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Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 05/07/2023

Today, Florida State University College of Law celebrates the graduation of the Class of 2023!

Student Ambassadors are a group of law students that partner with our Office of Admissions for various tasks in the pursuit of assisting prospective students interested in FSU Law.

We want to acknowledge their accomplishments and wish them well in their career pursuits. While they may be graduating, they will always be ambassadors. Congratulations, Class of 2023!

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 03/31/2023

Instagram takeover today, March 31st! 3L Angelique Howard will be taking over our Admissions Instagram stories today as we host admitted students for Admitted Student Preview Day! Be sure to tune in!

03/23/2023

Sometimes, even law students like to have class outside. And Professor Linford makes it happen!

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 03/22/2023

Yesterday’s FSU Day at the Capitol was a blast! It was a great day to celebrate Florida State University, just a couple of blocks from the College of Law campus. Go ‘Noles!

03/12/2023

Today 1L Allison Laudadio will be taking over the Admissions Instagram stories as she gives you an inside look at FSU Law’s Alternative Spring Break.

Each year, a group of students from FSU College of Law is selected to travel to a farmworker community in Apopka, Florida. The students work alongside the Farmworkers Association of Florida and have the opportunity to learn about the environmental, legal, and cultural issues that migrant workers face.

Students receive education on the U.S. immigration system and policies that are currently in place, such as the legal requirements for obtaining a work visa.

In addition to learning about these issues through the Farmworkers Association of Florida, students work directly with migrant workers in order to gain a better understanding of the issues they face. Students have the opportunity to learn about labor trafficking from area experts and survivors.

Be sure to tune in and ask any questions you may have!

02/24/2023

This afternoon, the Office of Admissions had the privilege of providing a tour and visiting with Mr. Ronald Holmes (Class of 1973) and members of his family to commemorate his 50 year anniversary of graduating from Florida State University College of Law.

When reflecting on his time at the College of Law, Mr. Holmes credited the law school with sharpening his legal research and writing skills and for providing opportunities that wouldn’t have otherwise been available to him. Throughout his career, Mr. Holmes was a warden of four correctional institutions over the course of thirty years.

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to celebrate our FSU Law graduates, 50 years later. Go ‘Noles!

02/23/2023

FSU Law alumni Instagram takeover:

Khari James (Class of 2017) will be taking over the Admissions Instagram today, February 23rd. She is currently an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office here in Tallahassee, FL. Khari is also cross sworn as a Special Assistant United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) here in Tallahassee, specializing in prosecuting cases involving violence - including sexual, domestic, and homicidal violence as well as human human trafficking.

Khari will be taking over our Admissions Instagram stories for the day, so be sure to tune in to learn about experiences at FSU Law, opportunities available for our students, and more.

02/16/2023

Student Spotlight: Briana Saffold, 3L

My name is Briana Saffold, and I am a native of Miami, Florida. I attended Florida State University, and as a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, I earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Before law school, I worked as a Senior Analyst for Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville, Florida, in banking and compliance regulation. With my heart set on becoming a lawyer since I was in third grade, I then transitioned toward attending law school.
 
My advice to a prospective student would be to surround yourself with like-minded people who want the best for you. Law school is a challenging journey of self-discovery and having the right people by your side will make all the difference. Do not be afraid to say no and stand firm on your boundaries. Lastly, it is natural to ask for help and need help. You do not have to do it all on your own.
 
Every day I am grateful and amazed by the different experiences I have had at FSU Law. I am currently the President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and I am a member of the both the BLSA and FSU College of Law Trial Teams. Last semester I had the opportunity to represent FSU Law at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Civil Rights Trial Competition in Sacramento, where I placed as a Semi-Finalist. I also represented the school as a panelist for the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Fair in Boston, MA, and recruited students at the Fall 2022 Boston LSAC Forum. Most recently, I have competed in the Southern Region BLSA Regional Mock Trial Competition, where my team placed, and will compete in the National BLSA Mock Trial Competition. I am a Certified Legal Intern for the Public Defender’s Office of the 2nd Judicial Circuit in the Misdemeanors and DUIs division. I am also a teaching assistant for the Juris Master program at FSU Law.
 
