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UF Law
           The study of law should enrich the rest of your life
           and the lives of those you touch. The Fredric G.
           Levin College of Law, Florida’s oldest public law
           school and its most prestigious, prepares students
           for a lifetime of legal excellence and leadership.
           They study among accomplished students, profes-
           sors and practitioners. Graduates join an alumni
           network whose legacy of legal, civic and commercial
Welcome.



           leadership spans more than 100 years.


                                               4    Your Future
                                               6    Students
                                               8    Excellence
                                               10   Alumni
                                               12   Leadership
                                               14   Gator Nation
                                               16   Career
                                               18   Facilities
                                               20   Library
                                               22   Campus
                                               24   University
                                               26   Community
                                               28   Curriculum
                                               40   Faculty
                                               46   Admissions
                                               51   Financial Aid




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                 At the Levin College of Law we nurture future
                 leaders and elite professionals for the legal world
                 and beyond. Our mission statement explains how:
                 Exceptional faculty, staff and students are committed
                 to “excellence in educating professionals, advancing
Your Future.

                 legal scholarship, serving the public, and fostering
                 justice. We aspire to prepare lawyers to serve their
                 clients, the justice system, and the public with a high
                 level of accomplishment and a commitment to the
                 highest ideals of the legal profession.”



                 “You will find a stimulating intellectual environment here
                 that nurtures who you are now and the type of profession-
                 al you want to become. You will acquire the foundation
                 you need to practice at the highest level of competency,
                 and you will begin to tackle fundamental questions relat-
                 ed to justice, service and the rule of law. A great many of
                 our alumni have reached the highest levels of professional
                 accomplishment and I can assure you they deeply value
                 their law degrees from the University of Florida.”

               —DEAN ROBERT JERRY II Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law




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  UF Law’s lively campus matches          •	 UF Law ranked 13th in the nation        •	 A diverse curriculum with a broad
  excellent teaching and scholarship         for the number of 2011 graduates in        range of opportunities for study. After
  with exquisite value.                      full-time, permanent jobs for which        the first year, 178 courses are offered
  •	 Florida’s only top-50 law school        a law degree is required.               •	 Expansive, state-of-the-art facilities.
     is ranked No. 25 among all public    •	 Graduates leave the law school          •	 One of only five law schools in
     law schools and No. 48 overall by       carrying the sixth lowest debt load        the country to house an academic
     U.S. News and World Report. The         among top 50 law schools, one              research and resource center devoted
     Graduate Tax program is ranked          reason we say UF Law is among the          to the study of race and race relations.
     No. 1 among public schools and          best values in the country.             •	 Consistently ranked among the top
     No. 2 overall; Environmental         •	 Internationally recognized faculty         10 law schools nationwide by the
     and Land Use Law is ranked is           known for excellence in teaching           Hispanic Business Review.
     fifth among public schools and          and scholarship. The average            •	 Oldest public and the most
     ninth overall; Alternative Dispute      student evaluation of teaching for         prestigious law school in Florida
     Resolution is ranked seventh among      the faculty each semester is over 4.2      with nearly 20,000 dedicated
     public schools and 16th overall.        on a 5-point scale.                        alumni.




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            Thirty-eight students enrolled in 1909, UF College of
            Law’s first year in operation. The college consisted of
            one building and admission requirements included at
            least two years of high school. Over the course of more
            than a century, UF Law has produced more than half
            of the leaders of The Florida Bar and five American Bar
            Association presidents since 1973. Meanwhile, it has
            grown into a top-tier law school where U.S. Supreme
            Court justices and other legal luminaries appear regu-
            larly to talk with the 1,100 students that enjoy state-of-
Students.



            the art facilities, many new or renovated since 2005.




               “As far as I could remember I wanted to be a lawyer and
               as far as I can remember the only law school and the only
               school I ever wanted to go to was the University of Florida,
               and it was not because the Gators were a great football
               team. There’s something special about the education that
               we get here and the contacts that we make while we’re here
               and that we make with other alumni upon graduating. I
               can’t think of a better place to go to law school.”

            —JORGE LABARGA (JD 79) Justice of the Florida Supreme Court




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In 2011, The Florida Tax Moot Court Team,
seen here with advisor and UF Law Professor
Steven Willis at right, won the National Tax
Moot Court competition held in St. Petersburg,
Fla., after finishing second the year before.




First-rate Qualifications.                       •	 Of the combined 2011-2012 student           Florida, University of Michigan – Ann
•	 The student body during the 2011-2012            body, 25 percent were minorities: 11        Arbor, University of North Carolina
   academic year was comprised of 1,098             percent Hispanic, 6 percent African-        – Chapel Hill, University of Notre
   students, 976 of whom are J.D. students          American, 5 percent Asian-American          Dame, University of Texas – Austin,
   from throughout the Southeast and the            and 1 percent Native-American/Alas-         University of Virginia, University of
   nation.                                          kan.                                        Wisconsin, Washington University,
•	 Thirty-four students are earning joint        •	 The student body consisted of 56 per-       and Vanderbilt.
   J.D./master’s or Ph.D. degrees.                  cent men and 44 percent women.           •	 Many students come directly from
•	 Two hundred and ninety-one students in        •	 Students enrolled at the Levin College      earning a bachelor’s degree, while oth-
   the 2011 fall entering J.D. class.               of Law have undergraduate degrees           ers have experience in the working
•	 One hundred and twenty-two students              representing more than 70 institu-          world including the fields of account-
   are enrolled in LL.M. and S.J.D. programs.       tions, including American University,       ing, business and finance, education,
   The nine students in UF Law’s LL.M. in           Boston College, Cornell, Duke, Emory,       journalism, sales and marketing, soft-
   Comparative Law Program hail from                Georgetown, Princeton, Texas A&M,           ware development and urban plan-
   countries including South Africa, China,         University of Alabama, University of        ning. Graduates consistently outpace
   Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Argentina.              California, Los Angeles, University of      the rest of the state on the bar exam.




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Excellence.




                                            Most Outstanding Advocate. Just as the NCAA names
                                            its Most Outstanding Player for the annual March
                                            Madness basketball tournament, the American Bar
                                            Association names the best advocate during the annual
                                            moot court competition that brings together America’s
                                            top 16 university teams. In 2011, that award went to
                                            UF Law’s Wilbert Vancol (JD 11). Vancol warmed up
                                            for the competition on the UF Law campus with other
                                            members of the UF Law Moot Court Team before the
                                            entire Florida Supreme Court inside the new 100-seat
                                            Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom. Vancol’s
                                            was one among many victories on the national stage by
                                            UF Law students, including UF Law Tax Moot Court
              Florida Supreme Court Chief   team’s first place finish in the national competition and
              Justice Charles T. Canady     the seventh national UF Law Trial Team tournament
              makes lively conversation
              with UF Law students.         win in the last eight years.



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                                                             “While here I’ve had a chance to meet the entire
                                                             Florida Supreme Court either through moot court
                                                             or other organizations and engage them in in-depth
                                                             conversations about the practice of law and what
                                                             they expect from law students. That’s not something
                                                             available at every law school.”
                                                       —WILBERT VANCOL (JD 11) Best Advocate, 2011 ABA National Moot Court Competition




 UF Law Students Lead the Nation.
 The collaborative environment in the                2012 Entering Class Profile*
 classroom and study sessions leads to               •	Class	size	288                               •	Out	of	state	students	11%
 distinction on the national and interna-            •	Median	LSAT/GPA	162/3.59                     •	Age	range	20-47
 tional stage:                                       •	LSAT	75th/25th%	164/160                      •	Out	of	college	1-4	years	41%
 •	 The Florida Tax Moot Court Team                  •	GPA	75th/25th%	3.73/3.33                     •	Out	of	College	5+	years	8%
    placed first in the 2011 National Moot           •	Women	41%                                      U
                                                                                                    •		 ndergraduate	colleges	
    Court competition held in St. Peters-            •	Minorities	25%                                 represented 68
    burg, Fla.                                       *As of orientation day, Aug. 13, 2012.
 •	 The Florida Trial Team was the 2011
    National Champion at the National           round of 32 teams out of 255 at the           •	 Graduates consistently outpace
    Criminal Trial Competition spon-            2011 Willem C. Vis International                 the rest of the state on the bar
    sored by the National Association of        Commercial Arbitration Moot in                   exam. On the 2011 exams,
    Criminal Defense Lawyers in San             Vienna, Austria.                                 89.3 percent of UF Law
    Antonio, Texas.                          •	 The Florida Trial Team won the 2010              graduates passed, exceeding
 •	 The International Commercial Ar-            Florida Bar Chester Bedell Memorial              the pass rate for first-time
    bitration Moot Team finished in the         Mock Trial Competition.                          takers by 9.3 percentage points.


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          The accomplishments, involvement and support
          of UF Law alumni distinguish them as one of the
          most powerful alumni networks in the nation.
          More than 22,000 alumni have graduated since the
          college’s founding, representing UF throughout
          Florida, the nation and worldwide. Among them
          are more American Bar Association presidents than
          those from any other law school in the past 30 years,
          dozens of state and federal judges and lawmak-
          ers, Florida governors, and nationally prominent
          lawyers, executives and academics.
Alumni.




                            “I will tell you why you should go to law school.
                            You go to law school because a law degree is one
                            of the most powerful weapons on Earth because it
                            gives you the power to right a wrong and who else
                            but a lawyer can look at an injustice and do some-
                            thing about it. I hope you can follow your dream.”
                           —STEPHEN N. ZACK (JD 71), American Bar Association President 2010-2011 and UF Law graduate




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Four consecutive Gators lead The
Florida Bar, the nation’s second
largest bar. From left are Gwynne
Young (JD 74), Scott Hawkins (JD 83),
Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85), Executive
Director John F. “Jack” Harkness (JD
69) and Mayanne Downs (JD 87).




      Meet the Gator Nation
•	 Five alumni have served as American Bar        •	 Eighteen Levin College of Law alumni have   •	 Eleven graduates became presidents of
   Association presidents since 1973; that’s         served on the Florida Supreme Court.           colleges, including University of Florida.
   more than any other law school during the      •	 Four graduates have served as governors     •	 Thirteen graduates have served as
   same period.                                      of Florida. Hundreds more have served          deans of law schools, including three
•	 UF Law is ranked fourth among public law          as state senators and representatives,         who led their alma mater.
   schools (tied for seventh overall) for the        president of the Senate and speaker of      •	 Since The Florida Bar’s inception in 1950,
   number of degrees granted to sitting fed-         the House, including the current House         the majority of its presidents, including
   eral judges as of 2012, according to Federal      Speaker Dean Cannon (JD 92), as well as        four in a row starting in 2010, have been
   Judicial Center data.                             in the Florida Cabinet.                        Levin College of Law graduates.




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              UF Law alumni lead the nation as legislators,
              members of Congress, public servants and
              federal, state and county judges. And it’s no
              coincidence that so many presidents of The
              Florida Bar and the American Bar Association
              call themselves Gators. Successful graduates
              give back time and money to UF Law, which
              improves the education for future graduates and
Leadership.


              has built the largest endowment in the state.

                          “In addition to receiving an excellent legal education, I met
                          some great people who went on to make a difference in our
                          state. Many of them helped me in my judicial career. I never
                          would have achieved my goal of becoming a federal judge but
                          for the legal training at the University of Florida.”

                       —STEPHAN P. MICKLE (JD 70), chief judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida




                                    Strength on the Bench.                               dedicate their lives in service to
                                    •	 When	considering	the	character-                   society, they also serve on the
                                       istics of a good judge, “loyalty to               judging panels of trial team and
                                       the law,” “wisdom,” “fidelity” and                moot court competitions to edu-
                                       “integrity” spring to mind. These                 cate the next generation of UF
                                       are the attributes society seeks in               lawyers in the subtleties of oral
                                       its judges and magistrates.                       advocacy.
                                    •	 As	the	alma	mater	of	hundreds	of	              •	 Alumni	judges	collaborated	to	
                                       federal, state and county judges,                 establish the Peter T. Fay Jurist-
                                       the Levin College of Law takes                    In-Residence Program at the
                                       enormous pride in the accom-                      Levin College of Law in honor
                                       plishments and wisdom of its                      of the Hon. Peter T. Fay (JD 56),
                                       graduates serving on the bench.                   senior judge on the U.S. 11th
                                       Not only do these individuals                     Circuit Court of Appeals. The



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                                                                                        Director of the White House Office of Energy
                                                                                        and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner
                                                                                        (JD 79) speaks during a briefing in the Brady
                                                                                        Briefing Room of the White House in of the
                                                                                        White House in Washington. (Getty Images)




    Jurist-In-Residence Program brings          careers. The first African-American         Barack Obama’s director of the
    a working judge to the Levin College        to earn a bachelor’s degree from the        White House Office of Energy and
    of Law campus for a week each year          University of Florida in 1965, he           Climate Change.
    to interact with and instruct Levin         then earned his master’s degree fol-    •	 John	H.	Hankinson	Jr.	(JD	79)	is	at	
    College of Law students. Through            lowed by a law degree from UF Law           the heart of efforts to recover from
    this interaction, students gain first-      and would eventually become the             the Gulf oil spill as executive direc-
    hand instruction on a broad array           first African-American federal judge        tor of the EPA’s Gulf Coast Ecosys-
    of issues relating to judicial process,     for the Northern District of Florida.       tem Restoration Task Force.
    substantive law, trial and appellate                                                	•	 Esther	Olavarria	(JD	86)	is	deputy	
    advocacy, and the day-to-day prac-        Strength in the Government.                   assistant secretary for policy in the
    tice of law.                              •	 Carol	M.	Browner	(JD	79),	the	lon-         Department of Homeland Security
 •	 Stephan	P.	Mickle	is	among	those	            gest serving administrator of the      •	 Osvaldo	Luis	Gratacós	(JD	00)	is	
    who graduated from UF Law and                Environmental Protection Agency,           inspector general of the Export Im-
    went on to distinguished judicial            most recently served as President          port Bank of the United States.



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                Students benefit from interaction with distinguished
                alumni, who get involved in mentoring and extern-
                ship programs and as guest lecturers and symposia
                speakers on campus. Alumni at the Levin College of
                Law are leaders in the legal profession, the judiciary,
                business, government, public service and education
Gator Nation.


                at state, national and international levels. Each year,
                these legal professionals are cited as the nation’s best
                in publications such as The National Law Journal and
                Best Lawyers in America as they make their mark on
                society and the legal profession.



