best pre law programs in florida

Last Updated on December 15, 2022 by Omoyeni Adeniyi

Introduction

According to US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings, these are the best pre-law programs in Florida. We don’t have a breakdown of what makes these the top programs in the state, but we can see that some of them have very good bar passage rates and job placement numbers.

Florida A&M University College of Law

FAMU College of Law is the only public HBCU law school in Florida. The college offers a J.D. program, which takes three years to complete and culminates in a bar exam. The college also offers an LLM program for advanced legal study, as well as several dual-degree programs for students interested in earning both their bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degree at the same time.

FAMU College of Law has consistently been ranked among the top schools in Florida by US News & World Report; it is currently #3 on this list, behind only Florida State University (#1) and Stetson University (#2).

Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law is a private, non-profit law school located in Gulfport, Florida. Stetson University College of Law was founded in 1900. Stetson University College of Law is the oldest law school in the state of Florida.

The school offers both full-time and part-time programs, with tuition ranging from $29,000 to $43,000 per year for full-time students and from $20,000 to $40,000 for part-time students as of 2018–2019 academic year..

Florida International University College of Law

Florida International University College of Law (FIU) is a public research university in Greater Miami, Florida, United States. FIU has two major campuses in Miami-Dade County, with its main campus in University Park. Founded in 1965, FIU is the seventh-largest university campus by enrollment in the United States. The university offers 191 programs of study with more than 280 majors to nearly 54,000 students; it has an annual budget of over $1 billion.[citation needed]

Barry University School of Law

Barry University School of Law is a law school in the United States. It is located in Orlando, Florida and was founded in 1970. The law school is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

St. Thomas University School of Law

  • St. Thomas University School of Law is ranked as the #15 law school in the South.
  • St. Thomas is ranked as the #24 best value school out of all law schools nationwide.
  • St. Thomas is ranked as the #12 best value law school in America, meaning it provides an exceptional education at a reasonable cost to its students.

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law is a private, nonprofit institution that was founded in 1971. The school is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

The associate dean of academic affairs at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law declined to comment on this story due to a lack of student representation on campus.

Ave Maria School of Law

  • Ave Maria School of Law is a private, Roman Catholic, and independent law school located in Ave Maria, Florida. The school is named after the nearby city of Ave Maria; its campus is located on that city’s former Barron Collier Company land.
  • In September 2002, 23 students were enrolled in the law school’s first class which was taught by eight full-time professors with an additional five part-time faculty members.
  • The September 2015 Bar passage rate was 77%.

Florida Coastal School of Law

Florida Coastal School of Law is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 2004. The school is located in Jacksonville, Florida and is affiliated with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The school has a selective admission process which requires applicants to have strong academic credentials with at least a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also take either the LSAT or GRE and submit it to Florida Coastal School of Law by their application deadline date.

Dwayne O. Andreas School Of Law (Barry)

Barry University School of Law is located in Orlando, Florida and is a private institution. The law school is a part of the Barry University, which was founded in 1940.

Best Pre-Law programs according to US News Best Grad Schools

US News Best Grad Schools Ranking

The U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best law schools in America includes the top 144 schools across 80 rankings categories, including top colleges and universities, graduate schools, business programs and law schools. The ranking of “Best Graduate Programs” is determined by academic peer assessment surveys; quality assessment scores; reputation among professionals in a given field; faculty resources and research expenditures (as reported to U.S. News); student selectivity based on class size, acceptance rate, GPA range and test scores (if available); financial resources such as endowments per student ($10 million+), average tuition for full-time students ($40k+), total cost for one year’s attendance ($80k+) (data collected from each institution). The number of data points per program was determined by the relative importance assigned to each factor using input from an expert panel of consultants specializing in higher education administration consulting services provided by NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates Inc., a company located at 1410 SW First Ave Suite 500 Portland Oregon 97201 USA

Conclusion

Florida is home to a number of law schools that offer pre-law programs. These programs help students prepare for their future careers as lawyers by giving them an overview of the legal system and its history, as well as providing information on how to apply to law school (which can be quite difficult). The best pre-law programs in Florida are found at Florida A&M University College of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Barry University School of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law and Ave Maria School Of

Nova Southeastern University offers 1 Pre-Law Studies degree programs. It’s a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 8 Pre-Law Studies students graduated with students earning 8 Bachelor’s degrees.

