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* Internationally recognized faculty
known for excellence in teaching
and scholarship
* A diverse curriculum with a broad
range of opportunities for study
* Facilities are expansive and
technology is state-of-the-art, yet
comfortable and designed around
a central courtyard to foster
personal connections
* One of only five law schools in
the country to house an academic
research and resource center
devoted to the study of race and
race relations
* Ranked among the top 10 law
schools in the nation for graduating
Hispanic lawyers, and within the
top 20 for total minority graduates
in 2008 by Diverse: Issues in
Higher Education magazine

Statistics and facts cannot provide

a complete picture of UF Law, but

they are impressive nonetheless.

* Consistently ranked within the top
10 law schools nationwide by the
Hispanic Business Review
* Graduate Tax Program is ranked
first among public law schools and
No. 2 overall by U.S. News and
World Report
* Children and Family Law program
considered among the nation's best
* Environmental and Land Use
Law Program ranked No. 13 by
U.S. News and World Report; the
program is now the nation's first to

offer a combined environ-
mental and land use law
* Faculty ranked among the
Top 35 law faculties based
on scholarly impact for 2007
by the Leiter Report
* Oldest public and the most
prestigious law school in
Florida with more than 17,000
dedicated alumni
* One of the best values in
the country

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

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* The student body during the
2007-08 academic year was
comprised of 1,253 students,
with 1,156 of them JD students
from throughout the Southeast
and nation
* 41 students are earning joint JD/
master's or PhD degrees
* 378 students in the 2007 fall
entering class were divided into
four sections
* Of the JD students in 2007,
minority enrollment was 22
percent: 5 percent African-Amer-
ican students; 1 percent Native
Americans/Alaskans; 6 percent
Asian Americans; and 10 percent
Hispanics. There also were four
foreign national students
* There were 49 percent men and 51
percent women in the 2007 class

Times have changed since 1909.

Today's student body possesses

first-rate qualifications and a broad

range of backgrounds and experiences.

* 97 students are enrolled in
LLM and SJD programs
* The school also has approximately
17 students in its LLM in
Comparative Law Program,
with these students hailing from
countries that include Poland,
Lebanon, South Africa and China
* Students with undergraduate degrees
representing more than 30 institu-
tions are enrolled at UF Law right

now. These include Georgetown,
Boston University, Furman, Brown,
Cornell, Duke, Brandeis, UVA,
Wake Forest, Princeton, Sanford,
UM-Ann Arbor, and Berkeley
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from earning a bachelor's degree,
while others have first worked in
their first field of choice, including
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UF Law has produced four American
Bar Association presidents since
1973 five when UF Law graduate
Steve Zack takes office as president-
elect in 2009-10 and becomes the
fifth UF Law graduate to serve as
president in 2010-11
UF Law is ranked No. 4 among
public law schools (No. 8 overall)
in terms of the number of its
graduates serving as federal district
and circuit court judges in 2008,
according to Federal Judicial Center
Eighteen UF Law alumni have
served or are serving on the Florida
Supreme Court, and 17 of the 18
have been chief justice
Four graduates have served as
governors of Florida. Hundreds more
have served as state senators and
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presidents since 1973.

role of Speaker of the House and
President of the Senate) and in the
Florida Cabinet
* Ten graduates became presidents
of Florida colleges, including UF,
and one was president of two
* Ten graduates have served as
deans of law schools, including
three who led their alma mater
* Since The Florida Bar's creation in
1950, the majority of its presidents,
including the first four and its current
president, John G. White III, have
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Students benefit from many
opportunities for interaction
with distinguished alumni,
who get involved in mentoring
and externship programs and as
guest lecturers and symposia
speakers in campus.
* No. 10 among public law
schools for hiring by top law
firms (The National Jurist
* No. 7 among public law schools
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Students also have access to 3.5
million-plus volumes in other UF
libraries and 43 million titles held by
libraries throughout the world as well
as databases that provide federal and
state laws, periodicals, news articles
and background materials.

The information center is headed by
Kathleen Price, former law librarian of
Congress and director of law libraries
at New York, Duke and Minnesota
universities and now the Clarence J.
TeSelle Professor of Law and Associate
Dean for Library & Technology at UF.

Other features of the 100,000
square-foot Lawton Chiles Legal
Information Center include:

UF Law has the largest legal information

center in the Southeast, and among the

top 20 nationwide.

