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Barry University (Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law)

The School of Law educates students to become responsible lawyers, trained to assume an active role in the legal community. Students are trained to act in strict accord with the highest ethical standards and to exercise their professional skills competently, with sensitivity to the needs and concerns of their clients.

Students at the School of Law have many opportunities to experience the “law-in-action” concept, both in the classroom and through practical application. Small classes foster a collegial student/professor relationship and enable the School of Law to provide legal education at its best.

The School of Law offers a three-year daytime program structured for full-time students. The School of Law also offers a four-year extended studies program in the evening to accommodate working adults or anyone who, for whatever reason, is unable to pursue three full-time years of study toward a law degree.

Barry University School of Law seeks to offer a quality legal education in a caring environment that will enable its graduates to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired to their own personal development and to the good of society through the competent and ethical practice of law or through pursuits other than traditional legal practice. The School of Law seeks to provide a learning environment which challenges students to accept intellectual, personal, ethical, spiritual, and social responsibilities. The School commits itself to assuring a religious dimension in an atmosphere of religious freedom and to providing community service.

The School of Law strives to:

* teach students the skills required of a practicing attorney;
* develop awareness among students of the philosophical, social, economic, political, and moral forces shaping the development of law and legal institutions and encourage students to question the fundamental issues raised;
* prepare students for their role in future development of the law;
* provide enrolled students with meaningful opportunities, including internship and externship programs, to apply and refine legal knowledge and skills learned in the classroom;
* foster in students the highest sense of professionalism and understanding of the ethical and moral issues faced by members of the law school community and the larger legal community;
* attract and maintain a diverse student body, faculty, and staff;
* guarantee the academic freedom of both faculty and students to acquire and transmit knowledge;
* provide resources to support faculty members in their teaching, scholarship, and service to the community;
* help students identify and enhance their personal, religious, academic, and career goals and help students develop the means of achieving their goals; and
* provide for an ongoing self-assessment to determine if the institution is accomplishing its mission and meeting its stated goals.

At Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of
Law, we share the belief that the law is an art and a
calling. The School of Law is driven by a mission
established by Barry’s Adrian Dominican sponsors that
can be traced back to the teachings and ministry of
Saint Dominic. Our mission is to provide you with a
quality legal education, a religious dimension, and a
commitment to public service and social justice, all
within a caring environment.
A Barry legal education prepares you for the “learned
art” of law through traditional doctrinal courses, simulation skills courses such as Trial Practice, and real client practice in our in-house clinics and clinical placements.
You learn the art from a well-credentialed faculty who
bring a variety of practice and teaching backgrounds
to the classroom.
Barry Law adds a religious dimension by accepting and
celebrating the diversity of faiths among our students
and encouraging you to deepen your own beliefs.
Barry’s mission challenges you to view the practice of
law as a “calling,” not an occupation.

Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law has assembled a truly outstanding faculty with degrees from institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Michigan, New York University, American University, and George
Washington University. Former diplomats, negotiators, human rights advocates, scientists, and litigators, the faculty have applied their skills from Bosnia to the Bahamas. Each makes important contributions to
prestigious journals in critical fields such as intellectual
property, entertainment, international trade, and
environmental law.

The faculty helps you master the topics in the core and required curricula that will be covered on the bar exam. Persevere through the required upper-division courses, and you enjoy a range of engaging electives from
advanced appellate advocacy to white collar crime.

At Barry Law, you find significant opportunities to hone your legal skills. You sharpen litigation skills on the trial advocacy teams. You polish your analytical and writing skills on the Law Review. You practice brief writing and oral advocacy through the Moot Court Board. You gain
hands-on experience with clinical placements and Barry’s in-house Children and Families Clinic.

In each domain, your professors give you an experiential edge. “I want to shorten my students’ learning curves from eight to ten years to two or
three,” says Professor Mitchell J. Frank, who coaches Barry’s trial teams to victory. In 2005, Barry’s
student trial advocacy team reached the final four among 223 teams in the country at the Association of
Trial Lawyers of America Nationals.

Trial advocacy competitions are mock trials run by organizations such as the Florida Bar and the
Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Competitors receive a packet describing a fictitious case.
Then two teams of six prepare both sides of the argument to be presented before a judge and a jury played by practicing attorneys.

