Front Cover
 Table of Contents
 Student facts
 Top rankings
 The Gator Nation
 Modern facilities
 University of Florida benefits
 Great Gainesville living
 Student services
 Inspiring faculty
 Tailored degrees
 Well-regarded certificate...
 Enrichment areas
 Hands-on clinical programs
 Enhancing centers & institutes
 Career services
 Financial aid resources
 The admissions process
 Back Matter
 Back Cover

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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Table of Contents
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Student facts
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Top rankings
        Page 6
        Page 7
    The Gator Nation
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Modern facilities
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
    University of Florida benefits
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Great Gainesville living
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Student services
        Page 20
        Page 21
    Inspiring faculty
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
    Tailored degrees
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
    Well-regarded certificate programs
        Page 32
        Page 33
    Enrichment areas
        Page 34
        Page 35
    Hands-on clinical programs
        Page 36
        Page 37
    Enhancing centers & institutes
        Page 38
        Page 39
    Career services
        Page 40
        Page 41
    Financial aid resources
        Page 42
        Page 43
    The admissions process
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
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    Back Matter
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    Back Cover
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A dynamic experience. A persuasive reason

to study law at the Levin College of Law is the

opportunity to learn with men and women

who possess first-rate qualifications, varied

backgrounds and diverse life experiences.

Statistics and facts can not provide a complete picture of UF Law
students, but they are impressive, nonetheless:
The 2006 student body was comprised of 1479 students, with
1364 of them J.D. students from throughout the Southeast
and nation.
53 students are earning joint J.D./master's or Ph.D. degrees.
400 students in the 2006 fall entering class were divided into
four sections.
Of the J.D. students in 2006, the minority enrollment was
20 percent: 80 African-American students, 3 American Indian,
68 Asian Americans, and 128 Hispanics. There also were 51
foreign national students.
There were 53.4 percent men and 46.6 percent women in the
2006 class.
103 students are enrolled in LL.M. and S.J.D. programs.
The school also has approximately 12 students in its LL.M.
in Comparative Law program, with these students hailing from
countries that include Poland, Ecuador and China.
More than 130 institutions are represented at UF right now,
including Boston, Cornell, Emory, Georgetown, Harvard,
Howard, Oxford, Morehouse, Northwestern, Princeton, Rutgers,
Stetson, The Citadel, The U.S. Military Academy, Utah and Yale.
Many students come directly from earning a bachelor's degree,
while others have first worked in their first field of choice,
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of Law, considered one of the best values in the

country, is consistently ranked in the top quarter

of public and private law schools in the country

by U.S. News and World Report.

,,'. No. 2: Graduate Tax Program (U.S. News and World Report)
Among top three: Family Law Program (FirstStar Foundation)
One of only five law schools in the nation to house an academ-
ic research and resource center devoted to the study of race
and race relations
No. 7: in top 10 rankings of law schools in the nation for
Hispanics (2006 Hispanic Business Review)
No. 13: Trial Advocacy Program (U.S. News and World
No. 14: Environmental and Land Use Law Program
(2007 U.S. News and World Report)
No. 37: for quality as assessed by peer colleges (No. 15
among public law schools) (U.S. News and World Report)
No. 37: for reputation among lawyers and judges (No. 15
among public law schools) (U.S. News and World Report)
No. 47: overall ranking (U.S. News and World Report)
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The power of the Gator Nation. Alumni of the
college are leaders in law, business, government,
public service and education at state, national
and international levels, and each year are cited
as the nation's best in publications such as The
National Law Journal and Best Lawyers in America.

Since 1973, four UF Law alumni have served as American
Bar Association presidents; no other school has achieved
such distinction during this period.
At least 34 graduates are currently serving as federal judges,
making UF No. 4 among public law schools to fill the federal
bench (No. 9 in public and private schools).
Eighteen UF law alumni have served or are serving on
the Florida Supreme Court, and 17 of the 18 have been chief
Four graduates have served as governors of Florida. Hundreds
more have served as state senators and representatives (in-
cluding in the role of Speaker of the House and President of
the Senate) and in the Florida Cabinet.
Nine graduates became presidents of colleges, including UF,
and one was president of two.
Twelve graduates have served as deans of law schools,
including three who led their alma mater.
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Supportive alumni across the world. The Levin

College of Law is Florida's oldest and most

prestigious public law school, with 17,000

dedicated alumni living throughout the United

States and world.

Students benefit from many opportunities for interaction with
distinguished alumni, who get involved in mentoring and extern-
ship programs and as guest lecturers and symposia speakers on
campus. UF Law alumni can be found numerous important roles
throughout the nation. They include:
SChesterfield Smith (JD 48; deceased), founder of Holland &
Knight and the American Bar Association president whose leader-
Sship helped bring down President Richard Nixon
e Fredric Levin (JD 61), one of the most prominent trial lawyers in
the country and creator of a $20 million endowment to UF Law
Judge Susan Harrell Black (JD 67), first woman to sit on the
federal district court in Florida, and the first Florida woman to sit
on and serve as chief judge of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
e Judge Stephan Mickle (JD 70), first African-American ever to
Mm serve in Florida's Northern District Court
Cesar Alvarez (JD 72), president and CEO of Greenberg Traurig,
the nation's 7th largest firm
Becky Powhatan (JD 76), executive vice president and general
counsel for The Weather Channel and its various companies
Carol Browner (JD 79), former administrator of the
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Contemporary, comfortable facilities.
A recent $25 million expansion provides
a state-of-the-art legal learning center
second to none.

The new facilities include:
Largest legal information center in the Southeast and among
the top 20 in the country
Modern classrooms armed with advanced technology such
as wireless Internet access, outlets for laptop computers, and
multi-media presentation equipment
A ceremonial classroom for conferences, receptions and
special sessions
The Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard, the social hub of the
school, where students meet daily to exchange information,
attend college-wide events such as barbeques and ice cream
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One of the top libraries in the nation. The Lawton
Chiles Legal Information Center blends technology
such as high-speed data ports with ergonomic study
areas, spacious rooms, leather arm chairs and floor-
to-ceiling views of azaleas and moss-draped oaks.

d II The 100,000 square-foot library gives students access to:
600,000 volumes in open stack displays
3.5 million-plus volumes in other UF libraries and 43 million
titles held by libraries throughout the world
An open reserve area for direct access to exams and study aids
Databases that provide federal and state laws, periodicals,
news articles and background materials
More than 300 individual study carrels equipped for wireless
computers, with playback carrels available for review of taped
classes, negotiations and trial skills
Thirteen conference rooms that hold up to a dozen students
for team study and research.
The Richard B. Stephens Tax Research Center as well as
almost 70 carrels for tax LL.M. students
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orchestras, plays, operas, ballet performances and art exhib-
its. Students also can join in numerous casual events such
as barbecues, games nights, student carnivals, service trips,
pep rallies, sporting events, and competitions for everything
from bowling to trivia. Other benefits include:
UF's artistic venues house a permanent collection of
more than 6,000 original works
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Three locations for indoor sports and fitness
One of the best athletic programs in the country. Besides
being the national champions in both basketball and
football, UF has a strong intercollegiate sports program
with more than 60 intramural and club sports ranging
from archery to weightlifting.
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and off. For instance, UF's Hillel Center provides a social
center to the largest Jewish student population of any
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ranked as one of the best values and best places
to live in the nation, thanks to a dynamic art
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The Gainesville area consistently ranks high in various publi-
cations and recently earned the No. 1 spot in a 2007 guide
published by Frommer's. With a population of about 120,000
(and 220,000 in the county), Gainesville is the proverbial big
college town with plenty to do nearby. Almost 65 percent of the
county is dotted with scenic lakes, rivers, and trails, which give
students numerous opportunities for cycling, canoeing, hiking,
golfing, camping, bird-watching and fishing. You also can enjoy:
festivals and performing arts programs
national caliber theatres, museums and performing arts
the largest collection of crystal clean springs in the world
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resources throughout the college to provide

support for each student, whether it is academic

counseling, study abroad programs or joining one

of almost 50 law student organizations.

The Office of Student Affairs provides assistance with almost
every area of student life, including orientation, financial aid,
registration, academic and educational counseling, and even
personal matters. The office promotes the development of the
whole person, not simply the intellectual aspects.
Key offerings include:
"Introduction to Law School & the Profession," a two-day
orientation program that provides an introduction to legal
education, basic legal structures, professional responsibilities
of lawyers-to-be, and University of Florida information.
"Academic Success Program," which provides ongoing tutor-
ing, individual counseling and workshops on topics such as
exam preparation, time and stress management, communica-
tion skills and study methods.
The school offers a highly supportive environment to help minori-
ties excel and strongly encourages students of all backgrounds to
apply. Special counseling programs offer guidance with academics,
while other practical support is available in the form of minority
internships and clerkship programs, student organizations and
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Teachers who inspire. UF Law is comprised

of highly accomplished scholars, practitioners

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to reach new heights of intellectual achievement.

Student evaluations reflect high satisfaction with professors, with
virtually all professors scoring well over four on a five-point scale.
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includes 19 (32 percent) women and nine (15 percent) minorities.
In addition, more than 45 other faculty support the college through
clinical, research, writing, information and administrative programs.
The result is a true academic community that nurtures students
into ethical lawyers who are a tribute to the profession.
Their influence goes far beyond campus, however. Many are:
authors of treatises, casebooks or major books used by law
schools and practitioners throughout the nation
cited by the U.S. Supreme Court
_e serve as expert witnesses before policy-making bodies and serve
as consultants to branches of state, federal and international
serve on editorial boards of national publications and author
hundreds of articles in law reviews and specialty journals
serve in leadership roles on American and Florida Bar commit-
tees and task forces or other prestigious associations such as
Amnesty International, the United Nations Institute for Training
and Research, and the International Society of Family Law.
The involvement of leading private practitioners including
federal and state court judges and attorneys involved in public
agencies, private practice and leading business ventures who
teach in specialty areas and lead seminars help bring current,
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UF Law faculty serve as consultants
to branches of state, federal and inter-
national governments. Many serve in
leadership roles on American and Florida
Bar committees and task forces or other
prestigious associations such as Amnesty
International, the United Nations Institute
for Training and Research, and the Inter-
national Society of Family Law.
Many faculty members graduated at
or near the top of their classes, and were
editors or members of their respective
law reviews. More than 20 clerked at
the appellate level (half in federal court)
and two for the U.S. Supreme Court,
and approximately 30 were associates
or partners at law firms. About a dozen
earned Ph.D.'s, almost 50 hold LL.M.
or master's degrees, and at least five re-
ceived Fulbright awards.
The pursuit of scholastic distinction
is not at the expense of quality instruc-
tion, however. As teachers, they work
hard to engage students intellectually
and maintain an accessible, support-
ive environment that guides students
toward success. Student evaluations
reflect high satisfaction with professors,
with virtually all professors scoring
well over four on a five-point scale.
The involvement of leading pri-
vate practitioners including federal
and state court judges and attorneys
involved in public agencies, private
practice and leading business ventures
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lead seminars help bring current, practi-
cal and critical issues and events into
the classroom.
The result is a true academic com-
munity that nurtures students into
ethical lawyers who are a tribute to the

