Where Students and Their Goals Matter.
Terryann Howell 3L Evening Student
Welcome. The Florida International University College of Law provides students with entry to the legal profession through a high-quality, dynamic, affordable legal education. FIU Law offers an accomplished faculty, modern curriculum and dedicated students. Located in the largest legal market in the state, FIU Law provides its students with a wide array of experiential learning opportunities, enhancing their education and improving their marketability. FIU Law is the only public law school in South Florida. Its graduates enter the profession with a first-rate legal education, less burdened by debt. This provides them with the financial flexibility to pursue a wider variety of career paths. At FIU Law, students are immersed in an intimate learning environment. They develop lasting bonds with their peers and a faculty of teacher-scholars who are dedicated to helping students succeed. This book provides a look inside the lives of FIU Law students and alumni. Explore and see all that FIU Law has to offer.
Explore FIU Law
Welcome 2 A Message from Dean Acosta Administration The Magic City Why FIU is Right for You The History of FIU Law
Your Career 14 Employment Abundant Opportunity Become Practice Ready: Legal Externship Program Judicial Clerks Legal Clinics Law Bridgeâ„˘- A Legal Residency Program
Admissions & Financial Aid
Faculty & Academics
A Message from Sr. Assoc. Dean Mason Pathway to the Profession Student Services Student Organizations Tuition & Class Profile How to Apply Financial Aid & Scholarships
Faculty Foundation Curriculum Academic Enrichment Program Community Service International & Comparative Law Legal Skills & Values Expand Your Skill Set -Board of Advocates -Appellate Advocacy (Moot Court) -Negotiation & Mediation -Trial Advocacy Program -Law Review Enrich Your Experience -IP Law Certificate -Center for Professionalism & Ethics -International & Graduate Studies -Joint Degrees Study Abroad Campus Life
*This publication was released to print on September 12, 2013.
“Law school will reshape the way you think” “Law school will reshape the way you think, the way you learn and the way you understand complex issues. Open your mind to this new way of learning and thinking. Ask your professors questions and take every opportunity to learn from those around you.” Jalal “Jay” Shehadeh ’09 The Law Offices of Jay Shehadeh, P.A.
The Dean’s Welcome
Dean R. Alexander Acosta FIU Law is a diverse, rapidly-ascending institution of academic excellence. Since 2009, we have risen more than 40 spots in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the nation’s top law schools. No other law school has advanced so quickly in the past four years. Other national magazines have recognized us as among the most diverse and best value law schools in the nation. But rankings only tell part of the story. Four years ago, I left my position as U.S. Attorney to come to FIU Law because I believed this was a place of promise. We are committed to providing a first-rate legal education, which we couple with a robust set of experiential learning programs. From nine in-house clinics to judicial, criminal and civil externship programs, our students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it by doing real legal work. This gives our students an advantage when entering the legal marketplace and allowed our 2012 graduating class to rank in the top 50 of all U.S. law schools for full-time, long-term legal jobs. We are a small school. We emphasize quality over quantity; we treat our students like individuals. Our faculty wholeheartedly supports our students and is committed to helping them become successful, professional, practice-ready attorneys. We will do everything we can to help you achieve your individual goals. I encourage you to visit FIU Law. We truly are a different kind of law school, with much to offer. The only thing missing is you.
R. Alexander Acosta, Dean
“We truly are a different kind of law school.”
Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall
84% Average Bar Pass Rate Since 2009
Administration R. Alexander Acosta, Dean A.B., Harvard College J.D., Harvard Law School Tawia Baidoe Ansah, Assoc. Dean of Academic Affairs & Professor of Law B.A., Columbia University M.A. (M.Phil.), Columbia University LL.B., University of Toronto Faculty of Law Ph.D., Columbia University Ana Bierman, Director of the Abraham S. Ovadia Career Planning & Placement Office B.A., Cornell University J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School Danilo Castillo, Director of Finance & Administration B.S. & E.M.S.T., Florida International University School of Accounting Roxanna Cruz, Assoc. Director of Recruitment & Marketing B.A., St. Thomas University M.B.A., Nova Southeastern University Michelle D. Mason, Sr. Assoc. Dean B.A., Rutgers University J.D., Rutgers University School of Law-Camden Alma O. Mir贸, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid B.A., Temple University M.C. Mirow, Assoc. Dean of International and Graduate Studies & Professor of Law B.A., Boston University J.D., Cornell Law School Ph.D. (law), Leiden University Ph.D. (law), Cambridge University Jo毛lle A. Moreno, Assoc. Dean of Research and Faculty Development & Professor of Law B.A., Swarthmore College J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School Frantz Pierre, Director of Information Technology B.S., Florida International University Louis N. Schulze Jr., Asst. Dean of Academic Enrichment Program B.A., University of Connecticut J.D., New England Law-Boston Teresa Stanton, Assoc. Dean of Information Resources B.A., Oberlin College M.L.I.S., University of South Florida J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law Donna Yff, Registrar B.A. & M.S., University of West Indies
The Magic City
Most Diverse Law School in Florida; #7 Nationally *U.S. News & World Report
Like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or D.C., Miami is a bustling crossroads of diverse peoples and cultures: A city rich with opportunity and powerful energy.
Miami is a gateway for international law and business, connecting the U.S. to the rest of the world. It is home to the largest legal market in the state and one of the largest in the country. Most major law firms have offices a short drive from FIU Law, providing students and graduates with vast opportunities. South Florida is rich with cultural and intellectual prospects. For more than a decade, Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the largest fine arts fair in the world, has made Miami fertile ground for a growing alternative
arts scene. Wynwood, the downtown arts district, is decorated with murals by international artists and hosts monthly art walks with food trucks and live music. It represents the Miami of today: a place full of unbounded potential. From the weekly farmersâ€™ markets to theatrical productions at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, from the egrets and alligators of the Everglades to Duval Street in Key West, Miami is a beautiful, international city.