The School of Law combines traditional and innovative teaching methods to provide a dynamic, professional program. The J.D. curriculum is designed to develop students’ analytical ability, communication skills, and understanding of the codes of professional responsibility and ethics that are central to the practice of law. The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching methods, including simulations and role-playing. Courses designed to develop and refine writing abilities are required. Seminars and advanced courses provide close interaction with faculty.

The School of Law offers the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. All students in the program must complete 90 semester-hours of study in areas that are essential to the understanding and practice of law.

Barry University combines traditional and innovative teaching methods to provide a dynamic, professional program. The JD curriculum is designed to develop students' analytical ability, communication skills, and understanding of the codes of professional responsibility and ethics that are central to the practice of law. The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching methods, including simulations and role-playing. Courses designed to develop and refine writing abilities are required. Seminars and advanced courses provide close interaction with faculty

Barry Law School offers an in-house clinical opportunity for students in the Children and Families Clinic (CFC). The CFC focuses on advocacy for children in the areas of delinquency, dependency, mental health and education law. All students in the CFC are certified as legal interns by the Florida Supreme Court. Certification as a legal intern enables the law student, under the CFC professor (who is a licensed attorney), to provide actual representation to indigent clients. The In-House Clinical Programs expect to expand in the near future to include clinical opportunities for students interested in a variety of legal areas.

To enroll in the Children and Families Clinic, students must have completed four semesters and forty-eight credit hours. The prerequisites for this course are Criminal Law, Evidence and Professional Responsibility. Recommended courses prior to taking this course include Advanced Legal Writing, Children & the Law, Client Counseling, Criminal Procedure, Disability Law, Evidence, Family Law, Florida Civil Practice, and Trial Advocacy.

The Barry University Law Review is an annual law journal edited and published by 25 to 30 carefully
selected Barry Law students. The process provides you with valuable experience. It also can extend your
influence far into the future. “Barry’s Law Review taught me the power of sound legal writing,” says a recent student editor-in-chief. “America’s courts are often persuaded by, and in fact quote, law review articles when ruling on difficult issues of law.”
A third venue for honing your legal skills is the Moot Court Board, an invitational organization of upper-class students selected for their academic achievement and
oral advocacy skills.

In Moot Court you argue your case in front of a panel of several appellate judges, generally played by practicing
attorneys. The experience is a synthesis of trial advocacy teams and the Law Review.

Barry’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law attracts recent college graduates pursuing a dream of practicing law as well as seasoned professionals looking to advance or change their careers. There are 537 students currently enrolled, with a first-year class that numbers just over 200. The student body, 50 percent male and 50 percent female, represents 32 states.
Ages range from early 20s to 60s, with the average age of new students being 26.This broad range of experience among the student body will enrich your education.

The faculty also offers an impressive range of expertise. As a diplomat with the State Department, Professor Leonard Birdsong was posted in Nigeria, Germany, and the Bahamas. Professor Terri Day spent the 2000-2001 academic year as a Fulbright professor at the University of Sarajevo. Professor Stephen
Leacock, who earned his LLM at London University’s King’s College, served as a barrister in the city’s famed Middle Temple.

You have the opportunity to learn from each other in more than a dozen student organizations, ranging from
the St. Thomas More Society to the James C. Collier Black Law Students Association to Amnesty International.
Whether conversations with your professors and peers occur inside or out of the classroom, you can count on hearing enlightening new perspectives. Join Barry Law and see what you might gain from the stimulating diversity of the community.

Barry Law students share a strong sense of unity. You strengthen those bonds by joining together to build
houses with Habitat for Humanity or participate in volunteer days that serve the Orlando community.
Barry Law graduates embark on rewarding careers. Some practice entertainment law in Orlando’s
growing recording industry; others add legal expertise to their already established professions. As often as
Barry Law alumni join the private sector, they also work for the public good: preserving the Everglades through environmental law; protecting children from distressed families as guardians ad litem; contributing to good government by running for the state legislature; or safeguarding justice as prosecutors in the state attorney’s office.

School name:Barry UniversityDwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Address:6441 East Colonial Drive
Zip & city:FL 32807 Florida

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