Boasting the top law program in the state, the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida provides students with a varied, practical and reputable education.
With five degree programs and multiple concentrations, there’s lots to learn at Levin. “The curriculum here is broad enough to do a concentration if you want to and still have enough elective credits to explore things that you may be interested in,” said Christopher Bailey, the director of admissions for UF Law. He believes that this “academic freedom” is what sets UF Law apart.
Hands-on experiential learning adds another dimension to the education at Levin. With opportunities for externships, study abroad, and the highly esteemed semester in-practice program, students learn by doing and not just knowing the law. Student organizations provide opportunities to make connections and diversify their education even further. Graduates leave Levin with lots of experience and practice as their foundation.
Another integral benefit of UF Law is its reputation. Firms know UF graduates to be some of the best employees because of the reputation the alumni have built and the education students receive. When deciding where to go to law school, alumna Stephanie Marchman says she ultimately [chose UF] because it was a better school with a better network. She recalls her first federal clerkship and how the “judge who hired me was a Gator, and I’m sure that’s partly why he hired me. He understood the quality of the education students at UF Law receive and respected the lawyers UF Law [has] produced.” With 21,000 alumni practicing in every state in the nation and in 52 countries worldwide, UF Law students have a vast network of supporters. Levin actively seeks to connect students and alumni through various programs and events.
Another part of UF’s reputation is the faculty. Active in publishing eminent research, Levin faculty have a “very open door policy” according to second-year J.D. student Jennifer Runyan, who has found her teachers’ guidance to be helpful.
Not only does UF have one of the best law schools, but the undergraduate programs associated with pre-law students have also proven beneficial.
Gator Express is a program that allows students who are enrolled at UF for undergrad to receive a guaranteed response earlier than other students if they apply by a certain date. Essentially, it is a “skip the line” procedure, which lets students know where they stand with the program earlier than usual.
Opportunities through UF’s pre-law advising center in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also help students to develop a deeper understanding of what it’s like to work in the law profession. Pre-law advising is accessible even to alumni. Take Nicole Calderon’s advice. As a UF undergraduate student interested in immigration law, she has found that “if you have questions, you do have people who can help you if you go and try to get help.”
Pre-professional organizations such as the Pre-Legal Honors Society, the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, and the Florida Blue Key debate team help students learn more about law and connect with law students through mentor/mentee relationships. UF undergraduate students also have formed one of the top undergraduate mock trial teams and compete against other schools under the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).
Pursuing your undergraduate degree in such close proximity to a renowned law school provides its own benefits. Honors students have the opportunity to seek additional advising through First Fridays, a special one-on-one advising appointment with Professor Joel Black. Students also have access to Levin College of Law libraries and facilities. They can speak to the faculty, and reach out to form relationships.
“The law school sees UF undergrads as valuable, and Levin is interested in forming relationships with them. This is their campus, and they are welcome here,” Black says.
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