I found a love for litigation during law school and aspire to work in the field of Entertainment Law, specializing in music, television, and film. I will be taking the Florida Bar this July. After graduating, I will be a Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army.

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 02/15/2023

We have a llama love for our students! It was a beautiful day to relax with some cute companions on the green. Happy Valentine’s Day!

02/13/2023

76% of the members of our Class of 2025 identified themselves as first generation law students. These students add valuable perspectives to the profession, and FSU College of Law is proud to provide a supportive environment to students who are the first in their families to pursue a law degree.

02/06/2023

Student Ambassador Takeover

Tomorrow, February 7th, 2L Sarai Glaze will be taking over our Admissions Instagram stories. Be sure to tune in, and ask any questions you may have!

02/06/2023

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Florida State University College of Law has been ranked the #2 law school in the nation for best student quality of life and #7 law school for best professors. These rankings are published in The Princeton Review’s Best Law Schools for 2023 list, based on surveys of 17,000 students. Read about it at fla.st/1JKKYPOJ

02/03/2023

Our student body is represented by 30 U.S. states, 33 countries, and 142 different colleges and universities.

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 01/23/2023

Spring recruitment is in full swing!

We will be attending the following listed events in the near future. We can’t wait to see you!

01/12/2023

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FSU College of Law is ranked number 8 in the nation on the National Jurist’s Best Value Law Schools list! The ranking, which was published in the winter issue, is based on rates of bar passage and employment, tuition, cost of living, and indebtedness.

01/10/2023

An opportunity for FSU pre-law students:

In partnership with FSU’s undergraduate pre-law advisors, the Office of Admissions will be participating in several in-person sessions to help you prepare for law school.

The first session, titled, “What You Need to Know About Law School Admissions” will be held on January 31st from 6-7 PM in the Dunlap Student Success Center room 2201/2202. There is no pre-registration required for this event, and it is open to all Florida State University students. Please bring your FSU card when arriving to swipe for attendance.

12/27/2022

The visit schedule for the Spring 2023 semester has officially launched! There are options for both prospective or admitted students to visit the College of Law to tour, sit in on a class, or both!

You can schedule directly using the link below, and following the prompts:

https://law.fsu.edu/admissions-financial-aid/schedule-visit

11/28/2022

Student Spotlight: 3L Harrison Martingayle

My name is Harrison Martingayle and I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I attended LSU for undergrad where I received a bachelor's degree is Sport Commerce with minors in Business and Spanish. During my time at LSU, I also competed on the Cross Country and Track teams competing in distance events including the 3000m Steeplechase.

I am currently a 3L enrolled in the joint degree program getting my Juris Doctor and Master's in Sport Management here at FSU. The best advice I have for incoming law students is to make time to pursue your passions outside of law school. During my first three years of the joint program, I competed on the Cross Country and Track teams at Florida State. In balancing both, time management became increasingly important. However, it taught me two critical lessons. First, pursuing my outside passions made me happier, and thus positively impacted all spheres of my life. Secondly, it is important to have fun. FSU Law is full of friendly faces, so make sure to get to know them outside of the classroom.

My experience at FSU Law has been nothing short of excellent. They were extremely understanding and accommodating when I first mentioned I wanted to exhaust my Division I eligibility as they do prioritize students achieving all of their goals both in and outside of the classroom. Additionally, I have made so many amazing friends. FSU Law is a supportive environment in which everyone seeks communal success.

Though I worked for the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) as a summer associate in Arlington, VA the last few summers, my postgraduate plans are still fairly fluid. I plan on taking the Bar Exam and am currently seeking to work in Athletic Administration at a major Division I program.

11/22/2022

Florida State University will close from November 23-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will return on Monday, November 28th. Happy Thanksgiving!

11/14/2022

This past weekend FSU Law students Khamisi Thorpe and Briana Saffold attended the Boston LSAC Forum with Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives Glenda Thornton.