Local HOT SPOTS The Oldest Bar
Always in Bloom
The Written Word
Tobacco Road Miamiâ€™s oldest bar and restaurant, established in 1912 and known for its blues cabaret. Great to visit if you are in the mood for live, local entertainment and a relaxed Miami vibe.
Versailles The worldâ€™s most famous Cuban restaurant, has been serving Cuban cuisine and culture to the South Florida community and tourists from around the world for four decades.
Miami Beach Botanical Gardens Located in the middle of South Beach, the Gardens boast a bromeliad collection, Japanese garden, orchid collection and over a dozen varities of subtropical palms.
Books & Books An independently owned bookstore community of writers and readers, Books & Books hosts 60 author events a month.
Why FIU Law is Right for You
At FIU Law, you will learn inside the classroom, gain experience outside the classroom, and enter the legal profession in a position to chart your own course.
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 best in the state and 26th 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. FIU Law is an outstanding law school with much to offer.
The History of FIU Law
25 years ago, the vision of starting a public law school in South Florida was formed.
Community leaders and supporters led by Cesar Alvarez, Co-Chairman of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, approached then 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. 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 on the rise, and its future is bright. For more information: law.fiu.edu
Alumni Spotlight Amalia Gonzalez ’12 DLD Lawyers
“I am proud to have gone to FIU Law, a school that is so well respected in the community. FIU has a strong reputation for having hard-working graduates, who are ready to practice. We are dedicated and smart, and I am proud to be part of the FIU Law alumni. At FIU Law, I served as a Student Ambassador and participated in the Hispanic National Bar Association. I met my current employer at a networking event, and was offered an interview. I started working at DLD Lawyers as a law clerk while in law school and was eventually offered the job I have now. I was able to perform well as a clerk because of the training I received at FIU Law. The College has a three-semester Legal Skills & Values requirement, which allows students to develop advanced writing and research skills. These classes definitely helped prepare me for the work I do today. I practice insurance defense, products liability and professional malpractice defense at DLD. It is exciting work. I learn something new every day.”
2012 Graduate Employment Profile:
of those seeking employment secured full-time, long-term legal jobs.
In the South Atlantic Region
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Career Planning & Placement CP&P helped the 2012 graduates attain the highest employment rate in Florida.* The Abraham S. Ovadia Career Planning & Placement Office is focused on placement. The Office provides students and alumni with the services and resources necessary to discover the legal career they came to FIU Law to find. CP&P has cultivated outstanding relationships with leading law firms, public employers, federal agencies, and courts throughout Florida and across the nation. On-staff attorney/advisors with practical legal experience, provide students comprehensive, personalized career counseling. An online database of job listings and employer information helps students search for positions, and the office offers a robust on-campus interview program in both the fall and spring semesters. CP&P also facilitates job fairs to ensure students find the career that is perfect for them. For more information: law.fiu.edu/career-planning
*Of the 2012 graduates seeking employment, 83% secured full-time, long-term legal jobs.
Michelle Murray â€™13 Law Clerk for the Honorable Melanie G. May, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
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Employment Our Alumni & Students are Everywhere
Private Astigarraga Davis Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Berger Singerman LLP Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP Blank Rome LLP Brown Sims Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. Colson Hicks Eidson DLA Piper LLP DLD Lawyers Duane Morris LLP Fowler White Burnett, P.A. GrayRobinson, P.A. Greenberg Traurig, LLP Hogan Lovells LLP Holland & Knight LLP Jackson Lewis LLP Kubicki Draper Lydecker | Diaz Peckar & Abramson, P.C. Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Rivero Mestre, LLP Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Shutts & Bowen LLP Squire Sanders LLP The Reyes Law Firm, P.A. Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP Public Government Broward County Attorney’s Office Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Office of the Attorney General JAG Corps Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office Offices of the Public Defender Offices of the State Attorney Office of Disability Adjudication and Review School Board of Miami-Dade County U.S. Social Security Administration U.S. Southern Command U.S. Department of Education Judicial U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Florida Third District Court of Appeal Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
Ana Bierman Director, Career Planning & Placement
Alumni Spotlight Victoria Sica ’07 Office of the Public Defender, Miami-Dade County
“I took Criminal Procedure and knew I wanted to practice criminal law. My typical day usually starts with morning calendar call. I may have up to 30 cases on the trial calendar on any given day. The pace is frenetic and often unpredictable. You always have to be on your toes and ready at a moment’s notice. After calendar call, I go back to the office to work on motions, research, or to take depositions. Suddenly, a call comes from a judge: “we are ready for your trial.” I drop what I am doing, run back to court and get ready to pick a jury. That is a typical day. My experience at FIU Law prepared me for practice. I interned at the MiamiDade Public Defender’s Office and was able to see how the system operates. I assisted in trials and was able to apply what I had learned in class. It was an amazing experience. I saw first hand the important role the criminal defense attorney plays in our justice system. The experience motivated me, and today I go to work knowing I will make a meaningful impact on those I represent.”