Mary Jane Angelo
Associate Professor
BACKGROUND: B.S. (high honors), Rutgers
University; M.S. and J.D. (with honors),
University of Florida. EXPERTISE: Environmental,
Water, Administrative, Biotechnology and
Pesticides Law, Dispute Resolution, Profes-
sional Responsibility.
Fletcher N. Baldwin, Jr.
Chesterfield Smith Professor; Director of UF
Center for International Financial Crimes
Studies; Honorary Fellow, Society for Advanced
Legal Studies, University of London
BACKGROUND: A.B., J.D., University of Georgia;
LL.M., University of Illinois; LL.M., Yale Univer-
sity. EXPERTISE: International Financial Crimes,
Constitutional Law, Cybercrime, Criminal Pro-
cedure, Money Laundering, Political and Civil
Rights, Privacy.
Yariv Brauner
Associate Professor
BACKGROUND: LL.B., Hebrew University School
of Law; LL.M., New York University School of
Law; J.S.D., New York University School of Law.
EXPERTISE: Tax, International Law, International
Trade, International Taxation.
Dennis A. Calfee
Professor; Alumni Research Scholar
BACKGROUND: B.B.A., J.D., Gonzaga University;

LL.M., University of Florida. Former faculty,
Academy of International Taxation, Republic of
China. EXPERTISE: Taxation.
Jonathan R. Cohen
Professor; Associate Director, Institute for
Dispute Resolution
BACKGROUND: A.B., A.M., M.A., J.D., Ph.D.
(Economics), Harvard University. EXPERTISE:
Negotiation, Dispute Resolution, Ethics,
Stuart R. Cohn
Associate Dean for International Studies;
Professor; Gerald A. Sohn Research Scholar;
Director of International and Comparative Law
Certificate Program
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Illinois; B.A., Ox-
ford University; LL.B., Yale University. EXPERTISE:
Corporate and Securities Law, Jurisprudence.
Charles W. Collier
Professor; Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
BACKGROUND: B.A., Reed College; M.A., M.Phil.,
Ph.D., Yale University; J.D., Stanford University
EXPERTISE: Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence,
Legal Theory.
Elizabeth Dale
Affiliate Associate Professor; Associate Professor
of History
BACKGROUND: B.A., DePauw University; Ph.D.,
J.D. (with honors), Chicago-Kent College of Law.
EXPERTISE: U.S. Legal and Constitutional History.


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Jeffrey Davis
Professor; Gerald A. Sohn Scholar
BACKGROUND: B.S., University of California, Los An-
geles; J.D., Loyola University, Los Angeles; LL.M.,
University of Michigan. EXPERTISE: Contracts, Bank-
ruptcy, Debtor-Creditor Relations, Commercial Law.
George L. Dawson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor
BACKGROUND: A.B., Princeton University; J.D.,
University of Chicago. EXPERTISE: Contracts,
Estates and Trusts, Payment Systems.
Patricia E. Dilley
BACKGROUND: B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania; J.D., Georgetown University;
LL.M., Boston University. EXPERTISE: Social Security,
Deferred Compensation, Individual Income/Corpo-
rate Taxation, International Taxation, Advanced
Employee Benefit Law, Retirement Income Policy.
Nancy E. Dowd
Chesterfield Smith Professor; Co-Director, Center
on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A.,
University of Illinois; J.D., Loyola University of
Chicago. EXPERTISE: Constitutional Law, Family Law,
Gender and the Law.
Mark A. Fenster
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A.,
University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D., Yale University.
EXPERTISE: Land Use, FOIA and Public Access to
Government Information, Property, Legal Theory,
Administrative Law, Contemporary Cultural Theory.
Alyson Craig Flournoy
Professor; Director of Environmental and Land Use
Law Program; UF Research Foundation Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Princeton University; J.D.,
Harvard University. EXPERTISE: Environmental Law,
Property and Administrative Law.
Michael K. Friel
Associate Dean and Director,
Graduate Tax Program; Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., J.D., Harvard University;
LL.M., New York University. EXPERTISE: Federal
Income Taxation.
Jeffrey L. Harrison
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair
BACKGROUND: B.S. (high honors), M.B.A., Ph.D.,
University of Florida; J.D. (high honors), University
of North Carolina. EXPERTISE: Antitrust, Contracts,
Copyright, Law and Economics.
Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol
Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor; Associate Direc-
tor, Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: A.B., Cornell University; J.D. (cum
laude), Albany Law School, Union University; LL.M.,
New York University. EXPERTISE: International Law,

International Human Rights, Issues of Race, Gender,
and Culture in the Law, Dispute Resolution.
David M. Hudson
Professor; Director of LL.M. in Comparative Law
BACKGROUND: B.S., Wake Forest University; J.D.,
Florida State University; LL.M., University of
Florida; LL.M., University of London. EXPERTISE:
State and Local Taxation, International Taxation,
Immigration Law.
Thomas R. Hurst
Professor; Sam T Dell Research Scholar
BACKGROUND: B.A. (honors), University of Wisconsin;
J.D. (cum laude), Harvard University. EXPERTISE:
Author of casebooks on business organizations
and corporations, numerous articles on Contracts,
Corporate Law, Sports Law, International Com-
mercial Arbitration.
Jerold H. Israel
Ed Rood Eminent Scholar in Trial Advocacy and
BACKGROUND: B.B.A. (summa cum laude), Western
Reserve University; LL.B., Yale University.
EXPERTISE: Criminal Procedure, Grand Juries,
White Collar Crime.
Michelle S. Jacobs
BACKGROUND: A.B., Princeton University; J.D.,
Rutgers University. Visiting Professor, Columbia
University and Howard University. EXPERTISE: Crim-
inal Law, International Criminal Law, Critical Race
Theory, Women and the Criminal Justice System.
Robert H. Jerry, II
Dean; Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A. Magnaa cum laude), Indiana State
University; J.D. (cum laude), University of Michigan.
EXPERTISE: Insurance Law, Contracts, Health Care
Finance and Access.

Dawn Jourdan
Assistant Professor
BACKGROUND: B.S., Bradley University; J.D./M.U.R,
University of Kansas; Ph.D., Florida State University.
EXPERTISE: Growth Management Law, Land Use Law,
and Affordable Housing.

Shani M. King
Assistant Professor; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.S., Brown University; J.D., Harvard
University. EXPERTISE: Family Law and Children's

Christine A. Klein
BACKGROUND: B.A. Magnaa cum laude), Middlebury
College; J.D., University of Colorado; LL.M.,
Columbia University School of Law. EXPERTISE:
Natural Resources, Property, Water Law.

Elizabeth T. Lear
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of North Carolina;
J.D. Magnaa cum laude), University of Michi-
gan. EXPERTISE: International Litigation, Federal
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
Professor; UF Research Foundation Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A. (summa cum laude), Texas
A&M University; Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge
University; J.D. (high honors), University of
Texas. EXPERTISE: Internet Law, Torts (specializing
in Defamation and Invasion of Privacy), Mass
Media Law, Jurisprudence, Professionalism.
Joseph W. Little
Professor; Alumni Research Scholar
BACKGROUND: B.S.M.E., Duke University;
M.S.M.E., Worcester Polytechnic Institute;
J.D., University of Michigan. EXPERTISE: Local
Government Law, Workers' Compensation,
Torts, U.S. and Florida Constitutional Law.
Lawrence Lokken
Hugh F Culverhouse Eminent Scholar in
Taxation; Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Augsburg College; J.D.,
University of Minnesota. EXPERTISE: U.S. and
International Taxation.
Paul J. Magnarella
Affiliate Professor; Professor of Criminology
and Law; Affiliate Professor of Anthropology,
African Studies, and European Union Studies
BACKGROUND: B.S., University of Connecticut;
Ph.D. (Anthropology), Harvard University; J.D.,
University of Florida. EXPERTISE: Humanitarian
Law, Human Rights, International Law, Cultural
Pedro A. Malavet
Professor; Affiliate Professor of Latin American
BACKGROUND: B.B.A., Emory University;
J.D. Magnaa cum laude), LL.M., Georgetown
University. EXPERTISE: Comparative Law, Civil
Law, Civil Procedure, Critical Race Theory,
European Union, Evidence, United States
Territorial Possessions, United States-Puerto
Rico relationship.
Amy R. Mashburn
BACKGROUND: B.A., Eckerd College; J.D., University
of Florida. EXPERTISE: Civil Procedure, Professional
Responsibility, Administrative Law.
Diane H. Mazur
BACKGROUND: B.A., State University of New York;
M.S., Pennsylvania State University; J.D. (high
honors), University of Texas. EXPERTISE: Civil/Mili-
tary Relations, Constitutional Law, Evidence,
Professional Responsibility.




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Paul R. McDaniel
James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar in Taxation;
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Oklahoma; LL.B.
(cum laude), Harvard Law School; Honorary
Doctor of Laws, Uppsala University, Sweden.
EXPERTISE: U.S. and International Tax Law.
Martin J. McMahon, Jr.
Clarence J. TeSelle Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Rutgers College; J.D., Boston
College; LL.M., Boston University. EXPERTISE:
Individual Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation,
Partnership Taxation, Tax Policy.
C. Douglas Miller
BACKGROUND: B.S. (with distinction), J.D.,
University of Kansas; LL.M. in Taxation, Rudick
Memorial Award (first in class), New York Uni-
versity. EXPERTISE: Federal Taxation, Estates and
Trusts, Estate Planning, Sports Law.
Jon L. Mills
Professor; Director of Center for Governmental
Responsibility; Dean Emeritus
BACKGROUND: B.A., Stetson University; J.D. (with
honors), University of Florida; Honorary Doctor of
Laws, Stetson University. EXPERTISE: Florida Consti-
tutional Law, International Trade, Environmental
Law, Legislative Drafting, Free Press and Speech
Privacy Issues.
Robert C. L. Moffat
Professor; Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., M.A., LL.B, Southern Methodist University;
LL.M., University of Sydney, Australia. EXPERTISE:
Jurisprudence, Criminal Law, Law and Morality,
Law and Public Policy.
Winston R Nagan
Professor; Samuel T Dell Research Scholar; Di-
rector, Institute of Human Rights and Peace De-
velopment; Affiliate Professor of Anthropology
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of South Africa; B.A.,
M.A., Oxford University; LL.M., M.C.L., Duke Uni-
versity; J.S.D., Yale University. EXPERTISE: Interna-
tional Law, Human Rights and Legal Theory.
Lars Noah
BACKGROUND: A.B. Magnaa cum laude), J.D.
Magnaa cum laude), Harvard University.
EXPERTISE: Administrative Law, Medical Malprac-
tice, Medical Technology, Products Liability, Torts.
Kenneth B. Nunn
Professor; Associate Director, Center on Children
and Families
BACKGROUND: A.B., Stanford University; J.D., Univer-
sity of California-Berkeley. EXPERTISE: Race and its