11/08/2022

Student Spotlight: Kayla Neal

My name is Kayla Neal and I am a 3L from Tallahassee, FL interested in Civil Rights Advocacy and Criminal Law.
I decided to go to law school on whim. I was a sophomore majoring in Fashion Merchandising when I was called in for jury selection. It was a five co-defendant murder trial and I was so impressed with the entire process that I decided to change my college plan and pursue law school!

My advice to a prospective student would be to cut yourself some slack. Applying to law school is hard, going through law school is hard, and ultimately taking the bar will be hard but it’s important to remember: You are smart, capable, and doing this for a reason! So try to remember that when things get tough. And yes, it does ALWAYS get better!

FSU has provided me with a wide array of experiences that have allowed me to grow substantially in these last 3 years. I’ve had the pleasure to travel and compete with the BLSA and FSU Law Trial Teams. I completed Professor Krieger’s Criminal Litigation Skills course that allowed me to get my CLI certification and work with the Public Defender’s Office here in Tallahassee and participate in 3 criminal trials before my last year of law school! And the student organizations on campus like BLSA, PILSA, and the Student Ambassadors have been an great outlet for me to retreat to when things got tough. The warm and supportive community of FSU Law has shaped me into the advocate I am today.

After graduation, I will begin my career as an Assistant Public Defender for the 2nd Circuit defending Misdemeanor cases. I am excited to serve underrepresented communities and give back to my hometown community!

11/07/2022

This week in the Office of Admissions: check out the events we will be attending. We hope to see you!

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 11/04/2022

This week, FSU Law took on a visit to UF’s campus! We attended the UF Blue Key Legal Professions Day, conducted personal interviews, and attended a meeting with the Gator Society for Pre-Law Women to discuss the admissions process. It was a pleasure connecting with so many potential future ‘Noles!

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 10/31/2022

This week in the Office of Admissions - we hope to see you at one of these events!

10/28/2022

Do you want share your FSU Law experience to help recruit new students to the College of Law? The Office of Admissions is seeking new Student Ambassadors! Check your email for the application link, and email us at [email protected] with any questions.

10/27/2022

Student Spotlight: 3L Katie Weaver

Being an attorney was on my radar since I was in fourth grade, when my teacher took our class on a field trip to her brother’s courtroom. I went back and forth (and back and forth) between different career plans throughout school, but I resettled on law school in my sophomore year of undergrad and didn’t look back.

Having gotten sick of Pennsylvania winters, I knew I wanted to go to a new place for law school. If you don’t have a burning desire to stay home, I would encourage you to do the same. Relocating and embarking on a new personal and professional path hundreds of miles away is daunting, but the experience builds character and helps you learn a lot about yourself.

Going to a place like FSU made this a lot easier. The built-in community was one I could easily adjust to, and that’s saying something considering I moved in August of 2020. It was kind of a crazy time in the world. Many of my friends starting 1L back up north were entirely confined to online classes and told me they hadn’t met anyone from their class in person. FSU was predominantly online as well, but that didn’t stop the school from going above and beyond to make sure we had a positive experience. We were always being informed by the school. We had socially distant events and online ones that were just as fun. Through it all, we were constantly being made to feel like we were part of a community.

I met some of the most important people in my life that year, and online classes and restrictions notwithstanding, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Even though we’re not in the same place as we were in Fall of 2020, I still tell this story all the time to emphasize the family we have here at FSU Law.

After graduation, I plan to work as an assistant state attorney with the eventual goal of becoming a federal prosecutor. My time at FSU Law have allowed me to make connections across the state to make this possible, and I couldn’t feel more prepared for my work after my time here. Every day I am thankful for the opportunity to attend FSU Law.

10/25/2022

FSU Law is at Ohio State for the Ohio State University Law School Fair. We are looking forward to meeting some prospective future ‘Noles! If you are in the area, come by our table to meet with our Dean of Admissions.

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 10/24/2022

This week in Admissions - we hope to see you at one of these events!

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 10/21/2022

Our Admissions team had a wonderful time attending recruitment events this week! Pictured are photos from where we attended Florida State University , Florida A&M University, and the University of Florida.