Alumni Named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013
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AMLA w 200 AM Law 200FirMs Firms 1A Akerman Senterfitt LLP 1B Carlton Fields 1C DLA Piper LLP 1D GrayRobinson, P.A. 1E Greenburg Traurig, LLP 1F Hogan Lovells LLP 1G Holland & Knight LLP 1H Hunton & Williams LLP 1I Jackson Lewis LLP 1J Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP 1k Squire Sanders LLP LArge Large FLOridA florida FirMs Firms 2A Berger Berger Singerman LLP 2B Bilzin Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP 2C Brown Sims 2D Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. 2E Colson Hicks Edison 2F Fowler White Burnett, P.A. 2G Kubicki Draper 2H Lydecker | Diaz 2I Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. 2J Shutts & Bowen LLP 2K Tew Cardenas LLP 2L Wicker Wicker Smith Oâ€™Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. Midsize FLOridA Florida FirMs Firms 3A Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP 3B DLD DLD Lawyers 3C Podhurst Orseck, P.A. 3D Rivero Mestre, LLP 3E Rojas R ojas Law Firm LLP 3F Silva Silva & Silva, P.A. 3G The Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
PubLic Public sectOr Sector 4A Eleventh Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida Courthouse 4B Florida Florida Third District Court of Appeal 4C Office of the Public Defender, Miami-Dade County 4D Office of the State Attorney, Miami-Dade County 4E United States District Court for the Southern U.S. District Court for the Southern District District of Florida of Florida
coral gables 8 miles away 2L 3D
south Miami 10 miles away 2I
1B 1I 1E
downtown & brickell
15 miles away
Atlantic Ocean Biscayne Bay
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Become Practice-Ready Legal Externship Program
One of FIU Law’s greatest strengths is its Legal Externship Program. Students who participate in these programs earn credit and gain practical legal experience, making them more prepared for the practice of law, and thus, more marketable after they graduate. Additionally, students are able to build relationships with employers and expand their professional network. Last year, more than 120 students took advantage of this successful program. Criminal The Criminal Externship Program helps students gain a better understanding of criminal law and the criminal justice system. Externs work alongside prosecutors and public defenders, learning the criminal justice system from the inside. Certified Legal Interns develop their legal skills by representing defendants or the State of Florida in actual criminal cases. Civil The Civil Externship Program allows students to explore careers with governmental, public interest or corporate entities. This is a program for those interested in legal services, nonprofits, administrative agencies, governmental agencies and in-house counsel positions. Judicial There are more than 250 judges in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Through the Judge Aaron B. Cohen Judicial Externship Program, students work with judges and magistrates, drafting memoranda of law, opinions, and participating in day-to-day court operations. For more information: law.fiu.edu/academic-information/externships
Since 2009, 17 Alumni Have Accepted 23 State Appellate or Federal Clerkships, Including 6 at U.S. Courts of Appeals
(Pictured from left to right) Carlos Garcia ’12 Robert Scavone Jr. ’12 Christina M. Suárez ’06
Rebecca Salokar ’09 Alice Férot ’12 Michelle Murray ’13
Alumni Spotlight Courtney Engelke ’11 Colson Hicks Eidson
“The faculty really care about helping students. That makes FIU Law a very special place. Like many students at FIU Law, I worked during my 3L year. The College has an evening division, which allows students, including day-division students like myself, to build a flexible class schedule. This flexibility allowed me to put what I learned in the classroom to use in the real world. At Colson Hicks Eidson, I represent plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases, as well as product liability cases. I help people who have been injured, and I work to prevent these wrongs from happening again. I love my job.”
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Helping the Community While Gaining Experience. The FIU College of Law offers students the opportunity to work as lawyers under the supervision of licensed attorneys through its legal clinics. Like a law firm within the College, these clinics allow upper-division students to represent individuals and community organizations in need of legal assistance. Students receive course credit and gain invaluable experience through the program.
The Health Law and Policy Clinic represents clients and does systemic work, including community education and public-policy initiatives. This clinic partners with the FIU College of Medicine’s Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ program to educate medical-, nursing- and social-work students on how to identify patients with legal issues. When a legal issue arises, the patient’s household is referred to this clinic. It was through this clinic that third-year law student Alfonso “Alfie” Leon helped a local woman navigate the Medicaid system. Leon was supervised by attorney Natalie Castellanos, who graduated from FIU Law in 2011, and Professor Peggy Maisel. The client was a single mother with a young son who had recently divorced an abusive husband. She had substantial medical debt. She should have been eligible for Medicaid and Food Stamps, but was not receiving benefits because she feared putting her ex-husband through child support enforcement procedures.
“My favorite class has been the Health Law and Policy Clinic. It allowed me to apply what I learned in class in a practical setting with real clients. Employers love seeing it on my resume.” Alisha Mays 3L Student, SBA President
Leon filed for a fair hearing, drafted affidavits and prepared his client. He worked closely with the medical student who referred the case, the client’s doctors, outreach worker, and social worker to gather evidence showing why there was good cause to exempt the client from enforcement proceedings. On the eve of the fair hearing, the Department of Children and Families approved the client’s claim. She was awarded retroactive Food Stamps, and her medical debt was absolved. She now receives Medicaid and Food Stamps. She attends vocational school and continues to care for her son. Leon’s and Castellano’s work changed the lives of both their client and her young son. For more information: law.fiu.edu/clinics
50k+ Clinics ► Carlos A. Costa Immigration
and Human Rights Clinic
► Family and Education Law Clinic ► Heath Law and Policy Clinic
► Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic
► Immigrant Children’s Justice Clinic
► Death Penalty Clinic
► Investor Advocacy Clinic
► Environmental Law Clinic
► Small Business Clinic
FIU Law Students Provided 50,000+ Hours in Free Legal and Community Service Through Clinics & Externships Last Year
Natalie Castellanos ’11 Attorney and Assistant Director of the Health Law and Policy Clinic Alfonso “Alfie” Leon 3L Student
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FIU Law Lawbridgeâ„˘ A Legal Residency Program The FIU College of Law offers recent graduates the opportunity to transition into their roles as attorneys through LawBridge â€“ A Legal Residency Program. These young lawyers establish their own practice, while being mentored by more experienced attorneys. The first years of practice are an ideal time to truly immerse yourself in understanding and excelling at your trade. FIU LawBridge gives graduates the chance to enter an apprenticeship with elements akin to both a medical school residency and a business school entrepreneurial incubator.