                    “At Holland & Knight we go for the best of the
                    best. We are looking for mature, practice-ready
                    young lawyers who can immediately deliver
                    client services in a thoughtful way. We believe
                    in their professionalism, and we know the val-
                    ues that are instilled in them at UF Law. As an
                    alumna, I know the value of the Gator Nation.”
                —MARTHA BARNETT (JD 73), Holland & Knight senior
                partner and former chairwoman; past president of the
                American Bar Association, 2000-2001




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   UF Law summer interns, Brandon White
   and Erica Perdomo, flank U.S. District
   Judge Paul C. Huck (JD 65). Huck, who
   serves on the UF Law Board of Trustees,
   is among many active alumni who devote
   time to mentoring UF Law students.




  Strong Alumni Ties.
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  •	 	 hile	most	Levin	College	of	Law	alumni	practice	with	
     law firms throughout Florida and the nation, many also
     serve as counsel to government agencies, corporations
     and a wide array of public service organizations.
  •	 Strong	alumni	ties	in	these	areas	of	the	law	provide	excel-
     lent internship and externship and clerking opportunities
     for UF Law students. In addition, Levin College of Law
     alumni play a key role in the provision of quality and af-
     fordable legal education at UF, mentoring students and
     sharing their areas of expertise as adjunct instructors,
     guest speakers, jurists in residence, journal advisors, and
     as coaches for trial team.




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           The Center for Career Development’s professional
           counselors — all with J.D.s and practical legal experi-
           ence — offer a wide variety of resources and programs.
           Beginning in the first year of law school, students get
           help developing their professional identities, planning
           their career searches and establishing marketing tech-
           niques that will serve them throughout their careers.

          Resources include:                         •	 Summer and school-year extern-         and New York City to help students
             W
          •	 	 orkshops on practical career             ships, helping students get practi-    market themselves to out-of-state em-
             skills, from polishing a resume to         cal legal experience as well as aca-   ployers. Through employer diversity
             “working a room” to handling call-         demic credit.                          initiatives students also receive infor-
             back interviews as well as seminars     •	 An online job bank listing part-       mation about summer associate di-
             on career path exploration and             time and full-time positions           versity programs, employer receptions
             becoming a successful professional.        available to students and alumni,      and provision of diverse employment
          •	 Individual counseling to formu-            resume books, job search links and     resources.
             late a career path and determine           resources, online appointment
             appropriate job-search strategies.         scheduling and more.                   Practical Experience.
          •	 Interview skills development, in-       •	 A website with downloadable            Nothing strengthens a resume like ex-
             cluding mock interviews.                   resource materials, samples and        perience. UF Law helps students gain
          •	 On- and off-campus networking              forms.                                 practical, hands-on skills through:
             events to meet and learn from                                                     •		 The Externship Program, in
Career.




             legal professionals from law firms,     Employer Resources.                           which students earn academic
             government agencies, public inter-      The Career Development Center,                credit, provides valuable experience
             est organizations, corporations, the    which is part of the Office of Student        in private corporations, every level
             judiciary and the military.             Affairs, offers many services to em-          of government, the judiciary and
          •	 Job search aids, career exploration     ployers that make it easy for them to         nonprofit organizations.
             materials and employment and            interview and hire Levin College of       •		 Pro Bono and Community
             salary data nationally and from         Law students and alumni. Employers            Service Projects connect law
             recent graduates to help assess         are actively encouraged to post their         students with organizations seek-
             career options.                         hiring needs at no cost with the Levin        ing volunteers for public interest
          •	 Job search tips and news about          College of Law. The college brings            projects. Participants gain valuable
             CCD programs through the cen-           employers — including many top                work experience and earn recogni-
             ter’s listservs and newsletters, with   national law firms — to campus to             tion certificates honoring them for
             updates in the center’s weekly pub-     interview students in one of the larg-        their accomplishments.
             lication.                               est on-campus recruiting programs         •		 Part-time or summer employ-
          •	 Two mentor programs, one for            in the Southeast. The college also has        ment opportunities are available in
             first-year students and one for up-     videoconference interview facilities          law firms, businesses or as teaching
             perclassmen.                            and participates in multiple off-cam-         or research assistants and can be
          •	 Assistance with applying for post-      pus recruiting events in cities such as       found through the Symplicity
             graduate judicial clerkships.           Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago            on-line job posting system,

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                                                                                                                 “UF Law has given me the chance
                                                                                                                 to get real-life substantive experi-
                                                                                                                 ence through an externship work-
                                                                                                                 ing with the in-house counsel
                                                                                                                 department at Discovery Chan-
                                                                                                                 nel Latin America. I applied the
                                                                                                                 theories from my law classes in
                                                                                                                 my everyday work drafting vari-
                                                                                                                 ous contracts and doing extensive
                                                                                                                 research into international legisla-
                                                                                                                 tion and legal trends throughout
                                                                                                                 Central and South America. The
                                                                                                                 experience has been an invaluable
                                                                                                                 part of my legal education.”
                                                                                                                 —ALEXANDER LEON (3L); Discovery Channel Latin
                                                                                                                 America	externship,	Latino/a	American	Law	Students	
                                                                                                                 Association




    Resume Books, On-Campus Inter-
    viewing or the numerous off-campus                Employment Statistics
    job fairs and receptions in which UF       As of Feb. 15, 2012, the placement success rate for 2011 UF Law graduates was 87.7 percent.
    participates.
                                                Placement SucceSS Rate bReakdown
•		 Attorney mentors benefit students at
    all levels. The 1L Shadow Program en-       Full-time employment requiring bar passage or a J.D.,                                                    83.1 percent
    ables first-year law students to shadow     or where a J.D. is directly relevant to the job requirements
    attorneys in private practice, the court    Part-time employment requiring bar passage or a J.D., or                                                 10.3 percent
    system or legal services and experience     where a J.D. is directly relevant to the job requirements
    the legal environment first hand. 2L        Graduate study programs                                                                                  4.4 percent
    and 3L students can participate in the
                                                Professional employment where a J.D. is indirectly related                                               3 percent
    alumni mentor program, with over 80         or unrelated to the job requirements
    alumni participating as mentors in all
                                                Non-professional employment                                                                              3.6 percent
    areas of law.
•		 Clinical programs provide structured        emPloyment by field                    **

    and supervised introductions to some           Academic                                                                                              3.3 percent
    of the most popular areas of law.
                                                   Business/industry                                                                                     14.9 percent
    The CCD also strongly encourages
students to participate in one of the              Government                                                                                            11.6 percent
many for-credit externship opportuni-              Judicial Clerkship                                                                                    6.6 percent
ties and to take advantage of the clinical         Law firm (private practice)                                                                           54.8 percent
programs offered by the Levin College
                                                   Public Interest                                                                                       8.9 percent
of Law.
                                               *Placement success rate is the percent employed plus the percent enrolled in post-graduate academics. For more about UF Law
                                               graduates’ employment, including how each category is defined, go to: www.law.ufl.edu/career/employers/graduation-employment-
2011 Graduate Employment.                      information/employment-statistics ** Due to rounding, figures do not total 100 percent
•	 Seventy-eight	percent	of	the	class	of	
   2011 remained in Florida for work,           Nine months after graduation the employment rate for Class of 2011 graduates seeking
   which is typical of UF Law graduating        work added to those pursuing a graduate degree was 87.7 percent. A large number of UF
   classes. The graduates are dispersed         Law graduates are accepted into full-time graduate programs after earning their juris doc-
   throughout 19 states and the District        tors.	From	the	Class	of	2011,	4.4	percent	of	the	graduates	pursued	this	option	while	the	
   of Columbia, and three foreign coun-         national average was only 2.9 percent. Part of the reason for the high percentage engaged
   tries. Their average starting salary was     in graduate work is the attraction of the Levin College of Law’s LL.M. in Taxation program,
   $66,800 and their median was $57,000.        which is ranked No. 1 among public universities.


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              Multimillion-dollar expansions have transformed
              the Levin College of Law. The new facilities include:
              A free-standing legal advocacy center with an expan-
              sive courtroom; a law library that is the largest in
              the Southeast and among the top 20 in the country;
              comfortable, modern classrooms equipped with
              advanced technology; and a ceremonial classroom
              for conferences, receptions and special sessions. The
              facilities are built around the Marcia Whitney Schott
              Courtyard, where students meet daily to exchange
Facilities.



              information, attend events and, most importantly,
              make lifelong friends and colleagues.

                                    State of the Art.                  a bench for accommodating
                                    The Martin H. Levin Advocacy       seven judges, a jury box and
                                    Center Courtroom is the core       attorneys’ tables. The courtroom
                                    of a $6 million, 19,500-square-    also features judge’s chambers
                                    foot stand-alone building, which   and a jury deliberation room.
                                    boasts an impressive two-story     The center, which is named in
                                    grand foyer and glass entry. The   honor of Martin H. Levin (JD
                                    courtroom, now in use by UF        88), son and former colleague of
                                    Law students, serves a teaching    Pensacola attorney and college
                                    function enhanced by large         namesake Fredric G. Levin (JD
                                    monitors overhead, phone and       61), places the Levin College of
                                    Internet connections, and tiered   Law at the forefront of major
                                    seating, which gives 98 students   law colleges providing students
                                    a clear view of the proceed-       with sophisticated facilities and
                                    ings. The courtroom includes       services.




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           Designed to blend tradition with technology, the
           Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center offers rare
           books alongside high-speed data ports and ergonom-
           ic study areas. The foyer opens to spacious rooms
           with leather arm chairs and views of azaleas and
           moss-heavy oaks. It is the largest in the Southeast and
           among the top 20 nationwide. Students have access to
           3.5 million-plus volumes in other UF libraries and 43
           million titles held by libraries throughout the world.
           They can access databases that provide federal and
           state statutes and codes, periodicals, news articles
           and background materials.
Library.




            If superstar librarians exist, UF Law has one. Claire M.
            Germain, associate dean for Legal Information, and the
            head of the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center,
            came to Florida in 2011 after 18 years leading the Cor-
            nell law school library. She is widely viewed as leading
            the library profession into the digital age while forging
            international links between American legal scholarship,
            her French homeland and colleagues around the world.




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100,000 Square-feet of Resources.               •	 The	Richard	B.	Stephens	Tax	Re-
•	 As	the	laboratory	of	the	law	school,	the	       search Center — named for the
   information center houses more than             co-founder and first director of
   600,000 volumes in open-stack displays.         the school’s nationally prominent
•	 An	open	reserve	area	to	give	students	          Graduate Tax Program — featuring
   direct access to old exams and study aids.      nearly 70 study carrels for tax LL.M.
•	 More	than	300	individual	study	carrels	         students, a graduate lounge, meeting
   equipped for wireless computers, with           room and offices for the Florida
   playback carrels available for review           Tax Review.
   of taped classes, negotiations and trial     •	 Thirteen	study	rooms	that	accommo-
   skills. Seating for another 300 students        date as many as a dozen students for
   is provided throughout.                         group study and LL.M. research.




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          Students are exposed to an enriching intel-
          lectual environment with visits from U.S.
          Supreme Court justices, federal judges, Florida
          Supreme Court justices, American Bar Associ-
          ation presidents, leading scholars and success-
          ful practitioners. Every year UF Law students
          learn the value of preparation as they stand
          before moot court and trial team panels made
Campus.



          up of federal judges. Every semester students
          are exposed to new faces, fresh ideas, and the
          research and professional experiences of people
          who are shaping the law — gaining knowledge
          and practical skills that will propel them on
          their course as future leaders of the profession.




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Distinguished Visitors.
Former Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O’Connor speaks
to students and the rest of the
Levin College of Law commu-
nity. The law school has hosted
eight U.S. Supreme Court jus-
tices — with five of the visits
within the past five years — as
well as the top legal thinkers and   Ginsburg   Roberts   Stevens   Thomas
doers from across the country.




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              As the sixth-largest university in the U.S., the Univer-
              sity of Florida hosts 16 colleges and nearly 200 graduate
              programs, drawing students from more than 130 coun-
              tries and every U.S. state. UF is a member of the presti-
              gious Association of American Universities and is recog-
              nized as one of the nation’s leading research universities
              by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.
              The campus occupies 2,000 acres, located mostly within
              the city of Gainesville. The area is consistently ranked
              among the best places to live in America, with extensive
              educational, cultural and recreational offerings.
University.




                                     The Gator Nation.                    well-equipped facilities.
                                     As a top-tier university, UF         The University of Florida boasts
                                     consistently attracts world-class    national champion sports teams
                                     orchestras, plays, operas, ballet    that rank among the best in
                                     performances and art exhibi-         the nation each year. The Gator
                                     tions. Students also can join in     football team is the most popular
                                     numerous casual events such          and UF Law students receive
                                     as barbecues, game nights,           priority status for tickets to each
                                     student carnivals, service trips,    home game at The Swamp,
                                     pep rallies and extracurricular      the legendary football stadium
                                     activities running the gamut         within walking distance of the
                                     from intramural team sports          law school. Alumni networking
                                     and recreational clubs to out-       during football tailgates and law
                                     door activities. The university      student seating blocks combine
                                     offers students health and fitness   the benefits of a big university
                                     programs in spacious, clean and      with the intimacy of a law school.




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             Gainesville consistently ranks as one of the best
             values and best places to live in the nation thanks
             to its low cost of living, a dynamic arts commu-
             nity, lush natural environment and the benefits
             of being the home-town of a major university.
Community.


             The city has been named as “Where to Live Next”
             by Smithsonian magazine and as one of National
             Geographic’s “50 Best Places to Live and Play.”



             Quality of Life.                         Than Jake, Hot Water Music,           nities for cycling, canoeing, hik-
                A
             •	 	 	social	scientist	projects	         John Vanderslice, CYNE, Sister        ing, golf, camping, bird-watching
                through 2018 that Gainesville         Hazel, and For Squirrels.             and fishing. You also can enjoy
                will be the No. 1 American city •	 The	sports	drink	Gatorade	was	           festivals and performing arts pro-
                for the growth of creative-class      invented in Gainesville to fuel the   grams; national-caliber theaters;
                jobs, including for knowledge         Gator football team.                  museums and performing arts;
                workers like lawyers.              •	 With	a	population	of	about	           the largest collection of crystal-
             •	 Gainesville	is	well-known	for	its	    110,000 (and 250,000 in the           clear springs in the world; sandy
                music scene and has spawned           county), Gainesville is a busy col-   beaches just two hours away;
                a number of bands and musi-           lege town with lots to do on cam-     nearby cities such as Tampa-St.
                cians, including Tom Petty and        pus and off. Nearly 65 percent of     Petersburg, Orlando, Jacksonville
                the Heartbreakers, Steven Stills,     the county is dotted with scenic      and Tallahassee; and dazzling
                Don Felder and Bernie Leadon          lakes, wetlands and trails, which     winter weather with plentiful of
                of The Eagles, Against Me!, Less      give students numerous opportu-       sun and mild temperatures.




