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NAMES AND ADDRESSES
Law School: Florida Coastal School of Law 
Address: 8787 Baypine Road 
   
City: Jacksonville 
State, Zip: FL, 32256 
Country: United States  
Phone: 904-680-7700 

Administrator Name: Ellen K. Sefton 
Administrator Title: Director of Career Services 
Phone: 904-680-7744 
Fax: 904-680-7729 
Email: careerservices@fcsl.edu 
Web: www.fcsl.edu/careerservices 

Registrar's Name: Bridgette Waines 
Phone No: 904-680-7780 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Jocelyn F. Donahue, Associate Director
Lisa M. Vervynck, Assistant  Director
Abby Lee, Project Manager (OCI Contact)
Amber Williams, Career Services Counselor
Jennifer Turney, Career Services Counselor
Ray Adams, Career Services Counselor
Lisa Crouch, Career Services Counselor
Kathryn Oughton, Career Services Counselor
 

DEGREE PROGRAMS
No. of hours required to graduate: 90 
Comments:  

No. of Full-time students 1371 
No. of Evening students:
No. of Part-time students: 223 
Other:
Total: 1594 

COMPOSITION OF ENROLLMENT
'13-'14 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 274  170  305  749 
Woman: 321  239  285  845 
Totals: 595  409  590  1594 
Black (Men): 31  12  23  66 
Black (Women): 79  51  47  177 
Hispanics (Men): 26  15  33  74 
Hispanics (Women): 45  26  28  99 
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women): 11 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men):
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women): 13  11  21  45 
Disabled (Men):
Disabled (Woman):
Openly GLBT (Men):
Openly GLBT (Woman):
Comments:  

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? Yes 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? Yes 
Do you offer joint degree programs? No 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year: 20 

FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > LL.M DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
Intro to the US Consitution & Legal Syst 0 0 0 0
Consistutional Law 0 0 0 0
Civil Procedure 0 0 0 0
Evidence 0 0 0 0
Contracts & Sales 0 0 0 0
Torts 0 0 0 0
Business Organizations 0 0 0 0
Real Property 0 0 0 0
Wills, Trusts & Successions 0 0 0 0
Professional Responsibility 0 0 0 0
Criminal Law 0 0 0 0
Criminal Procedure 0 0 0 0
Remedies 0 0 0 0
FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > JOINT DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
No records retrieved.

ADMISSIONS PROFILE
Applications received: 4590 
Size of entering class: 580 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented:  
No. of states represented:  
In-state enrollment:  
Out-state enrollment:  
Foreign countries represented:  

GRADE POINT AVERAGE / LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST
25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time 2.83 3.10 3.33
Part-time 2.79 2.96 3.18
Overall 2.83 3.10 3.33
Law School Admission Test

 

Full-time 143 146 151
Part-time 140 145 146
Overall 143 146 151
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? Yes 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?
 

JD PROGRAM
Fall Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
8/20/2012
11/29/2012
Spring Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
1/14/2013
4/30/2013
Semester Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
12/20/2012
1/11/2013
Spring Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
3/11/2013
3/15/2013

CLINICAL COURSES/PROGRAMS OFFERED
Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Criminal Defense Clinic Course prerequisites
Family Law Clinic Course prerequisites
Consumer Law Clinic Course prerequisites
Immigrant Rights Law Clinic Course prerequisites
Disability and Benefits Clinic Course prerequisites
Caribbean Law Clinic Course prerequisites
Judicial Externships 3.0 GPA & course prerequisites
State Attorney's Office Externship 2.5 GPA & course prerequisites
Guardian ad Litem Externship 2.4 GPA & course prerequisites
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Externships 2.3 GPA & course prerequisites
Office of the U.S. Attorney Externship 2.7 GPA & course prerequisites
Public Defender's Office Externship Course prerequisites
Health Care Externship Course prerequisites
Department of Children & Families Externship Course prerequisites
Nasau County Attorney's Office Externship Course prerequisites
Jacksonville General Counsel Externship Course prerequisites
Three Rivers Legal Services Externships Course prerequisites
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Externship Course prerequisites
Office of Regional Conflict Counsel Externship Course prerequisites
Office of Family Court Services Externship Course prerequisites
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Externship Course prerequisites
IRS Office of General Counsel Externship Course prerequisites
Florida Office of Attorney General Externship Course prerequisites
Jacksonville Human Rights Commission Externship Course prerequisites
City of Jacksonville Ethics Commission Externship Course prerequisites
Fidelity National Corporation Externship Course prerequisites
U.F. Shands Jacksonville Externship Course prerequisites
The Main Street America Group Externship Course prerequisites
Pacer International, Inc. Externship Course prerequisites
The Wounded Warrior Project Externship Course prerequisites
Florida East Coast Railway Externship Course prerequisites
Smith Financial Group Externship Course prerequisites
PARC Management, Inc. Externship Course prerequisites
SPECIAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
The Business Law Certificate Program
The Environmental Law Certificate Program
Research, Writing and Drafting Certificate Program
The International and Comparative Law Certificate Program
The Family Law Certificate Program