* As the laboratory of the law school,
the information center houses more
than 600,000 volumes in open stack
* An open reserve area to give students
direct access to exams and study aids
* More than 300 individual study car-
rels equipped for wireless computers,
with playback carrels available for
review of taped classes, negotiations
and trial skills. Seating for another
300 students is provided throughout

* The Richard B. Stephens Tax
Research Center named for the
co-founder and first director of
the school's nationally prominent
Graduate Tax Program featur-
ing nearly 70 carrels for tax LLM
students, a graduate lounge,
meeting room and offices for the
Florida Tax Review
* 13 conference rooms that hold up to
a dozen students for team study and

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plays, operas, ballet performances
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"Introduction to Law School &
the Profession," a multi-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"
provides ongoing tutoring, individual
counseling and workshops on topics
such as exam preparation, time and
stress management, communication
skills and study methods.

UF Law is committed to providing leadership,

modeling the highest standards of profes-

sional and public service, that enables students

to succeed in law school and beyond.

More diversity, better legal system
The school offers a highly support-
ive environment to help minorities
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 mentor-
ing with students, faculty and
practicing attorneys. Many of these
programs are overseen by the Office
of Student Affairs, which is respon-
sible for extending comprehensive
services that familiarize students
with the campus and faculty and
then nurturing them throughout
their legal schooling.

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Legal Studies Tailored to YOU

The law school provides courses of study leading to a:
* Juris Doctor, including 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 Environmental and Land Use Law
* LL.M. in Comparative Law for foreign law students


The three-year JD program is carefully
designed to develop students' analytical
abilities, practical knowledge, com-
munications 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.

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 individual-
ized research opportunities and close
interaction with faculty.


* 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
* With permission of the associate
dean for students, upon good cause
shown, work up to 29 semester
hours taken at another ABA-accred-
ited law school may be counted

toward this requirement. (Note:
Grades in transferred courses will
not be figured into the student's
* Completion with a grade of "S"
or better for Legal Research and
Writing (LAW 5792) and Appellate
Advocacy (LAW 5793)
* 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 attempted
* Fulfillment of prescribed course
* 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.

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All JD candidates must complete -
under close faculty supervision a
major finished product that shows
evidence of original systematic schol-
arship based on individual research.
This typically is fulfilled through
enrollment in an advanced course or

Advanced courses and seminars
provide supplementary opportunities
to learn key skills in a small group
setting under the close supervision of

Advanced courses for topics such
as bankruptcy and debtor-creditor
law, family law and environmen-
tal 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 pro-
fessional success. Dedicated faculty
members hone student skills in each
class year through required courses
in Legal Research and Writing, Ap-

pellate 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 pro-
fessionals quickly improve students'
abilities to "think on their feet."

UF 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.


The college works closely with
numerous organizations, agencies and
legal service groups in 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.


Second Year

Third 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)

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

Trial Practice* (4)

* Registration-priority courses;
not required, but faculty recom-

First Year

I am a native Floridian and have always had a passionate interest in the
environment. UF Law offers a highly ranked environmental law p:roram
and a chance to meet anci learn from influential lawyers and policy makers
in Florida, which will give me a great advantage as I begin my career.

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UF Law's Environmental and Land
Use Law Certificate Program enables
students to demonstrate concentra-
tion and accomplishment in these
two important fields. Certificate re-
quirements were developed by faculty
in consultation with an advisory
board of leading practitioners from
private firms, government agencies
and non-profit organizations.
Enrolled students take eight credit
hours above their JD requirements
to graduate. Thus, unlike similar
programs elsewhere, students in this
personalized curriculum enjoy both
breadth and depth in their studies.

This area of the law is of consider-
able 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, drafting and
administering gratuitous transfers
of property, thus implicating the
law of gifts, trusts, future interests,
intestate 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, for example, was
created by a Florida Supreme Court
mandate that established the "Unified
Family Court" to handle all family,
juvenile and delinquency matters. Ad-
ministered by the Center on Children
and Families, the certificate program
offers sequential clinical and classroom
experiences for effective training in
areas such as child development,
family economics, negotiation and
drafting, and courtroom advocacy.

The collaborative environment in the
classroom and study sessions often leads to
distinction away from campus, as evidenced
by students' winning efforts in 2007-08:
* National Champion Manne Moot Court
Competition in Law and Economics
* National Champion in the National Civil
Rights Trial Competition
* The Justice Campbell Thornal Moot
Court Board is one of the "Elite Eight"
moot court teams in the nation
* The International Commercial Arbitra-
tion Moot (ICAM) team competed in the
Willem C. Vis International Commercial
Arbitration Moot in Vienna.

Florida Bar Exam

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 six to 13 percent.
Last year, UF Law graduates enjoyed
a pass percentage of 92.4 percent, far
exceeding the overall pass rate of 85.2
percent, on the Multistate Professional
Responsibility Examination.

