Frequently Asked Questions

Comments will not be given on Final Exams. No grade appeal process exists at the school and all grades are final.

You will not receive any credit hours for participation in the AAMPLE® Program. Both classes are offered at zero credits.

Due to security issues, a copy of your final exams with comments will NOT be made available. Please be assured that all exams are graded by exam number / student grade number only and much time is spent to ensure that the grade issued is fair and accurate. There is no grade appeal process in the AAMPLE® program.

Each course will meet at least 4 hours live each week. Students are also required to participate in the discussion board each week. Attendance in the live chats and participation in the discussion board is mandatory. It is recommended that students access each course at least once a day in order to keep up with the postings and the emails. Of course the time and flexibility of the online program is that class is always open. Students may access their classes content at anytime.

Full time Law School Professors.

Final exams will be conducted at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida or remotely at a designated test site within a reasonable commuting distance of the student's address.  Those opting to take their exams remotely will incur a non-refundable fee inclusive for both exams.  Attempts will be made to find centers within 100 miles of student's location; however, this is not guaranteed.  Exams are administered using ExamSoft and you will need a personal laptop for exams. Students are required to take final exams on the designated dates and times.

In the past, successful students have told us they spend an average of 60 - 80 hours a week studying the materials in the Online AAMPLE ® Program.

No. A limited number of accredited law schools operate their own conditional admission programs. You should inquire about the admission standards and success rates of those on-campus programs.

AAMPLE®students who meet the established minimum grade and GPA requirements at the end of the program will gain admission into the next entering JD class, so long as they provide the law school with an official transcript showing receipt of a bachelor's degree. 

NOTE: Students who participate in the AAMPLE® program and are unsuccessful are not eligible to apply to AAMPLE® for two (2) years. After two (2) years have passed, students are welcome to submit applications for AAMPLE.

 

AAMPLE® online students will use the school's Learning Management System (LMS), Desire2Learn (D2L), email, chat rooms, streaming audio and video to communicate with other students and faculty. AAMPLE® on-campus students will meet at Florida Coastal School of Law.

The AAMPLE® courses are typically five weeks long; the late fall and summer cohorts are four weeks.  Online orientation sessions are the week before the program officially begins and exams are the week after classes end, so your total time commitment for AAMPLE® is six or seven weeks depending on if you're in a 4-week or 5-week cohort.

The AAMPLE® curriculum is comprised of material and topics from two traditional law school courses. They are offered at zero credits in the AAMPLE® program. Introduction to the 4th Amendment is a public law offering using an appellate case method of instruction. Negotiable Instruments is a private law course based on a statutory framework.

You must satisfactorily complete the computer literacy form, application and explain any legal history.

No. Because AAMPLE® is a performance-based program, financial aid is not available. Financial aid is only available for degree programs. If admission is gained to the Law School, then students may apply for financial aid.

Not all students who complete the AAMPLE® program will be admitted to the next JD class. In the 25 year history of the program, about 20%-50% of the students in any given year are successful. In some years the success rate has dropped as low as 11% and in other years it has climbed to as high as 73%. There is no “quota” on the number of AAMPLE® students who will be admitted to the Law School. All those who meet the course and overall GPA requirements are offered admission into the Law School after successfully completing the additional Law School requirements. The usual range, however, is approximately 20%-50% of enrolled AAMPLE® students. There is of course, no way to know how many will be successful in a given year. The success rates for recent years of the Online AAMPLE® program at Florida Coastal are as follows:

  • 2007 20%
  • 2008 33%
  • 2009 42%
  • 2010 Summer 54%
  • 2010 Fall 43%
  • 2011 Summer 57%
  • 2011 Fall 20%
  • 2012 Summer 61%
  • 2012 Fall A 73%
  • 2012 Fall B 56%
  • 2013 Spring 58%
  • 2013 Summer A 60%
  • 2013 Summer B 46%
  • 2013 Fall A 41%
  • 2013 Fall B 29%
  • 2014 Spring 79%
  • 2014 Summer A 61%
  • 2014 Summer B 56%

The average pass rate from 2007-2013 is 49%.

The average pass rate for Fall 2013 - Summer 2014 is 53%

The Alternative Admission Model Program for Legal Education (AAMPLE®) offers determined individuals - whose outright admission to law school has been barred based on traditional applicant criteria (LSAT and GPA) - the opportunity to earn a place in the classroom. This performance-based admissions program rewards students who demonstrate the desire, commitment, and level of achievement necessary to manage the rigors of law school. Those admitted through the AAMPLE® program demonstrate a strong potential for success in law school.

The AAMPLE® program is a time consuming and difficult program. Our data shows a much higher pass rate for students who are not working. As a result, we do not advise students to hold full time jobs or take any other classes during the program.

AAMPLE® students who meet the established minimum grade and overall GPA requirements at the end of the program will gain admission into the next entering JD class.

