University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law

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Founded 1909 | ABA Accredited 1925

The University of Florida Levin College of Law is one of the nation's most comprehensive and widely respected law schools, ranked this year by U.S. News in the top 50 overall and top 25 public schools. It was founded in 1909, has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1920, and was approved by the American Bar Association in 1925. It boasts an impressive list of distinguished visitors to campus, including five Supreme Court justices in the last five years. Its beautiful campus features expansive, state-of-the-art facilities thanks to efforts such as a $25 million expansion and renovation project completed in 2005 and a trial advocacy center completed in November 2009.

The law school also is known for graduating state and national legal, political, business, government, and educational leaders, and for nurturing a strong alumni network. UF Law graduates include five American Bar presidents, including current President Stephen Zack, numerous federal and state judges, partners in major national and international law firms, members of Congress and the cabinet, governors, and state legislators. Alumni support from the “UF Law Gator Nation” has built the endowment into one of the largest in the country for public law schools. This, combined with the state's financial assistance, allows the college to remain affordable while its academic quality rivals many of the best-known private colleges.

The University of Florida is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive universities, is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and is recognized as one of the nation's leading research universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The campus occupies 2,000 acres, mostly within the city of Gainesville's 106,000-population area in North Central Florida. The area is consistently ranked among the best places to live in America, with extensive educational, cultural, and recreational offerings.

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BETTER KNOW A DEAN

"If a student is waitlisted, it means that enough admitted students placed their deposit to secure their seat in the entering class and that..." - Michelle Adorno Assistant Dean for Admissions, UFlorida Law

September 20, 2009 \ This is the fourth installment of our 224 part series, Better Know A Dean. Today we posted our interview with Michelle Adorno, Assistant Dean for Admissions at UFlorida Law -- The Fightin' UFlorida Law's!

Prior to joining UF Law, Dean Adorno served as the Director of Admissions at New York University School of Law from 1998-2009. She received a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics from Cornell University (1986) and a J.D. from Cornell Law School (1989). After graduating from Law School, she joined the New York offices of Kelley, Drye and Warren where she worked as a litigation associate. From 1994-1998, she served as the Assistant Director of Admissions and later the Director of Recruitment, at St. John’s University School of Law in New York. She has served on the Law School Admissions Council's (LSAC) Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process Subcommittee, the LSAC Diversity Initiatives Committee and also served as the Chair of the AALS Section on Pre-Legal Education and Admission to Law School.

AD It's a question that's on everyone's mind, so we might as well deal with the 900 lb. gorilla in the room: Will Tim Tebow win a second Heisman Trophy this year?
MA Good question – we sure hope he does! We are all very proud of our football team and it's really exciting to be part of a community that has such strong school spirit.
AD You recently came to UF Law from NYU School of Law.  How do you find the schools similar and what differences, if anything, do notice?
MA The two schools are different in several ways that make each school unique and attractive to applicants: location in a large city versus a smaller (more suburban) city; large urban campus versus very large sprawling traditional campus; private versus public institution and therefore corresponding in-state versus out-of-state tuition rates. As for similarities, both law schools are fully integrated into vibrant universities, yet there is a “community” feeling within each law school where everyone knows one another; both are national law schools recognized across the country for specific strengths in certain areas of law and actually, both are renowned for their strength in Taxation.
AD In which state(s) and/or geographic region do most of UF Law's graduates end up practicing?
MA Most practice in Florida, but we have strong alumni representation throughout the country, and even internationally. The top areas for our graduates outside Florida are Atlanta, New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and the northwestern states.
AD Classrooms with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences often lead to a richer learning environment, but applications to law school among minorities who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession have been consistently down over the past several years.  Despite the smaller applicant pool, UF has seen minorities in its 1L class increase slightly from 23% in 2005 to 24% in the 2008-09 admissions cycle.  What is UF currently doing to successfully promote diversity at the law school, and in what areas does it think it can still improve?
MA At UF Law we believe that legal education is enhanced in a student body composed of people with different backgrounds who contribute a variety of viewpoints to enrich the educational experience. The College of Law therefore seeks to admit and enroll students who collectively bring a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, interests and perspectives. We convey this in our application materials and on our Web site. We recruit in cities and at undergraduate institutions where there are large concentrations of minority students. We also have active minority student organizations on campus that help new minority students feel welcome on campus, and I think that overall, applicants and admitted students understand that diversity is an important part of the law school experience at UF Law. Given that it is such an integral part of the law school experience, we continue to try to improve our diversity – and ultimately that of the legal profession – each year.
 

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