10/17/2022

The FSU Law community is committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere, all while assisting our students with gaining the professional knowledge and experience to be successful in the legal field.

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 10/14/2022

We hope to see you soon at one of these events listed!

10/11/2022
10/07/2022

The College of Law Trial Team consists of an elite group of law students trained in the art of trial-level litigation. Each year, team members represent the Florida State University College of Law in competitions against other students from law schools across the nation. At these competitions, team members present cases before judge and jury. Cases encompass a wide range of topics in both the civil and criminal arenas. Case topics have included insurance fraud, homicide, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and wrongful death.

Competition groups normally include two teams of four. The two teams practice against each other countless times before a competition. In actual competitions, each team advocates for both sides of the case, requiring the teams to be well-versed in the strengths and weaknesses of their own case as well as those of their opponents. The teams are coached by a select group of local trial attorneys, judges and professors. In addition, "guest judges" and "guest jurors" also are invited from the law school and local legal community to offer fresh perspectives during the development of the case. The combined years of skill and expertise represented by the coaches is indispensable, and their diverse knowledge provides an unmatched learning experience.

10/06/2022

Student Spotlight: 3L Amanda McCabe

My name is Amanda McCabe and I am a 3L here at the College of Law. I grew up in Boca Raton, FL and I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in political science in 2020. I knew I wanted to go to law school early on in high school, as I wanted to make a positive impact on my community and work within the criminal justice system. 

The best advice I could give any student entering law school is to take classes in as many areas of the law as possible. Even if you don't wind up pursuing it as your career, law school is the time to take advantage of the opportunity to broaden your horizons. The courses offered at FSU cover so many topics and specialties, which makes it easy to branch out. 

Overall, my experience here has been extremely fulfilling and I am so glad I chose to come to FSU. The opportunity to be a part of this community has given me lifelong friends and mentors, as well as the chance to learn from faculty that is passionate about their work. 

After graduation, I will be starting at the State Attorney's Office in the 15th Judicial Circuit in West Palm Beach, Florida. I am very excited to be returning to my hometown and I look forward to applying the skills I've learned at the College of Law.

Photos from FSU Law Admissions's post 10/04/2022

Fall recruitment is in full swing! Check out where we will be for the next two weeks.

10/03/2022

Today Ralph Keiffer from our Admissions team is located at the University of Georgia law School Fair! If you are in the area, please come by and say hello!

09/29/2022

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09/26/2022

Student Spotlight: 3L Kortney Lightfoot

I am from Dubuque, Iowa, and went to Upper Iowa University for undergrad, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in pre-law. I was also on the Track and Field team while there - my primary events were hurdles, long jump, and the 4x100 relay.

The best advice I have for law school is to not lose yourself during law school. It is very easy to get wrapped up in academics and extra-curricular activities to build your resume while in law school. You cannot forget to have fun and enjoy life outside of law school as well. Having the ability to plan and manage your time while in law school is crucial to being able to have that healthy balance. Law school opens a vast number of doors due to the tremendous variety of law areas available to practice, therefore use law school to find the area you really like and choose the one you see yourself happiest practicing. 

My experience at FSU Law has been amazing. The friends that I have met are going to be life-long friends that remain in my life post-graduation. Since beginning at FSU Law I have completed over 800 hours of pro bono work with The Innocence Project of Florida (hopefully to complete 1,000 hours by graduation). I am also an ambassador for the College of law and have been a member of the Women's Law Symposium, Association for Criminal Justice, and Public Interest Law Student Association. I also was a Certified Legal Intern at the Public Defender Office of the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida. Working at the Public Defender's office this past summer with fellow classmates/friends was a tremendous experience. It felt great to be able to give back to a community that has given me so much in the past 2.5 years. 

After graduation this December I will begin working at the Tallahassee Public Defender's Office starting in March 2023 after taking the Florida Bar Exam. I will begin my career as a trial attorney for misdemeanors. I am overjoyed by the opportunity I am being given to help the underserved population of Tallahassee.

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