MOOT COURT PROGRAM
Is Moot Court a required activity? No 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
Students are eligible at the end of their first year to enter a school-wide competition with the 25-35 highest oral advocacy and brief writing scores invited to join the Honor Board. Members receive one pass-fail credit. Over the last two years, Coastal has won 31 best advocate and best brief awards and 11 national moot court competitions. Florida Coastal School of Law’s Moot Court Program is currently ranked No. 2 in the country according to the 2012-2013 Moot Court National Championship standings.

JOURNALS/ACTIVITIES
JOURNALS
Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
Florida Coastal Law Review 37 30 7
 
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
American Bar Association (Student Division)
Animal Law Society
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
American Association of Justice
Black Law Student Association
CAPIL-Coastal Association of Public Interest Law
Caribbean Law Students Association
Christian Legal Society
Corporate and Business Law Society
Criminal Law Society
Entertainment Law Association
Environmental Law Society
Family Law Society
Federalist Society
Florida Coastal Ambassadors
FCSL Democrats
Health Law Society
Hispanic American Law Students Association
Human Rights Law Society (HRLS)
International Law Society
Irish American Law Society
Italian American Law Students Association
Jewish Law Students Association
J. Ruben Clark Law Society
Lambda Legal Society
Law Students Against Violence
Military Law Society
Mock Trial Team
Moot Court Honor Board
Muslim Law Student Organization
Phi Alpha Delta, Bedell Chapter
Phi Delta Phi
Pro Bono
Public Speaking for Lawyers
Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Club
Republican Legal Society
South Asian American Legal Society
Student Bar Association
Technology Law Students Association
The Volunteer Immigrant Student Alliance
Women Law Students' Association

GRADING SYSTEM
EXPLANATION OF GRADING SYSTEMS
Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents
       A+
       A 4.0
       A- 3.67
       B+ 3.33
       B 3.0
       B- 2.67
       C+ 2.33
       C 2.0
       C- 1.67
       D 1.0
       F 0

 Comments:
 
MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2013 graduation class)
Top 10%: 3.33 
Top 25%: 3.09 
Top 33%: 2.96 
Top 50%: 2.74 
Top 75%: 2.50 

Median GPA: 2.74 
Minimum grade required for graduation: 2.0 
Do you have a pass/fail option? Yes
If "Yes", please describe: Non-course credits receive a pass/fail grade, i.e., clinics, teaching assistants, research assistants. 
Are students ranked in their class? Yes
If so, how often? Fall and Spring semester 
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy: Students and alumni can provide a signed release to the Registrar authorizing the Release of grades. 

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS
ACADEMIC AWARDS
Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
Dean's Scholar 169 Top 10% of student population
Dean's List 169 Top 20% of student population
GRADUATION HONORS
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif:
Summa cum laude: 1.17 3.75 5
Magna cum laude: 5.59 3.50 24
Cum laude: 9.79 3.25 42
Other:
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE
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: 44.3  New England: 0.0 
Business and industry: 22.7  Middle Atlantic: 4.8 
Government: 15.1  East North Central: 2.9 
Judicial clerkship: 2.1  West North Central: 1.1 
Military: 0.2  South Atlantic: 79.7 
Public interest organization: 14.0  East South Central: 1.6 
Academic: 1.1  West South Central: 3.4 
Job category not identified: 0.5  Mountain: 3.2 
Pacific: 1.9 
Non-US: 1.1 

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class

ON CAMPUS INTERVIEWS
  Week invitations are sent to employers:
May 15, 2013
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date: 05/15/2013
  Phone beginning date: 05/15/2013
  Email beginning date: 05/15/2013 To Email: careerservices@fcsl.edu
  Online beginning date: 05/15/2013 URL: https://law-fcsl-csm.symplicity.com/empl
 
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2014 :
 
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  Comments:
 
  OCI Fee?
none
 
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
As request is received
 
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
Any other Florida school.
 