 

 

The Assured Outcomes Partnership is a program designed to reward students who are highly engaged in their legal studies with a number of important assurances.  Specifically, participating students have opportunities to acquire substantive practical legal work experience and are assured to pass the bar exam the first time in the state of their choosing.

Our partnership includes one final assurance. Law school is not for everyone. If, after the first year, a student is academically dismissed despite adhering to all Assured Outcomes Partnership terms and conditions, he or she will receive $10,000 from Florida Coastal School of Law, which we recommend be used to defray any student loans incurred. Students who start law school in fall 2013 are eligible for this last provision.

Participation in the Assured Outcomes Partnership is completely voluntary and available at no extra cost.

All students entering as full-time students in Fall 2013 are eligible for the partnership.

It's easy. Simply let us know you are interested and we will provide you with an agreement that, more closely, explains the partnership expectations and assurances. Students are encouraged to turn in this document prior to orientation.

As a student partner, you will have multiple opportunities to check your status with your academic counselor or the dean of experiential learning.

Students should take the same number of credit hours as the normally would outside the partnership. 

Cases involving death, illness, or family emergencies will be evaluated on a case by case basis by senior administration. 

Going to law school is an important decision. The classes you take, the connections you make, and the experiences you'll encounter over three years will challenge you like you’ve never been before. Our Assured Outcomes Partnership is unlike any other program offered by other law schools. It is designed to support student performance in law school from day one until after graduation when it’s time to take the bar exam. It is a true partnership and, if students are accountable for their part, we will be accountable for ours.

Coastal Card (11)
Coastal Card FAQs

The Coastal Card replaces the Coastal One Card and is the official ID for students at Florida Coastal School of Law.

The new ID provides access to the new printing system as well as merchants who accept Campus Cash.

Web and mobile cardholder account access and value transfer service, optional parent account access, on-line reporting, on-line administrative access and 24/7/365 monitoring.

You will have access to the Campus Cash, a network of more than 40 merchants and restaurants around Jacksonville accepting ID cards including Gate Petroleum, CVS Pharmacy, Sonny’s BarB-Q, Loop Pizza Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Zaxby’s and Applebee’s Town Center.

No. To add Coastal Cash to your card you will need to either add money at the cash-to-card machine located on the 3rd floor of the Library & Technology Center or go to the Quick Add Value link to transfer money to your Coastal Cash account.

While your current print credit will be transferred over to the new card, your GSB account will remain yours until you decide to close it or remove your money. You can retrieve the funds you have placed in the GSB account by doing the following:

  • Go to www.onecardgivesback.com/FCSL and log into the site
  • Once logged in, request a check via bill pay or transfer the balance to a bank account. 
  • If you have any trouble with the site, call 1-866-400-8627 and the GSB helpdesk will assist you through the transfer process

Your current print credit balance will be transferred to your new card. Please note that any money stored in your GSB account will not be transferred.

The balance on your card is for printing and copying. Please note that the print credit is not real money and is separate from Coastal Cash.

You will need to load money onto your card in order to use Coastal Cash at Cafe Coastal, the Bookstore, and other area merchants.

Instructions and installers can be found at the Technology Resources site or by clicking on this link.

Instructions for registering can be found at this link.

You can contact the Coastal Card Service Center at 1-855-683-9999 or email coastalcard@fcsl.edu

For your security, if your card is lost or stolen, it is deactivated. Don't worry — your funds are safe — but you must get a replacement card at the ID Card Office, located on the third floor of the Library. The card replacement fee is $15.

Alumni cards are available to Coastal Law graduates for no charge. Please stop by the at the ID Card Office, located on the third floor of the Library, or the Help Desk in the Computer Lab to request your alumni ID.

Transfer students must submit an application through the Law School Admission Council as well as an official transcript and a letter of standing to the Admissions Office (supplied by your current or previous law school).

  1. The applicant must submit an application through the Law School Admission Council.
  2. The applicant must submit an official transcript and a letter of standing to the Admissions Office (supplied by your current or previous law school).

Florida Coastal School of Law
Admissions Office
8787 Baypine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256

  1. The Admissions Office will review the application materials. The application materials will then be routed to the Academic Dean for approval.
  2. The Academic Dean will review the official transcript to determine which credits will be accepted as transfer in credits.
  3. The Academic Dean will notify the applicant of the accepted transfer credits and advise the applicant of any required courses that will require completion.
  4. The Academic Dean will then forward the application materials to the Registrar for recording of the transfer credits on the official transcript and to assist with course scheduling.

Since Florida Coastal has rolling admission, there are no specific deadlines.  We do recommend that all students complete the admissions process as soon as possible to take advantage of scholarship opportunities and accepted student events.

