The 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!
For the second year in a row, Florida Coastal School of Law was named a best law school for providing its students practical training by National Jurist Magazine, a leading news source in legal education. Coastal Law was listed in the top 20 of all law schools listed and received a grade of A+ in 2015, up from an A- in 2014.
This year, only 86 schools earning a B grade or higher were selected by the National Jurist and will be recognized in its March 2015 issue. Schools were ranked by the number of full-time students who take simulation courses, externships, clinics, or who participate in interschool skills competitions.
“Practical training is a buzzword for most schools and many are turning it into practice,” said Jack Crittenden,” Editor In Chief of The National Jurist.
The heartbeat of the experiential programs lies in the variety of clinics Coastal Law offers its students. There are six in-house clinics and eleven practitioner clinics, a hybrid between a clinic and an externship. Students can earn credit for participating in one of the many clinics in areas including immigration, family law, business and entrepreneurship, to criminal defense law. Experience handling cases with a public or governmental agency or not-for-profit corporation or in a judicial internship provides students with a competitive advantage when seeking employment.
Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, Annette Ritter, says that the clinics at Coastal Law equip students to navigate and influence the rapid social, economic and technological changes in the legal industry. “Our goal at Coastal Law is to prepare all of our students for 21st century legal practice. Our clinics provide the best opportunity for students to gain valued experience while under the supervision of some of the top legal educators in the nation.”
To learn more about Coastal Law’s experiential learning programs, visit us at www.fcsl.edu/clinics. And to read more about the A+ ranking read the full article in National Jurist magazine’s March issue bit.ly/NationalJuristAplus.