Traditionally, intellectual property law
encompasses several different bod-
ies of law, including patents, trade
secrets, copyrights 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 commercial law. The demand
also continues to grow for those who
can adapt or create doctrines in new

fields such as genetic engineering,
accessing and downloading Internet
materials, and disputes involving
domain names, metatags and hyper-
links as well as for those who can
apply these laws in more traditional
industries and the creative arts.

Every field of law that involves
commerce civil procedure,

business associations, securities reg-
ulation, intellectual property, trade
regulation, taxation, immigration and
environmental law, among others-
is affected by globalization. Equally
important is the development of
human rights laws, domestically
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.


LL.M. in Taxation. Graduate Tax is the college's
premier program. It is widely recognized by tax scholars
and practitioners nationwide as one of the best, and
consistently ranks in the top two in U.S. News and
World Report's annual ranking of tax programs. UF's
renowned graduate tax faculty members are authors of
some of the most widely used textbooks and treatises,
and lecture at numerous conferences and institutes in
the United States and abroad. They have been leaders
in professional organizations and consultants for the
Internal Revenue Service and other major public and
private entities. More than 2,000 students have earned
their LLM in Taxation from UF since the program began
in 1974. Graduate tax students come from law schools
throughout the nation and many foreign countries. They
possess outstanding academic credentials and, in many
cases, significant professional experience. They go on
to be employed by national and international law firms,
accounting firms, industry and government and to teach
at U.S. law schools. The Graduate Tax Program also
publishes The Florida Tax Review, a faculty-edited journal
that has become one of the country's leading tax reviews.
Its publication is aided by extensive tax library holdings in
the Richard B. Stephens Tax Research Center.

LL.M. in International Taxation. To meet the growing
demand for international tax experts in the globalizing
economy, the Levin College of Law began offering a

Master of Laws in International Taxation in Fall 2005.
The one-year course of study features a renowned tax
faculty, superb curriculum of great breadth and depth,
distinguished students from around the world, and the
many benefits and opportunities stemming from the
Graduate Tax Program.

S.J.D. in Taxation. A very limited number of students
are enrolled in the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
in Taxation Program the first program of this kind
in the country. The degree involves extensive study,
research and writing over a three- to five-year period.

LL.M. in Comparative Law. The LLM (Master of
Laws) in Comparative Law Program is for foreign law
school graduates seeking to enhance their understand-
ing of the American legal system. Applicants must
have a law degree with high academic standing from a
recognized foreign university and thorough knowledge
of English. The one-year program builds on UF's
renowned international studies programs and decades
of involvement in global legal issues, including trade,
environmental and land use law, human rights and
constitutional reform. 1

attorneys as well as recent law school graduates to
spend an academic year full-time on the UF campus
developing in-depth expertise in environmental and
land use law. The program adopts an innovative
approach that combines the study of land use law
with environmental law. The program also capitalizes
on the many outstanding programs at the University
of Florida in disciplines related to environmental and
land use law practice, including wildlife ecology, envi-
ronmental engineering, urban and regional planning,
and interdisciplinary ecology.

Students admitted to the program work with the LLM
program director to design an individual course of study
tailored to their particular interests. LLM students are
eligible to participate in the Conservation Clinic and
to apply for a seat in the Summer Environmental Law
Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica. The UF LLM
program is unique in requiring that 6 of the 26 required
credit hours must be from relevant courses that have
substantial non-law content and are offered outside
the law school or jointly by the law school and another
department. In addition to completing
required coursework, LLM candi-
dates must complete a written
project in connection with a
seminar or the Conserva-
tion Clinic.

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earn credit and gain experience
through the following organizations:
* Environmental Moot Court teams
compete in national and interna-
tional environmental competition
* International Commercial Arbitra-
tion Moot (ICAM) team members
compete each spring against law
schools from throughout the world
in the Wilhelm C. Vis International
Competition in Austria
* The Jessup Moot Court Team
explores issues of public interna-
tional law and international humani-
tarian law and competes in national
and international competitions

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Court Team participates in
intramural, state and national ap-
pellate 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

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to five times a year and includes
articles by students and legal
scholars who are specialists in
various areas of the law
Journal of Technology Law and
Policy is a student-edited journal
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


For students interested in other fields, joint
degree programs can be established in nearly
any area. Some joint degrees awarded to date
have included:
* Agribusiness
* Anthropology
* Building Construction
* Business Administration
* Counselor Education
* Criminology
* Decision and Information Sciences
* Doctorate of Medicine
* Educational Leadership
* Electrical and Computer Engineering
* Environmental Engineering
* Exercise and Sport Sciences
* Food and Resource Economics

