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Florida A&M University College of Law by Teresa Cajot

The College of Law was established in 1949, in an effort to provide a “separate but equal” state-supported law school for African American males. In 1965, the Florida Legislature voted to close to College of law and all funds were relegated to the development of a new law school at Florida State University. However, in 2000 the Florida Legislature approved the formation of a College of Law for Florida A&M University. In order to receive continued funding, the College of Law was ordered to open its doors by 2003, serve underrepresented communities, and earn ABA-accreditation within five years. As it happened, the first class was admitted in 2002 and the College of Law received provisional ABA-accreditation in 2004. Full ABA-accreditation was granted in 2009.

Today Florida A&M University College of Law offers a

The College of Law publishes the student edited FAMU

full-time JD program as well as a part-time evening

Law Review, which serves to encourage knowledge

program. The traditional curriculum is supplemented

while promoting the advancement of law.

with skills training through the three-year writing program, the clinical program, and more.

Students are also encouraged to become involved in the school’s student organizations, which include

The Legal Clinic Program, which was established in

the American Association for Justice, the Black Law

2003, provides third-year students with the opportunity

Students Association, the Christian Legal Society,

to gain practical skills while serving those who

the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Society, the

would otherwise have no access to legal services.

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the

Opportunities with the clinical program include the

Hispanic American Law Students Association, Phi Alpha

following: Clinical Defense Practice, Death Penalty,

Delta, and the Women’s Law Caucus.

Criminal Prosecution Practice, Judicial Externship, Guardian Ad Litem, Community Economic Development, Homelessness and Legal Advocacy, and Housing. A pro bono alternative can also be used to satisfy the clinical requirement.


Florida A&M University College of Law