Click on the icons below to print and add to your list.

Print PDF Report Print HTML Report
Direct Link

Law School: Stetson University College of Law 
Address: 1401 61st Street South 
City: Gulfport 
State, Zip: FL, 33707 
Country: United States  
Phone: (727) 562-7800 

Administrator Name: Catherine B Martin 
Administrator Title: Director of Career Development 
Phone: (727) 562-7845 
Fax: (727) 347-5692 

Registrar's Name: Felisha McCaster 
Phone No: (727) 562-7803 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Jennifer Horton, Assistant Director -, Jennifer McGinnis, Assistant Director -, Joann Grages, Assistant Director -, Stacy Elizondo, Admin Specialist - 

No. of hours required to graduate: 88 
Comments: For students in the JD/MBA program, 76 credits must be taken in residence at the College of Law, with the remaining 12 hours being credited as electives from successfully completed MBA classes. 

No. of Full-time students 854 
No. of Evening students:
No. of Part-time students: 225 
Total: 1079 

'13-'14 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 194  169  162  18  543 
Woman: 155  172  185  24  536 
Totals: 349  341  347  42  1079 
Black (Men): 11  21 
Black (Women): 13  16  12  41 
Hispanics (Men): 29  15  17  62 
Hispanics (Women): 23  18  18  62 
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women): 10 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men): 15 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women): 14 
Disabled (Men):
Disabled (Woman):
Openly GLBT (Men):
Openly GLBT (Woman):

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? Yes 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? No 
Do you offer joint degree programs? Yes 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year: 25 

Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
International 14 0 5 0
Elder Law 5 0 31 0
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
JD/MBA 44 0 7 0
JD/MPH 1 0 0 0
JD/MD 0 0 0 0
JD/Grado en Derecho 2 0 0 0

Applications received: 3017 
Size of entering class: 344 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented: 113 
No. of states represented: 30 
In-state enrollment: 76% 
Out-state enrollment: 24% 
Foreign countries represented:

25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time 3.13 3.36 3.57
Part-time 2.98 3.26 3.52
Overall 3.11 3.34 3.57
Law School Admission Test


Full-time 153 155 158
Part-time 152 154 157
Overall 153 155 157
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? No 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?
Students who took the LSAT with accomodations and students from schools with a non-numeric grading system are excluded.

Fall Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
Spring Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
Semester Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
Spring Break: Begin Date:
End Date:

Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Bankruptcy Judicial Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Caribbean Law Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Child Advocacy Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
Civil Immigration Law Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
Civil Legal Services Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
Elder and Disability Law Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Elder Consumer Protection Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Elder Law Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
Environmental Law Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Equal Employment Opportunity Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Family Law Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Federal Agency Externship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Federal Government Litigation Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Federal Judicial Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Federal Public Defender Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
Florida Circuit Court (Appellate) Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Florida Circuit Court (Trial) Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Florida Dept. of State General Counsel Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Florida District Court of Appeal Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Homeless Advocacy Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Individual Externship Program Completion of first-year requirements and prereqs.
In-House Counsel Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Innocence Initiative Clinic Completion of first-year requirements and prereqs.
Intellectual Property Law Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Labor Law Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Local Government Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
Military Justice Internship Completion of first-year requirements and prereqs.
Municipal and Administrative Law Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Private Practice Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Prosecution Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
Public Defender Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
State Litigation Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
State Supreme Court Internship Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Summer Law & Policy Internship in Washington, D.C. Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Tampa Prosecution Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
U.S. Crt. of Appeals for Veterans Claims Intern. Completion of first year requirements and prereqs.
Veterans Rights Clinic Completion of 48 credit hours and prereqs.
In addition to 37 clinics and internships, Stetson Law has Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law.   Stetson offers Certificates of Concentration in Advocacy, Elder Law, and Environmental Law, and a Leadership Certificate for students who complete the Student Leadership Development Program.  Stetson also offers special programs through the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy.  The Centers for Excellence sponsor conferences, workshops, CLE programs, research projects and scholarship within their specialties.

Is Moot Court a required activity? Yes 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
Yes. Students in Research & Writing II, a required course, participate in moot court-type arguments. Moot Court Board is an elective. Students may gain entry to the Board via two avenues, each involving an interview with the Moot Court faculty advisor and professors.  Students who have completed Research & Writing II may be invited to interview for the Board based upon their performance in Research & Writing II or by demonstrating superior advocacy skills during a competitive try-out process that is conducted each fall.

Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
Stetson Law Review 49 Top 5% YES NO 2.9 GPA
Journal of Int'l Law Aging and Policy 5 NO NO YES R&W
Journal of Int'l Wildlife Law and Policy 13 NO NO YES YES
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association Law Student Division
American Constitution Society
Amnesty International - Stetson Chapter
Asian American Law Student Association
Black Law Students Association
Business Law Society
Calvin A. Kuenzel Student Bar Association
Christian Legal Society
Education Law Association
Elder Law Society
Entertainment & Sports Law Society
Environmental Law Society
Equal Justice Works
Family Law Society
Federalist Society
Florida Association of Women Lawyers at Stetson
Florida Bar Law Student Division
Freethinkers Rhetoric Society
Health Care Law Association
Hispanic Bar Association
Immigration Law Student Association
Innocence Initiative
Intellectual Property Law Society
International Law Society
J. Reuben Clark Society
Jewish Law Student Association
Labor & Employment Law Association
Lambda Legal Society
Law & Order
Leadership Development Committee
Maritime Law Society
Part-Time Student Society
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
Public Service Fellows
Real Property Probate & Trust Law Association
Stetson Democrats
Stetson Law Veterans
Stetson Law Parents
Stetson Republicans
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Tax Law Society
The Arts Society at Stetson Law

Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents

MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2013 graduation class)
Top 10%: 3.37 
Top 25%: 3.22 
Top 33%: 3.06 
Top 50%: 3.05 
Top 75%: 2.83 

Median GPA: 3.051 
Minimum grade required for graduation: 2.00 
Do you have a pass/fail option? Yes
If "Yes", please describe: Available grades under the pass-fail option are S+, S, S-, and U. 
Are students ranked in their class? Yes
If so, how often? Every semester, except summer. 
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy: After completion of first year required courses, students will be ranked with their graduating class from then on.  School will verify grades with a written release from student. 

Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
William F. Blews Award 129 Earning double the required pro bono hours
Who's Who Among Students 61 Leadership and academic achievement
Victor O. Wehle Award 18 Excellence in trial advocacy
National Order of Barristers 10 Excellence in advocacy
National Order of Scribes 5 Excellence in legal writing
Edward D. Foreman Award 1 Most distinguished student
Daniel N. Burton Against All Odds 1 Overcoming significant obstacles
Henry Burnett Trial Advocacy Award 1 Excellence in advocacy
Carol R. Samuels Unsung Hero Award 1 Leadership
Marc L. Levine Award 1 Personal growth and leadership
PRIDE Award 1 LGBT service and leadership
Judge Alexander Paskay Bankruptcy 2 Outstanding performance in Bankruptcy
Anthony S. Battaglia Leadership 1 Professionalism and leadership
Dean's Award 2 Chosen by the Dean for extraordinary service
Elizabeth M. Leeman Award 1 Best student work published in the Law Rev.
The Public Interest Award 1 Dedication to public interest
Raphael Steinhardt Award 2 Character, leadership, and service
Suzanne Armstrong Memorial Award 1 Excellence in legal writing & professionalism
Florida Bar Labor & Employment 2 Excellence in labor and employment law
Walter Mann Award 2 Outstanding leadership
Maria G. Martin Award for Ethics 2 Best paper in the field of legal ethics
E. Harris Drew Memorial Award 2 Excellence in verbal and written expression
Gardner W. Beckett Civil Liberties 1 Best paper on civil rights and liberties
Nader/Zrake Memorial Award 1 Excellence in administrative or envir'l law
FL Bar City, County & Local Govt 1 Excellence in city, county, local gov't law
Stephanie A. Vaughan Advocacy 1 Commitment to excellence in advocacy
Thomas E. Penick, Jr. Cmmty Service 2 Community service
Hearne Environmental Law Award 1 Excellence in environmental law
Melvyn Trute, PA Trust Award 1 Excellence in trust law
Florida Constitutional Law Award 2 Excellence in Florida constitutional lw
Stanley Milledge Award 2 Scholarship and leadership
American Bankruptcy Inst. Medal 1 Excellence in bankruptcy law
ALI/ABA Scholarship & Leadership 1 Scholarship and leadership
Int'l Academy of Trial Lawyers 1 Excellence in trial advocacy
Matthew Bender Elder Law Book 1 Excellence in elder law
Nat'l Ass'n of Women Lawyers 1 Contributions to the advancement of women
Paul Barnard Award for Clinical 2 Performance in the Public Defender Clinic
Public Service Fellow Recognition 2 Commitment to public service & pro bono work
Ralph Harris Ferrell Competition 2 Excellent performance in competitions
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif: N/A
Summa cum laude: 2% 3.62 4
Magna cum laude: 5% 3.50 11
Cum laude: 25% 3.22 55
Other: N/A

Areas of practice (Include both legal and non-legal positions) % of employed students with jobs in area Employment locations % of students with known location who are in region
Private practice: 51.2  New England:
Business and industry: 11.3  Middle Atlantic: 0.9 
Government: 15.3  East North Central: 1.3 
Judicial clerkship: 5.2  West North Central: 0.4 
Military: 1.6  South Atlantic: 96.4 
Public interest organization: 7.7  East South Central: 0.9 
Academic: 2.4  West South Central: 0.4 
Job category not identified: 5.2  Mountain:
Pacific: 0.9 