The Florida Coastal admissions team takes a holistic approach when making an admission decision on a student.  We carefully consider a student’s LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, law school GPA, personal statement, resume and letters of recommendation as well as the letter of standing from their current law school.

No, there are only advantages to starting in the spring such as smaller class sizes and more personal attention.

Florida Coastal School of Law does not have an application fee.

We seek to actively, creatively and aggressively promote multiculturalism and awareness of diversity among all faculty, staff and students.  This includes, among other things, coordinating enrichment activities such as speaking engagements by persons or panels discussing diversity issues; arranging for instruction for faculty about incorporating diversity issues in the classroom; and promoting a curriculum which infuses diversity and multiculturalism.

Once we receive your completed application, it can take 1 to 6 weeks for a decision to be made.  All applications are unique and some require time for additional review.

Florida Coastal only offers a day program.

Yes.  Coastal Law will accept no more than 45 credits from another accreditted law school. 

The Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University (JU) and Florida Coastal School of Law have created a joint degree program through which qualified individuals may enroll in the Coastal Law JD and the Davis MBA programs simultaneously. 

Coastal Law and JU's Public Policy Institute have also created a joint degree program through which qualified students may pursue a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters in Public Policy from both schools simultaneously. Graduates with a joint JD/MPP degree can develop a diverse group of skills to meet the needs of careers in government, politics, nonprofit management and many others.

Students in the JD/MBA dual degree program may obtain both degrees in three years, compared to the four years it would take to earn both degrees if pursued separately. Students pursuing a JD/MPP may obtain both degrees in four years, compared to the five years it would take to earn both degrees if pursued separately.  

Credits for courses completed at another approved law school are evaluated by an academic dean on an individual basis. Only courses completed with a grade of “C” or better are transferable. All credits must have been obtained within two academic years prior to matriculation.

The other courses we require are:

  • 1 hour of CPE credit for each semester spent at Florida Coastal
  • 8 credit hours of clinic/skills requirements
  • Advanced Legal Writing requirement (also called ALWR, see page 42 of the student handbook for more specific explanation)
  • Foundation Course requirement (see pages 37 and 38 of the student handbook for more specific explanation).

Absolutely, students who transfer into Florida Coastal can have immediate access to all of the resources and services offered by the Career Services Department. 

Students who want to be well-positioned to enter the legal market strongly benefit from working one-on-one with a CSD counselor.  Counselors work individually with each student on the development of a unique and effective job search strategy with a heavy emphasis on gaining legal work experience, networking, and picking a legal market that makes sense for each individual.

Yes, in order to become a member of Law Review transfer students can participate in a "write-on" competition, which encompasses a case-note assignment typically conducted during the first ten days after the last day of second semester 1L year.

The estimated cost of attendance for a full time student during the fall 2012/Spring 2013 is $57,600. This includes tuition, room and board, transportation, etc.

  1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember to enter the school code for Florida Coastal School of Law G33743.
  2. Receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)
  3. After you have paid your seat deposit to the Office of Admissions and submitted your FAFSA you will receive a packet from the Financial Aid Office.
  4. If you are chosen for verification (refer to your SAR) you will be sent a Verification Worksheet to complete and return to the Financial Aid Office, along with any required documentation.
  5. Complete and return the Florida Coastal School of Law financial aid application and student certification.
  6. Once we have received the above items we will mail to you an award notice which will include instructions on how to complete your on line promissory note.
  7. After receiving your award notice, first time FCSL students need to go to Esign to electronically sign a promissory note.
  8. First time FCSL students must also complete on line Entrance Counseling. This is required even if you have completed entrance counseling at a previous school.
  9. Once you have completed the above steps, the Financial Aid office will transmit your loan information to the Department of Education.
  10. Your funds will be sent to the Finance Office. They will apply your funds to your account and any remaining funds after all charges are paid will be issued to you approximately the second week of class. Questions concerning refunds should be directed to the Finance Office. (904) 680-7723.
  11. Upon graduating, leaving school for any reason, or enrolling less than half time, federal regulations require you to complete Exit Counseling.
  12. You must reapply for Financial Aid each year.

Yes. Students should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov before admittance. Remember to enter the school code for Florida Coastal School of Law G33743.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and/or need as determined by the Scholarship Committee during fall/spring terms. For more information contact the Admissions office. Note: Scholarships and not available during summer school.

Once we receive your Coastal Law Financial Aid application and Student Certification Form, we will mail you an award notice. 

After completing FAFSA and paying your seat deposit, Coastal Law will begin to process your financial aid. We will mail you two other forms to complete - the Coastal Law financial aid application and the student certification form. Also, first time students must complete an Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN), which is a contract between you and your lender.

Yes. If you are transferring in the middle of the academic year, the amount of federal aid for which you are eligible will be reduced by the amount of federal aid you received and/or earned at the previous college.