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                      UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PERFORMING ARTS   DOMiniCk	MArTinO	•	FrienDS	OF	PAyneS	PrAirie




P R O S P E C T U S
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              Legal studies are tailored to you as the law school provides
              courses of study leading to a: Juris Doctor (including
              certificate programs in Criminal Justice, Environmental
              and Land Use Law, Estates and Trusts Practice, Family
              Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International and
              Comparative Law); Joint degree by combining a J.D. with
              either a master’s or doctoral degree in just about any disci-
Curriculum.


              pline; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation; Master of Laws
              (LL.M.) in International Taxation; Doctor of Judicial
              Science (S.J.D.) in Taxation; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in
              Environmental and Land Use Law; Master of Laws
              (LL.M.) in Comparative Law for foreign lawyers.


                                                      At Your Service.
                                                      The Office of Student Affairs
                                                      provides assistance in nearly
                                                      every area of student life, in-
                                                      cluding orientation, financial
                                                      aid, registration, academic and
                                                      educational counseling, and
                                                      even personal matters. The of-
                                                      fice promotes the development
                                                      of the whole person, not sim-
                                                      ply the intellectual aspects. Key
                                                      offerings include:
                                                      •	 Introduction	to	Law	School	
                                                         & the Profession, a multi-
                                                         day orientation program




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         How to hit a homerun in your tax seminar. Kristi
         Dosh (JD 07) got her foot in the door at ESPN after she
         focused a 3L tax seminar on luxury taxes and revenue
         sharing in Major League Baseball. She published that
         academic paper and parlayed it into writing and com-
         mentary about baseball. She later signed on with ESPN
         as a sports business reporter. Dosh says of the UF Law
         tax seminar: “That’s where things changed for me.”




   that provides an introduc-      J.D. Program                            The required first-year cur-        Required courses develop and
   tion to legal education,        The three-year J.D. program is       riculum emphasizes practical        refine students’ writing abilities,
   basic legal structures, pro-    carefully designed to develop        lawyering by teaching students      while clinical programs allow
   fessional responsibilities of   students’ analytical abilities,      to read and analyze cases, re-      students to develop skills in the
   lawyers-to-be, and general      practical knowledge, communi-        search and analyze points of        context of real cases. Seminars
   University of Florida infor-    cations skills and understanding     law efficiently and express those   and advanced courses provide
   mation.                         of the professional responsibility   points clearly.                     research opportunities and close
•	 Academic Success Program        and ethics central to the practice      Second- and third-year           interaction with faculty.
   provides ongoing tutoring,      of law. Students benefit from        students can tailor studies to         In combining a top-notch J.D.
   individual counseling and       a variety of teaching methods,       specific interests and career       curriculum with well-rounded
   workshops on topics such        including traditional “case” and     plans through advanced courses,     extracurricular opportunities for
   as exam preparation, time       “Socratic” methods, as well as       seminars, certificate programs,     professional development, UF
   and stress management,          simulations, video critiques,        joint degrees, study-abroad op-     Law seeks to graduate lawyers
   communication skills and        computer-assisted instruction        portunities and more than 100       who are ethical, competent and
   study methods.                  and role-playing.                    elective courses.                   enthusiastic about the law.




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     Advanced work hones legal skills.
                                                                                        SECOND YEAR
                                                                                        •	 Legal	Drafting	(2)
                                                                                        •	 Corporations*	(3)
                                                                                        •	 Estates	and	Trusts*	(3)
                                                                                        •	 Evidence*	(4)
                                                                                        •	 Professional	Responsibility	(3)

                                                                                        THIRD YEAR
                                                                                        •	 Trial	Practice*	(4)
                                                                                        *Registration-priority courses; not
                                                                                        required, but faculty recommended


                                                                                        Advanced Degrees
                                                                                        LL.M. in Taxation. Graduate Tax is
                                                                                        the college’s premier program. It is
                                                                                        widely recognized by tax scholars and
     Field Work Externships                    J.D. Course Progression                  practitioners nationwide as one of the
                                                                                        best, and consistently ranks in the top
     The college works closely with nu-        Degree requirements include comple-      two in U.S. News and World Report’s
     merous organizations, agencies and        tion with a passing grade of courses     annual ranking of tax programs. UF’s
     legal service groups — in and outside     totaling at least 88 semester credit     renowned graduate tax faculty members
     Florida — to provide law students         hours, of which at least 59 must have    are authors of some of the most widely
     with practical experience and profes-     been completed through the College       used textbooks and treatises, and lecture
     sional contacts. These opportunities      of Law. No more than four of those       at numerous conferences and institutes
     may include pro bono work, part-          credits can be earned through co-cur-    in the United States and abroad. They
     time jobs, summer internships and         ricular activities. These requirements   have been leaders in professional orga-
     externships.                              must be fulfilled no earlier than 24     nizations and consultants for the Inter-
                                               months and not later than 84 months      nal Revenue Service and other major
     Externships enable students to gain       after matriculation as a law student.    public and private entities. The Gradu-
     valuable hands-on experience while                                                 ate Tax Program also publishes Florida
     working for lawyers and judges. Dur-      FIRST YEAR                               Tax Review, a faculty-edited journal
     ing the externship, each student and      •	 Appellate	Advocacy	(2	credits)        that has become one of the country’s
     a faculty member maintain contact         •	 Civil	Procedure	(4)                   leading tax reviews. Its publication is
     to enrich the experience through          •	 Constitutional	Law	(4)                aided by extensive tax library holdings
     academic guidance. Externs work for       •	 Contracts	(4)                         in the Richard B. Stephens Tax Research
     local, state and federal government       •	 Criminal	Law	(3)                      Center.
     agencies; judges in federal and state     •	 Introduction	to	Lawyering	(2)
     trial and appellate courts, includ-       •	 Legal	Research	(1)                    LL.M. in International Taxation. To
     ing the Florida Supreme Court and         •	 Legal	Writing	(2)                     meet the growing demand for inter-
     the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals;        •	 Property	(4)                          national tax experts in the globalizing
     nonprofit organizations; and private      •	 Torts	(4)                             economy, the Levin College of Law
     corporations. A student may earn up                                                began offering a Master of Laws in
     to six credits for externship work per-                                            International Taxation in Fall 2005.
     formed during law school.                                                          The one-year course of study features a



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 renowned tax faculty, superb curriculum of
 great breadth and depth, distinguished stu-
 dents from around the world, and the many
                                                     Joint Degrees
 benefits and opportunities stemming from
                                                     For students interested in other                         F
                                                                                                           •	 	 orest	Resources	
 the Graduate Tax Program.
                                                     fields, joint degree programs can                        and Conservation
                                                     be established in nearly any area.                    •	 Gender	Studies	Certificate
 S.J.D. in Taxation. A very limited number of
                                                     Some joint degrees awarded to date                    •	 History
 students are enrolled in the Doctor of Juridi-
                                                     have included:                                        •	 Interdisciplinary	Ecology
 cal Science (S.J.D) in Taxation Program —
                                                     •	 Agribusiness                                       •	 Latin	American	Studies
 the first program of this kind in the country.
                                                     •	 Anthropology                                       •	 Mass	Communications
 The degree involves extensive study, research
                                                     •	 Building	Construction                              •	 Materials	Science	and	
 and writing over a three- to five-year period.
                                                     •	 Business	Administration                               Engineering
                                                     •	 Counselor	Education                                •	 Medical	Sciences
 LL.M. in Comparative Law. The LL.M. in
                                                     •	 Criminology                                        •	 Pharmacy
 Comparative Law Program is for graduates
                                                     •	 Decision	and	Information	                          •	 Political	Science
 of non-US law schools seeking to enhance
                                                        Sciences                                           •	 Psychology
 their understanding of the American legal
                                                     •	 Doctorate	of	Medicine                              •	 Public	Health
 system. Applicants must have a law degree
                                                     •	 Educational	Leadership                             •	 Real	Estate
 with high academic standing from a rec-
                                                     •	 Electrical	and	Computer	                           •	 Sociology
 ognized foreign university and thorough
                                                        Engineering                                        •	 Urban	and	Regional	Planning
 knowledge of English. The one-year pro-
                                                     •	 Environmental	Engineering                          •	 Veterinary	Medicine
 gram builds on UF’s renowned international
                                                     •	 Exercise	and	Sport	Sciences                        •	 Women’s	Studies
 studies programs and decades of involve-
                                                     •	 Food	and	Resource	Economics
 ment in global legal issues, including trade,
 environmental and land use law, human
 rights and constitutional reform.

 LL.M. in Environmental and Land Use                 “I chose UF because of the Joint
 Law. This one-year post-J.D. degree provides        Degree Program and the ability
 an opportunity to spend an academic year
 on the UF campus full-time developing in-           for me to combine my interest in
 depth expertise in environmental and land           wanting to understand and prac-
 use law. The program adopts an innovative           tice immigration law, but also in
 approach that combines the study of land
 use law with environmental law. The pro-
                                                     better understanding the reasons
 gram also capitalizes on the many outstand-         why people come to this country
 ing programs at UF in disciplines related to        and the challenges they face after
 environmental and land use law practice,            arriving. With both degrees I feel
 including wildlife ecology, environmental
 engineering, urban and regional planning            I will have better understanding
 and interdisciplinary ecology.                      of the situation and be a better
                                                     advocate for immigrants.”
 Students admitted to this program work
 with the LL.M. program director to design        —WILLIAM HUMMEL (JD 12), 2010-2012 President,
 an individual course of study tailored to        Immigration Law Association; 2010-12 Chair, Student
                                                  Recruitment Team, 2010 Summer Externship with
 their particular interests. LL.M. students are   Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Orlando;
 eligible to participate in the Conservation      2011 Summer Internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Of-
                                                  fice in Richmond, Va.; Deans List; International Chil-
 Clinic and to apply for a seat in the Summer     dren’s Law Book Award; Business Immigration Law and
 Environmental Law Study Abroad Program           Practice Book Award.
 in Costa Rica.


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     Certificates expand knowledge base
                                                                                           boomers will retire. Planning for the
                                                                                           largest generational transfer of wealth
                                                                                           in history will require professionals
                                                                                           who possess specific knowledge relating
                                                                                           to estate planning, estate and trust ad-
                                                                                           ministration, wealth transfer taxes and
                                                                                           charitable giving. Premier estate plan-
                                                                                           ners must acquire not only technical
                                                                                           expertise in their field, but also client-
                                                                                           relations skills essential to this individu-
                                                                                           alized area of practice. Administered
                                                                                           by the Center for Estate Planning, the
                                                                                           certificate program is designed to give
                                                                                           students a well-rounded legal education
                                                                                           with focus in the areas of trusts and
                                                                                           estates planning and administration
                                                                                           (thereby implicating the laws of gifts,
                                                                                           loans, intestate succession, wills, trusts,
                                                                                           future interests, probate, fiduciary law,
                                                                                           family holding entities, valuation dis-
     Criminal Justice Certificate.               strate concentration and accomplish-      counts, and taxation). Our outstanding
     The new Criminal Justice Certificate        ment in these important areas. The        faculty and other leading experts in this
     Program provides students interested        Levin College of Law was the first        field draw upon a wealth of practical
     in the study and practice of criminal       in the nation to offer recognition in     experience to provide students with
     law with the opportunity to obtain and      these closely linked fields and educate   academic guidance, mentorship, and
     demonstrate special competency in the       future lawyers through an innovative      area-specific education. In addition to
     field. The program offers a rich and        dual approach that recognizes many        its rich curriculum, the program of-
     coordinated curriculum, clinical pro-       environmental problems are a conse-       fers career networking, externship and
     grams, independent studies, summer          quence of inappropriate uses of land.     independent study opportunities. To be
     externships, networking opportunities,      The program offers a rich curriculum,     eligible for the certificate upon gradu-
     and the ability to participate in the       career networking, independent study      ation, students must achieve a cumula-
     Criminal Law Association. Certificate       opportunities, summer externships,        tive grade point average of 3.0 in certifi-
     students must complete a minimum of         environmental moot court teams, a         cate courses.
     30 credits related to criminal law, pro-    summer study abroad program in Costa
     cedure, justice and other relevant topics   Rica and the opportunity to participate   Family Law Certificate.
     and maintain a 3.25 GPA in the courses      in the Environmental and Land Use         The increasing complexity of divorce
     that are counted toward the certificate.    Law Society and annual Public Interest    law and children’s law and the rise of
     A qualifying student must achieve           Environmental Conference. Certificate     the nontraditional family make fam-
     no less than a B- in any course that is     students must earn eight credits beyond   ily law one of the fastest growing and
     counted toward the certificate.             the minimum required to graduate and      most intricate practice specialties. One
                                                 attain a grade point average of 3.0 for   demand, for example, was created by a
     Environmental and Land                      15 credits within the program’s core      Florida Supreme Court mandate that
     Use Law Certificate.                        and elective courses.                     established the “Unified Family Court”
     The Levin College of Law’s Environ-                                                   to handle all family, juvenile and de-
     mental and Land Use Law Certificate         Estates Planning Practice Certificate.    linquency matters. This created a new
     Program enables students to demon-          In the coming decades 77 million baby     demand for family specialists. Faculty




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with expertise in family and children’s law
and related areas administer the Family
Law Certificate Program — which coor-
                                                 Toward a new mission.
dinates clinical and traditional classroom
                                                With an eye to preparing students for the practice of law the moment
offerings and allows for more efficiency
through sequential learning — through
                                                they step off the campus as graduates, the Levin College of Law in
the college’s Center on Children and Fami-      2010 adopted a new mission statement that refocuses its curriculum.
lies. To be eligible for the certificate upon   The new mission emphasizes a legal education with competency in
graduation, students must achieve an aver-      five areas:
age equivalent of 3.0 in 15 of the 20 credits
                                                1. Legal analysis including knowledge of laws and rules, the ability to
earned in courses designated. (There is no
                                                   apply laws and rules to different factual settings, and the ability to
overall grade point average requirement
beyond that required of the J.D. degree.)          engage in legal argumentation.
                                                2. Legal research and writing including the ability to conduct indepen-
Intellectual Property Law Certificate.             dent legal research and produce legal writings of professional quality.
Intellectual property law encompasses
several different bodies of law, includ-        3. Fundamentals of client services including interviewing and counsel-
ing patents, trade secrets, copyrights and         ing skills.
trademarks. The technology boom has
expanded the need for patent lawyers as         4. Fundamentals of dispute processing and legal problem solving
well as lawyers trained in related fields          including litigation, settlement, and transactions.
such as antitrust, media, cyberlaw and
                                                5. Fundamentals of professional responsibility and identity
general commercial law. The demand also
                                                   including knowledge of the shared values of the legal profession
continues to grow for those who can adapt
or create doctrine in new fields — such as         and ethical problem solving, the skills to create a professional
genetic engineering, accessing and down-           identity, and the skills to work with people from
loading Internet materials, and disputes           diverse backgrounds.
involving domain names, metatags and
hyperlinks — as well as for those who can
apply these laws in more traditional indus-
tries and the creative arts. The growth of
international trade also increases demand
for lawyers skilled in prosecuting, defend-
ing and challenging intellectual property
rights on a global scale.                        “We want students to under-
                                                 stand the power and potential
International and Comparative
Law Certificate.                                 of a law degree and to get real
Every field of law that involves commerce        examples and role models to
— civil procedure, business associations,        encourage and inspire them.”
securities regulation, intellectual property,
trade regulation, taxation, immigration         —AMY MASHBURN (JD 87), UF Law Professor;
and environmental law, among others — is        Director, Lawyering and Professionalism Program
affected by globalization. Equally impor-
tant is the development of human rights
law, domestically and internationally. This
certificate program helps prepare students
for practice in this new global legal en-
vironment by teaching the international
aspects of every area of the law.



