Florida Coastal School of Law is excited to announce our new “Third Year at Home” program that addresses the many challenges faced by law school students who desire to attend school in one place and take the Bar in another.
This new program allows students to complete their third year anywhere in the country and is based on three key offerings:
- Distance Education – We offer a broad choice of distance education courses that meet ABA requirements and count towards degree requirements.
- Externships – Whether a student chooses to return home or start a career somewhere else, we’ll assist in identifying and locating qualified externship opportunities.
- State Specific Bar Prep – Prepare with classes that are specifically designed to help you take and pass your state’s bar.
Exciting opportunities are being offered at Coastal Law. This isn’t just an aspiration; whether it’s our ranking as one of the National Jurist magazine’s “A+ practice ready” law schools, or our ranking for having the nation’s #1 Moot Court team for two consecutive years, we’re serious about your future.
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.