Barry University offers 1 Pre-Law Studies degree programs. It’s a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 2 Pre-Law Studies students graduated with students earning 2 Bachelor’s degrees.

Florida Institute of Technology offers 1 Pre-Law Studies degree programs. It’s a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 2 Pre-Law Studies students graduated with students earning 2 Bachelor’s degrees.

At the University of South Florida, the Pre Law Track is open to students of all majors who plan to attend law school. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be in traditional preparation for law school, such as history, English, philosophy, political science, economics or business. However, you can also focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as art, music, science and mathematics, computer science, engineering, nursing or education. Whichever major you choose, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills.

The Pre Law Track is neither a major nor a minor, nor a certificate program but a list of recommended law related courses to take alongside your major coursework. These courses are intended to provide students with a background in the skills and context useful in preparation for entering law school. All students are encouraged to begin preparations for entrance to law school early in their college career and to confer regularly with the Pre-Law Track Advisor. 

Law and Politics

INR 4403 International Law
INR 3202 Human Rights
POS 2041 American National Government
POS 3283 Judicial Process and  Politics
POS 3691 Law and Politics
POS 3697 Environmental Law
POS 4614 Constitutional Law I
POS 4624 Constitutional Law II
POS 4693 Women and the Law I
POS 4694 Women and the Law II
POS 3931 Politics & Policymakers
POS 3931 Law & Legal Careers

Criminology

CCJ 3014 Crime and Justice in America (Social and Behavioral Science)
CCJ 3024 Survey of  the Crim. Justice System
CJL 3110 Substantive Criminal Law
CJL 4115 Environmental Law and Crime
CCJ 4224 Miscarriages of Justice
CJL 4410 Criminal Rights and Procedures

Anthropology

ANT 4930: Forensic Science

Business

BUL 3320 Law and Business I
BUL 3321 Law and Business II
TAX 4001 Concepts of Federal Income Taxation (Restricted to Business majors)

Communication

SPC 2541 Persuasion
SPC 2608 Public Speaking (Humanities)
SPC 3301 Interpersonal Communication (Social and Behavioral Science)
SPC 3602 Advanced Public Speaking
SPC 3513 Argument and Debate
SPC 3710 Communication and Diversity
SPC 4701 Intercultural Communication
COM 4530 Influencing Public Opinion
Additional Performance (Speak/Act/Improv) courses with prefix ORI recommended.

Economics

ECO 2013 Macroeconomics
ECO 2023 Microeconomics
ECP 4451 Law and Economics
ECP 3413 Economics of Regulation and Antitrust
ECO 4505 Economics of Crime
ECO 4504 Public Finance
ECP 3530 Economics of Health
ECP 3302 Environmental Economics
ECP 3203 Labor Economics
ECP 3201 Economics of Women and Work

Religious Studies

REL 4177 Comparative Religious Ethics
REL 3131 New Religions in America
REL 2166 Religion and Ecology

Writing

ENC 3250 Professional Writing (Exiting course: Writing Intensive)
ENC 3310 Expository Writing (Exiting course: Writing Intensive)
ENC 3371 Rhetorical Theory
ENC 4931 Writing for the Legal Profession

Philosophy

PHI 1103 Introduction to Critical Thinking (Social and Behavioral Science)
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (Humanities)
PHI 2101 Introduction to Formal Logic (Quantitative Reasoning/Gordon Rule)
PHI 1600 Introduction to Ethics (Humanities)
PHI 3130 Formal Logic
PHM 3400 Introduction to Philosophy of Law
PHI 4930 Logic for the LSAT

History

AMH 2020 American History II
AMH 3140 Age of Jefferson
AMH 3270 United States since 1945
EUH 3412 Roman Republic
EUH 3413 Roman Empire
EUH 3576 History of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991
LAH 3130 Colonial Latin America

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