The University of Florida Levin College of Law has a longstanding tradition of producing national leaders and is one of the nation’s best values in legal education.
UF Law has a longstanding tradition of preparing its graduates for significant leadership roles. We placed first in Florida, fourth among public schools, and eighth overall in “output,” i.e. the caliber of a school’s graduates. It ranked fourth among public law schools in 2013 (tied for seventh overall) in the number of its graduates serving as federal district and circuit court judges; more than 250 graduates serve as state appellate and trial judges in Florida, and many serve in those roles in other states as well. No other law school has produced as many presidents of the American Bar Association since 1973; five including 2010-11 president Steve Zack (pictured). Graduates are also represented by the majority of The Florida Bar presidents, including current president Eugene Pettis (JD 85), Gwynne Young (JD 74), Scott Hawkins (JD 83), Mayanne Downs (JD 87), and John G. White III (JD 79). Four Florida Governors and hundreds of state senators, representatives and cabinet members hail from UF Law. Twelve graduates also became college presidents, and more than a dozen have served as deans of law schools.
Diversity in leadership
We are particularly proud of our track record in producing diverse leaders for the legal profession. Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85) became the first African-American president of The Florida Bar in 2013. Stephen N. Zack (JD 71), came to the United States from Cuba in 1961 and became the first Hispanic president of both The Florida Bar and The American Bar Association. Martha Barnett (JD 72) became one of the first female ABA presidents in 2000. UF Law was ranked in 2012 as one of the top six schools for blacks in the South by On Being a Black Lawyer magazine.
Rankings & accreditation
U.S. News & World Report ranks UF Law 24th among public law schools and 49th overall; its Tax Program first among publics and second overall; Environmental Law ranks 14th overall. UF Law also continues to be highly rated in terms of reputation – 16th among publics and 38th overall in the assessment of practicing lawyers and judges, and 14th among publics and 35th overall in the assessment of academics. UF Law was accredited in 1925 by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The generosity of its loyal alumni and friends, including college namesake Fredric G. Levin, a prominent trial lawyer, makes the college one of the nation’s best endowed public law schools in the United States. A 2012 Journal of Legal Education article titled “Where Do Partners Come From?” found that UF Law ranked 11th among publics and 29th overall in the number of alumni graduating from 1986 to the present serving as partners in the National Law Journal 100 law firms.
One of the nation’s best values in legal education
UF Law is fourth most affordable among the nation’s top 50 law schools based on American Bar Association data for tuition and fees plus annual expenses. Approximately 50 tenure/tenure-track faculty and 80-plus other faculty members who support the college through clinical, research, skills training and administrative programs work to educate more than 1,000 students. Students can specialize in Environmental and Land Use Law, Estates and Trusts Practice, Family Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International and Comparative Law. The burgeoning field of e-discovery is also growing at UF Law where students are exposed to software, management, and hands-on practice. In addition to the J.D., the college offers LL.M.’s in Taxation, International Taxation, Environmental and Land Use Law, and Comparative Law as well as one of the country’s few S.J.D.’s in Taxation. UF Law offers J.D. certificate programs in Environmental and Land Use Law, Estates and Trusts Practice, Family Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International and Comparative Law; an extensive array of joint degree programs; specialized centers, institutes and program areas; and strong clinical offerings.
Opportunities at home and abroad
Gainesville hosts one of the largest on-campus recruiting programs in the Southeast, with legal employers interviewing throughout fall and spring. Additionally, UF Law draws distinguished visitors to campus every year to speak with students. UF Law has had eight Supreme Court Justice visits in the past eight years. Many presentations are available for viewing at your convenience on our webcast page. UF Law’s strong international programs and faculty expertise in international law issues expand the school’s curriculum and international offerings and strengthen its ties with programs and scholars around the globe.
Recent updates to its facilities make UF Law a premier learning environment. A $25 million expansion and renovation project in 2005 made the UF Law library one of the largest in the Southeast and among the top 20 in the country. The new multi-million dollar advocacy center that opened in Fall 2009 provides students with state-of-the-art trial facilities.
UF Law is located in North Central Florida, one of the country’s most desirable areas. Gainesville is ranked first of 400 cities in the United States and Canada by Cities Ranked and Rated, Second Edition and has been highly rated by such publications as Money Magazine, Forbes, and Popular Mechanics.
A law school dedicated to advancing human dignity, social welfare, and justice through knowledge of the law. Mission Statement The mission of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law is to achieve excellence in educating professionals, advancing legal scholarship, serving the public, and fostering justice. We aspire to prepare lawyers to serve their clients, the justice system, and the public with a high level of accomplishment and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession. We strive to provide students with a well-rounded legal education. Our curriculum is designed to teach students about the law and to help them develop the skills necessary to use that knowledge in practice. Our goal is for our graduates to possess the core competencies essential to embark on the practice of law. These core competencies include:
- Legal Analysis (including knowledge of laws and rules, the ability to apply laws and rules to different factual settings, and the ability to engage in legal argumentation);
- Legal Research and Writing (including the ability to conduct independent legal research and produce legal writings of professional quality);
- Fundamentals of Client Services (including interviewing and counseling skills);
- Fundamentals of Dispute Processing and Legal Problem Solving (including litigation, settlement, and transactions); and
- Fundamentals of Professional Responsibility and Identity (including knowledge of the shared values of the legal profession and ethical problem solving, the skills to create a professional identity, and the skills to work with people from diverse backgrounds).