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     Enrichment programs sharpen skills.                                                     •	 Florida Journal of International
                                                                                                Law is published three times per
                                                                                                year and contains scholarly works
     J.D. students can enhance their skills,          T
                                                   •	 	 he Justice Campbell Thornal Moot        with global perspectives by students,
     earn credit and gain experience through          Court Team participates in intra-         professors and practitioners on
     the following co-curricular organizations        mural, state and national appellate       public and private international law
     and 100 recognized extra-curricular stu-         competitions sponsored by organi-         topics.
     dent organizations:                              zations and firms.                     •	 Florida Law Review publishes as
        E
     •	 	 nvironmental Moot Court Team                T
                                                   •	 	 he Florida Tax Moot Court Team          many as five times a year and in-
        competes in national and international        solves tax law problems in national       cludes articles by students and legal
        environmental law competition.                competitions.                             scholars who are specialists in vari-
     •	 International Commercial Arbitration          T
                                                   •	 	 he Florida Alternative Dispute          ous areas of the law.
        Moot (ICAM) Team competes each                Resolution Team hones students’        •	 Journal of Technology Law and Pol-
        spring against law schools from around        negotiating skills in competitions        icy is a student-edited journal pub-
        the world in the Wilhelm C. Vis Interna-      with other law schools.                   lished twice a year (also online) that
        tional Competition in Austria.             •	 The Trial Competition Team com-           focuses on legal and policy aspects of
        T
     •	 	 he Jessup Moot Court Team explores          petes in intramural, state, regional      technology issues.
        issues of public international law and        and national competitions spon-           U
                                                                                             •	 	 niversity of Florida Journal of
        international humanitarian law and            sored by individuals, groups and          Law and Public Policy is an inter-
        competes nationally and internationally.      law firms                                 disciplinary student publication de-


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                                              International Exposure.
                                             Through programs offered on          in Poland. The law school also
                                             campus and abroad, University        jointly sponsors summer law pro-
                                             of Florida law students gain in-     grams in Paris and Montpellier,
                                             ternational exposure and an edge     France; and San Jose, Costa Rica.
                                             in the job market. Students can      We anticipate summer programs
                                             travel across the world through      in Cape Town, South Africa, and
                                             ABA-approved exchange programs       in Renmin University in Beijing.
                                             such as: Pontificia Universidade,    Students benefit from decades
                                             Catolica in Rio de Janeiro; Leiden   of international experience and
                                             University in the Netherlands;       involvement by faculty as well as
                                             University of Montpellier in         enrichment courses that bring to
                                             France; Johann Wolfgang Goethe       campus leading foreign professors,
                                             University in Frankfurt, Germany;    judges, attorneys and government
                                             Monash University in Melbourne,      officials to teach courses dealing
                                             Australia; and Warsaw University     with current legal issues.




    voted to public policy implications
    of legal issues. Students publish
    three issues a year and sponsor a
    spring symposium.

 Conferences, Seminars and Speakers.
 The Levin College of Law sponsors
 valuable conferences, seminars and
 speakers throughout the year to keep
 practitioners, students and others
 informed on current issues such as
 environmental law, music law and in-
 ternational legal issues. The law school
 has hosted eight U.S. Supreme Court
 justices — with five of the visits within
 the past five years — as well as the top
 legal thinkers and doers from across
 the country. Former Justice Sandra
 Day O’Connor appeared most recently
 in 2011.


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                                                                                              Virgil D. Hawkins
                                                                                              Civil Legal Clinics
                                                                                              The Virgil Hawkins Clinics — the
                                                                                              County Court Mediation Clinic, the Full-
                                                                                              Representation Clinic, Gator TeamChild
                                                                                              Juvenile Law Clinic, and the Intimate
                                                                                              Partner Violence Assistance Clinic — are
                                                                                              named in honor of the Florida civil rights
                                                                                              activist whose efforts to be admitted to
                                                                                              the UF College of Law in the late 1950s
                                                                                              paved the way for integration of all state
                                                                                              law schools in the 1960s.

                                                                                              County Court Mediation Clinic.
                                                                                              This clinic enables students to observe
                                                                                              and volunteer to co-mediate Small Claims
                                                                                              Court matters under the auspices of the
                                                                                              law school’s Institute for Dispute Resolu-
                                                          In the mediation clinic, students   tion and its faculty. Disputes may include
                                                          work under the supervision of
                                                          faculty to help parties settle      those involving landlords and tenants,
                                                          their disputes outside of court.    auto repairs, credit cards and other debts,
                                                                                              and neighbor conflicts. An intensive
                                                                                              instructional seminar complying with
                                                                                              Florida Supreme Court requirements
     Clinical programs add experience.                                                        for mediator certification eligibility is
                                                                                              required of each participating student.
                                                                                              Clinic completion allows students to ap-
     Clinical programs at the Levin College      fice of the Public Defender. Participa-
                                                                                              ply to The Florida Bar as Supreme Court
     of Law provide students with extensive      tion in the Criminal Defense Clinic
                                                                                              certified county court mediators.
     opportunities to represent actual clients   will provide students with experiences
     under the close supervision of faculty      and skills that are transferable any
     or attorneys. This practical experi-        area of litigation, including client and
     ence enhances the understanding of          witness interviews, writing and argu-
     the law learned in classrooms and can       ing motions, and preparing for and
     give graduates the advantage of earn-       conducting hearings and trials.
     ing credits and Florida Supreme Court
     certification as certified legal interns.   Prosecution Clinic.
     Clinical programs include Conservation      Working as certified legal interns,
     Clinic, Criminal Clinics and Virgil D.      students practice law under the direct
     Hawkins Civil Legal Clinics.                supervision of licensed assistant state
                                                 attorneys. Students will become in-
                                                 volved in all aspects of the prosecution
     Criminal Clinics                            of criminal cases, including intake,
                                                 investigation, discovery, pretrial pro-
     The Criminal Defense Clinic.                ceedings, trial, and sentencing. A goal
     Working as certified legal interns, stu-    of the clinic program is for the intern
     dents defend indigent clients charged       to try at least one jury trial by the end
     with criminal offenses through the Of-      of the semester.




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Full Representation Clinic.
The clinic offers intensive training in fam-
ily law and practice, with students serving as
                                                       Conservation Clinic
first-chair counsel to low-income citizens of
Alachua County who could not otherwise af-
ford representation. Under faculty supervision,
students deal with family law matters such as
divorce, custody and visitation of children, do-
mestic violence, division of property and debts,
child support, alimony and establishment of
paternity. Students also have the opportunity to
provide legal counsel, draft pleadings, motions,
orders and judgments, and represent clients in
negotiations, mediations, hearings and trials.                                                                        UF Law Conservation Clinic
                                                                                                                      students paddle along one of
Law Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic.                                                                              the many spring-fed waterways
                                                                                                                      in North Central Florida.
The clinic acts as a full-service law firm, pro-
viding free legal services to children. As certi-
fied legal interns, students advocate for chil-      Under faculty supervision, Conser-                       for-credit program jointly with the
dren in various types of proceedings, primar-        vation Clinic students work in teams                     University of Costa Rica Environ-
ily in delinquency, dependency, administrative,      to serve clients on issues such as                       mental Law Clinic, with cross-cultur-
and educational matters. This interdisciplinary      land acquisition and conservation,                       al teams working on Latin America/
juvenile advocacy clinic trains lawyers, social      ordinance and comprehensive plan                         Caribbean region law and policy
workers and other professionals in skills nec-       drafting, protected area management                      projects onsite in Costa Rica. The
essary to be advocates for children. Through         planning, legislative reform propos-                     Conservation Clinic is housed at the
their work in the clinic, students practice fun-     als, institutional framework design                      Center for Governmental Responsi-
damental advocacy skills such as interviewing,       and dispute resolution systems de-                       bility to ensure an interdisciplinary
counseling and negotiation, are trained to           sign, and conservation mediations.                       focus is applied.
operate effectively in a law office, and become      Each summer the clinic also offers a
skilled at navigating bureaucracies, agencies
and court systems.

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic.
The clinic is a collaboration among the Levin
College of Law, the College of Medicine,
Shands Teaching Hospital and Peaceful Paths
                                                      “UF has made me stronger,
Domestic Abuse Network. The clinic pro-               more confident and determined.
vides low-income victims of intimate partner          I’m excited about my future as a
violence with comprehensive and coordinat-            lawyer because I know that UF
ed legal, medical and social services focusing
on victim and family safety. Certified legal          Law has prepared me.”
interns trained to address domestic violence
issues will join a holistic team that includes
Shands HealthCare social workers and do-            —LEYDYLUz SYMPHORIEN-RESTREPO (JD 11); Dean’s
mestic violence victim advocates. Certified         List; Professional Responsibility Book Award; International
legal interns will provide victims with legal       Criminal Law Book Award; Judicial extern for 5th Circuit;
                                                    Extern, Gainesville State Attorney’s office; Study Abroad,
counseling in the pediatrics and obstetrics/        South Africa; Student Recruitment Team
gynecology clinics at Shands and represent
victims in civil court on matters such as in-
junctions for protection.




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       The Center for Governmental
       Responsibility sponsors an
       annual conference on Law
       and Policy in the Americas.




     Centers open up the world.                                                              international levels. CGR also houses
                                                                                             specialized programs such as the Con-
                                                                                             servation Clinic, Costa Rica Summer
     Camp Center for Estate and                 from abuse and neglect in the center’s       Program, Center for American Law
     Elder Law Planning.                        Child Welfare Clinic, participate in         Studies at Warsaw (Poland) University,
     The Center for Estate and Elder Law        family law externships, earn a certificate   International Trade Law Program, and
     Planning integrates teaching, training,    in Family Law and serve as children’s        the Law and Policy in the Americas
     research, scholarship and public service   fellows. Fellows can work on friend of       Program. Students can learn and re-
     with the goals of advancing estate plan-   the court briefs and research papers, as-    search issues that include environmen-
     ning and elder law knowledge, profes-      sist with CCF’s annual interdisciplinary     tal law, land use, bioethics, poverty law,
     sionalism, skills and policy. Student      conference, and help build a library of      emerging democracies, historic pres-
     opportunities include participation in     children’s legal resources. CCF is active    ervation, conflict resolution, European
     community service programs to the          in international human rights work,          community law, international trade
     elderly through the Estates, Trusts and    works collaboratively with the gov-          law, and election and campaign finance
     Elder Law Society and judicial extern-     ernment and judiciary on law reform          law.
     ships for academic credit, which have      and professional education, and helps
     been established in probate divisions of   educate children on their rights and         Center for International Financial
     several judicial circuits.                 responsibilities.                            Crimes Studies.
                                                                                             This academic research center provides
     Center on Children and Families.           Center for Governmental                      graduate instruction, research and
     The Center on Children and Families        Responsibility.                              policy analysis, academic symposia,
     (CCF) is comprised of a team of UF         The Center for Governmental Respon-          grant supervision and consulting ser-
     faculty with expertise in criminal law,    sibility (CGR) is Florida’s senior legal     vices on money laundering, forfeiture,
     juvenile justice, psychology, conflict     and public policy institute. Faculty and     corporate security, offshore finances,
     resolution and human rights who pro-       students conduct grant- and contract-        cybercrime, organized crime and inter-
     mote quality advocacy, teaching and        funded research — often interdisciplin-      national financial crimes. The center
     scholarship in family law and policy.      ary in nature — on issues relating to        also co-sponsors the annual Interna-
     Students have the opportunity to work      public policy development and imple-         tional Symposium on Economic Crime
     with systems for protecting children       mentation at the local, state, federal and   at Cambridge University, England.



38                                                                                                                            U F   L A W
 Center for the Study of
 Race and Race Relations.
 The Levin College of Law is one of only        Making a Difference with Public Service
 five law schools in the nation hous-
 ing an academic research and resource        The Center for Governmental Re-                   supervised by licensed attorneys, gain
 center devoted to the study of race and      sponsibility Public Interest Law                  hands-on experience as advocates
 race relations. The Center for the Study     Fellowship program provides low-                  for the poor and serve nonprofit and
 of Race and Race Relations works with        income and indigent citizens with                 government agencies such as Florida
 groups engaged in a wide range of ac-        valuable legal assistance. The fellow-            Institutional Legal Services, Southern
 tivities to create and foster dialogue on    ships are financed by The Florida Bar             Legal Counsel, Three Rivers Legal
 race and race relations and promote          Foundation to help pay for the prac-              Services, the state’s Guardian ad
 historically and empirically based           tical legal education of selected third-          Litem program and the 8th Circuit
 thinking, talking, research, writing and     year law students. These students,                Public Defender’s Office.
 teaching.

