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Florida A& M University (College of Law)




The College of Law’s rich tradition of excellence dates back to its original founding. On December 21, 1949, a division of law was established at the then Florida A&M College and the first class was admitted in 1951. In 1966, the Florida Board of Control (later known as the Board of Regents) withdrew its permission for the institution to admit law students, and two years later, the law school graduated its last class and closed its doors. Between 1954 and 1968, the law school graduated fifty-seven (57) men and women many of whom have gone on to make significant contributions to the legal profession both within the State and throughout the nation.

One of the original law school’s original professors, Leander Shaw, Jr., serves as an Associate Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

The 2000 Florida Legislature unanimously passed legislation establishing a law school at Florida A&M University and on June 14, 2000, Governor Jeb Bush signed the bill into law. The College of Law will admit its first class in Fall 2002.

The College of Law has committed to the following mission:
To provide a law program with high academic standards that produce excellent legal professionals who demonstrate professionalism, provide public service, enhance justice and promote scholarship; to provide a program that offers both full-time and part-time learning opportunities to students; and, consistent with the enabling legislation, to provide opportunities for minorities to attain representation within the legal profession.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will continue its mission of meeting the educational needs of African Americans and other ethnic minorities, while maintaining its leadership in racial diversity. At the same time, the University seeks students from all racial, ethnic, religious and national groups, without regard to age, sex, or disability, who have the potential to benefit from a sound education. The University provides for all an atmosphere where excellent teaching and lifelong learning are hallmarks.

In law, FAMU reaffirms its historical responsibilities to its students to provide important opportunities for service to the diverse communities in Florida, the nation, and the world. FAMU strives to set, to maintain and to reward high standards for faculty, staff and students through continual evolution and pedagogy, curricula, research and public service demands. FAMU will continue to serve as a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change. The College of Law’s role is to promote the development of legal professionals as community leaders who are sensitive to the needs of all people.

For the first few years, the Florida A&M University College of Law will be temporarily located in a beautiful ten story building in downtown Orlando. The building will house the law library on the first, second, and tenth floors, classrooms on the third, fourth, eighth and ninth floors, administrative offices on the fifth floor, and faculty offices on the sixth, seventh and eighth floors. In its current location, students have easy access to and from the school as well as access to a wide variety of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities. Because the law school will be located in the heart of downtown Orlando, students will be within walking distance to the courts, the county library, and other government buildings.

Construction of the permanent facility began in February 2004 and completion of that new, state-of-the-art facility is scheduled for the 2005 - 2006 academic year. The new law school building will provide an extraordinary environment for teaching and learning the law.

The College of Law will offer both a full-time, three-year Day Program and a part-time, four-year Evening Program of study. The Part-Time Evening program is designed for particularly well - qualified and dedicated students who are unable to attend on a full-time basis and want to earn a law degree while working full-time. Courses in both programs demand the same standards of performance by students and are taught by full-time faculty members who are assisted by adjunct faculty.

The College of Law’s educational program will develop with the addition of dedicated faculty and new courses over the next several years. The law school will offer a rigorous traditional curriculum of required and elective courses that will be complemented by extensive skills training which includes an intensive three-year writing program and a strong clinical program. The College of Law’s curriculum is designed to provide students with both the intellectual and practical skills necessary to meet the demands of the modern practice of law by combining theoretical coursework with clinical and practical experiences. Through the use of elective courses and leading practitioners as adjunct faculty, students will be introduced to emerging trends and developments in the law.

Community service will be an important facet of our educational program. The Florida A&M University College of Law plans to serve the Orlando community by educating lawyers and future leaders to understand the value of helping those in need. Through pro bono opportunities and a mandatory third-year clinical program, law students will provide pro bono legal services in Orlando while still in law school. In providing the legal services, law students will gain valuable experience and training and at the same time, recognize the need for these services as they start to practice law throughout the State and Nation.

In their first-year of law study, students will obtain a strong foundation for legal analysis and legal research and writing. That foundation will be provided through an introduction to the following core courses, which are required of all students and which will serve to prepare students for the upper-level curriculum of elective and required courses.



School name:Florida A& M UniversityCollege of Law
Address:One North Orange Avenue
Zip & city:FL 32801 Florida
Phone:407-254-FAMU (3268)
Web:http://www.famu.edu/acad/colleges/law
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