
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 80
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 76
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 18
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 76
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, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 3
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 60
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 30
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
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 42,000
Total seats available for library users 416
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The FAMU Law Library occupies about 25% of the building, with 39,000 square feet, with an up-to-date computer lab. The Library collection includes about 354,000 volumes and microfilm volume equivalent. There is an extensive collection of online resources/materials; with a web-based catalog of materials that are accessible to faculty and students from off and on-campus locations.

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) 61.1% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 126
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 55.6%

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 11.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 88.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 55.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 5.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 20.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 7.1%

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

25th percentile private sector starting salary N/A
Median private sector starting salary N/A
75th percentile private sector starting salary N/A
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 49%
Median public service starting salary $42,100

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 91%
Graduates employed out-of-state N/A
Graduates employed in foreign countries N/A
Number of states where graduates are employed 11
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 2.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) N/A
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) N/A
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 81.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 2.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) N/A
Employment location unknown 9.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Office of Career Planning and Placement (OCPP) serves as a professional employment and preparation resource for students and alumni. OCPP assists in preparing resumes, developing career plans and job strategies, and assisting with interviewing skills. OCPP sponsors programs, workshops, and seminars for students. OCPP also conducts variety of other professional programs for students.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 57.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 85.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 13.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 77.8%
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) 26.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 72.2%
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) 4.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 33.3%

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