25 years ago, the vision of starting a public law school in South Florida was formed. Community leaders and supporters led by Cesar Alvarez, of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, approached former Governor Jeb Bush with an idea: to educate a different kind on lawyer. The plan was to provide South Florida’s diverse population with an opportunity to obtain an affordable, first-rate legal education. With the help of countless lawmakers and University leaders, founding Dean Leonard Strickman and a group of accomplished, committed academics turned the vision into reality.
The FIU College of Law is a place where students and their goals matter. We offer a first-rate legal education, full of practical and experiential learning opportunities. Our graduates enter the legal marketplace practice-ready and marketable. As the only public law school in South Florida, your education will be affordable, enhancing your post-law school quality of life and giving you the financial flexibility to pursue your goals.
Getting a quality legal education in Miami—the largest legal market in the state—will maximize your employment prospects after graduation. This is the case because while in law school, you will have the opportunity to gain real legal experience. Many of the nation’s largest law firms have a presence in Miami. There are more than 250 judges in Miami-Dade and Broward counties combined. This provides students with the opportunity to connect with a vast network of legal professionals and gain valuable experience while they study.
FIU Law has ascended more than 40 spots to #105 in the U.S. News & World Report ranking since 2009. Its graduates are finding real legal jobs. Last year, 83% of FIU Law graduates seeking employment secured full-time, long-term legal jobs. That ranked FIU Law #1 in Florida and #26 nationally. FIU Law graduates have also ranked higher than all South Florida law schools, and higher than all public law schools in the state on two of the last four Florida Bar exams.
From humble beginnings, FIU Law has quickly become a highly-respected
institution with its own unique values and traditions. It continues to
flourish under the leadership of current Dean, R. Alexander Acosta.
FIU Law is an outstanding law school with much to offer.