Impact on Criminal Justice System, Criminal Law
and Procedure, Race Relations, Civil Rights, Public
Interest Law, Critical Race Theory, Legal Semiotics,
Sociology of Law, Law and Cultural Studies.
Michael A. Oberst
BACKGROUND: B.S.B.A., J.D., University of Florida.
EXPERTISE: Taxation.
William H. Page
Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar in Electronic
Communications and Administrative Law; Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A. (cum laude), Tulane University;
J.D. (summa cum laude), University of New
Mexico; LL.M., University of Chicago. EXPERTISE:
Antitrust Law, Procedure, and Economics; Micro-
soft Litigation.
Juan F. Perea
Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Johnson, Hazouri and
Roth Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A. Magnaa cum laude), University
of Maryland; J.D. Magnaa cum laude), Boston
College. EXPERTISE: Race and Race Relations,
Social Construction of Race and History, Con-
stitutional Law, Employment Law, Employment
Don C. Peters
Director of Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinics; Director of
Institute for Dispute Resolution; Trustee Research
Fellow; Professor; Associate Director, Center on
Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.A. (high honors), University of
Northern Iowa; J.D., University of Iowa. EXPERTISE:
Mediation, Negotiation, Interviewing, Counseling,
Civil Procedure, Civil Litigation.
Christopher L. Peterson
Associate Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., B.S. (cum laude), University of
Utah; J.D., University of Utah. EXPERTISE: Consumer
Law, Secured Transactions, Sales, Creditor and
Debtor Relations.
M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price
Associate Dean, Library and Technology;
Clarence J. TeSelle Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A. (with honors), University of
Florida; M.S., Florida State University; J.D. (with
honors), University of Illinois. EXPERTISE: Art Law,
Biomedical Ethics, Criminal Law, Torts, Legal
Research and Writing.
David M. Richardson
BACKGROUND: B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti-
tute; LL.B. (cum laude), Columbia University;
LL.M., New York University. EXPERTISE: Taxation,
Federal Tax Procedure.

Leonard L. Riskin
Chesterfield Smith Professor
BACKGROUND: B.S., University of Wisconsin-
Madison; J.D., New York University; LL.M., Yale
University. Expertise: Negotiation, Mediation,
Dispute Resolution.
Elizabeth A. Rowe
Assistant Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., M.A. (highest honors),
University of Florida; J.D. (cum laude), Harvard
University. EXPERTISE: Workplace Intellectual
Property Disputes, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Litigation, Patent Litigation.
Sharon E. Rush
Irving Cypen Professor; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.A., J.D. (cum laude), Cornell
University. EXPERTISE: Constitutional Law, Civil
Procedure, Federal Courts, Fourteenth Amend-
ment, Race Relations.
Katheryn Russell-Brown
Professor; Director of Center for Study of Race
and Race Relations
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of California-
Berkeley; J.D., University of California-Hastings;
Ph.D., University of Maryland. EXPERTISE: Crimi-
nal Law, Sociology of Law, Race and Crime.
Sherrie Lynne Russell-Brown
Associate Professor; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.A., Pomona College; J.D., LL.M.,
Columbia University. EXPERTISE: International Hu-
man Rights Law, Torts.
Michael L. Seigel
BACKGROUND: A.B. Magnaa cum laude), Princeton
University; J.D. Magnaa cum laude), Harvard
University. EXPERTISE: Evidence, Criminal Law,
White Collar Crime.
Michael R. Siebecker
Assistant Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A. Magnaa cum laude), Yale; J.D.,
LL.M., M.Phil, Ph.D. (candidate), Columbia.
EXPERTISE: Corporate Law, Securities Regulation,
Internet Law, Jurisprudence.
Christopher Slobogin
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair; Affiliate
Professor of Psychiatry; Adjunct Professor,
University of South Florida Mental Health
Institute; Associate Director, Center on
Children and Families
BACKGROUND: A.B., Princeton University; J.D.,
LL.M., University of Virginia. EXPERTISE: Criminal
Law, Criminal Procedure and Mental Health Law.




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Lee-ford Tritt
Assistant Professor; Director, Center for Estate
and Elder Law Planning and Estates and Trusts
Practice Certificate Program; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of the South; J.D.,
LL.M. (Taxation), New York University. EXPERTISE:
Wealth Management, Estate Planning, Administra-
tion of Trusts and Estates, Transfer Tax Matters and
Charitable Giving.
Walter 0. Weyrauch
Distinguished Professor; Stephen C. O'Connell Chair;
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: Musterschule, German Gymnasium,
Frankfurt, Germany, Abitur; Universities of Freiburg
and Frankfurt, Germany, First Examination in Law
(Referendar); Second Examination in Law (Asses-
sor- Capacity for Judicial Office); Dr. Jur., Uni-
versity of Frankfurt; LL.B., Georgetown University;
LL.M., Harvard University; J.S.D., Yale University.
EXPERTISE: Business Organizations, Comparative
Law, Family Law, Legal Counseling.
Steven J. Willis
Professor; Associate Director, Center on Children
and Families
BACKGROUND: B.S., J.D., Louisiana State University;
LL.M., New York University. EXPERTISE: Taxation.
Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law;
BACKGROUND: B.A., Emory University; J.D., George-
town University Law Center; A.M., Harvard Uni-
versity; Ph.D., Harvard University. EXPERTISE: Land
Use Planning, Environmental Law, Property, Local
Government, Urban Revitalization, Legal and Con-
stitutional History.
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
David H. Levin Chair in Family Law; Professor; Di-
rector, Center on Children and Families and Fam-
ily Law Certificate Program; Co-Director, Institute
for Child and Adolescent Research and Evaluation
BACKGROUND: B.S., Regents College of University
State of New York; J.D., Columbia University.
EXPERTISE: Family, Children's and Constitutional
Law, Children's Rights.
Danaya C. Wright
BACKGROUND: B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Univer-
sity of Arizona; J.D. (cum laude), Cornell Universi-
ty; Ph.D. (Political Science), Johns Hopkins Univer-
sity. EXPERTISE: Property, Estates and Trusts, Legal
History, Jurisprudence, Railroad and Trail Law.

Thomas T. Ankersen, Director, CGR Conservation
Clinic and Costa Rica Law Program; Legal Skills

Professor. B.A., M.A., University of South Florida;
J.D., University of Florida.
Joan D. Flocks, Director, Social Policy Division;
Associate Director, Center on Children and Fami-
lies; Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Latin
American Studies and the School of Natural
Resources and Environment. B.S., M.A., J.D.,
University of Florida.
Ewa Gmurzynska, Director, Center for Ameri-
can Law Studies at Warsaw University, Poland.
M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D., Warsaw University; LL.M.,
University of Florida.
Richard Hamann, Research Associate. B.A., J.D.,
University of Florida.
Clifford Jones, Lecturer/Associate in Law Re-
search. B.A. (high honors), Southern Illinois Uni-
versity; M.Phil., University of Cambridge; Ph.D.,
University of Cambridge (England); J.D., University
of Oklahoma, College of Law.
Timothy E. McLendon, Staff Attorney. A.B., Duke
University; J.D., University of Florida.
Stephen J. Powell, Director, International Trade
Law Program. B.A., J.D., University of Florida.
Thomas Ruppert, Assistant in Environmental Law;
B.A. in Philosophy/Literature, Southwest Minne-
sota State College; J.D., University of Florida.
Jeffry S. Wade, Director, Environmental Division.
B.A., University of Alabama; M.Ed., J.D., University
of Florida.

Iris A. Burke, Senior Legal Skills Professor; As-
sociate Director, Center on Children and Families.
B.A., Brooklyn College; J.D., Brooklyn Law School.
George R. "Bob" Dekle, Legal Skills Professor;
Director, Criminal Law Clinic-Prosecution
B.A., J.D., University of Florida.
Alison Eckles Gerencser, Associate Director, In-
stitute for Dispute Resolution; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families; Senior Legal
Skills Professor. B.A., Purdue University; M.A.,
J.D., University of Florida. Order of the Coif, Florida
Law Review.
Jeffrey T. Grater, Senior Legal Skills Professor; As-
sociate Director, Center on Children and Families.
B.A., J.D., University of Florida.
Monique Haughton Worrell, Legal Skills Professor;
Supervising Attorney, Child Welfare Clinic; Associ-
ate Director, Center on Children and Families. B.A.,
St. Johns University; J.D., University of Florida.
Meshon Rawls, Legal Skills Professor; Director,
Gator TeamChild Program; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families. B.A., J.D., Uni-
versity of Florida. Former Assistant Public Defender.

Peggy F. Schrieber, Senior Legal Skills Profes-
sor; Associate Director, Center on Children and
Families. B.A., J.D., University of Florida.
Jennifer Zedalis, Director, Trial Practice; Senior
Legal Skills Professor; Coordinator, Gerald T
Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender CLE Course.
B.A. Magnaa cum laude), Duke University; J.D.,
University of Florida.

Henry T. Wihnyk, Director, Legal Research and
Writing and Appellate Advocacy, Senior Legal
Skills Professor. B.A., Florida Atlantic Univer-
sity; J.D., Nova University; LL.M., Columbia
Mary Adkins, Legal Skills Professor. B.S.
Journalism, J.D., University of Florida. Senior
Executive Editor, University of Florida Law
Joseph S. Jackson, Senior Legal Skills Profes-
sor. A.B., Princeton University; J.D., University
of Florida.
Leanne J. Pflaum, Senior Legal Skills Professor.
B.D., University of Florida; J.D., Florida State
Teresa J. Reid Rambo, Senior Legal Skills
Professor. B.A. (high honors, Four Year Scholar),
University of Florida; J.D. (summa cum laude),
Santa Clara University.
Betsy L. Ruff, Senior Legal Skills Professor.
B.A., J.D., University of Florida.
Patricia A. Thomson, Senior Legal Skills
Professor. B.A., Hollins College; J.D., University
of Florida.
Diane A. Tomlinson, Senior Legal Skills
Professor. B.S., B.A., J.D., University of Florida.

Anne Rutledge, Director, Senior Legal Skills
Professor. B.S., Bucknell University; Ed.M.,
M.C.R.P, J.D., Rutgers University.
Leslie H. Knight, Assistant Legal Skills
Professor; of Counsel, University of Florida.
B.S., Florida State University (cum laude);
J.D., Duke University
Lynn McGilvray-Saltzman, Legal Skills
Professor. B.A., George Mason University;
J.D., University of Florida.
Margaret Temple-Smith, Senior Legal Skills
Professor. B.A., J.D., Wake Forest University.
Gaylin G. Soponis, Legal Skills Professor.
A.B., Mount Holyoke College; J.D., George
Washington University.