Recent graduates of FIU Law who have passed the Florida Bar Examination and are eligible to practice may apply for the program. Participants establish and house their solo practice within the LawBridge facilities for two years. They cultivate a client base and manage attorney-client relationship, as well as the business aspects of the practice. FIU Law provides guidance through a series of lectures and other course offerings throughout the term. LawBridge participants are also expected to connect with the community through extensive pro-bono services requirements. For more information: law.fiu.edu/lawbridge
George Knox Director, Non-Litigation Advocacy Program
Alumni Spotlight Alejandro Sola ’12 Office of the State Attorney, Miami-Dade County
Small Class Size
Average 1L Day-Division Class Size
Average 1L Evening-Division Class Size
“I decided to become an Assistant State Attorney because I believe public service is important. You can have a meaningful impact on someone’s life. FIU Law does so much to help students transition into the legal profession. The College keeps the class sizes small, which means you get a lot of personal attention. It also provides students with a wealth of opportunities to gain practical experience. In my final year I participated in a clinic. I worked on real cases, under the supervision of a licensed attorney. In today’s legal market, getting practical experience while in law school can make all the difference in the world, and every student at FIU Law who wants that sort of experience can get it.”
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& Financial Aid A Message from Senior Associate Dean Michelle D. Mason Welcome to FIU Law As Senior Associate Dean, I am the administrator specifically charged to serve as a sounding board and advocate for students. One of my roles is to counsel and assist you. Whether you need advice regarding progress towards your degree or personal issues, my staff of student services professionals and I are here to help you. Success in law school and beyond requires more than intellectual ability and a strong work ethic. It requires students to take control of their studies and career path. Students must learn to take a proactive approach to building relationships with the faculty and their peers, and take steps to cultivate their professional network. The faculty, administrators and staff at FIU Law are committed to helping students find their path in law school and beyond. Pathway to the Profession At FIU Law, your journey into the practice of law will include course work designed to provide you with the requisite legal knowledge to be a lawyer. Your journey will also include programs to help you develop the other skills necessary to being a successful, professional and ethical member of the bar. The Pathway to the Profession initiative is a semester-by-semester plan designed to assist students both academically and professionally. FIU Law’s Pathway to the Profession initiative is also designed to help guide you to your chosen career goals. The program begins the summer prior to entering FIU Law and continues after you graduate. The faculty, administrators and alumni at FIU Law are here to help you plan your own individual strategy. Student Services The Office of Student Services strives to enhance the quality of life and experience of our law students by delivering programs and support services that assist students in creating a life plan that balances academics and personal pursuits. We realize that each student has different needs, and we believe in treating each student as an individual. Programs and Resources ►Academic Enrichment Program ►Bar Application Seminars ►Disability Resource Center ►Financial Aid Advising ►Guest Speakers and Lecturers
►Networking & Community Outreach Programs ►Orientation
►Symposia & Workshops ►Wellness Services
Student Organizations In addition to a rigorous course of study, FIU Law students have the opportunity to enhance their educational experience by participating in student-lead organizations. The primary student organization is the Student Bar Association. There are more than 30 other student organizations at FIU Law, each promoting various activities for our students. For more information: law.fiu.edu/student-organizations
â€œMy staff of student services professionals and I are here to help you.â€? Michelle D. Mason Senior Assoc. Dean of Enrollment Management, Student Development & Outreach, and Director of the Center for Professionalism & Ethics
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Key Dates: February 15
FASFA Need-Based Grant Priority Deadline
Scholarship Priority Deadline
May 1 Application Deadline - Rolling Admissions - Fall Admission Only
Tuition:* Annual (In-State)
2013 Class Profile:*
Day $20,199 Evening $13,683 Student Fees $398 (per year)†
Annual (Out-of-State) Day $34,443 Evening $23,353 Student Fees $398 (per year)†
Per Credit Hour
In-State $651.57 Out-of-State $1111.06
Admissions & Financial Aid: Alma Miró Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Michelle Pestaina Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
1L Day Students
1L Evening Students
Roxanna Cruz Associate Director of Recruitment & Marketing
156 3.10 151
* A customary incremental increase in tuition can be expected for the 2014-2015 academic year.
†Not included in tuition
LSAT *As of August 16, 2013
Gaining Experience Daniel K. Cartwright 3L Student Summer Associate DLD Lawyers
“FIU Law has equipped me with the training and experience that I need to succeed in the legal industry. I grew up in a small rural hamlet in Western New York. I did not plan on moving to Miami to study Law, but I could not be more pleased with my decision to attend FIU Law. My decision to come to FIU Law was cemented when I met with Dean Acosta. During our meeting, he talked to me about what the school had to offer. He shared with me that the school was intimate and friendly, which allows students to create strong relationships with the faculty. I could tell that he cared a great deal about the students. His candor and enthusiasm for FIU Law sold me immediately. FIU Law has equipped me with the training and experience that I need to succeed in the legal industry. The College’s proximity to county, state, and federal courts, along with its location in Florida’s largest legal market gives students access to a wide variety of opportunities. I have clerked with judges at the state civil court and the Third District Court of Appeal. This summer I was hired as a Summer Associate at DLD Lawyers, a prestigious law firm in Coral Gables. I am very happy I chose FIU Law. It has been a truly rewarding experience.”