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class
Tampa Bay, FL, Orlando, FL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Miami, FL, Sarasota, FL, Atlanta, GA,  Washington, DC

  Week invitations are sent to employers:
May 1
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date: 05/01/2012
  Phone beginning date: 05/01/2012
  Email beginning date: 05/01/2012 To Email:
  Online beginning date: 05/01/2012 URL:
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2014 :
We will be using Symplicity.
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  OCI Fee?
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
Any schools the firms need to coordinate with, specifically the Florida and Georgia schools.
  Describe required employer forms:
OCI dates for August: 08/01/2012 - 08/31/2012
OCI dates for Fall: 09/04/2012 - 11/20/2012
OCI dates for Spring: 02/01/2013 - 04/22/2013
  Flyback dates:

  Is video conferencing available?  Yes 
We can offer a variety of interviewing from your office.  Please contact the office for more details.

  Are employers permitted to prescreen?  Yes 
  If "No", explain:

OCI drop date:
Date student materials sent to employer:
Date interview schedule sent to employer:
Postage/express mail fee?
The dates are determined by each individual employer and based on the date that they employer selects.
Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI?  Yes 
  Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings?  Yes 
  If "No", describe alternatives and reservation procedure:

Equal Justice Works Conference & Job Fair, Washington, DC
IMPACT Career Fair, Arlington, VA
Patent Law Interview Program, Chicago, IL
Southeast Minority Job Fair, Atlanta, GA
Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair, Atlanta, GA
  Diversity Interview Programs:
IMPACT Career Fair, Arlington, VA
Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, Los Angeles, CA
Southeastern Minority Job Fair, Atlanta, GA

  Will you send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts?  Yes 
  Will you post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer?  Yes 

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.;
Employers may submit a job notice online at Job notices can also be submitted by phone (727-562-7815), fax (727-347-5692), or e-mail ( and will be posted to our jobs website within 48 hours. Unless otherwise notified, this job listing will be posted on our Web site for 90 days. We will keep the listing in our files for one year.  Please be aware that the Office of Career Development will no longer post unpaid internship opportunities for students to volunteer at private law firms.  A Private Practice Internship is, however, part of our academic program.  All employers must also agree to abide by the College of Law's non-discrimination policy, which may be viewed at

Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students that are in addition to the NALP guidelines. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
Stetson Law subscribes to the NALP Principles and Standards for recruiting first-year students. First-year students are permitted to participate in the on-campus interviewing program during the spring semester.  Job notices for first-year students are posted as received, after December 1 of the fall semester.

Stetson University College of Law is committed to professionalism, ethics, civility, mutual respect, and integrity.  These values are reflected, among other ways, through Stetson Law's commitment to diversity.  The College of Law welcomes persons of all backgrounds who contribute to, and benefit from, the College in myriad ways.  With respect to diversity in professional development, the College of Law participates in programs that are aimed at promoting career development opportunities for minority students.  One such example is the annual Survival of the Fittest program jointly sponsored by the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA) of Tampa, the Offices of Career Development and Student Life, and the Black Law Students Association of Stetson University College of Law.  During this program, GEBA attorneys conduct workshops on successful techniques in job searching, networking, preparing a legal resume, and interviewing.  These attorneys also critique each student's resume and conduct mock interviews.

Stetson was one of the first law schools in the country to establish a pro bono service requirement for graduation. The legal community has embraced Stetson's commitment to public service, and Stetson Law has been nationally recognized for its emphasis on public interest.

All J.D. students who enter the College of Law in or after Fall 2010 (whether as a new or transfer student) are required to complete 60 hours of pro bono public service. At least 30 hours must be completed in legal-related activities; the 30 remaining hours may be completed in non-legal-related activities. In honor of William F. Blews, a 1966 graduate of the College of Law, Stetson Law has established the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award to recognize those students who, at a minimum, perform twice the number of Pro Bono hours required for graduation.  In the May 2011 graduating class, 96 students earned this award.  Each full-time member of the non-visiting faculty has a twenty-hour annual public-service requirement.  The College of Law supports and encourages faculty members to serve more than the minimum twenty hours.

The College of Law's Public Service Fellows promote the concept and awareness of public service legal work on the Stetson Law campus and promote pro bono legal services by students on campus and by members of the legal profession.  The Fellows are also directly involved in public service legal-assistance activities.  Stetson Law also offers a Public Service Scholarship, which is awarded annually to provide full tuition for the last two semesters of law school to one student based on a demonstrated history of public service and on the selected student's intention to engage in public service law upon graduation.


