Student Selection

Coastal Law’s mission is to serve the underserved.  As such, the Admissions Committee reviews all applications holistically to ensure that the students selected can successfully undertake a rigorous program in the study of law and contribute positively to the profession and society.  Admissions decisions include attention to factors that enhance the educational experience of the entire student body such as leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, diversity, background and experience.

Admissions Factors  -  The Admissions Committee considers all characteristics of an applicant’s application. Undergraduate grades, difficulty of the undergraduate study, LSAT scores, resume, personal statement and letters of recommendation are vital to a strong application.  The Admissions Committee also considers factors such as writing ability, leadership roles, advanced degrees and life experience.

Pre-law Preparation  -  The Admissions Committee does not require any particular pre-law curriculum.  However, a strong writing background and a logical and analytic mind is important to succeed in law school.  All students are urged to take challenging English composition and creative writing electives in their undergraduate study.  

The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, published each year by the Law School Admissions Council and the American Bar Association, provides students with information on pre-law preparation, applying to law schools, the study of law and law school statistics. The Guide can be obtained at https://officialguide.lsac.org


Important Note  -  Applicants should retain copies of their law school applications because many state boards of bar examiners require copies of law school applications.  Additionally, all materials submitted in support of a Florida Coastal School of Law application become property of the school.

Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states requires a review of character, fitness and qualifications.  Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements to practice in their desired venue before they attend law school.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners can serve as a starting point to determine each state’s requirements. www.ncbex.org