The College of Law at Florida International University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Alma Miro
Application deadline May 1
Full-time program application fee $20
Part-time program application fee $20
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at Florida International University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 20.5% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.62
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 21.8%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.26-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.63
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 14.1%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 148-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.07-3.79
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.57
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 152

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.S.W. J.D./M.S. Psychology
J.D./M.A. Latin Amer.Caribbean Studies J.D./M.S. Criminal Justice
J.D./M.A. International Business J.D./M.S. Environmental Studies
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Extensive programming in international and comparative law, community service, and an externship program.There are six live client in-house clinics: Immigration & Human Rights, Immigrant Children, Community Development, Educatioon, Health, & Investor Advocacy and two hybrid clinics in Environmental and Bankruptcy Law. We have a summer study program in Seville, Spain.
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 81
Seminars 9
Positions available in seminars 145
Positions available in simulation courses 402
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 148
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students may participate on law review,moot court,and over 20 other student organizations.Selection for law review is based on a writing competition,and moot court selection is based on brief writing,oral advocacy,and negotiation competitions.The FIU moot court teams have had outstanding success in their first 8 years,winning top brief,orator, and overall awards in many national competitions

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 57
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 115
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 333
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 97
Full-time students involved in field placements 93
Full-time students involved in law journals 34
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 73
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 9

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 36
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 28
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 63
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 28
Part-time students involved in field placements 20
Part-time students involved in law journals 5
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 13
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 10

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.4:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 50
Full-time minority faculty 41.4%
Part-time minority faculty 42.9%
Total faculty 59
Total faculty (men) 54.2%
Total faculty (women) 45.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 42.4%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#113 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#60 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 37
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.7
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.22-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.62
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155
Acceptance rate 20.5% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 14.4:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 90.1% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.9% – Medium
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 551

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 369

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 182

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 4.2%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 1.1%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.1%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.3%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Alma Miro
Financial aid phone (305) 348-8006
Financial aid application deadline February 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $16,585 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $30,370 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $12,258 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $22,367 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $17,232
Books $2,936
Miscellaneous expenses $5,036
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? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 48.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 6.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.1%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$5,000
Full-time students receiving grants 56.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 4.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 24.2%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.5%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$5,000
Part-time students receiving grants 29.1%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $71,879
Proportion who borrowed 85.1%
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) 20,447
Microform titles 85,004
Electronic titles 48
Other non-book titles 156
Total titles 105,655
Volumes (excluding microforms) 103,353
Volume equivalent microforms 123,654
Total volumes and volume equivalents 227,007
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 Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 95
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 120
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 48
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 65
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 8
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 50
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 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

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) 9
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 16
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 10
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 43,000
Total seats available for library users 322
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Law Library offers the services of 6 full and 2 part-time professional librarians and access to a comprehensive collection of domestic, foreign, and international legal materials.The collection is comprised of print, microform and digital resources,including 48 specialized legal databases with legal newspapers,journals and thousands of historic and modern legal treatises in e-book form.

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) 80.9% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 151
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 90.1%

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 2.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 90.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.6%

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 N/A
Median public service starting salary N/A

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 6.6%
Percent employed in business and industry 14.7%
Percent employed in government 7.4%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 0.7%
Percent employed in law firms 60.3%
Percent employed in public interest 9.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.7%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 94%
Graduates employed out-of-state 4.4%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 6
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2.2%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 94.1%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Development Office provides resources to assist students and alumni with employment and launching careers.Relationships are cultivated with federal agencies, courts,public/private employers.Students are assisted with developing short and longterm career strategies including personalized counseling,resume and letter review,workshops and programming,interview programs and JobBank access.

Job Type

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

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