  Describe required employer forms:
NA
 
OCI DATES
OCI dates for August: -
OCI dates for Fall: 09/04/2013 - 11/08/2013
OCI dates for Spring: 01/22/2014 - 04/11/2014
  Flyback dates:
At employers discretion
 

  Is video conferencing available?  Yes 
  Comments:
 

  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?
  Comments:
We process each OCI independently. Schedules are set as the most convenient time for each employer.
 
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:
 

OTHER INTERVIEW PROGRAMS
  Cooperative/Consortia:
Southeastern Minority Job Fair
Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair
Loyola Patent Law Program
Equal Justice Works Career Fair
Florida Public Defender's Job Fair
Small Firms Conference
 
  Diversity Interview Programs:
IMPACT Career Fair
Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
Minnesota Minoroty Recruitment Conference
Hispanic National Bar Association (Latino Job Fair)
Southern Black Law Students' Regional Convention
 

JOB POSTING
  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.;
Job listings may be mailed, faxed (904-680-7729), e-mailed (careerservices@fcsl.edu), or called into the Career Services Department (904-680-7744.)  We currently use Symplicity to post jobs for students and graduates.  Employers may also post their job directly at https://law-fcsl-csm.symplicity.com/employers by simplying logging on and registering.  Students and graduates may apply directly to employers through Symplicity or employers may request students and graduates to mail or fax application materials.  Employers may decide how long their job will be posted.
 

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
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?
Job notices for first-year students will be posted according to NALP guidelines.  First-year students admitted in the fall semester are not eligible to participate in Fall OCI, however, they are eligible to participate in Spring OCI.  First-year students admitted in the spring semester are ineligible to participate in Spring OCI, but are permitted to participate in the following Fall's OCI.
 

DIVERSITY PROGRAMS
All services of the Career Services Department (CSD) are available to all students.  In addition, the CSD participates in several minority job fairs (see Other Interview Program section of this form).  Additionally, we host a Diversity Week on an annual basis.  We invite a diverse group of students and panelists to speak on diversity issues during this week.
 

PRO BONO PROGRAM
Florida Coastal's Pro Bono Program offers desperately needed legal services to organizations with limited resources while enabling law students to gain valuable practical experience and professional feedback in pro bono legal and non-legal opportunities.  

Opportunities Include working with organizations such as:
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid; Jacksonville Legal Clinic; Habitat for Humanity; World Relief; City Rescue Mission; Hubbard House, Take Stock in Children; Three Rivers Legal Services;Legal Services of North Florida; Florida Legal Services, Inc.; Guardian Ad Litem; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.    

Students contributing 125 hours (75 of which is law related), will receive: Notification on their transcript signifying pro bono achievement, a certificate signed by the Dean honoring their Pro Bono commitment; recognition during the Law Week Awards Ceremony; recognition at Graduation (in the Commencement Program); and an honor cord to wear during the commencement ceremony.   
Students contributing 50 hours (25 of which is law related), will receive: A certificate signed by the Dean honoring their Pro Bono commitment and recognition during the Law Week Awards Ceremony.  

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
The Florida Coastal School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, age, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities.
 

NARRATIVES/OTHER NOTES
NARRATIVES
Florida Coastal School of Law was granted full accreditation by the ABA in August 2002.

Florida Coastal is dedicated to facilitating our students' legal education and pursuit of meaningful careers in traditional or innovative settings. Toward those ends, Florida Coastal offers a quality legal education calibrated to the needs of its students, the community, and the profession designed to help law students "hit the ground running" upon graduation. Florida Coastal has a program that is responsive to concerns about the state of legal education, attentive to technology, premised upon humanistic values, appreciative of multiculturalism, and grounded in real-world experience. It also is dedicated to instilling an appreciation for the ethical demands of the legal profession; factoring the impact of globalization and technology; and serving the community.

Central to the achievement of the institution's purpose is a curriculum relevant to the existing and evolving needs of the community served by the legal profession. Florida Coastal is committed to providing a thorough grounding in doctrinal and essential skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, trial advocacy, and methods of dispute resolution. It also fosters an appreciation for the law's context and history and stresses professional responsibility. Meeting the needs of the profession and society, by training attorneys who are well-schooled in essential skills and cognizant of a rapidly changing social and economic order, is a hallmark of legal education at Florida Coastal.

 
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