The Levin College of Law sponsors
valuable conferences, seminars and
speakers throughout the year to keep
practitioners, students and others
informed on current issues such as
environmental law, music law and in-
ternational legal issues. The college has
hosted four U.S. Supreme Court justices
in recent years, including U.S. Chief
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Gender Studies Certificate
Interdisciplinary Ecology
Latin American Studies
Mass Communications
Materials Science and Engineering
Medical Sciences
Political Science
Psychology I
Public Health
Real Estate 1
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Through programs offered on campus
and abroad, University of Florida law
students gain international exposure
and a distinguishing edge in the job
market. Students can travel across the
world through ABA-approved exchange
programs such as: Pontificia Univer-
sidade, Catolica in Rio de Janeiro,
Leiden University in The Netherlands,
University of Montpellier in France.
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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-
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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 practi-
cal 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. Clinical programs include:

* Virgil Hawkins Clinics
The Virgil Hawkins Clinics the Full Representation Clinic, County Court Mediation Clinic, and Pro Se Clinic are
named in honor of the Florida civil rights activist whose efforts to be admitted to the UF College of Law in the late
1950s paved the way for integration of all state law schools in the early 1960s.
* Conservation Clinic
* Child Welfare Clinic
* Criminal Clinic


Full Representation Clinic offers intensive
training in family law and practice, with
students serving as firstchair counsel to low-in-
come 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 estab-
lishment 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
provides free legal services to North Central
Florida's indigent youth. This interdisciplinary

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 arrange-
ments, 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 onsite in Costa Rica. The
Conservation Clinic is housed at the Center

juvenile advocacy clinic trains lawyers, social
workers and other professionals in skills neces-
sary 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 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 involv-
ing landlords and tenants, auto repairs, credit
cards and other debts, and neighbor conflicts.
An intensive instructional seminar complying
with Florida Supreme Court requirements for

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

mediator certification eligibility is required of
each participating student. Clinic completion
allows students to apply to the Court for certifi-
cation as County Court Mediators.

ProSe 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, underthe supervision of skills training
professors, may provide legal advice, mediation
assistance and/or limited court representa-
tion after first receiving instruction in the most
common Florida family law issues custody,
visitation, paternity, child support, domestic
violence and jurisdictional issues.

include case analysis, legal research,
drafting of motions and memoranda,
communication with local counsel, and
assistance in trial preparation.
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.

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Centers open up the world

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 chil-
dren'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 opportuni-
ties include participation in commu-
nity 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 divi-
sions 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

The Center for Governmental Respon-
sibility is Florida's senior legal and
public policy institute. Faculty and
students conduct grant- and contract-
funded research often interdisci-
plinary 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 pres-
ervation, conflict resolution, European
community law, international trade
law, and election and campaign
finance law.

The Center for Information Research
(CIR) is an interdisciplinary interna-
tional information policy research
center among UF's Levin College of
Law, the College of Engineering, and
the Warrington College of Business.
The mission of CIR is to engage in
research related to information tech-
nology and its intersection with infor-
mation policy, with a particular focus
on data security issues. CIR sponsors
research, conferences, speakers series
and maintains a wiki devoted to
technology policy. CIR's staff consists
entirely of student volunteers who
work on particular research projects
and organize CIR events.

The Institute for Dispute Resolution
combines classroom training, interac-
tion 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 Rela-
tions 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 teaching.

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 Inter-
national 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, cyber-
crime, organized crime and interna-
tional financial crimes. The center
also co-sponsors the annual Interna-
tional Symposium on Economic Crime
at Cambridge University, England.

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Resources help chart a course

Almost as soon as the law school expe-
rience begins, professional counselors
in the Center for Career Development
- who all have law degrees themselves
- offer a wide variety of resources and
programs to help students develop their
professional identities, plan their self-
directed career searches and establish
marketing techniques that will serve
them throughout their careers.
Resources include:
Workshops on practical career
skills, from polishing a resume to
"working a room," to handling call-
back interviews as well as seminars
on career path exploration and
becoming a successful professional

* Individual counseling to
formulate a career path and
determine appropriate job-
search strategies
* Interview skills development,
including mock interviews
* Networking events on- and off-
campus to meet, network with and
learn from legal professionals from
law firms, government agencies,
public interest organizations,
corporations, the judiciary and the
* Employer directories, job search
aids, career exploration materi-
als, and employment and salary
data nationally and from recent

graduates to help assess various
career options
* Job search tips and news about
CCD programs through the
Center's listserv and blog, with
updates in the center's weekly
* The Small Firm Project and the
mentor program
* The Judicial Clerkship Program
* A Web-based job bank with part-
time and full-time positions for
students and alumni
* A Web site with downloadable
resource materials, samples
and forms


Historically about 80 percent of UF Law
graduates work in Florida. For the Class
of 2007, 77 percent remained in Florida.
The remainder are scattered throughout
19 states with graduates also employed
in Canada, China and the Mariana
Islands. The strongest concentration of
UF Law graduates employed outside
Florida, (in descending order) were in
Georgia, Washington, D.C., New York,
California/Virginia (tied) and North
Carolina/Maryland (tied).