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Tailor your studies to specific interests and career plans
The Levin College of Law provides courses of study leading to a:
* Juris Doctor degree, with certificate programs in
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 doctorate degree in just about any discipline.
* LL.M. in Taxation
* LL.M. in International Taxation
* S.J.D. in Taxation
* LL.M. in Comparative Law for foreign law students.

Comprehensive curriculum for more opportunities
The three-year J.D. program is carefully designed to
develop students' analytical abilities, practical knowledge,
communications skills and understanding of the codes
of responsibility and ethics central to the practice of law.
Students benefit from a variety of teaching methods,
including the traditional "case" and "Socratic" methods,
as well as simulations, videotaping, computer-assisted
instruction and role-playing.

The required first-year curriculum places an emphasis on
practical lawyering by teaching students to read and analyze
cases, research points of law efficiently and express those
points clearly. Classes tend to be larger only in the first year.

Second- and third-year students can tailor studies to specific
interests and career plans through more than 100 elective
courses, advanced courses, seminars, certificate programs,
joint degrees and study abroad opportunities.

Required courses develop and refine students' writing abilities,
while clinical programs (simulated and live) allow students
to develop skills in the context of real cases. Seminars and
advanced courses provide individualized research opportunities
and close interaction with faculty.

Current degree requirements are:
* Completion with a passing grade of courses totaling at
least 88 semester credit hours, of which at least 59 must
have been completed through the College of Law. No
more than four of those credits can be earned through co-
curricular activities.
* With permission of the associate dean for students, upon
good cause shown, work up to 29 semester hours taken

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at another ABA-accredited law school may be counted
toward this requirement. (Note: Grades in transferred
courses will not be figured into the student's GPA.)
* Completion with a grade of "S" or better for Legal Research
and Writing (LAW 5792) and Appellate Advocacy (LAW
* Completion with a passing grade for Professional
Responsibility and the Legal Profession (LAW 6750) and
Legal Drafting (LAW 6955).
* Achievement of 2.0 cumulative GPA on all graded work
* Fulfillment of prescribed course requirements.
Completion of a seminar or advanced course.
Satisfaction of the Advanced Writing Requirement.

These requirements must be fulfilled within 24-84 months of
matriculation as a law student.








All J.D. candidates must complete- under close faculty supervi-
sion a major finished product that shows evidence of original
systematic scholarship based on individual research. This typically
is fulfilled through enrollment in an advanced course or seminar.

Advanced courses and seminars provide supplementary opportuni-
ties to learn key skills in a small group setting under the close super-
vision of faculty. Advanced courses for topics such as bankruptcy
and debtor-creditor law, family law and environmental law create
opportunities for sequential learning, complex problem-solving and
development of writing and drafting skills. Seminars allow thorough
study and research of a topic, which may result in a "senior paper"
to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

Strong writing skills are crucial to professional success. Dedicated
faculty members hone student skills in each class year through
required courses in Legal Research and Writing, Appellate
Advocacy, and the nationally acclaimed Legal Drafting Program,
the first in the nation and now a model for other schools. In
addition, respected lawyers and judges serve as educators to help
develop students' practical skills in trial and appellate advocacy.
Observation and critique by these professionals quickly improve
students' abilities to "think on their feet."

The college works closely with numerous organizations,
agencies and legal service groups inside and outside
Florida to provide law students with practical experience
and professional contacts. These opportunities may include
pro bono work, part-time jobs, summer internships and
externships. Externships enable students to earn up to six
credits while gaining hands-on experience and knowledge
of the law. Because placements are with local, state and
federal government agencies, judges and other public service
organizations, students also provide a valuable service. For
instance, more than 40 students have gained experience
as judicial clerks in the college's Florida Supreme Court
Externship Program.

UF's College of Law is in a select group of law schools with
a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the national academic law
honor society. Students who meet requirements are eligible for
election at the conclusion of their studies.

Required Course Progression
First Year
Appellate Advocacy (2 credits)
Civil Procedure (4)
Constitutional Law (4)
Contracts (4)
Criminal Law (3)
Legal Research & Writing (2)
Professional Responsibility (3)
Property (4)
Torts (4)

Second Year
Legal Drafting (2)
Corporations* (3)
Estates and Trusts* (3)
Evidence* (4)

Third Year
Trial Practice* (4)

* Registration-priority courses; not required, but faculty

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Certificate programs expand knowledge base
Law students can enhance their expertise and marketability by earn-
ing a certificate in one of the college's highly regarded programs.

The Levin College of Law was the first in the nation to educate
future lawyers through an innovative approach that recognizes
many environmental problems are a consequence of inap-
propriate uses of land. The highly-respected Environmental
and Land Use Law Program offers a rich curriculum, career
networking, independent study opportunities, summer extern-
ships, moot court teams and the opportunity to participate in
the Environmental and Land Use Law Society and annual Pub-
lic Interest Environmental Conference.

This area of the law is of considerable practical importance
since it involves counseling clients on how to effectively
provide for themselves and dispose of property during their
lifetime or at death. The practice involves planning, draft-
ing and administering gratuitous transfers of property, thus
implicating the law of gifts, trusts, future interests, interstate
succession, wills, probate, fiduciary law and taxation. Perhaps
more importantly, the practice involves counseling clients on
the many complex issues confronting the elderly.

The increasing complexity of divorce law and children's law and
the rise of the nontraditional family make family law one of the
fastest growing and most intricate practice specialties. One new
demand was created by a Florida Supreme Court mandate that
established the "Unified Family Court" to handle all family, ju-
venile and delinquency matters. Administered by the Center on
Children and Families, the certificate program offers sequential
clinical and classroom experiences that build on one another for
effective training in areas such as child development, family eco-
nomics, negotiation and drafting, and courtroom advocacy.

Traditionally, intellectual property law encompasses several
different bodies of law, including patents, trade secrets, copy-
rights and trademarks. The technology boom has expanded
the need for patent lawyers as well as those trained in related
fields such as antitrust, media, cyberlaw and general commer-
cial law. The demand also continues to grow for those who can
adapt or create doctrines in new fields such as genetic en-
gineering, accessing and downloading Internet materials, and
disputes involving domain names, metatags and hyperlinks
- as well as for those who can apply these laws in more tradi-
tional industries and the creative arts.

Every field of law that involves commerce civil procedure,
business associations, securities regulation, intellectual prop-
erty, trade regulation, taxation, immigration and environmental
law, among others is affected by globalization. Equally
important is the development of human rights laws, domesti-
cally and internationally. This certificate program helps prepare
students for practice in this new global legal environment by
teaching international aspects of every area of the law.

For students interested in other fields, joint degree programs
can be established in nearly any area, such as:

* Agribusiness
* Anthropology
* Building Construction
* Business Administration
* Counselor Education
* Decision & Information Sciences
* Doctorate of Medicine
* Educational Leadership
* Electrical & Computer
* Environmental Engineering
* Exercise and Sport Sciences
* Family, Youth and Community
* Food and Resource Economics
* Forest Resources & Conservation

* Gender Studies Certificate
* History
* Interdisciplinary Ecology
* Latin American Studies
* Mass Communications
* Materials Science & Engineering
* Medical Sciences
* Pharmacy
* Political Science
* Psychology
* Public Health
* Real Estate
* Sociology
* Urban and Regional Planning
* Veterinary Medicine
* Women's Studies

To qualify, a student must take either the GRE, the MCAT
or the GMAT in addition to the LSAT, and must apply for
admission to both the law school and UF's Graduate
School. Details are available from the Office of Student
Affairs at 352-273-0620.

Conferences, Seminars, 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 international legal issues.
One recent speaker was U.S.
Supreme Court Associate Justice
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Enrichment programs sharpen skills
J.D. students can enhance their skills, earn credit and gain experi-
ence through the following organizations:
* Environmental Moot Court teams compete in national and in-
ternational environmental competition.
International Commercial Arbitration Moot (ICAM) team mem-
bers compete each spring against law schools from throughout
the world in the Wilhelm C. Vis International Competition in
* The Jessup Moot Court Team explores issues of public interna-
tional law and international humanitarian law and competes in
national and international competitions.
* Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team participates in in-
tramural, state and national appellate competitions sponsored
by organizations and firms.
* The Trial Competition Team competes in intramural, state,
regional and national competitions sponsored by individuals,
groups and law firms.
* Florida Journal of International Law publishes three issues per
year and contains scholarly works with global perspectives by
students, professors and practitioners on public and private
international law topics.
* Florida Law Review publishes up to five times a year and in-
cludes articles by students and legal scholars who are special-
ists in various areas of the law.
* Journal of Technology Law and Policy is a student-edited jour-
nal published twice a year (also online) that focuses on legal
and policy aspects of technology issues.
* University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy is an
interdisciplinary student publication devoted to public policy
implications of legal issues. Students publish three issues a
year and sponsor a spring symposium.

UF Law students lead the nation
The collaborative, friendly environment in the classroom and study
sessions often leads to distinction away from campus, as evi-
denced by students' winning efforts in 2006-07:
* National Champion Manne Moot Court Competition in Law
and Economics

* National Champion Black Law Student Association Trial Team
* National runner-up in National Civil Rights Trial Competition
Best Chapter Award (of 200+ chapters) of International Law

Year in and year out, UF has the most consistent, sustained record
of successful bar exam results in Florida. Since 2003, UF Law's
first-time test takers have exceeded the overall pass rate by seven
to 16 percent. Last year, UF also was first on the Multistate Pro-
fessional Responsibility Examination, with a pass percentage of
93.1, against an overall pass rate of 80.9 percent.

Through programs offered on campus and abroad, University of
Florida law students gain international exposure and a distinguish-
ing edge in the job market. Students can travel across the world
through ABA-approved exchange programs in places such as:
* Pontificia Universidade Cat6lica in Rio de Janeiro
* University of Costa Rica
* Leiden University in the Netherlands
* University of Montpellier in France
* Johann Wolfgang Goethe
University in Germany
* Monash University in Melbourne,
* University of Warsaw in Poland.

The law school also jointly sponsors
summer law programs in France,
South Africa and Costa Rica. Students
benefit from decades of international
experience and involvement by faculty
as well as enrichment courses that
bring to campus leading foreign pro-
fessors, judges, attorneys and govern-
ment officials to teach courses dealing
with timely law issues.

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Clinical programs add practical experience
After four decades of growth and accomplishment, clinical
programs at the Levin College of Law provide students with
extensive opportunities to represent actual clients under the close
supervision of faculty or attorneys. This practical experience
enhances the understanding of the law learned in classrooms
and can give graduates the advantage of earning credits and
Florida Supreme Court certification as Certified Legal Interns.