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How to Apply To apply for admission you must create an account with the Law School Admissions Council at lsac.org and submit the following documents before the application deadline of May 1, 2014: ► Application for admission ► Application fee: non-refundable $20 ► LSAT score(s) ► Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended ► Personal statement (two pages, double-spaced) ► Resumé ► Two letters of recommendation Applications for admission will not be processed more than one year in advance of the date for which entrance is sought. Financing Your Legal Education Financial Aid is available in the form of loans, grants and/or scholarships. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal loans and our institutional need-based grant. Visit fafsa.ed.gov and apply as early as January 1st using the FIU School Code 009635. graduate Need Grant Complete your FAFSA by February 15th to be considered for a need-based grant of up to $5,000. Eligibility is based on FAFSA completion date and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). First Generation Scholarship Thanks to the generosity of numerous law firms and organizations, FIU Law offers First Generation Scholarships. Full-time admitted students who are the first in their family to pursue a professional degree are invited to participate in the call for essays. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will notify admitted students once the essay collection period is open.
Admissions Committee Decision-Making Process The FIU Law Admissions Committee seeks to enroll a diverse group of students who have demonstrated academic success and personal achievement. FIU Law wishes to advance the intellectual growth of its students as well as the skills and values necessary to the ethical, professional practice of law. While a prospective student’s academic record and LSAT performance are weighted heavily in the evaluation process, the Admissions Committee considers other factors included: leadership ability, commitment to public service, command of global issues, work history, military service, any history of criminality or academic misconduct, and evidence of obstacles that an applicant may have overcome (for example, English is not the applicant’s native language, discrimination, economic or family hardship, severe medical condition, etc). For more information: law.fiu.edu/admissions transfer students Students attending an ABA accredited law school may apply for transfer to FIU Law. Applicants must have completed at least two semesters, be in good standing, and have a class rank (if applicable) in the upper one-third of their first-year class to be eligible. A maximum of 31 credit hours may be transferred, and no credit will be awarded for coursework in which the student received a grade lower than a “C” or its equivalent. Transfer students must fulfill all FIU Law Foundation Curriculum courses requirements to graduate. For more information: law.fiu.edu/transfer The Admissions Committee encourages each applicant to answer all questions with candor, detail, and where appropriate, specific examples of relevant experiences.
Merit Scholarship Program Full-time applicants are automatically considered for a merit scholarship at the time of application review. Merit scholarships are awarded based on undergraduate GPA and LSAT score. Scholarship offers are presented to admitted students in the admissions offer letter. Priority consideration is given to eligible candidates who apply for admission by March 15th. Merit scholarships are renewable each year based on the terms of the scholarship. Types of Scholarships ►Dean’s Scholarship: Our most prestigious scholarship program with awards up to full tuition. ►Admissions Merit Scholarship ►Out-of-State Tuition Grant Scholarship: This award covers 75% of the out-of-state portion of tuition for non-Florida residents.
Elizabeth Price Foley Professor of Law
Alumni Spotlight Carlos Lago ’09 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
“I knew I wanted to practice in South Florida and FIU Law was the natural choice. I am an associate in the Real Estate/Land Use division at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. The division works for a number of municipalities, with a focus on the City of Miami. Much of our practice is community focused, requiring us to build working relationships with elected officials, city officials and partners, community activists, and nonprofit organizations. For me, these sorts of relationships are always important and I enjoy being out in the community and involved. It gives me an opportunity to make a difference. I knew I wanted to practice in South Florida and FIU Law was the natural choice. I built relationships with my classmates that continue to this day.”
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Aida Fina-Milian 1L Evening Student Miami-Dade County Police Officer
Faculty & Academics â€œThe faculty at FIU Law provides encouragement and support to the students. They are there every step of the way and are committed to helping us succeed.â€?