The maximum you can borrow each academic year is $20,500. The loan amount will be based on your cost of attendance minus your Expected Family Contribution (EFC, determined by FAFSA) and any other Financial Aid that you will receive such as scholarships. You may receive less than the maximum amount if you receive other aid that covers a portion of your cost of attendance.

Part-time employment (maximum 20 hours per week) is available as part of a need-based Federal work-study program. Students who are interested in working will need to come to the Financial Aid office to see if they qualify and to review a list of available positions, as students will only be allowed to work one FWS position.

Law Review (8)
Law Review Frequently Asked Questions.

Yes. Every academic credit you receive for work on Law Review counts towards your required total of eight (8) Skills hours under the Student Handbook. Because Board members can earn a maximum of four (4) academic credits through Law Review, Board members can get four Skills credits. Because staff editors can earn a maximum of three (3) academic credits through Law Review, staff editors can get three Skills credits.

 

Work you perform for Law Review, from cite checking, to editing, to attendance at Law Review functions, counts towards your hours requirement..

You log your hours with the Managing Editor of the Board. Your hours are compiled over the semester and submitted to the Faculty Advisor, who assigns a “pass” or “fail” grade based on whether you have met your hours and performed satisfactorily.

 

First and foremost, you must register for the “course”. There should be separate course designations on the schedule for one (1) credit and two (2) credits. If you are a staff member, you must choose the one credit course. If you are a Board member, you may choose either the one credit course or the two credit course.

At the present time, the Bylaws require those seeking academic credit to perform 30 service hours on Law Review for each credit sought.

 

At the present time, the Law Review Bylaws permit staff editors to earn one (1) credit per semester, up to a maximum of three (3) credits earned by this method. The Bylaws permit Board members to earn two (2) credits per semester, up to a maximum of four (4) credits.

No Law Review member can earn more than a total of four (4) academic credits from participation on Law Review.

During their first semester on Law Review, students are considered "Candidates." The Candidate semester is a probationary period. A Candidate who successfully completes all assignments will be invited to become a member of Law Review, and a Staff Editor.
  1. The Credential: Law review is a valuable credential on your resume. Employers assume that if you have been on Law Review, you have ample practice editing, proofreading and writing. Additionally, because all law reviews have selective admissions procedures, having "made law review" is seen as evidence of scholarly excellence or writing skill.
  2. Incentive to Write and the Opportunity to Publish: Florida Coastal Law Review, like most Law Reviews, requires you to write scholarly articles of publishable quality. This gives you the opportunity to write about a topic you are passionate about. Many times those articles are chosen to be published.
  3. Editing, Proofreading and Source-Checking Training: The key to good legal writing is the ability to edit and proofread your own work. Law Review will give you plenty of practice--and in the process will teach you to pay attention to detail, another important skill lawyers must have.
  4. Cooperative and Valuable Work: Most things you do in law school--read, study, take exams--you do by yourself. Even those things that are cooperative, such as study groups, Moot Court, or Mock Trial, tend to be exercises. Law Review lets you work as part of a team producing a legal journal that courts, attorneys, and scholars can use in their development of the law and legal thinking. This team effort to produce a unique body of work is unparalleled at Florida Coastal School of Law.

The Florida Coastal Law Review is a scholarly journal published three times per year by the FCLR members. The organization is student-run and it gives all members and candidates an opportunity to edit, write, and influence the direction and subject matter of the journal.

 

Shadow Program (16)
Questions and answers about the Coastal Law Shadow Program.
No. The Shadow program is not a recruitment program for any type of employment at any of the participating firms or judicial chambers. Your participation in the Shadow Program will not make you a candidate for a position with the participating firms. The sole purpose of the Shadow Program is educational.
Yes. As you will be observing live cases, there is always the possibility that a proprietary or other confidential matter may arise and a client could prefer for only the parties and the attorneys to be present. If that should occur, you need to follow the instructions of the lawyer you are shadowing.
Any student who has registered for a scheduled event but fails to appear and fails to comply with the 72 hour cancellation notification requirement will be ineligible to participate in the Shadow Program for the remainder of the semester.
If you cancel for a reason other than an emergency, you must notify the Shadow Program contact person 72 hours before the scheduled event. After 72 hours, you may only cancel for genuine emergencies (e.g. illness, you have to travel out of state unexpectedly). The reason for this 72 hour program rule is because there are very limited slots available for scheduled events and the important need for participating firms and judicial chambers to accurately know who will be attending.
Yes. This is a possibility simply because hearings and depositions are cancelled or cases can be settled up to the moment before the proceeding is set to begin. Therefore, it is important to monitor the event status on an ongoing basis.
Yes. This is an important responsibility of each student participant. Because events can be cancelled at any time, you must check the status of your event on an ongoing basis up until the hour before the event.