These clinics 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 early 1960s.

Full Representation Clinic: The Full Representation Clinic
offers intensive training in family law and practice, with
students serving as first chair counsel to low-income
citizens of Alachua County who could not otherwise afford
representation. Under faculty supervision, students deal
with legal matters such as divorce, custody and visitation
of children, domestic violence, division of property and
debts, child support, alimony and establishment of
paternity. Students also have the opportunity to provide
legal counseling, draft legal documents such as pleadings,
motions, orders and judgments, and represent clients in
negotiations, mediations, hearings and trials.

Gator TeamChild Juvenile Advocacy Clinic: The Gator
TeamChild program provides free legal services to North Central
Florida's indigent youth. This interdisciplinary juvenile advocacy
clinic trains lawyers, social workers and other professionals in
skills necessary to be advocates for children. Through their work
in the clinic, students practice fundamental advocacy skills
such as interviewing, counseling and negotiation, are trained
to operate effectively in a law office, and become skilled at
navigating bureaucracies, agencies and court systems.

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 Resolution and its faculty. Disputes may include
those involving landlords and tenants, auto repairs, credit
cards and other debts, and neighbor conflicts. An intensive
instructional seminar complying with Florida Supreme Court
requirements for mediator certification eligibility is required
of each participating student. Clinic completion allows
students to apply to the Court for certification as County
Court Mediators.

Pro Se Clinic: Certified Legal Interns can practice on the cutting
edge of family law through the new approach of unbundlingg,"
which allows clients to represent themselves before the court
pro se ("for self") on some issues of their cases but have legal
representation for other aspects. Students, under the supervision
of skills training professors, may provide legal advice, mediation
assistance and/or limited court representation after first receiving
instruction in the most common Florida family law issues -
custody, visitation, paternity, child support, domestic violence and
jurisdictional issues.

CRIMINAL CLINIC Public Defender State Attorney
The Criminal Clinics enable students to receive credit for
working with either the prosecution or defense. There is a
classroom component, assignments with clinic faculty, and
work as Certified Legal Interns in either the Public Defender
or State Attorney offices. Under supervision, participating
students handle criminal cases including hearings and
trials and gain valuable experience by working with clients,
witnesses, law enforcement and practicing attorneys.

Under faculty supervision, Conservation Clinic students work
in teams with clients from governmental, non-governmental
and private sectors on issues such as land acquisition and
conservation arrangements, ordinance and comprehensive
plan drafting, protected area management planning, legislative
reform proposals, institutional framework design and dispute
resolution systems design, and conservation mediations. Each
summer the clinic also offers a for-credit program jointly with
the University of Costa Rica Environmental Law Clinic, with
cross-cultural teams working on Latin America/ Caribbean
region law and policy projects on-site in Costa Rica. The
Conservation Clinic is housed at the Center for Governmental
Responsibility to ensure an interdisciplinary focus is applied.

Students selected for the Child Welfare Clinic are trained
as legal interns and certified by the Florida Supreme Court.
Under faculty supervision and working in conjunction with
the University of Florida Office of General Counsel, students
provide counsel to the clinic's Child Protection Team a
multi-disciplinary unit of physicians, nurse practitioners
and case coordinators within the UF College of Medicine's
Division of General Pediatrics. Students also are placed with
the Juvenile Public Defender's Office and Child Welfare Legal
Services. Their responsibilities include case analysis, legal
research, drafting of motions and memoranda, communication
with local counsel, and assistance in trial preparation.



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C E N T E R S & I N S T I T U T E S

Centers open up a world
These academic research and resource centers provide
additional channels to learn and serve others beyond
campus borders.

The Center on Children and Families (CCF) is comprised of a
team of UF faculty with expertise in criminal law, juvenile
justice, psychology, conflict resolution and human rights
- who promote quality advocacy, teaching and scholarship in
children's law and policy. Students have the opportunity to work
with systems for protecting children from abuse and neglect
in the center's Child Welfare Clinic, participate in family law
externships, earn a Certificate in Family Law and/or serve as
children's fellows. Fellows can work on Friend of the Court briefs
and research papers, assist with CCF's annual interdisciplinary
conference, and help build a library of children's legal resources.
CCF is active in international human rights work, works
collaboratively with the government and judiciary on law reform
and professional education, and helps educate children on their
rights and responsibilities.

The Center for Estate and Elder Law Planning integrates
teaching, training, research, scholarship and public service
with the goals of advancing estate planning and elder law
knowledge, professionalism, skills and policy. Student
opportunities include participation in community service
programs to the elderly through the Estates, Trusts and Elder
Law Society and judicial externships for academic credit,
which have been established in probate divisions of several
judicial circuits. The center also works closely with the
Graduate Tax Program and the UF Institute for Learning in
Retirement to provide courses in adult education on estate
planning and elder law issues.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility is Florida's
senior legal and public policy institute. Faculty and students
conduct grant- and contract-funded research often
interdisciplinary in nature on issues relating to public
policy development and implementation at the local, state,
federal and international levels. CGR also houses specialized
programs such as the Conservation Clinic, Costa Rica Summer
Program, Center for American Law Studies at Warsaw (Poland)
University, International Trade Law Program, and the Law
and Policy in the Americas Program. Students can learn
and research issues that include environmental law, land

use, bioethics, poverty law, emerging democracies, historic
preservation, conflict resolution, European community law,
international trade law, and election and campaign finance law.

The mission of the International Center for Automated
Information Research is to provide grants to institutions and
individuals proposing innovative research and development in
the areas of information research for the legal and business
professions. The organization also provides the funding for
related events and conferences.

The Institute for Dispute Resolution combines classroom
training, interaction with practicing attorneys and in-the-field
assignments to help prepare students for an important trend in
the legal profession: alternative dispute resolution. Courses in
mediation, negotiation, collective bargaining and international
litigation and arbitration are featured.

The Levin College of Law is one of only five law schools in
the nation housing an academic research and resource center
devoted to the study of race and race relations. The Center
for the Study of Race and Race Relations works with groups
engaged in a wide range of activities to create and foster
dialogue on race and race relations and promote historically
and empirically based thinking, talking, research, writing and

This institute is an outgrowth of work done through the College
of Law project for the Advanced Study of Human Rights
and Peace established in the early 1990s. It is directed by
Professor Winston Nagan, former Board Chairman of Amnesty
International USA, and was launched in part to enhance
understanding of governance and human rights in East Africa.

This academic research center provides graduate instruction,
research and policy analysis, academic symposia, grant
supervision and consulting services on money laundering,
forfeiture, corporate security, offshore finances, cybercrime,
organized crime and international financial crimes. The center
also co-sponsors the annual International Symposium on
Economic Crime at Cambridge University, England.


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Resources help chart a course
Almost as soon as the law school experience begins,
professional counselors in the Center for Career Services -
who all have law degrees themselves offer a wide variety of
services and programs to help individuals plan a self-directed
career search and develop marketing skills that will serve them
for many years to come. Resources include:
* Workshops and seminars on practical career skills, from
polishing a resume to "working a room" to handling call-
back interviews
* Individual career and job-search counseling
* Interviewing skills development, including mock interviews
* Networking events on and off campus to meet and learn
from practicing attorneys from private firms, government
agencies, public interest organizations, corporate sector,
judiciary and the military
* Employer directories, job search aids, career exploration
materials, and employment and salary data from recent
graduates to help assess various career options
Job hunting tips and news about campus programs through
the listserv and updates in the college's weekly newsletter
* A web-based job bank with part-time and full-time positions
* A website with downloadable handouts, samples and forms

Career Services makes it easy for employers to find and hire
UF law students. Once a student is registered in the Career
Services' online job bank, the process of finding a potential
employer and scheduling an interview can be done almost
entirely online, saving valuable time in the job search process.
In addition, the center:
* Helps students market themselves at recruiting events in
cities such as Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago and New
York City
* Collects resumes from interested students for employers to
review from the convenience of their offices
* Offers opportunities for potential employers to meet and
network with students
* Arranges for employers including many of the region's
top law firms to interview students on campus or via
sophisticated video equipment

Almost 17,000 members of the Gator Nation are uncommon
in their dedication to supporting students whenever and

wherever they can. UF alumni practice in nearly every state
and in international law firms and corporations throughout
Europe and Asia. In Florida, approximately one fourth of all
practicing lawyers are UF Law graduates.

Nothing strengthens a resume like experience. The Center
for Career Services helps students gain practical, hands-on
learning through a variety of programs:
* The Pro Bono Project and Community Service Project
connects law students with organizations seeking
volunteers for public interest projects. Participants gain
valuable work experience and earn recognition certificates
honoring them for their accomplishments.
* Summer employment in law firms, corporations and not-
for-profit agencies.
* The 1L Shadow Program enables first-year law students
to shadow attorneys in private practice, the court system
or legal services and experience the legal environment in
those areas first-hand.
* Internships provide valuable volunteer opportunities
in almost every government agency at all levels of the

Historically about 80 percent of UF Law graduates work
in Florida, though this appears to be changing as more
graduates seek work outside the state. The other 20 percent
are scattered through the U.S and the world. Outside Florida,
the top five areas of Gator grad employment (in descending
order) are Georgia, Washington, D.C., New York, California and
Nevada/North Carolina (tied).

More than 91 percent of the 2006 graduates seeking
employment were employed in the following categories
within six to nine months after graduation:

* 56 percent in private practice
* 15.8 percent in government
* 12.6 percent in business and industry
* 10.2 percent in public interest and academic law
* 4.1 percent in judicial clerkships


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To help you calculate what your costs may be in 2008-09:
One semester credit hour fee for 2008-09 is approximately
$360.28 for Florida residents, and $1005.77 for non-resi-
dents, defined in the UF Undergraduate Catalog.

Expenses vary, but UF law students can anticipate costs in
addition to tuition of about $13,570 per year, as follows:

Books/Supplies ................. .......... ........... $940
Clothing/Maintenance ..................................... .. $730
Computer (required for all students) ..................... $1,260
Food ...... .. ............ ................. ............. ..... ... $ 2 ,49 0
Personal/Insurance ............................................ $1,620
Room ........................ .. .... ..... ..... ..... ..... $5,840
Transportation ..................................................... $520
Student Orientation Fee (entering students only) ........ $150

The Financial Aid Office works closely with students to en-
sure they make the most of available aid through federal and
institutional sources, including more than 140 scholarships
and grants administered by the Levin College of Law. Entering
first-year students may qualify for a scholarship or grant based
upon merit, need or merit/need as determined by a Financial
Aid Committee. (Students selected for more than one scholar-
ship will receive the award of greatest value.) Most students
qualify for Federal Stafford Loans, which must be applied for
annually using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). Private loans also may be available, based upon
credit. Transfer students are eligible for federal aid, but not
for law school aid until they have been evaluated at the Levin
College of Law for at least one semester.

