Monthly Archives: April 2015

Coastal Law Admissions Spotlight: Debbie Duncan


Hi!  My name is Debbie Duncan. I work in the Admissions Department at Florida Coastal School of Law as the Admissions Processor.  The most important part of my job is to help you present the very best reflection of yourself in your law school application.

I started my professional career as a legal secretary in Virginia Beach, VA.  After moving to Florida I obtained a position at Florida Junior College in the Finance Department and that is where my interest in the field of education began.  The majority of my career in education has been as an administrator for a Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade private school.

I started working for Coastal Law in August 2013 when I heard about and applied for an open position in the Admissions Department. How great is it to be able to work every day in the two fields that you love?  While the dynamics of the schools where I have worked are different, being around the students is what I enjoy most.  Even better, I have reunited with some of my former elementary students who are now law students at Coastal.

Outside of work I am a very social person.  I am a season ticket holder and loyal fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Thank goodness for the tailgates because the “loyal” part has been a bit difficult over the past few years.  I am also an avid NASCAR fan and attend the races in Daytona as often as I can.  I am currently following Chase Elliott and am very excited about him taking the wheel of Jeff Gordon’s #24 car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016. When I am not attending sporting events I like spending time at home with my friends and family.

Florida Coastal School of Law is second to none.  I have met many graduates from this school who have had nothing but great things to say about their experience at Coastal and how well prepared they were when they graduated.  All of the people I have met are very happy with what they are doing in the field of law.  For me, I couldn’t be happier with my job or more proud of this school and its students!


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Florida Coastal School of Law Ranks 3rd in February’s Bar Exam Results

Florida Bar Exam ResultsThe results of the February 2015 Florida State Bar Exam for first time takers were released yesterday and Florida Coastal School of Law ranked third in the state among all state law schools at a passing rate of 74.5 percent. The overall bar passage rate for first-time takers of February’s exam was 64.3 percent for Florida law schools. One of the most diverse law schools in the US, Coastal Law’s results were 10 percent above the state average among all Florida first time bar passers.

Fifty-one Coastal Law graduates took the February 2015 General Bar Exam for the first time. In total, there were 1,820 takers of the exam.

“The students’ hard work and commitment in meeting this core professional requirement is tremendous. We very much look forward to watching our graduates continue to develop into exceptional professionals,” says Mary Margaret Giannini, Dean at Coastal Law.

Director of Academic Success, Missy Davenport, says she is always excited to see student’s hard work pay off. “Our graduates are dedicated and their hard work has inspired the entire Florida Coastal community. We are extremely proud of their efforts, and it was an honor to work with them. We are excited to see what they will accomplish as they begin their professional careers.”

Recently ranked among top 20 law schools with a grade of A+ in providing students with practical training by the National Jurist, Coastal Law distinguishes itself among other law schools for its innovative programs.

The Jacksonville Bar Association Swearing in Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 24th at the Duval County Courthouse, room A13, at 4:00 p.m., the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan presiding. The courthouse located at 300 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, Florida.

Coastal Law wishes to congratulate all of its newest members and colleagues of the Florida Bar!

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Educational Technology Program

Educational Technology Program Coastal Law

Coastal Law students enrolled for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2016 J.D. programs will receive a MacBook Air® computer equipped with AppleCare® service and support programs.


As part of a new program launching today at Florida Coastal School of Law, students enrolled in Spring 2016, J.D. FastTrack 2016, and Fall 2016 J.D. programs will receive a MacBook Air® computer.  Staying on the cutting edge of legal education has always been a mission of Florida Coastal School of Law. Just this year, Coastal Law was listed as one of only 20 law schools across the country to receive a grade of A+ by National Jurist and Pre-Law Magazine as a  best law school for providing students practical training. In the most recent bar examination results, Coastal Law ranked 3rd in the state among all Florida law schools with an overall bar passage rate of 74.5 percent, 10 percent above the state average.  Coastal Law also has the #1 nationally ranked moot court team in the nation.

Consistent with its goal to innovate legal education, Coastal Law created the Center for Law Practice Technology, an in-house program designed to prepare students for the new evolving legal marketplace. To enhance that program, Coastal Law is excited to launch the new, Educational Technology Program (ETP). The ETP will ensure that all Coastal Law students have access to the training they need to help increase employment prospects in the legal marketplace and chosen career path.

The MacBook Air® computers will come equipped with  AppleCare® service and support programs.

Spring classes begin January 26, 2016.  Classes are enrolling now.

Have questions about this new program? Contact Associate Dean of Admissions at or by phone, (904)256-1231.

Click to Apply for Spring 2016

Click to Apply for J.D. FastTrack

Click to Apply for Fall 2016


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