Letter from Dean R. Alexander Acosta Thank you for considering Florida International University College of Law as your gateway into the legal profession. Though a young institution, the FIU College of Law is rapidly gaining a distinguished national reputation. We have appointed an exceptional group of faculty scholars who have built a rigorous academic program, implemented one of the largest in-house clinical programs in the State of Florida, enrolled ten classes of highly qualified law students, and moved into a state-of-the-art teaching facility. The National Jurist ranks us among the top ten schools for best value in legal education.
Our students this year achieved the highest bar passage rate of all Florida law schools. Students are at the heart of the FIU College of Law. We consider each of our students a unique individual, whose education deserves the nurturing of personal interaction with our faculty. To this end, we recently reduced our class size by 30% to ensure increased opportunities for personal attention. We also feel that it is our duty to help create global citizens who are the leaders of tomorrow. The ongoing trend toward globalization demands lawyers who are not only well prepared in the conventional areas of legal education, but who are also comfortable with international and comparative approaches to legal issues. Recognizing this trend of the modern economy, we have completely integrated international and comparative legal studies into our curriculum. Your education at FIU College of Law, while including all of the traditional elements of legal education, will also address the aspects of international and comparative law arising within each subject area. We offer a balanced academic program that includes both doctrinal and clinical education. The faculty at the FIU College of Law are proven classroom instructors and leaders in social engagement. Our professors come from a number of institutions and backgrounds, and are widely published scholars with exceptional credentials. Our clinics provide our students the ability to gain real world experience in areas such as community business development, immigration and human rights, and juvenile justice. We are proud to serve our community.
Miami is one of the most vibrant and diverse urban centers in the world; a diversity reflected in our faculty and student body. This diversity is reflected in our student body, faculty, and administration. In fact, the FIU College of Law is consistently ranked in the Top 10 by Princeton Review in the category of faculty diversity, and US News and World Report frequently recognizes our student body as being one of the most diverse in the nation. Hispanic Business, similarly, has ranked us among the top five law schools for Hispanics and the National Jurist ranks us #1 in Hispanic population. This diversity is one of our greatest strengths, as it fosters a nurturing environment where individuals with widely different views can come together in earnest inquiry to resolve the critical issues facing our nation and the world. Access to quality higher education changed my life, and I believe it can do the same for you. So I invite you to take the next step and contact our admissions office and schedule a tour. I am confident that you will be delighted with what you find waiting for you here at the FIU College of Law.
R. Alexander Acosta College of Law Dean
We consider each of our students a unique individual, whose education deserves the nurturing of personal interaction with our faculty. To this end, we recently reduced our class size by 30% to ensure increased opportunities for personal attention.
Published on Jan 3, 2012