Merit-Based: Awards for entering students are based on infor-
mation collected in the application for admission. Fall scholar-
ship decisions are made starting in January and completed by
April. Recipients and alternates are notified by letter.

Merit/Need-Based: To qualify, an applicant must show high
achievement. In addition, the Levin College of Law must have
received the electronic FAFSA results and the need-based
scholarship and grant application by one of the following
deadlines if admitted:
Prior to Jan. 15, 2008 ...................................... by Feb. 7
Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 2008................................ by March 7
After Feb. 15, 2008....................................... by April 7

Need-Based Grants: To be considered for one of five need-
based grants, an applicant must have the electronic FAFSA

results and the additional aid application on file by one of the
following deadlines if admitted:

Prior to Jan. 15, 2008 ...................................... by Feb. 7
Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 2008..................................... by March 7
After Feb. 15, 2008 .......................................... by April 7

* Fellows Grant Given to encourage students to pursue a
career in law school education, law school administration or
a specialized area of the law.
* Cost-Matching Grant Brings tuition and fees down to
match tuition and fees totals at comparable law school to
which student has been admitted.
* Non-Resident Tuition Reduction Grant Brings tuition cost
to resident tuition cost level.
* First Generation College Graduates Grant Encourages
first generation college graduates to go to law school.
* Minority Institution Grant Provides assistance to those
who graduate from historically minority institutions.
These grants are not renewable.

Students will be notified when scholarship applications are
available. Continuing students can apply for these scholarships
after completion of their first year.

Federal: Law students are eligible to apply for Federal Direct
Subsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Unsubsidized
Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS loan through the
Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP). Students apply-
ing must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA), or a yearly Renewal Application. Completion qualifies
the student for consideration in federal loan and employment
programs. Apply electronically "FAFSA on the Web" at
www.fafsa.ed.gov. The application period begins January 1
and results should be received electronically from the federal
processor (no photocopies) by March 15 to ensure timely
processing of loans. Students attending at least half-time may
qualify for up to $8,500 in subsidized and $12,000 in un-
subsidized funds, for a total of $20,500 each academic year.
Students also may apply for the Federal Graduate Plus Loan
to help cover the cost of attendance. For more information on
these loans, go to www.law.ufl.edu/students/financial.

Private: The interest rate and/or guarantee fee on private loans
varies according to the lender and are credit-based. You may
borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial
aid you are receiving.


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Law is a diverse profession that
requires practitioners to work with
and represent individuals and or-
ganizations in every part of society.
Because legal careers are so varied,
law schools do not recommend any
particular major, but instead expect
students to possess the skills neces-
sary for effective written and oral com-
munication and critical thinking.
For additional information about
pre-law study, law school and the
legal profession, we recommend you
refer to the Official Guide to U.S. Law
Schools, published annually by the
Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
and the American Bar Association.
The guide is available during registra-
tion for the Law School Admission
Test (LSAT) or at www.lsac.org.

The admissions policy of the Uni-
versity of Florida Levin College of Law
furthers the mission of the college:
excellence in educating professionals,
advancing legal scholarship, serving the
public and fostering justice.
The College of Law has a respon-
sibility as a state institution to educate
lawyers who will serve the legal needs
of all citizens and communities in
Florida. The college seeks to admit and
enroll students who will distinguish
themselves in serving the state, region
and nation through the practice of law,
formulation of public policy, legal schol-
arship, and other law-related activities.
Legal education is enhanced in a
student body composed of people with
different backgrounds who contribute
a variety of viewpoints to enrich the
educational experience. This diversity is
important because lawyers must be pre-
pared to analyze and interpret the law,
understand and appreciate competing
arguments, represent diverse clients and
constituencies in many different forums,
and develop policies affecting a broad
range of people.
Thus, the College of Law seeks to ad-
mit and enroll students who, collectively,
bring to its educational program a wide
range of backgrounds, experiences, inter-
ests and perspectives. The breadth and
variety of perspectives to which gradu-
ates of the College of Law are exposed
while in law school will enable them to
provide outstanding service in many dif-
ferent public and private capacities.

Through its admissions process,
the college seeks to admit and enroll
students who will excel academically,
attain the highest standards of profes-
sional excellence and integrity, and
bring vision, creativity and commitment
to the legal profession.
The college gives substantial weight
to numerical predictors of academic suc-
cess (undergraduate grade point aver-
age and LSAT scores). Numbers alone,
however, are not dispositive. The college
considers all information submitted by
applicants. Factors such as the difficulty
of prior academic programs, academic
honors, letters of evaluation from in-
structors, or graduate training may
provide additional information about
academic preparation and potential. In
some cases, demonstrated interest, prior
training, or a variety of experiences may
indicate that an applicant is particularly
well suited to take advantage of special-
ized educational opportunities.
Information about work experience,
leadership, community service, overcom-
ing prior disadvantages or commitment
to serve those for whom legal services
have been unavailable or difficult to
obtain may show that an applicant is in
a unique position to add diversity to the
law school community or to make signifi-
cant contributions to the practice of law.

The Admissions staff and the Faculty
Admissions Committee base their selec-
tion on the applicant's academic creden-
tials, including LSAT score, UGPA, level

January 15, 2008, for Fall 2008
Note: Any deadline falling on a
weekend or holiday automatically
moves forward to the next
business day.

Applicants seeking Fall 2008
enrollment must take the LSAT test
no later than December 2007.

of writing skills, breadth of studies, and
on other criteria, including, but not lim-
ited to, the applicant's work and other
life experience, leadership experience,
depth of particular interest, and any oth-
er aspect of an applicant's background
suggesting a suitability for the study and
practice of law.

Applicants who have received a law
degree (or bachelor's degree combined
with a law program) from a U.S. institu-
tion are not eligible for admission to the
Levin College of Law. In addition, credit
is not given for correspondence courses
or other work not completed in resi-
dence at an ABA-accredited law school.

Applicants who have attended an-
other law school must submit a written
statement about their attendance, a
complete transcript, and a statement
from their dean indicating class rank
and certifying they are in good standing
and eligible to return to the institution as
a continuing student. Those not in good
standing nor eligible to return as a con-
tinuing student are not eligible to apply
to the Levin College of Law. (Transfer
students should see page 49.)

There are many steps that must be
completed precisely for successful ap-
plication to the Levin College of Law.
These steps include registering and fil-

ing all official transcripts with the Law
School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS),
taking the LSAT and reporting the score,
submitting applications and other forms
and paperwork to the law school, meet-
ing all deadlines and paying all fees.

1. Applicants must take the LSAT and, if
applicable, the TOEFL.
All applicants must take the Law
School Admission Test (LSAT). Ap-
plicants whose native language is not
English must take the Test of English as
a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The LSAT is administered four times
a year by the Law School Admissions
Council in cooperation with leading law
schools throughout the country. College
students should take the LSAT at the
end of their junior year. Candidates for
fall entry must take the LSAT no later
than December; however, earlier testing
is strongly recommended. The February
administration of the LSAT is not used
in making fall admissions decisions.
LSAT scores are valid for five years.
In the absence of documentation that
a candidate was ill, or that some other
unusual condition occurred during one
of the tests, all LSAT scores are consid-
ered. Applicants should discuss score
differentiation in the Personal State-
ment (see No. 3). Information about
the LSAT and the Law School Data
Assembly Service (LSDAS) is contained
in the 2007-2008 LSAT & LSDAS
Information Book, which is available
at most colleges, or online at www.

2. Register with the Law School Data
Assembly Service (LSDAS).
Applicants are required to register
with the LSDAS, which centralizes
undergraduate academic records to
simplify the U.S. law school admission
process. Registration is valid for five (5)
years from the date the LSAT/LSDAS
registration form is processed. ADDli-
cants must ensure undergraduate tran-
scripts from EACH college, university
or high school dual enrollment program
attended are on file at LSDAS, and the
LSDAS Law School Report is received
by the Levin College of Law. (Do not
send transcripts to the college.)
Normally, if the LSDAS file is com-
plete, an LSAT Law School Report will
arrive at the college two to three weeks
after the date on the law school applica-
tion acknowledgment e-mail or the date
of electronic filing. To update the LSAT
Law School Report, applicants should
send an updated transcript to LSDAS
(see page 22-23 of the 2007-2008
LSAT & LSDAS Information Book) by
the stated deadline for completion of the
applicant's file. LSDAS requires two to
three weeks to process record updates.

The Levin College of Law requires
that your foreign transcripts be sub-
mitted through the LSAC JD Creden-
tial Assembly Service (JD CAS). If
you completed any postsecondary
work outside the U.S. (including its
territories) or Canada, you must use
this service for the evaluation of your


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foreign transcripts. The one excep-
tion to this requirement is if you
completed the foreign work through a
study abroad consortium, or exchange
program sponsored by a U.S. or Ca-
nadian institution, and the work is
clearly indicated as such on the home
campus transcript. This service is in-
cluded in the LSDAS subscription fee.
A Foreign Credential Evaluation will
be completed by the American As-
sociation of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which
will be incorporated into your LSDAS
In addition to the required LSAT
for law admission consideration, the
University of Florida requires that you
submit a TOEFL score. If you have
a reportable TOEFL score, you must
contact the Educational Testing Service
(ETS) and request that your TOEFL
score be sent to LSDAS. If you have
not taken the TOEFL, you must do so
and forward your score to LSDAS. Your
score will be included in the Foreign
Credential Evaluation document that
will be included in your LSDAS law
school report.
To use the JD CAS, log into your on-
line account and follow the instructions
for registering for the service. Be sure
to print out a Transcript Request Form
for each institution and send it to them
promptly. More time is usually required
to receive foreign transcripts. Questions
about the LD Credential Assembly Ser-
vice (JD CAS) can be directed to LSAC

The UF Law Office of Admissions
does not process the required im-
migration documents for international
students. For more information about
the required immigration documents
and procedures, contact the UF Inter-
national Center at (352) 392-5323 or
send e-mail to iss@ufic.ufl.edu.
International Student Services office
at UF's International Center is committed
to integrating international students and
families into the University of Florida and
Gainesville. Their staff will help you make
a smooth transition into the American
culture and student life at the university.
The International Center's respon-
sibility during the admission process is
to assist all international students with
the required immigration documents
(1-20 if obtaining an Fl visa, or DS-
2019 if applying for a J1 student visa)
to study in the United States.
For more information on Interna-
tional Student Services, please visit:
www.ufic.ufl.edu/iss.htm. For the
check-in process for new international
students, visit: www.ufic.ufl.edu/issre-

The UF Levin College of Law does
not process applications for LSAT and
LSDAS Fee Waivers. For information on
that separate application process and
filing deadlines, see the 2007-2008
LSAT & LSDAS Information Book (on-
line at www.lsac.org). In addition, the
$30 application fee is a State of Florida
charge and cannot be waived.