This can depend on the type of event and on the instructions given by the attorney you will be shadowing. You will need to check the event description on the Shadow Program website to determine where you need to meet.

Proper business dress and punctuality are core requirements of professionalism. You must be mindful of both. The continued vitality of the Shadow Program will depend on your commitment to these core principles of professionalism.
You need to make arrangements to arrive at the designated event site at least 30 minutes before any scheduled event. You need to dress in proper business attire and you should not bring with you or carry into any proceeding any type of electronic communication device (e.g., cell phones).
You need to monitor the Shadow Program website’s calendar to see if that event has a cancellation notice posted. If so, that means the event has been taken off the calendar and will not be held. You then should register for another event that you would like to attend.
You will be given access to the Shadow Program website, and you will need to monitor the Shadow Program website’s calendar of events. When you see an event you would like to attend, you need to register online for that specific event.
You will need to complete a sign-up sheet at the time you attend the orientation.
You must attend the mandatory orientation session and register for the program at that orientation session.

This program permits students to not only see the practical application of concepts they are learning about in the classroom but it gives them the unique opportunity to learn how trials are conducted, how arguments are made, how evidence is presented and objected to, how lawyers talk to judges, how lawyers talk to clients, how lawyers talk to one another, and how to conduct themselves in a courtroom. Students will be learning from lawyers and judges who are recognized as among the best and most skilled trial attorneys in the nation.

First, second, and third year students.

The Shadow Program offers second and third year law students a unique opportunity to bridge classroom doctrinal instruction and courtroom practice skills. The program affords any interested 1L, 2L, and 3L the opportunity to acquire vitally important exposure to the litigation process by shadowing lawyers from one of private law firms, federal and state judges, governmental law departments and public interest law firms.

Information Technology (10)
Commonly asked computer-related questions.

The Coastal Law IT department is pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 365 is for FREE to all actively enrolled students at Coastal Law. Office 365 is a suite of products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Lync, and InfoPath. Each enrolled student gets a free license to install these products on up to 5 different devices. It’s available for Windows computers, Apple Computers, iOS (iPhone, iPad), and Android devices (smart phones, tablets).

 

How do I download and install it?

 

Log into your student email by accessing it on the Coastal Law homepage under the “Tools” tab. Once logged in, look at the top right of the page, and click the Settings   option and then Office 365 Settings optionas shown below:

3.       Then click the Software option.

4.       You will see the Office page below…select a Language, and then click Install as shown at the bottom.

 

 

Troubleshooting

During installation you may get a "Something went wrong…” error …if so, please refer to General troubleshooting for installing Office 2013 and Office 365.

After you have installed the products, try creating a few documents to familiarize yourself. If any product looks blurry, displays as all black or all white, the screen flickers, or looks different on different computers, you need to review the Office 365 doesn’t look right document.

 

Additional Info

 

Please note these free products are available to currently active students from Microsoft, so any change in your enrollment status will result in the expiration of the license and the functionality of the products usability.

 

This product is provided by Microsoft and not Coastal Law. Responsibility of the products use and any conditions that may occur on your device from them must be directed to http://support.microsoft.com.

 

This product does not uninstall any previous versions of Microsoft Office.

 

 

In an effort to enhance security for you, the system will identify if Windows laptop users have an anti-virus program installed. For those who do not have an anti-virus program installed, a link will be provided for a free version of Microsoft’s Security Essentials for you to install prior to gaining access. Having anti-virus software is very important to help ensure you are protected against malicious programs.
 
Other free anti-virus programs that can be installed are listed below:

Comcast customers are offered a free anti-virus program as well: http://xfinity.comcast.net/constantguard/Products/CGPS/?cid=NET_33_600
 
If you have any questions or concerns or need assistance with installation, please see the Help Desk within the computer on the second floor of the library.

Windows Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox Users

Initially when going to SharePoint or MySite you will be prompted to enter your FCSL username and password. Your username must be in the cnumber@law.fcsl.edu format. If you don’t put the @law.fcsl.edu, or if you use your alias, you will not be able to login. The password is entered as usual.

Sharepoint login window

Google Chrome and Safari Users

The procedure to log into SharePoint with either Apple's Safari or Google Chrome is slightly different.  For your username, just the C-Number will suffice:

Important Links

 

Room 421 is available for recording interviewing & counseling assignments, practicing presentations and general speech rehearsal. The room features a video camera with direct to DVD recording. Instructions for using the equipment are posted in the room. The room may be reserved for use via the Room Reservation System and the door opened by Security in RM429. Please note that DVD-R media is required for recording. IMPORTANT: RM421 is a self-service room. Recordings are not backed up or archived by anyone other than you. Any recordings that you wish to keep need to be saved before you leave the room.

While we don't offer any official computer-related (i.e.: technically inclined) in our curriculum, we do have resources that Computer Services offers in optional courses over the course of a year.