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Faculty Michele Anglade Lecturer of Law B.A., Wellesley College J.D., Harvard Law School
Christyno L. Hayes Asst. Professor of Legal Skills & Values B.A., Davidson College J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
Marci A Rosenthal Co-Director of Legal Skills & Values B.A., Cornell University J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Thomas E. Baker Professor of Law B.S., Florida State University J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law
Ila J. Klion Asst. Professor of Legal Skills & Values B.A., Florida International University J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law
Rosario Lozada Schrier Asst. Professor of Legal Skills & Values B.A., University of Notre Dame J.D., Notre Dame Law School
Eric R. Carpenter Asst. Professor of Law B.A, University of California-Berkeley School of Law J.D., University of California-Berkeley School of Law LL.M., Judge Advocate General’s School
George Knox Director of Non-Litigation Advocacy Program B.A., Michigan State University J.D., University of Miami School of Law
H.T. Smith Director of Trial Advocacy Program B.A., Florida A & M University J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Phyllis Kotey Director of Community Service and Externship Programs & Clinical Assoc. Professor of Law B.A., University of Florida M.A., University of Florida J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law
John F. Stack, Jr. Professor of Political Science & Law A.B., Stonehill College M.A., University of Denver J.D., University of Miami School of Law Ph.D., University of Denver
Margaret (Peggy) Maisel Director of Clinical Programs & Professor of Law B.A., Pomona College M.A., Antioch School of Law M.A., Occidental College J.D., Boston University School of Law
Kerri L. Stone Assoc. Professor of Law B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University J.D., New York University School of Law
Cyra Akila Choudhury Assoc. Professor of Law B.A., The College of Wooster M.A., Columbia University J.D. & LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center Jorge L. Esquirol Professor of Law B.S.B.A., Georgetown University J.D. & S.J.D., Harvard Law School Megan A. Fairlie Assoc. Professor of Law B.A., State University of New York at Albany J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law LL.M. & Ph. D. (law), National University of Ireland, Galway H. Scott Fingerhut Asst. Director of Trial Advocacy Program & Honors College Fellow B.A., University of Virginia J.D., Emory University School of Law Stanley Fish Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities & Law B.A., University of Pennsylvania M.A. & Ph.D., Yale University Elizabeth Price Foley Professor of Law B.A., Emory University J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law LL.M., Harvard Law School Angelique Ortega Fridman Asst. Professor of Legal Skills & Values B.A., University of Florida J.D., Harvard Law School José M. Gabilondo Professor of Law B.A., Harvard University J.D., University of California-Boalt Hall School of Law Juan Carlos Gómez Director of the Carlos A. Costa Immigration & Human Rights Clinic B.A., Florida International University J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School Manuel A. Gómez Assoc. Professor of Law J.D. Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela) J.S.D. & J.S.M., Stanford University Law School
Jerry W. Markham Professor of Law B.S., Western Kentucky University J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center Lillian Aponte Miranda Assoc. Professor of Law B.A., University of Florida J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law Scott F. Norberg Professor of Law B.A., University of North Carolina J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law J. Janewa OseiTutu Asst. Professor of Law B.A., University of Toronto J.D., Queen’s University LL.M., McGill University M. Alexander Pearl Asst. Professor of Law B.A., University of Oklahoma J.D., University of California-Berkeley School of Law Charles R. P. Pouncy Assoc. Professor of Law B.A., Fordham University J.D., Cornell Law School LL.M., Temple University School of Law Christine Rickard Asst. Professor of Legal Skills & Values B.A., University of Michigan J.D., Vanderbilt Law School Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod Professor of Law B.B.A., University of Miami M.B.A., Florida International University J.D., University of Miami School of Law Ediberto Román Professor of Law B.A., Lehman College, City University of New York J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
Leonard P. Strickman Founding Dean Emeritus & Professor of Law A.B., University of Rochester J.D., Yale Law School Hannibal Travis Professor of Law B.A., Washington University J.D., Harvard Law School Victor M. Uribe-Uran Assoc. Professor of History & Law J.D., Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá M.A. & Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh David D. Walter Co-Director of Legal Skills & Values B.A., Eastern Kentucky University M.A., University of Iowa J.D., University of Iowa College of Law Howard M. Wasserman Professor of Law B.S., Northwestern University J.D., Northwestern University School of Law Noah Weisbord Assoc. Professor of Law B.Sc., B.S.W., LL.B., B.C.L., M.S.W. (McGill) LL.M. & S.J.D., Harvard Law School
13:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
â€œWe emphasize quality over quantity; we treat our students like individuals. Our faculty wholeheartedly supports our students and is committed to helping them become successful, professional, practice-ready attorneys. We will do everything we can to help you achieve your individual goals.â€? R. Alexander Acosta, Dean
Erin K. Degnan Visiting Asst. Professor of Legal Skills & Values B.A., Brown University J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Stephen Harper Visiting Clinical Asst. Professor B.A., Haverford College J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
Tracy Pearl Visiting Asst. Professor of Law A.B., Duke University M.Sc., Oxford University J.D., Boston College Law School
Mary Gundrum Visiting Clinical Asst. Professor B.A., Alverno College J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
Charles C. Jalloh Visiting Assoc. Professor of Law B.A., University of Guelph M.St., Oxford University B.C.L & LL.B., McGill University
Laverne Pinkney Visiting Clinical Asst. Professor B.S., Florida International University M.A., Florida International University J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law
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Foundation Curriculum The first two semesters of the day division and the first three semesters of the evening division are composed of 31 credits of required course work. This Foundation Curriculum provides students with the conceptual and substantive knowledge and skills essential to the practice of law. DAY DIVISION During the first two semesters, day-division students will complete all 31 credits of the Foundation Curriculum. The day-division is divided into two sections: A & B. Students in these sections take courses in the morning and afternoon.
evening DIVISION During the fall and spring semesters of the first year and the fall of the second year, evening students will complete all 31 credits of the Foundation Curriculum. FIU Law also offers summer courses for evening and day-division students.
The first two semesters of the day division consist of the following courses:
The first three semesters of the evening division consist of the following courses:
Fall I Torts Contracts Constitutional Law Legal Skills & Values I
Fall I 4 hrs 4 hrs 4 hrs 3 hrs
Spring I Property Criminal Law Civil procedure legal skills & values II intro to intâ€™L & comp law
4 hrs 4 hrs 3 hrs
4 hrs 4 hrs 2 hrs
3 hrs Criminal law 4 hrs constitutional Law intro to intâ€™L & comp law 3 hrs
Torts Contracts Legal Skills & Values I
Spring I 4 hrs 3 hrs 4 hrs 2 hrs 3 hrs
property Civil Procedure Legal Skills & Values II 16 total
Fall II Twilight Option The Twilight Option allows day-division students to plan their schedule so courses are taken in the midafternoon and evening. The curriculum is otherwise identical to day-division sections A & B.