3. Entering Juris Doctor Applicants.
You have one method available to
apply to the Levin College of Law. UF
Law requires that candidates use the
UF Law LSAC electronic application
process. Applicants will be sent an
e-mail acknowledgement within two
weeks of applying. Only call if you have
not received an e-mail acknowledge-
ment of your application.
Do not include writing samples,
pictures, CDs, audio cassettes or video-
tapes, etc., as part of the application.
Candidates are required to keep a copy
of their application for their personal

All applicants (entering juris doctor,
transfer/visitor) are required to use this
process. Note the separate application/
supplemental forms for each type of
LSAC electronic applicants are re-
sponsible for all information presented
under "Admissions" on the Levin Col-
lege of Law Web site (www.law.ufl.
edu), and in the 2007-2008 LSAT/
LSDAS Information Book (www.lsac.
org). On the application forms, the
Levin College of Law will consider your
LSAC Electronic signature as your of-
ficial signature. See electronic signature
boxes on pages 4, 5, and Information
Card. A credit card is required.

CAUTION: Saving your LSAC electronic
application does not formally submit the

To insure that an application re-
ceives full consideration, it is essential
that the applicant meet the deadline
for becoming part of the Priority Pool.
* Application Deadline January 15,
2008, for fall 2008.
* LSAT test deadline no later than
December of 2007 for fall 2008;
February LSAT is not used for fall
2008 admissions decisions.
* File completion deadline for Priority
Pool March 1, 2008. Priority Pool
files not complete by March 1 will
automatically be carried forward to
the Secondary Pool and be part of
the Secondary Pool from that point
* Priority Pool decision timing Bar-
ring unforeseen circumstances,
Priority Pool applicants will have
their decision by late March to early
* Priority Pool Financial Aid (merit &
need based scholarships, grants)
Admits from the Priority Pool will
have priority for all UF based schol-
arships and grants. All specific fi-
nancial aid deadlines must be met.

All Secondary Pool applicants,
including incomplete applicants car-
ried forward from the Priority Pool, will
not be considered until all applicants
from the Priority Pool have been con-
sidered. Because it is possible that the

fall 2008 entering class will be filled
from the Priority Pool, it is possible that
Secondary Pool applicants will only be
considered for placement on the fall
2008 wait list, not for direct fall 2008
* Secondary Pool filing deadline
May 1, 2008 for fall 2008.
* File completion deadline for Sec-
ondary Pool May 15 for fall
2008. Please note, however, that
all required admissions materials
should be received by UF Law
Admissions by May 1, 2008.
AFTER MAY 1, 2008, ARE
* Secondary Pool Decision Timing
between April 1 and June 15.
* Secondary Pool Financial Aid Sec-
ondary Pool applicants must meet
the in-hand May 15 filing deadline
for all financial aid materials (same
as for all required Admissions mate-
rials). Because priority in awarding
financial aid is given to Priority Pool
admits, successful Secondary Pool
applicants may only be placed on
financial aid alternate lists.

4. Provide additional personal
Questions C1 and C2 on the appli-
cation require candidates to report any
disciplinary action taken against them
at any college or university (Cl), and/
or academic probation and suspension
(C2). Question C3 is about specific

an explanation for each response AND
provide official documentation from
the college/university, or court, docu-
menting the final disposition of each
Note: It is the responsibility of the
candidate to provide all documentation
for each "yes" response. Any student
uncertain about their academic and/or
disciplinary history should not trust
their memory, but should contact Stu-
dent Judicial Affairs at each college
or university attended for information.
(Current or former UF students should
contact Student Judicial Affairs at
202 Peabody Hall, RO. Box 114075,
Gainesville, FL 32611, phone 352-
Admission to the Levin College of
Law is contingent upon the accuracy
of information required to be furnished
as part of the application process. In-
tentional failure to furnish required in-
formation or misrepresentation of such
information can result in withdrawal
of an offer of admission prior to ma-
triculation, dismissal from the college
after matriculation, or rescission of the
student's degree after graduation, and/
or forfeiture of all fees and charges paid
and academic credit earned. Any such
failure to disclose or misrepresent also
will be reported to the Board of Bar
Examiners for misconduct investiga-
tion and to the Law School Admission
Council Misconduct and Irregularities in
the Admission Process Subcommittee.


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5. Preparing your first case
This is your "first case" and it should
be prepared carefully. Be mindful that
at the core of this process, the Admis-
sions Committee is focused on making
an "academic" admission decision.
Many other factors can contribute to the
ultimate decision community service,
extra-curricular activities, work, and mil-
itary service to name a few. Therefore,
the basic task before each applicant is
to make, support, and document your
individual "academic case," and define
your other factors. Your admissions case
began when you graduated from high
school and continues to the present, so
build your case from that point forward.
The Levin College of Law seeks
students with a variety of interests,
backgrounds and perspectives. In mak-
ing admissions decisions, the college
evaluates applicants based on demon-
strated academic ability and potential,
LSAT scoress, and other criteria. To fully
evaluate an applicant's file, the commit-
tee requires that a resume and personal
statement also be on file to consider the
application complete. Letters of evalua-
tion also are strongly encouraged.

All applicants are required to sub-
mit a detailed resume, which should
include specific, factual information
about items such as education, honors
and awards, extracurricular or com-
munity activities, publications, work
history, military service and/or foreign
language proficiencies.

The Levin College of Law seeks to
enroll a class with varied backgrounds
and interests. Such diversity contrib-
utes to the learning environment of
the law school, and historically has
produced graduates who have served
all segments of society and who have
become leaders in many fields of law.
To better assess these qualities,
the college requires each applicant
to write a personal statement not to
exceed four double-spaced pages in a
font no smaller than 12 pt. This state-
ment, written by the applicant, may
include, but is not limited to, informa-
tion regarding career goals, interests,
unique abilities, life experiences,
academic and non-academic activities
and public service.
If applicable, applicants may de-
scribe disadvantages that may have
adversely affected past performance
or that were successfully overcome,
such as poor academic performance,
history of problems with standard-
ized testing, linguistic barriers, or a
personal or family history of cultural,
educational or socioeconomic disad-
vantage. If you wish to discuss these
unique issues you may do so in a
one-page addendum or within your
personal statement.
To summarize, your statement
should provide information not found
in any other part of your file. Although
interviews are not part of the admis-
sions process, personal statements
can serve as "interviews on paper."

The Levin College of Law strongly
encourages candidates to submit no
more than four letters of evaluation
for their file. Letters should evalu-
ate the applicant's academic per-
formance, extra-curricular activities,
community service, and/or employ-
ment. They should not be personal
Candidates have two options for
submitting letters:
* LSAC Letter of Recommendation
Service The college strongly
prefers that letters be submitted
through the LSAC Letter of Recom-
mendation Service included in the
LSDAS Registration subscription.
To use this service, see the LSAT &
LSDAS Information Book.
Directly to the college If appli-
cants elect to submit letters direct-
ly to the law school, they should
come in standard business letter
format on letterhead accompanied
by the cover form in the back of
this Prospectus. Packets from ca-
reer planning offices are acceptable
in lieu of individually submitted
letters. (The college does not ac-
knowledge receipt of letters.)
Action on an application is taken
once all required materials are re-
ceived. Letters of evaluation are not
required, therefore action will proceed
with or without letters.

6. Joint degree candidates have other
Candidates for a Joint Degree Pro-
gram take the LSAT and the GRE, MCAT
or GMAT, and apply for admission to both
the College of Law and UF Graduate
School. Application deadlines vary among
programs. Contact the UF Levin College
of Law Student Affairs Office and/or Grad-
uate School departmental coordinator for
deadline information. See Joint Degrees
in the "Curriculum" section of this pub-
lication for more information. (This pro-
gram is not open to students who already
have earned one of the degrees.)

The Admissions Committee makes
final fall decisions for priority applicants
in late March/early April. Decisions for
secondary pool applicants are made be-
tween April 1 and June 15. Applicants
are immediately notified in writing upon
final decision. The college begins notify-
ing applicants from the time the first de-
cision is made until the class is filled us-
ing a "rolling admissions" process based
on the credentials of the applicant, not
on the order in which applications are
received. Decisions are not made on a
"first-come first-served" basis.

Joint degree candidates who have
been admitted to both programs, and
accepted and confirmed Teach for Amer-
ica candidates, are permitted to defer
admission offers from the Levin College

of Law. This process requires that a
formal petition be filed with the Admis-
sions Office, and approved prior to the
May 15 seat deposit payment deadline.
If candidates have questions regard-
ing the deferral process, they should
contact the Admissions Office and ask to
speak with a member of the professional
staff. Non-joint degree admittees seeking
deferral for compelling reasons will have
their petitions evaluated on a case-by-
case basis. (See deadline above.)
To decline an offer of admission,
please go to www.law.ufl.edu. Go to the
section about Admissions/Seat Deposit-
Cancellation, and complete the process

Applicants can request reconsidera-
tion only in cases where the applicant
has learned of (after applying to the law
school) significant information that ex-
isted prior to the file completion deadline.
Information about events, such as grades
or awards, occurring after the file comple-
tion deadline cannot be considered. Re-
consideration must be requested within
30 days of denial.
A written request must include an
explanation of the new information as
well as valid reasons warranting recon-
sideration, and should be submitted
to the Assistant Dean for Admissions,
University of Florida Levin College of
Law, 141 Bruton-Geer Hall, R 0. Box
117622, Gainesville, FL 32611-7622.
The top should be plainly marked
"Request for Reconsideration."

The Florida Board of Education and
University of Florida Board require pay-
ment of a $200 deposit to secure a seat
in our entering class. The $200 deposit is
due on or before May 15. Non-payment
of the fee will result in cancellation of an
offer of admission. This is an "in-hand"
Instructions regarding payment proce-
dures can be found under Admissions on
the law school website.