Typically, we take a small group of interested students and teach them some basics about computer security and how to keep their computer running smoothly.

Recently, we held a small course on the subject of security, and we have three presentations from it:

What does this mean?

The message in the image above is designed to protect and inform you.  If you get the message while following a link or from clicking on one of your favorites, then it's likely the link in question is out of date and pointing to the non-secure version of the form.

When you try to load that page, you should get a message explaining the situation, once you're ready, click on the "Continue to Secure Version" to continue.

If you think you've gotten this message in error, please contact the webmaster.

Clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, and the like are not currently supported at this time.

Signing up for E2Campus is simple.  We have an all-in-one page that allows you to either login to your existing account, or sign up for a new one.

Please visit our sign up page for more information.

Vendors

There are many vendor choices for purchasing a laptop, some of the common vendors are:

There also a number of 3rd party vendors who can offer educational discounts such as:

Dell

Dell offers special discounts on the Florida Coastal account page to students and faculty/staff with valid @law.fcsl.edu and @fcsl.edu e-mail addresses.  Just visit www.dell.com/floridacoastal!

Apple

Apple offers educational discounts to qualified persons and institutions.  To access Florida Coastal's educational page, visit the Apple Store, then click on the Educational Store link.  You can find Florida Coastal in the list by either entering 'Florida', or '32256' or just 'Florida Coastal Sch of Law'.

PC

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon/Turion (or better) 2.4ghz
  • RAM: 2-4 Gigabytes of RAM (for Microsoft Windows 7)
  • Networking: Wireless A/B/G/N, G or N is strongly recommended.

Mac

Either the MacBook or MacBook Pro are more than adequate for use on the Coastal Law campus.

Note: To participate in ExamSoft exams, you will need MacOS 10.5.8 (or later - "Leopard" or "Snow Leopard") running on an Intel-powered Mac with at least 512mb of RAM and 50 mb of free disk space.

Software

Microsoft Office (both Windows and Mac) is strongly recommended. The Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition is usually recommended.  We also have, available for checkout from the Library Reference desk, Corel WordPerfect Suite.  This is free from Coastal Law to our students and faculty.

Adobe products like Acrobat Professional and the Creative Suite are also available to students and faculty at a substantial discount from our e-store.

For Windows users, a good anti-virus package is recommended. There are many choices in this arena, here is a small sampling:

We do have a computer lab on campus that can be used for word processing and research with Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis.

Configuration instructions are available in the computer lab and we ask that configure your system the initial time.

To use Elluminate Live, you'll need to have Oracle's Java installed. Additionally, Quicktime Player is strongly recommended

Live@edu (4)
Common questions about Live@edu services

Live@edu is a service offered by Microsoft for use by FCSL students. It includes many different services such as email, file storage, collaboration tools and many others.

Email For Life
Your email account will now remain active forever. In the past we were forced to remove student email accounts 180 days after graduation. By moving to Live@edu we have the ability to keep your email active for as long as you want.

More Storage! Tons of Storage!
Previously we could only give students 500MB for email storage and another 500MB for file storage. With Live@edu you get 10GB of storage for email plus another 25GB for file storage.

Collaboration Tools
You now have the ability to take full advantage of IM, voice and video chat features via Outlook.com and Windows Live Messenger. You can also create workspaces to share with other students if you're working on a project together.

Anywhere Email Access
You now can access your email via Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Entourage, Mac Mail and many other email clients. You can also connect your mobile device such as your iPhone, Windows Mobile phone, Blackberry and any other time of phone that supports  either Exchange, POP or IMAP.

You can access Live@edu by going to https://www.outlook.com/ and entering your Coastal email address and password.

To find out more information about Live@edu, including tutorials ranging from how to send an email to how to connect your mobile device to your account, please go to http://help.outlook.com.

Account (3)
These FAQs are specifically related to your account.


1. Lookup your new Coastal Login

Everything in Live@edu revolves around your new Coastal Login so you need to look it up to get started.

  • Browse to the ASSP | Forgot Info page.
  • Enter the requested information and click Validate.
  • Once validated, you should be shown your new Coastal Login. Be sure to write it down as you will need it for accessing most all Coastal systems and services going forward.
  • Click Continue to logon to the ASSP.


2. Change your password

You need to get your password in sync with Live@edu by changing it through the ASSP or a Student Lab PC.

  • Choose Change My Password from the ASSP menu bar.
  • Read the password requirements and enter your new password as requested.
  • Click Change Password. If you receive any response other than, “Your password change was successful”, you need to try again.


3. Activate your Live@edu account

Now that your password is in sync with Live@edu you need to finalize your account.

