Barry University's Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, Florida

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                            Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando,
                            Florida
                            [By Akbar Ali]
                            Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law is Barry University’s law school and is located in Orlando, Florida. Like the older,
                            established Barry University, it operates as a private, Catholic institution which aims to produce legal professionals who will
                            maintain a strong sense of ethics and duty to the community. The school describes itself as a “mission-driven, independent,
                            Catholic institution” which provides “a quality legal education within a caring environment, to assure a religious dimension in
                            an atmosphere of religious freedom, and to provide community service.” Founded in 1999, it attained full accreditation by the
                            American Bar Association in 2006.

The institution offers just one law degree—the      The school is split evenly along gender lines,        The school anticipates enrolling between 50
J.D. degree—with an extensive focus on              with the faculty-to-student ratio in 2006-2007        and 200 full-time students and an additional
developing students’ analytical, ethical, and       standing at :6.5. According to the Internet         50 part-time students for the upcoming
communication skills. Like most law schools,        Legal Research Group, the average starting            school year.
Barry Law offers both full-time and part-time       salary for graduates in 2005 was $58,000 in
programs. The full-time program is a three-         the private sector and $33,250 in the public          The school observes a policy which
year curriculum with classes offered in the         sector.                                               requires all students to have completed
day. For part-time students, the program lasts                                                            at least 40 hours of pro bono service prior
four years with classes offered in the evenings     Tuition for full-time students for the 2007-          to graduation. It also utilizes a number of
Monday through Thursday for the first year.         2008 school year totals $29,300. Part-time            externships, as well as an in-house clinic
                                                    tuition runs to $22,00. Additional estimated         called the Children and Family Clinic (CFC).
Part-time students typically take between           expenses include room and board ($6,300),             The CFC directs most of its efforts toward a
nine and  credits for the first year, planned     books ($600 to $800), transportation ($,350),        number of family-oriented legal disciplines,
with a schedule designed by the registrar.          and personal miscellaneous expenses                   including delinquency, dependency, mental
Thereafter, part-time students may design           ($,800).                                             health, and education law. Participation in
their own schedules to meet their specific                                                                the CFC earns law students certification as
needs, taking as many as 2 credits or as                                                                 legal interns by the Florida Supreme Court.
few as eight. Summer session classes are                                                                  This designation allows law students to
also available to students after successful                                                               provide representation for clients under the
completion of the first year. Study-abroad                                                                supervision of law professors.
credits are recognized by the school as long
as the foreign program is ABA approved.                                                                   Students may also participate on the Moot
                                                    The law school offers substantial                     Court Board, where upper-class students
For the class entering in 2006, the median          scholarships to qualifying students, with             work with first-year legal writing students
LSAT score was 49, with the 25th and 75th          75% of the 2006-2007 entering class                   to prepare oral arguments. The Trial Team
percentile scores ranging from 47 to               having received minimum scholarships                  Program is also available to students who
5. The median GPA was 3.2. 79.% of              of $,000. No application is required for             wish to develop their real-world trial skills.
Barry Law graduates passed the bar exam             this scholarship; admission alone will
on their first try, according to the latest         guarantee consideration, with an acceptance           Though the school is relatively new, it
report released by the Florida Board of Bar         letter and offer extended within three to             publishes its own legal journal, the Barry
Examiners. This is the highest first-time           four weeks. Students are also eligible for            University Law Review, which is published
passage rate in the school’s history; in the        Federal Stafford Loans, which can provide an          and edited by law students annually. The
past, its passage rate has lagged behind            additional $20,500 toward tuition.                    law review includes student- and faculty-
the state’s average passage rate. 68% of                                                                  authored articles on current legal issues,
current law students (non-graduates) passed         Barry Law adheres to a rolling admissions             as well as contributions from judges and
the bar exam on their first try in the most         policy, reviewing applications from early             practicing lawyers.
recent sampling, up from just below 60% the         November until the entering class is filled.
previous year.                                      New students may only enter during the fall.



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Description: Barry University Offers The J.D. Degree To Law Students With An Extensive Focus On Developing Students Analytical, Ethical, And Communication Skills. The Children And Family Clinic (CFC) Directs Its Efforts Toward Family-Oriented Legal Disciplines.
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