Over 80 Course Titles Offered Beyond the Foundation Curriculum
For more information: law.fiu.edu/curriculum
Academic Enrichment Program The Academic Enrichment Program (“AEP”) at FIU Law is designed to help students achieve their best results. The AEP serves as an extended orientation; it provides resources to promote success, fosters an understanding of academic expectations, and encourages the use of effective and efficient study strategies. The AEP uses lessons from the science of educational psychology to teach processes of self-regulated learning. This allows students to hone personalized study skills and maximize results. Through extensive feedback exercises, mock exams, and integration with doctrinal courses, the AEP provides students with explicit instruction on “how to do” law school. COMMUNITY SERVICE The Community Service Program at FIU Law exemplifies the commitment the College and its faculty have to ensuring that students understand the lawyer’s role in providing the poor and disadvantaged with access to quality legal assistance. Community service will be an integral part of your legal education at FIU Law, and students are expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service prior to graduation.
Charles R.P. Pouncy Assoc. Professor of Law
International & Comparative Law Unique to FIU Law, students participate in Introduction to International & Comparative Law. This first-year course introduces students to public international law, international economic law and comparative law. Exposure to the law of nations in the international component of the course poses critical jurisprudential questions on the nature of law, the role of enforceability and the prospects for constructing an international society. The comparative component compares and contrasts the common law system that prevails in the United States with civil law systems, especially as they have evolved in Latin America. Together the course provides the foundation for later advanced study in these and other topics as part of the upper-level curriculum. To add to students’ knowledge of international law, each course in the Foundation Curriculum includes an international law component. Legal Skills & Values Students learn the keys to effective lawyering through a series of three required courses which focus on legal analysis, research, writing, oral communication and professionalism. These courses simulate legal problems to teach students how to recognize and address legal issues from inception through resolution. Throughout the courses, faculty members emphasize the importance of professionalism to being an effective attorney. In LSV I, students learn to locate, read, understand and apply primary and secondary sources of law. Students continue to develop their research, analytical and communication skills in LSV II, as they shift their focus from objective communication to persuasive writing and oral advocacy. The LSV III curriculum builds upon the research, analysis and communication foundation that students developed in the first two courses. Assignments in LSV III include client interviewing and counseling, legal correspondence drafting, contract drafting, negotiation, pretrial motion memoranda drafting and pretrial oral arguments.
For more information: law.fiu.edu/academic-information
Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod Professor of Law
Ediberto Román Professor of Law
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Expand Your Skill Set BOARD OF ADVOCATES
The Board of Advocates (“BOA”) is a student-run organization which heads the Appellate Advocacy, Negotiation & Mediation and Trial Advocacy teams. It is designed to develop students’ advocacy skills in a variety of legal contexts. BOA teams compete in regional, national and international competitions. BOA members also earn academic credit for competing and serving on the Board.
APPELLATE ADVOCACY (Moot Court)
Students, working in two-person teams, prepare an appellate brief and deliver an appellate oral argument in competition format. Students receive substantial classroom instruction in persuasive brief writing and oral advocacy, as well as the relevant appellate rules and procedures. Students participate in an appellate competition at the end of the semester as a means of making the Moot Court Team.
NEGOTIATION & MEDIATION
Students selected as members of the Negotiation & Mediation Team work in teams to prepare and then mediate an agreement on multiple issues, or prepare and then negotiate an agreement with opposing counsel. Students receive substantial classroom instruction on a variety of negotiation and mediation techniques and strategies.
TRIAL ADVOCACY PROGRAM
Passionate Principled Advocacy, this is the standard to which the Trial Advocacy Program aspires. The Program aims to educate and inspire the next generation of powerful legal storytellers, courageous advocates and the professional and community leaders of tomorrow. Students learn the core values of super-competence, impeccable integrity and tireless work ethic. The Program is an intensive course of study which includes Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy. Students learn the legal mechanics and human dynamics of trying a lawsuit. The classes incorporate a lecture and performance component. Trial skills taught include developing a case theme and theory, presenting a persuasive opening statement and closing argument, conducting direct and cross examination, introducing exhibits, making objections and the dynamics of jury selection. Student performances are videotaped weekly and made available for review and critique. In lieu of a written final exam, students participate in a mock jury trial before a sitting judge and experienced trial lawyers.
For more information: law.fiu.edu/academic-information
The FIU Law Review is a student-run organization responsible for producing a journal of scholarly legal works. As a symposium-based law review, the issues are composed of articles by authors who participate in the symposium prior to publication. The FIU Law Review is committed to facilitating the College’s growth and impact in the legal community. Membership on the FIU Law Review is contingent upon the successful completion of the Foundation Curriculum and the annual write-on competition. The write-on competition consists of a written case note and Bluebook exam. Class rank will be considered when extending invitations. The write-on competition takes place following spring-semester exams for traditional first-year students and following summer-semester exams for transfer students. Evening-division students are eligible to participate in the exam following their second spring semester.
Gaining Experience Chanel Rowe 3L Student Summer Associate Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
â€œAfter working as a Summer Associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, I was offered a permanent position following graduation. I could not be more excited. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. But somehow it all gets done. Juggling a rigorous curriculum, along with my organizational and personal responsibilities, has prepared me for the realities of legal practice. My days are long. Before class, I spend time reviewing and discussing the material with classmates. A great thing about FIU Law is that students here are friendly. We are competitive, but not hyper-competitive. It is easy to build a support system and friendships with classmates. Success in law school requires work-life balance. The journey to becoming an attorney is challenging, and maintaining balance is essential. FIU Law promotes this ideal by offering programs that help students cope with the stresses of law school. FIU Law has prepared me for practice, and I am thankful to the College and especially to the faculty who have helped guide me.â€?