  • Browse to www.outlook.com/law.fcsl.edu.
  • Enter your new Coastal Login as your Windows Live ID in the format of CoastalLogin@law.fcsl.edu, as well as your new password that you just created.
  • Click Sign in.
  • You’ll be redirected to a page where you'll need to confirm that your time zone is set to (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
  • Click OK and you will finally be redirected to your new Live@edu account.

No. Your password that you use for wireless, Student Lab PCs and other systems such as SharePoint, is automatically synchronized from Coastal Law to Live@edu anytime you change it.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT change your password in Live@edu. Your password will only be in sync if you change it from the Account Self-Service Portal (ASSP) or a PC in the Student Lab.

Your Windows Live ID is your Coastal Login and is used by Live@edu to access the various services available to you. Your Windows Live ID is not your email alias.

Email (3)

During the migration to Live@edu the entire contents of your old account were exported to a PST file for you.

The contents of your PST file include:

  • All email (including the folders they were stored in as well as deleted items)
  • All calendar items
  • All contact items
  • All task items
  • All note items

Please contact the Help Desk if you would like the contents of your PST file imported into your new Live@edu account for you.

An email alias is an email address that you can create via the Account Self-Service Portal (ASSP) to send/receive email at.

For example, by default you send and receive email via your primary email address which is in the format of CoastalLogin@law.fcsl.edu. If you want to create a more personal email address to send/receive mail at, you can create an alias composed of your first name, middle initial and last name. So if it's available, you could choose to have an alias of Austin.D.Powers@law.fcsl.edu if Austin (Danger) Powers is your name.

Students no longer have a @fcsl.edu email address. All student addresses are now @law.fcsl.edu.

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SkyDrive is Live@edu's online file storage platform.

SkyDrive is Live@edu's online file storage platform. Currently, all students get 25GB of storage which they can use files of mostly any type.

Currently, each student has 25GB worth of storage for files.

1. Download your files from Digital Locker

In order to migrate files from Digital Locker to SkyDrive, you first need to download all of your files from Digital Locker to your computer.

  • Browse to https://locker.fcsl.edu.
  • Enter your Coastal Login and password as prompted.
  • You should now see a list of all your files and folders in the right pane.Select the check box in the header row next to the label Name to select all the files and folders in your directory.
  • Click the Download icon from the menu bar above your file and folder list. This will automatically zip all the files and folders in your directory and prompt you to download that zip file.
  • Save the zip file to somewhere on your computer that will be easy for you to find later, maybe your Desktop.

2. Extract the files from Digital Locker

Before you can access and edit your files from Digital Locker, we need to extract them.

  • On your Mac, simply double-click the zip file and it should automatically extract the files into a folder in the same location with the name of the zip file.
  • On your PC, simply right-click the zip file and choose Extract Files. Follow the prompts to extract the files to a folder in the same location as the zip file.

 3. Upload the files to SkyDrive

At this time, SkyDrive doesn't support uploading folders so you'll need to create those first. If you don't have a folder structure, you can simply upload the files into your main My Documents folder.

  • Browse to http://www.skydrive.com.
  • Enter your Coastal Login and password as prompted. This is the same login you use for your email.
  • You should now see a list of the default folders created for you on SkyDrive. For our purposes, we're going to upload all the files from Digital Locker into the My Documents folder as only you have access to that folder by default. Go ahead and click on My Documents.
  • From the menu bar you can choose to Add Files or Create Folder and then Add Files into it. If you have a PC and are using Internet Explorer you can install the Upload Tool to enable the capability of dragging and dropping the files you want to upload. If you have a Mac, or aren't using Internet Explorer on a PC, then you will have to upload files 5 at a time.

If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact the Help Desk at HelpDesk@fcsl.edu or 904.680.7624.

DirectAccess is a technology that allows your work computer to always be connected securely to our network when you're off-site. When DirectAccess is active, you can access resources that are located on our internal network that you couldn't access normally. For example, you can access our File Servers when you're off-site and DirectAccess is enabled.

You don't have to do anything to enable DirectAccess on your work computer. When you take your work computer off-site and are connected to the Internet, your computer will automatically enable DirectAccess even if you're not logged in.

Please contact the Help Desk at 904-680-7627 or via e-mail at HelpDesk@fcsl.edu so we can walk you through troubleshooting the issue utilizing the DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant.

Prospective Students (7)
Frequently asked questions targeted for prospective students.

To ensure our graduates are professionally prepared for practice, we offer a large contingent of courses that focus on professional skills and allow practice through simulation.

In addition students may work under the supervision of fulltime faculty members in our legal clinics. There, students work with real clients and gain the kind of insight and understanding that can’t be found in classrooms or textbooks.

Five clinics are currently offered.