It is the policy of Stetson University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school-administered programs. The policy is enforced by Stetson and, where applicable, federal laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The University is an equal opportunity educational institution.
Inquiries regarding compliance with these statutes, and referrals to designated coordinators under the ADA/Section 504, Title IX, and the Age Discrimination Act may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, 421 N. Woodland Blvd- Unit 8327, Deland Florida 32723, 386/822-8710 for the DeLand and Celebration campuses, and to the Associate Dean for Academics, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707, 727-562-7809 for the Gulfport and Tampa campuses, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1100, 1-800-421-3481, TDD: 877-521-2172.
College of Law policy statement updated July 2006, and revised August 2008, March 2010, and June 2010; revised and adopted as University-wide policy statement by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on June 6, 2011; updated July 20, 2011.

Florida’s First Law School

Stetson University College of Law, founded in 1900, is Florida’s first law school. Stetson is a dynamic and supportive scholarly community committed to teaching, mentoring, skills training, and providing students with a transformative educational experience. Our goal is to educate lawyers who will not only serve ethically and competently in the practice of law and related professions, but who will also contribute to making a better world.

Personal attention to student needs is one of the hallmarks of Stetson’s educational philosophy. Stetson’s nationally renowned professors are committed to a caring environment for academic and professional growth, and an active and welcoming student body provides social and moral support.

Stetson University College of Law enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time and part-time students in its Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degree programs. Stetson also offers the JD/Grado en Derecho, JD/MBA, JD/MPH and JD/MD dual-degree programs, as well as JD certificates of concentration in advocacy, elder law and international law.  Stetson has more than 9,000 law alumni who practice in 48 states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories and 22 foreign countries.

Stetson offers a wide array of international opportunities, including study-abroad programs in Argentina, the Cayman Islands, China, the Netherlands/Switzerland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  The College of Law also offers exchange programs with the University of Toulouse in Toulouse, France, the University of Granada in Granada, Spain, and Nuevo Leon University Law School in Monterrey, Mexico.

Stetson’s reputation in advocacy skills training is second to none.  U.S. News ranked Stetson first for trial advocacy and third for legal writing for 2013, and our advocacy teams frequently win championships at every level—state, regional, national, and international.  Students research, study and practice in Stetson’s state-of-the-art Dolly and Homer Hand Law Library, classrooms and seven courtrooms, and Stetson is one of only a few law schools in the country to share space with a working court, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.

Stetson has distinguished itself through its Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law and has recently added a certificate of concentration in Environmental Law.  Stetson is also home to three academic journals: the Journal of International Aging Law and Policy, Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Stetson Law Review.  Stetson is also the home of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and the Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy.

Originally located on the campus of Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., the College of Law is an integral part of this private and highly selective university. The College moved in 1954 to the town of Gulfport on Florida’s west coast in Tampa Bay, one of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the country. In 2004, Stetson opened a satellite law center in downtown Tampa.
The Career Development Office has a strong commitment to the individual students and graduates who comprise the Stetson Law community.  

Career Development staff originates and builds innovative, responsive programming to serve the diverse, individual, and lifelong needs of Stetson Law students and graduates.   These include signature skill-building offerings:

•    A comprehensive Career Toolkit, a curriculum designed to offer career skills to serve the long-term career plans and choices of law school graduates, organizes robust tools for building and sustaining one’s chosen career.  This curriculum is designed to function in workable modules and is presented to students initially as a full-day orientation and interactive walk-through, complete with workbook and interactive flash drive to allow for continued growth and development.

•     The Solo Practice Network and Institute, debuting in April of 2012, respond to student and alumni interest in solo or small practice as a career destination.  The Institute is a 3-day program for Stetson graduates who are interested in learning the business of running a law practice, and offers the basics they will need to make good choices as entrepreneurs.  The Institute and subsequent workshops cover such topics as business plan development, client service, marketing, human resources, cost-effective research plans.  The Network includes volunteer mentors from among successful Stetson lawyers who are in or who have been in solo practice and understand the needs of new practitioners.

•     Improv Comedy for Communications Skills, a series of short workshops designed to expand the Communications comfort zone and improve spontaneous performance in interviews, network-building, and general social activities.

Dozens of other useful and information-packed programs are offered regularly on campus, in the CDO Resource Room or in larger forums, including Da Vinci’s Cover Letter, Lunch & Learn with Alumni, Developing a Strategic Plan, Goal Setting, The Entrepreneur Series, and Tips for Going Out of Market.   The Career Development Office is proud to provide the Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment and evaluation to members of the Stetson Law community as part of their effort to provide lifelong value and support, and encourage long-term career success and enrichment.

Print PDF Report Print HTML Report
Direct Link

| Quick Search | Advanced Search | My List | FAQ | NALP Site | About Us | Contact Us
Copyright © 2005 National Association for Law Placement. All rights reserved
View our privacy policy