Florida International University College of Law

Florida International University College of Law

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Florida International University College of Law, founded in 2002, is Southern Florida’s only public law school. To that end, it has the lowest tuition in the region and tts average student graduates with about $42,000 in debt.

The law school’s alums include a large number of prosecutors, public defenders and judges, so FIU’s affordability makes it a much-desired school for students interested in those professions, said Dean R. Alexander Acosta. The school ranks second in percent of graduates employed nine months after graduation — with 92 percent.

FIU also ranks within the Top 10 for the number of Hispanic students, and the Princeton Review gave the law school high marks for having one of the most diverse group of students in the nation.

“Our mission is to introduce the law to an increasingly diverse student body, who will graduate into an increasingly diverse profession,” Acosta said.

FIU has a competitive night program, Acosta added, and it recently began offering advance standing to students with foreign J.D.’s entering this program. Additionally, the law school boosted its clinics to eight and expanded its externship program so students graduate with an array of practice experiences, Acosta said. Finally, its faculty-to-student ratio of 16.2-to-1 is the second highest in the region. Additionally, FIU regularly ranks first with the state's highest bar-passing rates (2005, 2007 and 2009).

Published Winter 2011

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75th Percentile1573.78
25th Percentile1513.16
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$14,900$24,550
Living Expenses
Median grant$6000
Percent receiving grants66.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 90.90%
NJ Employment84.58
Bar Passage87.16%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
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Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Real Estate Transactions
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