All transfer candidates are required to
apply using the UF LSAC electronic ap-
plication process at www.lsac.org.
Please do not file at the deadline. All
required data must be received by the
Admissions Office no later than the file
completion deadlines listed below. Any
deadline falling on a weekend or holiday
automatically moves forward to the next
business day.
* October 1, 2007, application and file
completion deadline for Spring 2008
March 1, 2008, application and file
completion deadline for Summer
July 1, 2008, application deadline;
July 15, 2008, file completion dead-
line for Fall 2008
(Note: All deadlines are "in-hand"
Students attending a law school ac-
credited by the American Bar Associa-
tion (ABA) may apply for transfer to the
Levin College of Law if they are in good


Proed Questos? C Law Admissions

Important Dates

Introduction to Law School
and the Profession begins
Classes begin
Classes end
Exam/reading period begins
Exam/reading period ends

Classes begin
Classes end
Exam/reading period begins
Exam/reading period ends

Classes begin
Classes end
Exam/reading period begins
Exam/reading period ends
Graduation (no ceremony)

2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Aug. 15 Aug. 20

Aug. 20
Nov. 29
Dec. 1
Dec. 14
Dec. 21

Jan. 4
Apr. 18
Apr. 19
May 2
May 9

May 15
July 3
July 7
July 11
Aug. 1

Aug. 25
Dec. 5
Dec. 8
Dec. 19

Jan. 9
Apr. 24
Apr. 27
May 8
May 15

May 21
July 10
July 13
July 17
Aug. 1

Aug. 19

Aug. 24
Dec. 4
Dec. 5
Dec. 18

Jan. 4
Apr. 16
Apr. 19
Apr. 30
May 7

May 10
June 28
June 29
July 6
Aug. 1

* The December 21, 2007, ceremony will be the law school's final fall gradua-
tion. Additional information about future calendar dates is available at http://www.
law.ufl.edu/calendars/academic/. Dates subject to change

standing at their current institution and their
academic rank is in the upper third or higher
after completion of the required first-year,
full-time curriculum. Applicants who have re-
ceived law degrees from another institution or
bachelor's degrees in conjunction with a law
program are not eligible for transfer. Transfer
credit will not be awarded for correspondence
courses or for work not done in residence at
an ABA-accredited law school. A maximum of
29 semester hours can be transferred.
Applicants must submit the following in-
formation by the deadlines listed on page 49:
* Application filing options: See TRANSFER
is a supplemental form and is part of the
transfer/visitors UF electronic application
process. The certification form must be
completed by your law school and sent
directly to UF Law Admissions by the
cited file completion deadline. The form
must be accompanied by your official law
school transcript.
Current LSDAS Law School Report from
LSAC. By applying through the UF LSAC
electronic application process, your report
is automatically requested.
Statement to the Admissions Committee
relating the applicant's reasons for want-
ing to attend the College of Law.
Upon receipt of a completed application,
the Admissions Committee will evaluate
transfer requests based on the following:
o Space availability
o Admission standards for non-transfer
o Applicant's current law school record
o Applicant's reasons for requesting a


All visitor candidates are required to
apply using the UF LSAC electronic ap-
plication process at www.lsac.org.
Please do not file at the deadline.
All required data must be received by
the Admissions Office no later than the
file completion deadlines listed below.
Any deadline falling on a weekend or
holiday automatically moves forward to
the next business day. Application and
file completion deadlines are:
* December 1, 2007, for spring 2008
* April 1, 2008, for summer 2008
* July 1, 2008, for fall 2008
(Note: All deadlines are "in-hand" dates)
Applicants who have completed two
years (four semesters) of study at an ABA-
accredited law school may apply for visi-
tor status to the UF College of Law if they
are in good standing and eligible to return
to that school. The ABA standard will be
waived for applicants from foreign law
schools. However, applicants from a non-
English speaking country must provide a
score of at least 550 (213 for computer-
based test) from the Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL). Visitors may
attend the college for up to two academic
Applicants must submit the following
information by the deadline listed above:
* Letter from the dean of the applicant's
law school granting permission for the
student to attend the UF College of Law,
certifying that the student is "in good
standing, and that the law school will
apply credits earned at UF Law to the
student's degree from that law school.

* Official law school transcript showing
all academic work to date.
Current LSDAS Law School Report
from LSAC. By applying through
the UF LSAC electronic application
process, your report is automatically
Statement to the Admissions Committee
relating the applicant's reasons for want-
ing to attend the UF College of Law.

As a full-time law school, the UF
Levin College of Law adheres to American
Bar Association policy requiring students
to devote substantially all of their work-
ing hours to the study of law. Academic
schedules and minimum load require-
ments are designed to reflect this policy.
First-year students are prohibited
from employment during the fall and
spring terms of their first year. Other stu-
dents are restricted to no more than 20
hours per week of employment during
the terms they are enrolled in classes.

The UF College of Law Honor System
sets the highest standards of integrity
and professionalism, and provides pro-
cedures for handling academic honesty
violations. Each student is given a copy
of the Honor Code upon enrollment and
is bound to follow it.
For information regarding on and off-
campus housing, contact the University

of Florida Division of Housing, RO. Box
112100, Gainesville, FL 32611-2100;
Phone: 352-392-2161; Fax: 352-392-
6819; E-mail: houinfo@housing.ufl.
edu. New and current UF law students
also may access the UF College of Law
Roommate Referral System on the Web
for assistance in finding roommates. Go
to www.law.ufl.edu, click on "Admis-
sions," then "Housing."

Students with disabilities who may re-
quire academic and or classroom accom-
modations should contact UF's Disability
Resources (a function of the Dean of Stu-
dents Office and the Division of Student
Affairs). Disability Resources is located in
Reid Hall (RO. Box 114085, Gainesville,
FL 32611-4085). Disability Resources
can be reached at 352-392-8565 or e-
mail at accessuf@dso.ufl.edu/drc.
A variety of facilities in residence
halls are available for students with dis-
abilities. Students who require adapted
facilities or services should contact the
Assignments Department in writing as
soon as possible to document their dis-
abilities and needs or requests.
Disabled students, as all students,
must meet the standard guidelines
used in determining housing eligibility.
Students with print-related disabilities
may request housing publications in an
alternative format. Students with hearing
disabilities may request assistance from
the Florida Relay Service by phoning
800-955-8771 (Voice/TDD).


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Tours for prospective students can
be arranged Monday-Friday when
classes are in session. (See "Important
Dates" on page 50. Tours are not avail-
able during holidays or term breaks.)
Members of the law school's Student
Recruitment Team (SRT) host the
30-minute walking tours. For additional
information and reservations, contact
the Admissions Office at 352-273-
0890 or toll free 877-429-1297. For
maps and directions see http://www.
law. ufl.edu/about/directions.shtml.

The Student Recruitment Team
(SRT) is comprised of first-, second- and
third-year law students who can answer
most questions on applying to the Levin
College of Law. Admissions staff can
respond to questions regarding receipt
of required documents and status of
a file. Counseling appointments with
professional staff are available and are
required to be made in advance.

The Fredric G. Levin College of Law
relies extensively on computing technolo-
gies and network communications in all
aspects of student life. We believe it is
imperative to prepare our students to be
technologically sophisticated in the use
of computers and computerized legal
Because of this major emphasis
on access to network information, the

Levin College of Law requires that all
entering J.D. students own a portable
(notebook or laptop) computer.

Computers are used at the law school
and at residences in a variety of ways:
* E-mail messages are sent to stu-
dents, some listservv" are maintained
for student/faculty interaction and
distribution of course materials, some
students use laptops for note-taking,
and a variety of writing requirements
are produced on computer.
* LEXIS and WESTLAW can be ac-
cessed on computers at the law school
or by modem from home with soft-
ware distributed free to law students
beginning with the Law School Orien-
tation class during their first semester.
* Academic advising and registration
through the University of Florida's
ISIS program are available through
law school and UF computers or by
remote access.
* Most classrooms are wired with AC
power outlets to the seats, allowing
students to use notebook computers
for note-taking without reliance on
battery power.
* Some faculty members make use of
computer-generated visual presenta-
tions such as PowerPoint in class. In
many cases, these presentations are
also available on the professor's Web
site for downloading by students.
* Students may use laptops in the
classroom for notetaking and for
class purposes as directed by the
professor. Other uses are not permit-
ted, including, but not limited to,

e-mail, chat rooms, instant messag-
ing, ecommerce, game playing, etc.
The college maintains a limited num-
ber of computers providing free access
to e-mail, the Internet, word process-
ing, and other applications on the law
school network. A GatorLink account,
available after registration, is necessary
to use any computer on campus, includ-
ing wireless access from a personal
computer. The GatorLink account will be
your official University of Florida (UFL)
e-mail address to which important ad-
ministrative information will be sent to
you. To ensure consistency of informa-
tion dissemination to students, UF will
not permit GatorLink addresses to be
forwarded to third party accounts, such
as AOL and Hotmail. If needed, the
GatorLink dial-up service comes with a
flat rate of $5.00 per month as of July
1, 2006. This provides each user with
3,600 minutes (60 hours) of local use.
This service is currently available, but is
under review to determine if the service
should be continued.
The computer must run Microsoft
Windows XP Professional Edition or
Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Ulti-
mate, include a CD/DVD drive, a wireless
Ethernet port for network connectivity at
the law school (and broadband connectiv-
ity Cable or DSL at home), and a mo-
dem meeting at least the v.90 standard
for those without broadband at home and
for use when traveling. Detailed specifi-
cations, including comments regarding
Microsoft Vista, are available from the UF
Law web site: http://www.law.ufl.edu/ser-

Because of rapidly changing technolo-
gies and prices, the college does not rec-
ommend specific hardware manufacturers
or software. However, Corel WordPerfect
and MSWord are standard and available
on all public workstations. A letter-quality
printer (ink-jet or laser) is highly recom-
mended. Printing at UF and the law
school is provided at 13 cents per page.
Software for e-mail and virus protection
with no-charge updates and Internet ac-
cess is available in the UF bookstore on
CD-ROM at a nominal cost.
All computer applications used at the
law school, including electronic course-
ware and examination software, run un-
der Microsoft Windows. Electronic work
is often required to be submitted using
Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. All profes-
sors will assume students have portable
computers that meet these minimum
requirements. The Levin College of Law
follows UF's WiFi 802.1 lb/g standard.
Please check http://net-services.ufl.edu/
wireless for specifications, compatibility
and wireless coverage areas everywhere
on UF campus.
The law school's student financial
aid office budgets up to $2,500 toward
the cost of any portable computer. In
providing access to funding for computer
equipment, the Levin College of Law is
not responsible for the maintenance,
upgrade, or loss of equipment. Students
are encouraged to come to law school
with a computer that meets the mini-
mum specifications as determined by
the law school. For more information,
please contact Computing Services at



* January 15, 2008
* March 1, 2008

Filing deadline for Priority Pool.
File completion deadline for Priority Pool.

* May 1, 2008 Filing deadline for Secondary Pool.

* May 15, 2008

File completion deadline for Secondary Pool.

* October 1, 2007 Spring 2008 application/file completion deadline.
* March 1, 2008 Summer 2008 application/file completion
* July 1, 2008 Fall 2008 application deadline.
July 15, 2008 Fall 2008 file completion deadline.
(All deadlines are "in-hand" dates)

* December 1, 2007
* March 1, 2008

* July 1, 2008
(All deadlines are "in-

Spring 2008 application/file completion deadline.
Summer 2008 application/file completion
Fall 2008 application/file completion deadline.
hand" dates)

NOTE: Any deadline falling on a weekend or holiday automatically
moves forward to the next business day.


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