Florida State University College of Law is located in the heart of downtown Tallahassee – the capital of the nation’s third largest state – across the street from the Florida Supreme Court and one block from the Florida Capitol. Few other law schools in the nation can compete in terms of location. The unique legal opportunities that accompany being located in a state capital are invaluable. The experiences that FSU Law students have in Tallahassee and around the globe translate into careers all over the world for our graduates.
We offer three LL.M. programs for students who wish to further their legal studies.
Our LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program gives those with a law degree from another nation an understanding of the American legal system and the role of law in the United States. Our LL.M. in Environmental Law and Policy gives J.D. holders the opportunity to concentrate in or enhance their knowledge of environmental law, energy law and land use law. The LL.M. in Business Law is designed to provide advanced business law and finance training to lawyers in areas of growing demand. In all LL.M. programs, our faculty members work one-on-one with students to ensure that the programs best meet their academic and professional goals.
Juris Doctor Program
The first-year curriculum provides the foundation in history, doctrine, process and analysis that students need to fully appreciate more specialized courses offered later in law school. In the second and third years of law school, our program is almost entirely elective. It includes a wide range of courses and approaches. Some of our classes are purely theoretical and doctrinal. Some focus on particular industries, such as health, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment and sports law. We also offer many opportunities for experiential learning and other courses designed to enable students to be sophisticated entrants into the worlds of business, government and law practice.
In addition to our especially strong programs in business, environmental law and international law, we have one of the best criminal law programs in the region. Students can also take advantage of one of ten joint-degree programs, offered in cooperation with other colleges, schools and departments at Florida State University.
We have live-client clinics in family law, children’s advocacy, and law and business. We also have extensive externship offerings throughout Florida and elsewhere.
Finally, our co-curricular organizations provide students a wealth of ways to earn credit for “hands-on” legal activities. Our Mock Trial and Moot Court programs prepare students to be trial and appellate advocates, and our three student-run scholarly journals give students additional opportunity to hone their research and writing skills.
Our students have many opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom in the real world. Florida State’s clinical programs and location in Tallahassee provide students a plethora of options to gain the legal experience that employer’s desire. Our law school is within walking distance of the state Capitol, the Florida Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and a number of government agencies. Students have a wide variety of externships and live-client clinics opportunities from which to choose.
The Florida State University College of Law Research Center houses the official library of the Florida State University College of Law. Located in B. K. Roberts Hall, the library has holdings consisting of over 500,000 volumes of which contain the basics of US law, English Common Law, and International Law. The library also maintains subscriptions to several law-specific databases which can be accessed by students.
Florida State University
College of Law
425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601
Phone: Administration: 850.644.3400; Admissions Office: 850.644.3787