 The Criminal Justice Center.
 The Criminal Justice Center serves as
 a platform to bring criminal law fac-
 ulty together with interested students,
 enhancing the students’ law school ex-
 perience by providing them with men-
 torship, area-specific education and
 criminal-practice training. The center
 also serves as an incubator for criminal
 law and procedure-related scholarship,
 talks, and conferences.
                                                                                                        A recent class of Florida Bar
 Institute for Dispute Resolution.                                                                      Foundation Public Interest Law
                                                                                                        Fellows appear with Faculty Ad-
 The Institute for Dispute Resolution                                                                   viser Timothy McLendon, at left.
 combines classroom training, interac-
 tion with practicing attorneys and
 in-the-field assignments to help pre-
 pare students for participation in the
 growing field of alternative dispute
 resolution. The center features courses       “The education I received from
 in mediation, negotiation, collective
 bargaining and international litigation
                                               Florida gave me the opportunity to
 and arbitration.                              be a lawyer, to be a teacher, to be
                                               a writer. It’s impossible for me to
 International Center for                      repay what that has meant to my
 Automated Information Research.
 The International Center for Automat-         life in terms of allowing me to have
 ed Information Research (ICAIR) is an         joy in the things that I do and to
 interdisciplinary international infor-        see that I’ve made an impact.”
 mation policy research center among
 UF’s Levin College of Law, College of       —JON MILLS (JD 72), director of the Center
 Engineering, and Warrington College         for Governmental Responsibility, professor, dean
                                             emeritus and former Florida House speaker
 of Business. The center’s mission is to
 fund innovative research on informa-
 tion technologies and knowledge man-
 agement benefiting students, faculty
 and professionals in legal, accounting
 and financial services professions.



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            The foundation of the Levin College of Law
            is composed of highly accomplished scholars,
            practitioners and educators whose broad knowl-
            edge base and passion for teaching challenge
            each student to reach new heights of intellectual
            achievement. It is a vibrant educational environ-
            ment where students acquire the knowledge and
            skills they need to succeed in their careers, as ev-
            idenced by high student evaluations of teaching.
            The average student evaluation for the faculty
            each semester exceeds 4.2 on a 5-point scale.
Faculty.




           Teachers and Scholars.                ized skills classes while often work-      C
                                                                                         •	 	 onsultants	to	branches	of	
              The Levin College of Law’s         ing full-time in the profession.           state, federal and international
           faculty is larger and more com-          The influence of Levin College of       governments.
           prehensive than most law schools.     Law faculty goes far beyond campus.        I
                                                                                         •	 	 n	leadership	roles	on	Ameri-
           It has 51 tenured or tenure-track     Many faculty members are:                  can and Florida bar committees
           faculty, 37 percent of whom are          A
                                                 •	 	 uthors	of	treatises,	case-            and task forces or other presti-
           women and about 20 percent mi-           books or major books used by            gious associations such as
           norities. In addition, 41 faculty        law schools and practitioners           Amnesty International, the
           support the college through clini-       throughout the nation.                  United Nations Institute for
           cal, research, writing, information      C
                                                 •	 	 ited	by	the	U.S.	Supreme	Court.       Training and Research, and
           and administrative programs, and         E
                                                 •	 	 xpert	witnesses	before	policy-        the International Society of
           another 33 adjuncts teach special-       making bodies.                          Family Law.




   40                                                                                                                U F   L A W
UF Law Professor William H. Page,
Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar
in Electronic Communications and
Administrative Law, lectures at the
Levin College of Law.




      O
   •	 	 n	editorial	boards	of	national	   ing federal and state court judges
      publications and author hun-
      dreds of articles in law reviews
                                          and attorneys involved in public
                                          agencies, private practice and
                                                                               Levin College of Law
      and specialty journals.             leading business ventures — who      faculty also serve
      As teachers, UF Law faculty         teach in specialty areas and lead
   work hard to engage students           seminars help bring current,
                                                                               as consultants to
   intellectually and maintain an         practical and critical issues and    branches of state,
   accessible, supportive environ-        events into the classroom. The
   ment that guides students toward       result is a true academic com-       federal and interna-
   success.
      The involvement of leading
                                          munity that nurtures students on
                                          the path toward becoming ethical
                                                                               tional governments.
   private practitioners — includ-        lawyers.




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                                         Tenured and                            JEFFREY DAVIS
                                                                                Professor; Gerald A. Sohn
                                                                                                                        CLAIRE M. GERMAIN
                                                                                                                        Associate Dean for Legal
                                         Tenure-track                           Research Scholar                        Information; Clarence J. TeSelle
                                                                                Background: B.S., University of         Professor of Law
                                         MARY JANE ANGELO                       California, Los Angeles; J.D., Loyola   Background: Licence-ès
                                         University of Florida Research         University, Los Angeles; LL.M., Uni-    Lettres, cum laude, University of
                                         Foundation Professor; Director,        versity of Michigan. Expertise: Con-    Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle; LL.B.,
                                         Environmental and Land Use             tracts, Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor     University of Paris XII; M.C.L.,
                                         Law Program                            Relations, Commercial Law.              Louisiana State University School
                                         Background: B.S., Rutgers Univer-                                              of Law; M.L.L., University of Den-
                                         sity; M.S. and J.D., University of     GEORGE L. DAWSON                        ver. Expertise: Comparative Law,
                                         Florida. Expertise: Environmental      Professor                               French Law, Legal Research.
                                         Law, Water Law, Pesticide Law, Ag-     Background: A.B., Princeton Uni-
                                         ricultural Policy and the Environ-     versity; J.D., University of Chicago.   JEFFREY L. hARRISON
                                         ment, Wildlife Protection Law          Expertise: Contracts, Estates and       Stephen C. O’Connell Chair
                                                                                Trusts, Sales, International Sales.     Background: B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.,
                                         YARIV BRAUNER                                                                  University of Florida; J.D., Univer-
                                         Professor; Alumni Research             PATRICIA E. DILLEY                      sity of North Carolina. Expertise:
                                         Scholar                                Professor                               Antitrust, Contracts, Copyright,
                                         Background: LL.B., Hebrew Univer-      Background: B.A., Swarthmore            Law and Economics.
                                         sity School of Law; LL.M., J.S.D.,     College; M.A., University of Penn-
                                         New York University School of          sylvania; J.D., Georgetown Uni-         BERTA ESPERANzA
                                         Law. Expertise: Tax, International     versity; LL.M., Boston University.      hERNáNDEz-TRUYOL
                                         Law, International Trade, Interna-     Expertise: Social Security, Deferred    Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor;
                                         tional Taxation.                       Compensation, Individual Income/        Associate Director, Center on
                                                                                Corporate Taxation, International       Children and Families
                                         DENNIS A. CALFEE                       Taxation, Advanced Employee Ben-        Background: A.B., Cornell Univer-
 “The Internet pushes the                Professor; Alumni Research
                                         Scholar
                                                                                efit Law, Retirement Income Policy.     sity; J.D., Albany Law School, Union
                                                                                                                        University; LL.M., New York Uni-
 boundaries of our long-                 Background: B.B.A., J.D., Gonzaga      NANCY E. DOWD                           versity. Expertise: International Law,
                                         University; LL.M., University of       David H. Levin Chair in Family          International Human Rights, Issues
 established methods                     Florida. Former faculty, Academy       Law; Director, Center on                of Race, Gender, and Culture in the
                                         of International Taxation, Republic
 of legal regulation.                    of China. Expertise: Taxation.
                                                                                Children and Families
                                                                                Background: B.A., University of
                                                                                                                        Law, Dispute Resolution, Latinas/os
                                                                                                                        and the Law, Feminist Theory, Criti-
 Moreover, technology                    JONAThAN R. COhEN
                                                                                Connecticut; M.A., University of        cal Race Theory.
                                                                                Illinois; J.D., Loyola University of
 in general poses many                   Professor; Associate Director,         Chicago. Expertise: Constitutional      DAVID M. hUDSON
                                         Institute for Dispute Resolution       Law, Family Law, Gender and the         Professor
 challenges to existing in-              Background: A.B., A.M., M.A.,          Law.                                    Background: B.S., Wake Forest
                                         J.D., Ph.D. (Economics), Harvard
 tellectual property para-               University. Expertise: Negotiation,    MARk A. FENSTER
                                                                                                                        University; J.D., Florida State Uni-
                                                                                                                        versity; LL.M., University of Florida;
 digms and doctrines. I                  Dispute Resolution.                    Professor; Cone, Wagner, Nugent,        LL.M., University of London. Ex-
                                                                                Hazouri & Roth Tort Professor           pertise: State and Local Taxation,
 explore these issues with               STUART R. COhN                         Background: B.A., University of         International Taxation, Immigra-
                                         John H. and Mary Lou Dasburg           Virginia; M.A., University of Texas     tion Law.
 an eye toward assisting                 Professor                              at Austin; Ph.D., University of Illi-
                                         Background: B.A., University of                                                MIChELLE S. JACOBS
 courts and legislators                  Illinois; B.A., Oxford University;
                                                                                nois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D.,
                                                                                Yale University. Expertise: FOIA        Professor; Assistant Director,
 achieve a reasonable                    LL.B., Yale University. Expertise:
                                         Corporate and Securities Law,
                                                                                and Public Access to Government         Criminal Justice Center
                                                                                Information, Property, Land Use,        Background: A.B., Princeton Univer-
 balance when weighing                   Jurisprudence.                         Administrative Law.                     sity; J.D., Rutgers University. Visiting
                                                                                                                        Professor, Columbia University and
 or assessing policy and                 ChARLES W. COLLIER                     ALYSON CRAIG FLOURNOY                   Howard University. Expertise: Crim-
                                         Professor; Affiliate Professor of
 doctrinal approaches to                 Philosophy
                                                                                Senior Associate Dean for
                                                                                Academic Affairs; UF Research
                                                                                                                        inal Law, International Criminal
                                                                                                                        Law, Critical Race Theory, Women
 these problems.”                        Background: B.A., Reed College;
                                         M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Philosophy),
                                                                                Foundation Professor; Alumni            and the Criminal Justice System.
                                                                                Research Scholar
                                         Yale University; J.D., Stanford Uni-   Background: B.A., Princeton Uni-        ROBERT h. JERRY, II
 —ELIZABETH ROWE, Professor, Director,
 Program in Intellectual Property Law
                                         versity. Expertise: Constitutional     versity; J.D., Harvard University.      Dean; Levin, Mabie and Levin
                                         Law, Jurisprudence, Interdisciplin-    Expertise: Environmental Law,           Professor
                                         ary Legal Studies, Legal Theory.       Property and Administrative Law.        Background: B.S., Indiana State Uni-
                                                                                                                        versity; J.D., University of Michigan.
                                         ELIzABETh DALE                         MIChAEL k. FRIEL                        Expertise: Insurance Law, Contracts,
                                         Affiliate Professor of Law; Waldo W.   Associate Dean and Director,            Health Care Finance and Access.
                                         Neikirk Term Professor of History      Graduate Tax Program; Professor
                                         Background: B.A., DePauw Univer-       Background: B.A., J.D., Harvard         E. LEA JOhNSTON
                                         sity; Ph.D., J.D., Chicago-Kent        University; LL.M., New York Uni-        Associate Professor; Assistant Direc-
                                         College of Law. Expertise: U.S.        versity. Expertise: Federal Income      tor, Criminal Justice Center
                                         Legal and Constitutional History.      Taxation.                               Background: A.B., Princeton Univer-