  • Family and Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Juvenile Law Clinic
  • Consumer Law Clinic
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Caribbean Law Clinic

In addition to our clinics, students may apply for various for-credit externships and judicial internships. Some placement opportunities include:

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida District Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. Attorney
  • State Attorney
  • Public Defender
  • City of Jacksonville General Counsel
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Florida Attorney General
  • Social Security Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals
  • Numerous state courts in Florida and Georgia

 Coastal Law’s moot court teams continue to establish an impressive record at statewide, national and international moot court competitions. Moot court is an extracurricular activity in which appellate court proceedings are simulated. Coastal Law teams consistently place at or near the top of the state’s most prestigious statewide moot court competitions, including The E. Zehmer Moot Court Competition, as well as The Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition. Likewise, Coastal Law has solidified national recognition, taking top honors at competitions including The Chicago Bar Association National Constitutional Law Competition. Internationally, Coastal Law has been ranked among the top 10, as recognized at The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C.

Coastal Law mock trial teams enjoy similar successes, having advanced to regional rounds of numerous national competitions, including The National Trial Competition, The American Association of Justice Competition, and The Buffalo Niagara Invitational Competition.  Mock Trial allows students to develop and demonstrate trial advocacy skills in competitive state and national simulated jury trials.     

 Among the many advantages that set Coastal Law apart from our comparator schools is the curriculum, which allows our students to align career interests with specialized areas of expertise. A certificate program is a formal course of study within the curriculum that is comparable to a college major. Coastal Law offers five certificate programs.

  • Sports Law
  • Family Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Research, Writing and Drafting Certificate
  • International and Comparative Law

Coastal Law’s faculty has earned international legal acclaim; from authoring case books and articles to counseling the Iraqi Constitutional Commission and advising the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. They create a challenging and motivating academic environment, yet as former judges, practicing attorneys, government officials, and corporate executives, they offer realistic legal perspectives.

However, in addition to providing a time-honored, fully accredited legal education, the professors here are accessible to the students and are able to share realistic, experience-based approaches that are valuable to someone studying to become a lawyer.

 Jacksonville is a metropolitan center of more than 1,000,000 people, including one of the youngest populations in Florida. Boasting 68 miles of ocean coastline, 300 miles of riverfront, and one of the largest park systems in the country, the city offers an outstanding array of outdoor activities of all types. Dotted with unique neighborhoods & restaurants, exceptional arts & culture, and an astounding variety of entertainment options and professional sports -- including NFL, PGA Tour, LPGA, ATP Tennis, hockey and baseball -- Jacksonville will provide you with the idyllic setting for a legal education while you enjoy warm winters and beach-filled summers.

 Individual Academic Success Counseling

First year students meet with an Academic Success Counselor for individual attention to review grades and course selection, discuss life issues that may affect, or may have affected, academic performance.

In addition, the department assists students in adjusting to law school and its unique stresses and challenges.

P.A.S.S. Assistant Program

This program designed especially for first-semester students as part of Coastal’s commitment to providing every student with resources needed to succeed.

Each P.A.S.S. section will be assigned to an upper division student called a “P.A.S.S. Assistant” (“PA”); PAs are chosen from upper-level students demonstrating high academic achievement.

PAs are available to meet one-on-one with students for additional assistance on topics including note-taking, case briefing, synthesis of material, case analysis, time management, outlining, and test-taking strategies. Meeting with a PA is voluntary and open to all first-semester students as a supplement to P.A.S.S.

Writing Center

The practice of law requires students to acquire a unique style of writing in order to be successful both in law school and in the future practice of law.

The Writing Specialist and/or Writing Center teaching assistants are available to meet with students undertaking any kind of legal writing, discuss/review writing samples, and learn to improve grammar and writing style.

In addition Coastal Law conducts several skills workshops covering a wide range of topics including punctuation, organization, and style.

 As a Coastal Law student, you’ll have convenient access to our Academic Success Counselors and to bar preparation classes and study groups. Coastal Law graduates consistently pass the bar in Florida, most recently with an 85.2 percent pass rate in February 2008. That rate placed Coastal Law third among Florida's 10 law schools and was almost nine points higher than the state average.


1. Creating your portal account

If you have not created a portal account, you will need to set it up using the following steps

  • To create your account in the student portal go to http://fcsl.edu/go/newstudentportal and click on the Create a New Account link..
  • Enter your Social Security Number, First Name, Last Name, and your Place of Birth (City).
  • The system will display an email address that is associated with your account, which is typically your new Coastal email account. Select Yes and go on to the next page.
  • Set your password and continue. Please note the username at the top of the screen. In most cases the username will be your first initial and last name.
  • After you have entered your password, the system will state that a Web Portal Registration Confirmation email has been sent to your email account. This account should be your Coastal email account. If you do not receive the email, check the account that you used initially when you applied to the school.


2. Activating your portal account

To access the student portal you first need to activate your account

  • Click on the link in the Web Portal Registration Confirmation. Your account will be activated and you can now log into the student portal.


3. Logging into your portal account

Now that your account is active you can use the portal