Stetson University College of


Stetson's primary campus is settled in the residential beachfront of Gulfport, near St. Petersburg. The other campus, Tampa Law Center, has evening classes as well as a state appellate courtand and is near the heart of downtown Tampa. Both Tampa Bay campuses offer quick access to thriving businesses and legal communities.

Stetson was founded in 1900, Florida's first law school, and has educated lawyers, judges and other leaders since.

In 2004 the College of Law started a satellite campus in downtown Tampa. Stetson is accredited by the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1931.

A range of financial help options are available, including a variety of loans and scholarships. Stetson awards multi-year scholarships to chosen entering law students. All students admitted are considered for scholarships. Scholarships are given out based on academic excellence, other personal accomplishments, experiences, and the ability to fit in with the mission of the College of Law. Applicants who wish their backgrounds and circumstances to be considered should include an addendum with their application.

Stetson gives career coaching and instructional programs for both students and alumni. For the class of 2011, of 322 graduates, 248 were employed and 13 re-enrolled as full-time students in other subjects. Stetson's July 2011 rate for the Florida bar exam was 87.7%, and in February 2012, 87.7% also passed.

Stetson's internships and clinics include:

  • Bankruptcy Judicial Internship
  • Caribbean Law Internship
  • Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Civil Elder Law Clinic
  • Civil Legal Services Clinic
  • Elder and Disability Law Internship
  • Elder Consumer Protection Internship
  • Environmental Law Internship
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law Internship
  • Family Law Internship
  • Federal Judicial Internship
  • Federal Litigation Internship
  • Federal Public Defender Clinic
  • Florida Circuit Court Appellate Internship
  • Florida Circuit Court Trial Internship
  • Florida Department of State General Counsel Internship
  • Florida District Court of Appeal Internship
  • Homeless Advocacy Internship
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Individual Externship
  • In-House Counsel Internship
  • Innocence Initiative Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Internship
  • Labor Law Internship
  • Local Government Clinic
  • Military Justice Internship
  • Municipal and Administrative Law Internship
  • Private Practice Internship
  • Prosecution Clinic
  • Public Defender Clinic
  • State Litigation Internship
  • State Supreme Court Internship
  • Summer Law and Policy Internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa Prosecution Clinic
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Internship
  • Veterans Advocacy Clinic

Stetson is:

  • Ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy and No. 3 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report
  • Individual attention to students' needs
  • Talented, accessible faculty who excel in their fields
  • State-of-the-art classrooms and library
  • Seven courtrooms
  • J.D. certificates of concentration in elder law, advocacy, environmental law, social justice and international law
  • J.D./M.B.A., J.D./Grado en Derecho (Spain), and J.D./M.I.C.L. (France) dual-degree programs
  • LL.M. degrees in advocacy, international law and elder law
  • One U.S. law school which shares space with a working court, the Florida's Second District Court of Appeal
  • The first law school in Florida to require pro bono service by faculty and students
  • Excellent bar preparation and career development services
  • entres for Elder Law, Excellence in Advocacy, International Law, and Higher Education Law and Policy
  • Home to the Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy, the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, and Veterans Law Institute
  • Home to four academic journals: Stetson Law ReviewJournal for International Aging Law and Policy, Journal for International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law
  • Honors program for top-ranked students
  • National and world champion advocacy teams
  • Wide variety of clinic and internship opportunities
  • Vibrant campus life with diverse student organizations, interscholastic activities and competitions
  • Seven study abroad and two foreign exchange programs
  • Main law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg with satellite center near downtown Tampa