42                                                                                                                                          U F    L A W
sity; J.D., Harvard University. Exper-    OMRI Y. MARIAN                         JASON P. NANCE
tise: Criminal Procedure, Criminal        Assistant Professor of Law             Assistant Professor
Law, Mental Health Law, Sentencing.       Background: S.J.D., University         Background: B.A., Brigham Young
                                          of Michigan Law School; LL.M.          University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio
ShANI M. kING                             (International Taxation), Univer-      State University; J.D., University of
Associate Professor; Co-Director,         sity of Michigan Law School;           Pennsylvania Law School. Expertise:
Center on Children and Families           LL.B., Tel Aviv University; B.A.,      Education Law, Empirical Legal
Background: B.S., Brown University;       Tel Aviv University. Expertise:        Studies, Torts, Remedies, and the
M.St., Oxford; J.D., Harvard Uni-         International Taxation, Compara-       Legal Profession.
versity. Expertise: Family Law and        tive Taxation, Taxation of Financial
Children’s Rights.                        Instruments.                           LARS NOAh
                                                                                 Professor
ChRISTINE A. kLEIN                        AMY R. MAShBURN                        Background: A.B., J.D., Harvard
Chesterfield Smith Professor; Direc-      Professor; Director, Lawyering and     University. Expertise: Administrative
tor, LL.M. in Environmental & Land        Professionalism Program                Law, Medical Malpractice, Medi-
Use Law Program Background: B.A.,         Background: B.A., Eckerd College;      cal Technology, Products Liability,
Middlebury College; J.D., University      J.D., University of Florida. Exper-    Torts.
of Colorado; LL.M., Columbia Uni-         tise: Civil Procedure, Professional
versity School of Law. Expertise: Natu-   Responsibility, Legal Ethics.          kENNETh B. NUNN
ral Resources, Property, Water Law.                                              Professor; Associate Director,
                                          DIANE h. MAzUR                         Center on Children and Families;
ELIzABETh T. LEAR                         Professor; Gerald A. Sohn Term         Assistant Director, Criminal
Professor                                 Professor                              Justice Center
Background: B.A., University of           Background: B.A., State University     Background: A.B., Stanford Univer-
North Carolina; J.D., University of       of New York; M.S., Pennsylvania        sity; J.D., University of California-
Michigan. Expertise: International        State University; J.D., University     Berkeley. Expertise: Race and its
Litigation, Federal Courts.               of Texas. Expertise: Civil/Military    Impact on Criminal Justice System,
                                          Relations, Constitutional Law, Evi-    Criminal Law and Procedure, Race         “I have prosecuted and
LYRISSA BARNETT LIDSkY                    dence, Professional Responsibility.    Relations, Civil Rights, Public Inter-
Stephen C. O’Connell Professor                                                   est Law, Critical Race Theory, Legal     studied criminal law my
Background: B.A., Texas A&M               MARTIN J. McMAhON JR.                  Semiotics, Sociology of Law, Law
University; Fulbright Scholar, Cam-       Stephen C. O’Connell Professor         and Cultural Studies.                    entire professional career.
bridge University; J.D., University of
Texas. Expertise: Internet Law, Ad-
                                          Background: B.A., Rutgers Col-
                                          lege; J.D., Boston College; LL.M.,     WILLIAM h. PAGE
                                                                                                                          That’s why I’m so excited
vanced Torts (specializing in Defa-       Boston University. Expertise: Indi-    Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar       to be directing the law
mation and Invasion of Privacy),          vidual Income Taxation, Corporate      in Electronic Communications and
Mass Media Law, First Amendment           Taxation, Partnership Taxation,        Administrative Law; Professor            school’s Criminal Justice
Law, Social Media, Freedom of             Tax Policy.                            Background: B.A., Tulane University;
Speech, Cyberbullying.                                                           J.D., University of New Mexico;          Center, which offers
                                          JON L. MILLS
TOM C. W. LIN                             Professor; Director, Center for
                                                                                 LL.M., University of Chicago. Exper-
                                                                                 tise: Antitrust Law, Procedure, and
                                                                                                                          a certificate program
Assistant Professor of Law; Assistant     Governmental Responsibility;           Economics; Microsoft Litigation.         designed to enhance the
Director, Criminal Justice Center         Dean Emeritus
Background: B.A., New York Univer-        Background: B.A., Stetson Univer-      RAChEL REBOUChé                          experience of students in-
sity; J.D., University of Pennsylvania    sity; J.D., University of Florida;     Assistant Professor; Associate Direc-
Law School. Expertise: Business Law,      Honorary Doctor of Laws, Stet-         tor, Center for Children and Families    terested in specialization.
Corporations, Securities Regulation,
Privacy, and Behavioral Law and
                                          son University. Expertise: Florida
                                          Constitutional Law, Privacy Law,
                                                                                 Background: B.A., Trinity University;
                                                                                 J.D., Harvard Law School; LL.M.,
                                                                                                                          The center also provides
Economics.                                Legislative Drafting, Free Press and   Queen’s University, Belfast. Exper-      academic advising, men-
                                          Speech Privacy Issues.                 tise: Family Law, Comparative Law,
ChARLENE LUkE                                                                    Bioethics.                               torship, extracurricu-
Associate Professor                       WINSTON P. NAGAN
Background: B.A., J.D., Brigham           Professor; Samuel T. Dell Research     LEONARD L. RISkIN                        lar programming, and
Young University. Expertise: Income,
Corporate and Partnership Taxa-
                                          Scholar; Professor; Director, Insti-
                                          tute of Human Rights and Peace
                                                                                 Chesterfield Smith Professor
                                                                                 Background: B.S., University of
                                                                                                                          hands-on criminal-prac-
tion.                                     Development; Affiliate Professor of    Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., New York        tice training.”
                                          Anthropology; Affiliate Professor      University; LL.M., Yale University.
PEDRO A. MALAVET                          of Latin American Studies; Affiliate   Expertise: Negotiation, Mediation,       —MICHAEL L. SEIGEL, Professor, Director of the
Professor; Director, LL.M. in Com-        Professor African Studies; Fellow,     Dispute Resolution.                      Criminal Justice Center and Clinics; and Associate
parative Law Program; Affiliate           Royal Society of the Arts; Fellow,                                              Dean for International Programs
Professor of Latin American Studies       World Academy of Art and Science.      ELIzABETh A. ROWE
Background: B.B.A., Emory Univer-         Background: B.A., University of        University of Florida Research
sity; J.D., LL.M., Georgetown Uni-        South Africa; B.A., M.A., Oxford       Foundation Professor; Director,
versity. Expertise: Comparative Law,      University; LL.M., M.C.L., Duke        Program in Intellectual Property Law
Civil Law, Civil Procedure, Critical      University; J.S.D., Yale University.   Background: B.A., M.A., University
Race Theory, European Union,              Expertise: International Law, Hu-      of Florida; J.D., Harvard University.
Evidence, United States Territorial       man Rights, National Security Law      Expertise: Intellectual Property
Possessions, United States-Puerto         and Legal Theory.                      Litigation, Trade Secrets, Corporate
Rico relationship.                                                               Espionage.


  P R O S P E C T U S                                                                                                                                                43
                                                ShARON E. RUSh                           STEVEN J. WILLIS                        CLIFFORD JONES
                                                Associate Dean for Faculty Devel-        Professor; Associate Director,          Lecturer/Associate in Law Re-
                                                opment; Irving Cypen Professor;          Center on Children and Families         search. B.A., Southern Illinois
                                                Associate Director, Center on Chil-      Background: B.S., J.D., Louisiana       University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Univer-
                                                dren and Families; Co-founder,           State University; LL.M., New York       sity of Cambridge (England); J.D.,
                                                Center for the Study of Race and         University. Expertise: Taxation.        University of Oklahoma College
                                                Race Relations                                                                   of Law.
                                                Background: B.A., J.D., Cornell          MIChAEL ALLAN WOLF
                                                University. Expertise: Constitu-         Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local        JOANN kLEIN
                                                tional Law, Civil Procedure, Federal     Government Law; Professor               Associate Director, Center for
                                                Courts, Fourteenth Amendment,            Background: B.A., Emory Univer-         Governmental Responsibility;
                                                Race Relations.                          sity; J.D., Georgetown University       Assistant Director, Environmental
                                                                                         Law Center; A.M., Harvard Uni-          and Land Use Law Program, B.S.,
                                                kAThERYN RUSSELL-BROWN                   versity; Ph.D., Harvard University.     M.S., University of Southern Mis-
                                                Chesterfield Smith Professor; Di-        Expertise: Land Use Planning, En-       sissippi
                                                rector, Center for the Study of Race     vironmental Law, Property, Local
                                                and Race Relations; Assistant Di-        Government, Constitutional Law,         TIMOThY E. McLENDON
                                                rector, Criminal Justice Center          Urban Revitalization, Legal and         Staff Attorney. A.B., Duke Univer-
                                                Background: B.A., University of          Constitutional History.                 sity; J.D., University of Florida.
                                                California-Berkeley; J.D., Univer-
                                                sity of California-Hastings; Ph.D.,      DANAYA C. WRIGhT                        STEPhEN J. POWELL
                                                University of Maryland. Expertise:       Clarence J. TeSelle Endowed             Senior Lecturer in Law; Director,
                                                Criminal Law, Sociology of Law,          Professor                               International Trade Law Program.
                                                Race and Crime.                          Background: B.A., Cornell Univer-       B.A., J.D., University of Florida.
                                                                                         sity; M.A., University of Arizona;
                                                MIChAEL L. SEIGEL                        J.D., Cornell University; Ph.D.         JEFFRY S. WADE
 “An overwhelming                               Associate Dean for International
                                                Programs; Sam T. Dell Term
                                                                                         (Political Science), Johns Hopkins
                                                                                         University. Expertise: Constitu-
                                                                                                                                 Director, Environmental Divi-
                                                                                                                                 sion. B.A., University of Alabama;
 number of children                             Professor; Director, Criminal            tional Law; Property, Estates and       M.Ed., J.D., University of Florida.
                                                Justice Center; Director, Criminal       Trusts; Legal History; Jurispru-
 lack access to medical                         Law Clinics                              dence; Railroad and Trail Law.
                                                                                                                                 Legal Skills
                                                Background: A.B., Princeton Uni-
 care, food, adequate                           versity; J.D., Harvard University.       WENTONG zhENG,                          IRIS A. BURkE
 shelter and primary                            Expertise: Evidence, Criminal Law,
                                                White Collar Crime.
                                                                                         Assistant Professor
                                                                                         Background: B.A., M.A., Renmin
                                                                                                                                 Senior Legal Skills Professor; In-
                                                                                                                                 terviewing and Counseling, Cross
 education. Through                                                                      University of China; J.D., Stanford     Cultural Counseling, Associate
                                                D. DANIEL SOkOL                          Law School; Ph.D. (Economics),          Director, Center on Children and
 our curriculum, study                          Associate Professor                      Stanford University. Expertise:         Families. B.A., Brooklyn Col-
                                                Background: B.A., Amherst College;       International Trade, Antitrust,
 abroad programs, clinical                      M.St., University of Oxford; J.D.,       Chinese Law, Commercial Law,
                                                                                                                                 lege; J.D., Brooklyn Law School.

 work, speaker series and                       University of Chicago; LL.M., Uni-
                                                versity of Wisconsin Law School.
                                                                                         Law and Economics.                      TERESA JEAN REID
                                                                                                                                 Master Legal Skills Professor; As-
 conferences, UF Law’s                          Expertise: Antitrust, Corporate,
                                                                                         Center For Govern-                      sistant Director, Criminal Justice
                                                International and Comparative                                                    Center. B.A., University of Florida;
 Center on Children                             Business Law and Regulation, Law         mental Responsibility                   J.D., Santa Clara University.
                                                and Entrepreneurship.
 and Families seeks to                                                                   ThOMAS T. ANkERSEN
                                                                                                                                 JILL WOMBLE
                                                                                         Director, CGR Conservation Clinic
 advance children’s rights                      JOhN F. STINNEFORD
                                                Associate Professor; Assistant Di-       and Costa Rica Law Program;
                                                                                                                                 Assistant Legal Skills Professor
                                                                                                                                 B.S. engineering, Southern Il-
 by supporting students                         rector, Criminal Justice Center          Legal Skills Professor. B.A., M.A.,
                                                                                         University of South Florida; J.D.,
                                                                                                                                 linois University at Carbondale;
                                                Background: B.A., University of                                                  M.S. engineering: environmental,
 who are working toward                         Virginia; M.A., J.D., Harvard Uni-       University of Florida.
                                                                                                                                 Kennedy-Western University; J.D.,
                                                versity. Expertise: Criminal Law,
 legal reform and social                        Criminal Procedure, the Eighth           JOAN D. FLOCkS
                                                                                                                                 University of Florida
                                                                                         Director, Social Policy Division;
 change.”                                       Amendment, Sentencing Law and
                                                Policy, Constitutional Law.              Affiliate Faculty with the Center for
                                                                                                                                 JENNIFER zEDALIS
                                                                                                                                 Director, Trial Practice; Senior
                                                                                         Latin American Studies. B.S., M.A.,
 —SHANI M. KING, Associate Professor,                                                                                            Legal Skills Professor; Coordina-
                                                LEE-FORD TRITT                           J.D., University of Florida.
 Co-Director, Center on Children and Families                                                                                    tor, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/
                                                Professor; Director, Center for Estate                                           Public Defender CLE Course; As-
                                                Planning and the Estate Planning         EWA GMURzYNSkA
                                                                                                                                 sistant Director, Criminal Justice
                                                Certificate Program; Associate Direc-    Director, Center for American
                                                                                                                                 Center. B.A., Duke University; J.D.,
                                                tor, Center on Children and Families     Law Studies at Warsaw University,
                                                                                                                                 University of Florida.
                                                Background: B.A., University of          Poland. M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D., War-
                                                the South; J.D., LL.M. (Taxation),       saw University; LL.M., University
                                                New York University. Expertise:          of Florida.                             Clinics
                                                Wealth Management, Estate Plan-                                                  ROBIN DAVIS
                                                ning, Administration of Trusts and       RIChARD hAMANN
                                                                                                                                 Director, Institute for Dispute
                                                Estates, Transfer Tax Matters and        Associate in Law. B.A., J.D., Univer-
                                                                                                                                 Resolution; Associate Director,
                                                Charitable Giving.                       sity of Florida.


44                                                                                                                                                 U F   L A W
Center on Children and Families,          BETSY L. RUFF                           M.A., Valdosta State University;
Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A.,      Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A.,    J.D., New England Law – Boston;
Michigan State University; J.D.,          J.D., University of Florida.            M.L.S., Simmons College; L.L.M.,
University of Florida.                                                            University of Northumbria.
                                          STACY STEINBERG
GEORGE R. “BOB” DEkLE                     Legal Skills Professor, B.A., J.D.,     ShIRA MEGERMAN
Director, Criminal Prosecution            University of Florida                   Assistant University Librar-
Clinic; Assistant Director, Crimi-                                                ian; Adjunct Professor of Law;
nal Justice Center, Master Lecturer.      PATRICIA A. ThOMSON                     Student Services Reference
B.A., J.D., University of Florida.        Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A.,    Librarian. B.A., University of
                                          Hollins College; J.D., University       Texas; J.D., Washburn University
TERESA DRAkE                              of Florida.                             School of Law; MISLT, Univer-
Director, Intimate Partner Vio-                                                   sity of Missouri.
lence Assistance Clinic; Adjunct          DIANE A. TOMLINSON
Clinical Assistant Professor, Smith       Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.S.,    MIChAEL G. MOORE
College of Social Work, B.S.,             B.A., J.D., University of Florida.      Adjunct Professor of Law; Assis-
Drexel University; J.D., University                                               tant University Librarian. B. Phil.,
of Florida.                               hENRY T. WIhNYk                         University of Pittsburgh; M.A.,
                                          Senior Legal Skills Professor.          University of Iowa; J.D., Univer-
JEFFREY T. GRATER                         B.A., Florida Atlantic University;      sity of Florida; MLIS and Special
Senior Legal Skills Professor; Direc-     J.D., Nova University; LL.M.,           Certificate in Law Librarianship,
tor, Civil Clinics; Associate Director,   Columbia University.                    University of Washington.
Center on Children and Families.
B.A., J.D., University of Florida.                                                PATRICIA L. MORGAN
                                          Legal Drafting                          Assistant University Librarian;
MONIQUE hAUGhTON                          DEBORAh CUPPLES                         Faculty Research Services Refer-
WORRELL
Associate Director, Criminal Jus-
                                          Senior Legal Skills Professor; B.A.,    ence Librarian; Adjunct Profes-
                                                                                  sor. B.A. and J.D., University of
                                                                                                                         “Tax law is a complex
                                          M.A., J.D., University of Florida.
tice Center; Associate Director,                                                  Florida; MSLIS, University of          and highly interesting
Center on Children and Families;          LESLIE h. kNIGhT                        South Florida.
Director, Criminal Defense Clinic;        Senior Legal Skills Professor; Of                                              area of the law. Virtu-
Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A.,                                              ELIzABETh OUTLER
St. Johns University; J.D., Univer-
                                          Counsel, University of Florida,
                                          Director of Externship Programs.        Assistant University Librarian;        ally all commercial
sity of Florida.                          B.S., Florida State University; J.D.,   Associate Director; Adjunct
                                                                                  Professor of Law. B.A., Smith
                                                                                                                         transactions and even
                                          Duke University.
MEShON RAWLS                                                                      College; J.D., University of           many personal interac-
Master Legal Skills Professor;            SILVIA M. MENENDEz                      Florida; M.L.I.S., Florida State
Director, Gator TeamChild Pro-            Legal Skills Professor; B.A., Wes-      University.                            tions have a tax aspect
gram; Associate Director, Center
on Children and Families. B.A.,
                                          leyan; J.D, University of Minne-
                                          sota School of Law                      LOREN TURNER                           to them. I enjoy both
J.D., University of Florida.                                                      Assistant University Librarian;
                                                                                  Adjunct Professor of Law
                                                                                                                         introducing tax to
                                          MARGARET TEMPLE-SMITh
Legal Writing and                         Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A.,    B.A., Loyola University Chicago;       J.D. students who are
                                          J.D., Wake Forest University.           J.D., American University Wash-
Appellate Advocacy                                                                ington College of Law; M.S.,           nervous about taking
                                                                                  University of Illinois
MARY ADkINS
                                          GAYLIN G. SOPONIS
                                          Director, Legal Drafting Program,
                                                                                                                         their first tax class and
Director, Legal Writing and Appel-
late Advocacy, Master Legal Skills
                                          Senior Legal Skills Professor. A.B.,    ChRISTOPhER A.
                                                                                  VALLANDINGhAM
                                                                                                                         exploring advanced
                                          Mount Holyoke College; J.D.,
Professor. B.S. Journalism, J.D.,
University of Florida. Senior Exec-
                                          George Washington University.           Associate University Librarian;        tax topics with LL.M.
                                                                                  Head of Instruction; Adjunct
utive Editor, Florida Law Review.                                                 Professor. B.A., University of         students who are on the
                                          Reference                               South Florida; J.D., University
JOSEPh S. JACkSON                                                                                                        verge of becoming tax
Senior Legal Skills Professor, Asso-
                                          Librarians                              of Florida; M.S., Florida