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Enrich Your Experience INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CERTIFICATE* Intellectual Property Law is a vibrant and growing area of practice. According to a 2012 U.S. Department of Commerce report, IP-intensive industries supported 40 million jobs, and merchandise exports of IP-intensive industries accounted for $775 billion, or 60.7% of total U.S. exports. Intellectual Property Law is relevant to business and global trade, and intersects with a number of other fields, including human rights, public health and global development. FIU Law offers a certificate in Intellectual Property Law. To obtain the certificate students must: ► Earn at least 15 credits from the Intellectual Property course list; ► Take at least two courses or seminars from the Entrepreneurship course list; and ► Take the Intellectual Property Survey Course. For more information: law.fiu.edu/IP *Pending Faculty Senate approval.
CENTER FOR PROFESSIONALISM & ETHICS Lawyers owe a duty to their clients, the courts and opposing counsel to act professionally and in an ethical manner. FIU Law recognizes this duty and stresses professionalism and ethics throughout its curriculum. Through the Center for Professionalism & Ethics, students are introduced to and taught the concepts of professionalism and ethics required for the effective
practice of law. The Center sponsors programs designed to reinforce these concepts and to complement the lawyering skills students learn in class. The Center embraces and models accountability and civic responsibility, and strives to ensure that each student becomes an ethical member of the Bar. The Center was established in light of the distinctive privilege afforded to attorneys—the opportunity they have to make a profound impact on society—and seeks to enhance public confidence and faith in the legal profession. For more information: law.fiu.edu/professionalism INTERNATIONAL & GRADUATE STUDIES The practice of law, and particularly the practice of law in Florida, is increasingly international. The Office of International & Graduate Studies has developed various programs to introduce students to the international aspects of law and legal practice, including Seville Summer Study Abroad, exchange programs, visiting researcher initiatives, advanced standing for foreign attorneys, and most recently, the LL.M. for foreign attorneys. The LL.M., or Master of Laws, will provide a high-quality, academically demanding education to international students seeking additional training to advance their scholarly or practical knowledge of law in the United States, consequently enhancing the diversity of students at the College and enriching the educational experiences of J.D. students. For more information: law.fiu.edu/international
“Since the goal of nearly every law student is to eventually practice law, my advice is to establish your network early. The practice of law is a “people business.” It is about making connections, face-to-face, and building your professional network. Our Alumni Association fosters this through a number of programs which have helped me grow my practice.” Roberto Suarez ’11 The Law Office of Roberto M. Suarez, PL An Intellectual Property Law Firm
JOINT DEGREEs Law students interested in interdisciplinary studies may take advantage of FIU Law’s Joint Degree Program. Those pursuing a joint degree will have the opportunity to study both law and another discipline in a way that allows each to enhance and complement the study of the other. Joint degree candidates may obtain both degrees in less time than it would take to obtain them individually, provided they pursue both degrees consecutively. Programs include Masters in: Business Administration Criminal Justice Environmental Studies International Business Latin American & Caribbean Studies Psychology Public Administration Social Work For more information: law.fiu.edu/joint-degree
“Three years go by quickly. Make an effort to become involved in everything FIU Law has to offer, because while grades are important, it is equally important to develop your leadership and professional skills.”
#1 Best Environment for Minority Students in Florida; #2 Nationally
Courtney Walter ’13 Presidential Management Finalist
IP Industries Support U.S. Jobs & Exports * Source- U.S. Department of Commerce Report, March 2012
40M US Jobs
of US exports
$775B in Merchandise Exports
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See the World
Seville summer study abroad The capital of the Southern province of Andalusia, Spain, Seville, has both historical weight and modern relevance. With three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the third largest Old Town in Europe, it is simply a beautiful place to learn. FIU Law partners with Universidad de Sevilla each year for the summer abroad program to bring students a real understanding of Spanish legal culture. Faculty from both sides of the Atlantic teach intensive courses in both U.S. and Spanish law. Classes emphasizing comparative studies will examine the laws of both nations and utilize Sevilleâ€™s historical connections to the world. Courses are taught in English. Knowledge of the Spanish language is useful, but not necessary. The program is open to all students from ABA accredited law schools who have completed at least one year of study. For more information: law.fiu.edu/spain
M.C. Mirow Assoc. Dean of International and Gradute Studies & Professor of Law
Alumni Spotlight Nicholas Greene ’13 Holland & Knight LLP
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to begin my legal career at Holland & Knight, and I am thankful to FIU Law and the connections I made there for helping make it happen. Holland & Knight has over 1,000 attorneys worldwide and practices everything from white collar criminal defense to international transactional law. I began at the firm as a Summer Associate. That experience helped me decide what type of law I wanted to practice. After my second summer, I was assigned to the Labor and Employment group, where I will begin as an Associate in the fall of 2013.”
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Campus Life A typical day on the FIU campus includes sunshine, swaying palm trees and the sound of students learning. The campus is intimate, filled with quiet places and social stops. Amenities are modern, updated and provide the comforts students need to feel at home.
Social Life Named in honor of the late Florida Senator Ernest R. Graham, Graham Center (“GC”) is the “living room” of the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. GC is a short walk from FIU Law, and is filled with shops including a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and a wide variety of eateries. You can have lunch, play pool, meet with friends and buy books for class, all at GC.
Artistic Life The Campus has a collection of rotating sculptures owned by the preeminent art collector Martin Z. Margulies. In addition to the impressive public art on display, the new 46,000 square foot Frost Art Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The Frost Museum is a place of increasing influence and esteem in the Miami art community. Active Life For those interested in keeping their bodies as active as their minds, FIU has everything from tennis courts to PantherFIT yoga at the Recreation Center. Located just steps from FIU Law, the Recreation Center offers students a fully-equipped facility for total physical fitness.