ciate Director, Center on Children
                                                                                  State University; Graduate,
                                                                                  Officer Basic Course, The
                                                                                                                         practitioners.”
                                          ShAMIkA DALTON
and Families. A.B., Princeton Uni-        Assistant University Librarian;         Judge Advocate General’s
                                                                                                                         —CHARLENE LUKE, Associate Professor
versity; J.D., University of Florida.     Adjunct Professor of Law                Legal Center and School,
                                          B.S.W., North Carolina Central          United States Army.
LEANNE J. PFLAUM                          University; J.D., North Carolina
Master Legal Skills Professor. B.D.,      Central University School of Law;       JENNIFER WONDRACEk
University of Florida; J.D., Florida      M.L.S., North Carolina Central          Assistant University Librarian;
State University.                         University                              Instructional Services Reference
                                                                                  Librarian; Adjunct Professor
ShALINI B. RAY                            EDWARD T. hART                          of Law. B.A., B.S., College of
Legal Skills Professor, A.B.,             Assistant University Librar-            Charleston; J.D., University of
Stanford University, J.D., Harvard        ian; Head of Technical Services;        North Carolina; M.L.I.S., Univer-
Law School                                Adjunct Professor of Law. B.A.,         sity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



P R O S P E C T U S                                                                                                                                        45
              Preparation for Law School. Because legal careers
              are so varied, law schools do not recommend any
              particular undergraduate major, but instead expect
              students to possess the skills necessary for effec-
              tive written and oral communication and critical
              thinking. For additional information about pre-law
              study, law school and the legal profession, consult
              the Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools,
Admissions.


              published annually by the Law School Admission
              Council (LSAC) and the American Bar Association.
              The guide is available during registration for the Law
              School Admission Test (LSAT) or at www.lsac.org.

              Standards for Admission                         Legal education is enhanced in a              Through its admissions process, the
                                                          student body composed of people with          college of law seeks to admit students who
              and General Information                     different backgrounds who contribute          will excel academically, attain the highest
              Faculty Admissions Policy                   a variety of viewpoints to enrich the         standards of professional excellence and
                 The admissions policy of the Uni-        educational experience. This diversity        integrity, and bring vision, creativity and
              versity of Florida Levin College of Law     is important because lawyers must be          commitment to the legal profession.
              advances the mission of the college:        prepared to analyze and interpret the law,        The college of law gives substan-
              excellence in educating professionals,      understand and appreciate competing           tial weight to numerical predictors of
              advancing legal scholarship, serving the    arguments, represent diverse clients and      academic success like LSAT scores and
              public and fostering justice.               constituencies in many different forums,      undergraduate grade point average. Num-
                 The Levin College of Law has a           and develop policies affecting a broad        bers alone, however, are not dispositive.
              responsibility as a state institution to    range of people.                              The college considers all information
              educate lawyers who will serve the legal         The college of law seeks to admit and    submitted by applicants. Factors such as
              needs of all citizens and communities       enroll students who, collectively, bring to   the difficulty of prior academic programs,
              in Florida. The college of law seeks to     its educational program a wide range of       academic honors, letters of recommenda-
              admit and enroll students who will dis-     backgrounds, experiences, interests and       tion from instructors, or graduate train-
              tinguish themselves in serving the state,   perspectives. The breadth and variety of      ing may provide additional information
              region and nation through the practice      perspectives to which graduates of the        about academic preparation and poten-
              of law, formulation of public policy,       college are exposed while in law school       tial. In some cases, demonstrated interest,
              legal scholarship and other law-related     will enable them to provide outstanding       prior training or a variety of experiences
              activities.                                 service in many different public and pri-     may indicate that an applicant is par-
                                                          vate capacities.                              ticularly well-suited to take advantage of




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specialized educational opportunities.               Timing of Admissions Decisions
    Information about work experience, leader-           Applicants are notified of a decision as early
ship, community service, overcoming prior            as November and notifications continue through        J.D. Application
educational or socioeconomic disadvantages           late April. The admissions committee uses a           Fall 2013 Deadline
or commitment to serve those for whom legal          modified rolling admissions process. Files are
services have been unavailable or difficult to       reviewed in the order in which they are com-             F
                                                                                                           •	 	 ile	and	complete	
obtain may show that an applicant is in a unique     pleted, but decisions are not necessarily made in
position to add to the diversity of the law school   the order in which applications are received and
                                                                                                              by March 15
community or to make significant contributions       reviewed. With nearly 3,000 applications, the
to the practice of law.                              college uses a holistic and comparative review           N
                                                                                                           •	 	 otification	by	
                                                     process, and many files are held for additional          mid-to-late April
Selection Process                                    review throughout the admissions cycle.
    The Admissions staff and the Faculty Ad-             The Levin College of Law’s Application Status        T
                                                                                                           •	 	 ake	the	LSAT	
missions Committee base their selection on           Online (ASO) allows applicants to view their
the applicant’s academic credentials, including      current application status, contact information,
                                                                                                              no later than
LSAT score, UGPA, writing skills and breadth of      receipt of materials such as the resume, admissions      February 2013
studies. Additional criteria considered include      statement, and letters of recommendation and
the applicant’s work and other life experience,      provides applicants with a record of announce-
leadership experience, depth of particular inter-    ments from the Levin College of Law Office of
est, and any other aspect of an applicant’s back-    Admissions. Please visit ASO at www.law.ufl.edu/
ground suggesting suitability for the study and      admissions/prospective-students/jd-application-
practice of law.                                     procedures/applicant-status-online-aso.




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 Ineligibility for Admission                              All applicants are required to take the Law        where the work is clearly indicated as such on the
   Applicants who have received a law degree (or      School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT scores are          home campus transcript.
bachelor’s degree combined with a law program)        valid for five years. In the absence of documenta-
from a U.S. institution are not eligible for admis-   tion that a candidate was ill, or that some other      Academic Admissions Statement
sion to the Levin College of Law.                     unusual condition occurred during one of the               The Levin College of Law seeks to enroll a
                                                      tests, all LSAT scores are considered. Applicants      class with varied backgrounds and academic
Prior Law School Attendees                            should discuss score differentiation in an ad-         skills. Such a range of experiences contributes to
    An applicant who has attended another law         dendum.                                                the learning environment of the law school, and
school must submit a written statement describ-           Applicants are required to register with           historically has produced graduates who have
ing the attendance, a complete transcript, and        LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS),              served all segments of society and who have be-
a statement from the dean indicating class rank       which standardizes undergraduate records and           come leaders in many fields of law.
and certifying the applicant is in good stand-        provides them to law schools where candidates              To better assess such qualities, the college
ing and eligible to return to the institution as a    apply. Registration is valid for five years from the   requires each applicant to write an academic
continuing student. Those not in good standing        date that the LSAT/CAS registration form is pro-       admissions statement not to exceed four double-
or ineligible to return as continuing students        cessed. Applicants must ensure that undergradu-        spaced pages in a font no smaller than 12 points.
are not eligible to apply to the Levin College of     ate transcripts from each college, university or       This statement should focus on academic skills
Law. In addition, credit is not given for corre-      high school/university dual enrollment program         and experiences. The statement may include,
spondence courses or other work completed in          attended are on file with the CAS, and that they       but need not be limited to, information regard-
residence at a non-ABA-accredited law school.         have selected the University of Florida Levin          ing academic interests, academic experiences
                                                      College of Law as one of the law schools to which      and scholarly activities. Academic information
Petitioning for Reconsideration                       the CAS Law School Report should be sent.              should focus on undergraduate and post-grad-
   An applicant who has been denied admission         Sending a transcript from only one institution         uate work and may include relevant experiences
can request reconsideration only in cases where       attended is not sufficient even if the transcript      gained in a professional work setting. Examples
the applicant has learned of significant addi-        contains grades from previous institutions. The        of academic information include research expe-
tional information that was not available at the      law school code for the University of Florida          riences and projects such as lab research projects
time of the original application. The Admissions      Levin College of Law is 5812.                          and extensive research papers, senior or graduate
Committee’s original decision would have been             Upon submission of the electronic applica-         theses or dissertations. The applicant’s academic
based upon all academic and non-academic              tion, the CAS report will be requested automati-       experiences and academic skills should be the
information included in the original applica-         cally and will become available to the Levin Col-      dominant theme of the statement.
tion. Information about events, such as grades or     lege of Law as soon as the CAS file is complete.           The Levin College of Law strongly prefers
awards, occurring after the March 15 file-com-        The CAS report contains the LSAT score(s) and          that applicants upload the Academic Admissions
pletion deadline cannot be considered. The com-       transcript information.                                Statement via the LSAC electronic application
mittee’s decision on a petition for reconsidera-          Applicants should send updated transcripts         website.
tion is final and is not subject to further appeal.   to the CAS well in advance of the college of law’s
   A written request must include an explana-         March 15 completion deadline. The Credential           Résumé
tion of the new information as well as valid          Assembly Service requires two to three weeks to            All applicants are required to submit a profes-
reasons warranting reconsideration, and should        process transcripts.                                   sional résumé or curriculum vitae (CV), which
be submitted to: Assistant Dean for Admissions,           Important Note for Foreign-Educated Ap-            should include specific factual information
University of Florida Levin College of Law, 141       plicants: The Levin College of Law requires that       about education, honors and awards, extracur-
Bruton-Geer Hall, P.O. Box 117622, Gainesville,       foreign transcripts be submitted through the           ricular or community activities, publications,
FL 32611-7622. The request should be marked           CAS, which will authenticate and evaluate these        work history, military service and/or foreign
“Request for Reconsideration.”                        transcripts.                                           language proficiencies. Time frames should be
                                                          Foreign-educated applicants must take the          clearly defined and descriptions should be de-
J.D. Application Process                              LSAT; the Levin College of Law does not require        tailed.
                                                      the TOEFL for the J.D. program.                            The college strongly prefers that applicants
1. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS                                     Applicants who completed any postsecondary         upload résumés or CVs via the LSAC electronic
Levin College of Law LSAC                             work outside the U.S., its territories or Canada       application website.
Electronic Application                                must use the CAS for the evaluation of foreign
    Juris doctor applicants are required to use the   transcripts. The one exception to this require-        Character and Fitness and the Need for Full
Levin College of Law LSAC electronic applica-         ment is foreign work completed through a               Disclosure
tion available at www.LSAC.org.                       study-abroad, consortium or exchange program              Questions 1 and 2 in the Character and Fit-
LSAT and CAS Report                                   sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution            ness section of the application require candidates
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                                                         •	 Create	your	secure	LSAC.org	account	by 7/1
                                                            r
                                                         •	 	 egister	for	the	LSAT	and	for	LSAC’s	
                                                            Credential Assembly Service (CAS) by 7/15
                                                            U
                                                         •	 	 F	Law	application	becomes	available	at	
                                                            LSAC.org on 9/1
                                                         •	 register	for	the	October	LSAT	by 9/4
                                                         •	 Contact	your	recommenders	and	evaluators
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   to report any disciplinary action taken against         strates full disclosure. Discrepancies or omissions    applicants upload the Diversity Statement via the
   them at any college or university (#1), and/or          may call into question the applicant’s fitness for     LSAC electronic application website.
   academic probation and suspension (#2). Ques-           admission to a state bar, since they reflect on the
   tions 3-5 are about specific violations of law.         applicant’s character, ability to follow directions,   Letters of Recommendation
   Applicants answering “yes” to any question must         trustworthiness, honesty and reliability.              and Evaluation Forms
   provide a detailed explanation for each response            Each state establishes bar registration and            The Levin College of Law strongly encourages
   and provide official documentation from the             admissions standards for individuals who wish          candidates to submit up to four letters of recom-
   college/university or court documenting the final       to practice in that state. One important aspect        mendation. Recommenders should evaluate in
   disposition of each occurrence. Official docu-          of admission to practice is an evaluation of an        detail the applicant’s academic performance and
   ments must clearly identify the agency that is          applicant’s character and fitness to practice law.     skills, academic activities, community service,
   providing the disposition of the incident. Official     States subject applicants to the bar to a rigorous     and/or employment.
   documents obtained from an online source must           character and fitness investigation before admis-          Please note that the Levin College of Law does
   include a Web address (URL).                            sion to practice. Applicants are strongly encour-      not consider personal recommendations (for ex-
       It is the responsibility of the applicant to pro-   aged, prior to matriculation, to contact the Board     ample, those from family, friends or persons who
   vide all documentation for each “yes” response.         of Bar Examiners in the states where they intend       have never taught or supervised the applicant in
   Students uncertain about their academic and/or          to practice to determine the rules that will apply     a professional setting).
   disciplinary history should contact the Student         to their bar admission in those states, including          The Levin College of Law will also accept up
   Judicial Affairs office at each college or university   what constitutes proof of sufficient character and     to four LSAC Evaluations.
   attended. (Current or former UF students should         fitness.                                                   Since letters of recommendation and evalua-
   contact Student Judicial Affairs at 202 Peabody             The Levin College of Law strongly prefers          tions are not required, action will proceed with
   Hall, P.O. Box 114075, Gainesville, FL 32611,           that applicants who answer “yes” to any of the         or without these items once all required materi-
   phone 352-392-1261).                                    character and fitness questions combine their          als are received. While the Levin College of Law
       Admission to the Levin College of Law is            explanation and all official documents into one        is unable to acknowledge receipt of letters, can-
   contingent upon the accuracy of required infor-         attachment and upload it via the LSAC electron-        didates may verify receipt of documents using
   mation furnished as part of the application pro-        ic application website.                                the online Application Status Online at: www.
   cess. Failure to furnish required information or                                                               law.ufl.edu/admissions/prospective-students/jd-
   misrepresentation of such information can result        II. OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS                                 application-procedures/applicant-status-online-
   in the withdrawal of an offer of admission prior        Diversity Statement                                    aso. Candidates have two options for submitting
   to matriculation, dismissal from the college after          Lawyers serve critical roles in our society. As    letters of recommendation:
   matriculation, rescission of the student’s degree       our society becomes increasingly diverse, the          •	 LSAC Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
   after graduation, and/or forfeiture of all fees and     Levin College of Law requires a broadly diverse             Service: The Levin College of Law strongly
   charges paid and academic credit earned. Any            student body to achieve its mission of excellence           prefers that letters be submitted through the
   such failure to disclose or any misrepresentation       in education, research and service. Broad diver-            LSAC LOR Service included with the CAS
   may result in an investigation by the Law School        sity encompasses experiences, socioeconomic                 registration.
   Admission Council’s Misconduct and Irregulari-          background, talents, race, gender and other            •	 Submit letters directly to the Levin college of
   ties in the Admission Process Subcommittee. It          attributes and provides multicultural learning              law: Letters submitted directly to the Levin
   may also affect admission to a state bar.               opportunities.                                              College of Law should be on letterhead and
       Applicants must respond completely and                  Applicants are encouraged, but not required,            accompanied by the cover form available in
   accurately to all questions on the law school ap-       to submit a statement describing the multi-                 the “Forms” tab of the LSAC electronic ap-
   plication.                                              cultural skills they have developed, including              plication website.
       After submitting the application, applicants        relevant specific life experiences, and how such
   are required to immediately notify the Levin            skills and experiences would foster diversity at       Addenda and Other Materials
   College of Law of any changes in data that occur        the Levin College of Law. Applicants should                Applicants who wish to discuss any unique
   either prior to a decision or matriculation. This       focus on personal experiences and may include          issue may submit a separate one-page adden-
   includes information required by questions 1-5          information about interests, unique abilities and      dum with their application. This document may
   in the Character and Fitness section of the ap-         personal background.                                   include, but need not be limited to, information
   plication.                                                  The Diversity Statement should not exceed          about poor grade progression, history of stan-
       Applicants should be aware that, in conducting      two double-spaced pages and should be in a             dardized testing, linguistic barriers, or a personal
   character and fitness investigations, state bar au-     font no smaller than 12 points. Text from the          or family history of educational or socioeco-
   thorities frequently request copies of candidates’      Academic Admissions Statement should not be            nomic disadvantage.
   applications for admission to law school to deter-      repeated in the Diversity Statement.                       The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that
   mine if the information is accurate and demon-              The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that     applicants upload any addenda, including Char-
                                                                                                                  nov.-dec.




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   acter and Fitness explanations/documentation,         the reasons for wanting to attend the Levin Col-      Transfer Certification Form
   via the LSAC electronic application website.          lege of Law and focuses on the law school aca-            All transfer applicants must submit a Trans-
      The following should not be included with the      demic experience.                                     fer Certification Form which is available on
   application: writing samples, newspaper/maga-            In addition, all transfer and visitor applicants   the LSAC electronic application website. The
   zine articles, photographs, CDs, DVDs, audio          should carefully review sections I and III of the     form must be completed by the applicant’s law
   cassettes or videotapes. These items will not be      “J.D. Application Process” above for detailed         school and sent directly to the Levin College of
   evaluated as part of the application and will not     instructions about the LSAC Electronic Applica-       Law Office of Admissions by the file completion
   be returned to the applicant.                         tion, the CAS Report, the Academic Admissions         deadline. The form must be accompanied by an
      It is strongly recommended that applicants         Statement, the résumé, the character and fitness      official law school transcript.
   keep copies of their applications for reference.      questions and the need for full disclosure.               Upon receipt of a completed application, the
                                                                                                               Admissions Committee will evaluate transfer
   III. APPLICATION FEE, RESIDENCY FORM,                   Transfer/Visitor Application Deadlines              requests based on the following:
        OThER REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL DATA                   TRANSFER APPLICANTS                                 •	 Space availability
       Within five business days after submission of       •	 	 pring 2013: File and complete by
                                                              S                                                •	 Admission standards for transfer candidates
   the online application, the Levin College of Law           Oct. 1, 2012                                     •	 Applicant’s current law school record
Admissions.
   will send an email acknowledging receipt of the                                                             •	 Applicant’s reasons for requesting a transfer
   application. This email will provide instructions       •	 	 ummer 2013: File and complete by
                                                              S
   regarding payment of the $30 application fee and           March 1, 2013                                    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
   completion of the required University of Florida        •	 	 all 2013: File by July 1, 2013
                                                              F                                                FOR VISITOR APPLICANTS
   Supplemental Data Form and Residency Form.                 Complete by July 15, 2013                           In addition to the general requirements de-
   Submission of the application fee and the supple-       VISITOR APPLICANTS                                  scribed above, visitor applicants must comply
   mental forms will be done via the University’s                                                              with the following requirements.
   online system.                                          •	 	 pring 2013: File and complete by
                                                              S
       Please note that the Levin College of Law Of-           Dec. 1, 2012                                    Letter of Permission and Good Standing
   fice of Admissions does not process fee-waiver          •	 	 ummer 2013: File and complete by
                                                              S                                                    Applicants who have completed two years
   applications for the LSAT and CAS. The $30                                                                  (four semesters) of study at an ABA-accredited
   application fee cannot be waived by the Levin               April 1, 2013                                   law school may apply for visitor status at the
   College of Law.                                         •	 	 all 2013: File and complete by
                                                              F                                                Levin College of Law if they are in good standing
                                                              July 1, 2013                                     and eligible to return to that school.
   Transfer and Visitor Applicants                                                                                 Visitor applicants must submit a letter from
                                                                                                               the dean of the applicant’s law school granting
   GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL                          ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR                           permission to the student to attend the UF Levin
   TRANSFER AND VISITOR APPLICANTS                       TRANSFER APPLICANTS                                   College of Law, certifying that the student is in
       Students attending a law school accredited by        In addition to the general requirements de-        good standing and that the law school will apply
   the American Bar Association (ABA) may apply          scribed above, transfer applicants must comply        credits earned at the Levin College of Law to the
   for transfer or to visit the Levin College of Law.    with the following requirements.                      student’s degree from that law school. This letter
       The general requirements for transfer and                                                               must be accompanied by an official law school
   visitor applicants are the same as the require-       Good Standing and Academic Rank                       transcript showing all academic work to date.
   ments for those applying for entry to the first-          To be eligible for consideration, applicants          The college of law does not offer part-time
   year J.D. program:                                    must be in good standing at their current insti-      status. Visitors must enroll for at least 12 semes-
   1. Levin College of Law LSAC Electronic               tution and their academic rank must be in the         ter hours for up to two terms, in the law school.
       Application                                       top third after completion of the required first-     They may not enroll in language or graduate-level
   2. CAS Report                                         year, full-time curriculum.                           courses in other UF departments.
   3. Academic Admissions Statement and Résumé               Applicants who have received law degrees
   4. Character and Fitness Questions/Need for Full      from another institution or bachelor’s degrees        OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS FOR TRANSFER
       Disclosure                                        in conjunction with a law program are not             AND VISITOR APPLICANTS
   5. After the LSAC electronic application is           eligible for transfer. Transfer credit will not          Transfer and visitor applicants are welcome to
       submitted, the CAS report is automatically        be awarded for correspondence courses or for          submit a Diversity Statement and letters of rec-
       requested.                                        work done in residence at a non-ABA accred-           ommendation and evaluations. See section II of
       Transfer and visitor applicants must submit       ited law school; no more than 29 hours of credit      the “J.D. Application Process” above, for details.
   an Academic Admissions Statement that includes        may be transferred.



                                                         •	 December	2012	scores	released	on 1/4
                                             jan.-feb.




                                                            S
                                                         •	 	 ubmit	FAFSA	for	2013-14	starting	
                                                            on 1/1
                                                         •	 register	for	the	February	LSAT	by 1/8
                                                            S
                                                         •	 	 end	file	updates	to	LSAC	and	complete	
                                                            CAS file by 2/1
                                                         •	 LSAT	Administration	on 2/9




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              The Financial Aid Office works closely with students




                                                                                                                                                                   Financial Aid.
                                                                                                                  For More Information
              to ensure they make the most of available aid.                                                       ADMINISTRATION:
                                                                                                                   Robert H. Jerry II, Dean
                 Entering first-year students may qualify      through the Federal Direct Student Loan             Alyson Craig Flournoy, Senior Associate
                                                                                                                        Dean, Academic Affairs
              for a scholarship or grant based upon merit,     Program . Students applying must complete           Michael Seigel, Associate Dean,
              need or merit/need as determined by a Fi-        a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.              International Studies
              nancial Aid Committee. Students selected for     Completion qualifies the student for consid-        Michael Friel, Associate Dean and Director,
              more than one scholarship will receive the       eration in federal loan and employment pro-              Graduate Tax Program
                                                                                                                   Rachel Inman, Associate Dean,
              award of greatest value. Most students qualify   grams. Apply electronically — “FAFSA on the              Student Affairs
              for Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Grad-     Web” — at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The application         Sharon Rush, Associate Dean,
              uate PLUS loans, which must be applied for       period begins Jan. 1 and results should be               Faculty Development
              annually using the Free Application for Fed-     received electronically from the federal pro-       Claire Germain, Associate Dean,
                                                                                                                        Legal Information
              eral Student Aid (FAFSA). Private loans also     cessor (no photocopies) by April 15 to ensure
                                                                                                                   Debra Staats, Associate Dean,
              may be available based upon credit. Transfer     timely processing of loans.                              Administrative Affairs
              students are eligible for federal aid, but not       Students attending at least half-time may       Michelle Adorno, Assistant Dean,
              for law school aid until they have been evalu-   qualify for as much as $20,500 in unsubsi-               Admissions
                                                                                                                   Pascale Bishop, Assistant Dean,
              ated at the Levin College of Law for at least    dized funds each academic year. Students
                                                                                                                        Career Development
              one semester.                                    also may apply for the Federal Graduate Plus        Debra Amirin, Director, Communications
                                                               Loan to help cover the cost of attendance. For      Lauren Wilcox, Senior Director,
              SChOLARShIPS                                     more information on these loans, visit www.              Development & Alumni Affairs
                 Merit-Based: Awards for entering stu-         law.ufl.edu/students/financial.
                                                                                                                   LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW:
              dents are based on information collected in          Private: The interest rate and guarantee fee    Mailing address: P.O. Box 117622,
              the application for admission. Scholarship       on private loans vary according to the lender       Gainesville, FL 32611-7622
              decisions are made starting in December and      and are credit-based. You may borrow up to          Street address: 2500 SW 2nd Ave.
              completed by April. Recipients are notified      the cost of attendance set by the school minus      Gainesville, FL 32611
              by letter.                                       any other financial aid you are receiving.          STUDENT AFFAIRS/FINANCIAL AID:
                 For merit/need-based scholarships, appli-         Fees and expenses. The tuition/fees for         (352)	273-0620	•	students.svc@law.ufl.edu
              cants must show high achievement. For both       one semester credit hour for 2012-2013 is
              merit/need scholarships and for need-based       $714.04 ($21,421.20 for 30 hours) for Florida       ADMISSIONS:
                                                                                                                   (352)	273-0890	admissions@law.ufl.edu
              grants, the Levin College of Law must receive    residents and $1,359.50 per credit hours
              the electronic FAFSA results and the need-       ($40,785 for 30 hours) for non-residents as         DEAN’S OFFICE:
              based scholarship and grant application by       defined in the UF undergraduate Catalog.            (352) 273-0600
              one of the following deadlines if admitted:      Expenses vary, but UF law students can an-
                                                                                                                   Rules, policies, fees, dates and courses de-
              •	 Prior	to	Jan.	15,	2013	–	by	Feb.	7            ticipate annual costs in addition to tuition        scribed herein are subject to change without
              •	 Jan.	16-Feb.	15,	2013	–	by	March	7            of about $15,890, with the breakdown as             notice. The university is committed to non-
              •	 After	Feb.	15,	2013	–	by	April	15             follows:                                            discrimination with respect to race, creed,
                                                                                                                   color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual
              CONTINUING STUDENT                                feeS / exPenSeS                                    orientation, marital status, national origin,
                                                                                                                   political opinions or affiliations, and vet-
              SChOLARShIPS                                      Books/Supplies                        $1,080       eran status as protected under the Vietnam
                Students will be notified when scholarship      Clothing/Maintenance                    $730       Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act.
              applications are available. Continuing stu-       Computer/Cell phone                   $1,380       The Prospectus is available in an alternate
              dents can apply for these scholarships after                                                         format. Call Levin College of Law Admis-
              completion of their first year.                   Food                                  $4,130       sions Office at (352) 273-0890. For TDD
                                                                Personal/Insurance                    $1,460       phone access, call
                                                                                                                   Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8771
              LOANS                                             Room                                  $6,420       (TDD).
                 Federal: Law students are eligible to ap-      Transportation                          $540       Produced by the Communications Office,
              ply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Staf-         Student Orientation Fee                 $150       Levin College of Law; Richard Goldstein,
              ford Loans and Federal Direct PLUS Loans          (entering students only)                           Editor; Design by JS Design Studio
                                                                                                               may-june
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            •	 	 F	Law	Application	and	file	
               U                                                                                                          •	 Deposit	deadline 5/15
               completion deadline 3/15                                                                                   •	 register	for	Orientation
            •	 	 ebruary	2013	scores	released	on 3/6
               F                                                                                                             S
                                                                                                                          •	 	 ubmit	official	undergraduate	
               A
            •	 	 dmissions	Committee	completes	all	                                                                          transcript
               file review in mid-April                                                                                   •	 Submit	immunization	form
               F
            •	 	 inal	decisions	sent	to	candidates	by
               late-April




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