Nearly 96 percent of the college's 2007
graduates who were working or pursuing
a graduate degree were employed in the
following categories within six to nine
months after graduation:

* 63 percent in private practice
* 15 percent in government
* 10 percent in public interest law
and academics
* 8 percent in business and industry
* 5 percent in judicial clerkships

Career development offers many services
to employers to make it easy for them to
interview and hire UF law students and
alumni. Employers are actively encour-
aged to post their hiring needs with UF
Law. UF Law brings employers -includ-
ing many top national law firms to
campus to interview students in one of
the largest on-campus recruiting programs
in the southeast. For those unable to visit
campus, UF Law also has the facilities to
conduct videoconference interviews.

In addition, the center coordinates off-
campus recruiting events in cities such
as Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago
and New York City to help students

market themselves to potential employ-
ers out of state.

Employer diversity initiatives coordinated
through the center include providing
information to students about summer
associate diversity programs, employer
receptions, the Minority Mentor Program,
the Minority Picnics and providing diver-
sity employment resources.

Nothing strengthens a resume like experi-
ence. The Center for Career Development
helps students gain practical, hands-on
skills through a variety of programs:
SThe Pro Bono and Community Service
Projects connect law students with

organizations seeking volunteers for
public interest projects. Participants
gain valuable work experience and
earn recognition certificates honoring
them for their accomplishments
* Part-time or summer employment
opportunities in law firms, businesses
or as teaching or research assistants
* 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
* Internships provide valuable volunteer
opportunities in every level of govern-
ment agency and the judiciary

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UF law's faculty is larger and
more comprehensive than that of
most schools, with 54 tenured or
tenure-track faculty, which includes
19 (35 percent) women, and
10 (18.5 percent) minorities. In
addition, more than 45 other faculty
support the college through clinical,
research, writing, information and
administrative programs.

Their influence goes far beyond
campus, however. Many faculty
members are:
SAuthors of treatises, casebooks or
major books used by law schools
and practitioners throughout the

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educational environment where students

acquire the knowledge and skills they

need to succeed in their careers.

* Cited by the U.S. Supreme Court
* Serve as expert witnesses before
policy-making bodies
* Serve as consultants to branches
of state, federal and international
* Serve in leadership roles on
American and Florida Bar com-
mittees 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
*Serve on editorial boards of
national publications and author
hundreds of articles in law reviews
and specialty journals

UF Law faculty serve as consultants

to branches of state, federal and

international governments.

UF Law faculty serve as consultants
to branches of state, federal and
international 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 International 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 as-
sociates or partners at law firms. About
a dozen earned Ph.D.'s, nearly 50 hold
LL.M. or master's degrees, and at least
five received 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, supportive
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 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, practical and critical issues
and events into the classroom. The
result is a true academic community
that nurtures students into ethical
lawyers who are a tribute to the

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Mary Jane Angelo
Associate Professor
BACKGROUND: B.S., Rutgers University; M.S. and
J.D., University of Florida. EXPERTISE: Environ-
mental, Water, Administrative, Biotechnology
and Pesticides Law, Dispute Resolution, Profes-
sional Responsibility.

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, Interna-
tional 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: Ne-
gotiation, Dispute Resolution, Ethics, Evidence.

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.,
Oxford University; LL.B., Yale University. EXPER-
TISE: Corporate and Securities Law, Jurispru-

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., Chicago-Kent College of Law. EXPERTISE:
U.S. Legal and Constitutional History.

Jeffrey Davis
Professor; Gerald A. Sohn Scholar
BACKGROUND: B.S., University of California, Los
Angeles; J.D., Loyola University, Los Angeles;
LL.M., University of Michigan. EXPERTISE: Con-
tracts, Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor Relations,
Commercial Law.

George L. Dawson
BACKGROUND: A.B., Princeton University; J.D.,

University of Chicago. EXPERTISE: Contracts, Es-
tates and Trusts, Payment Systems.

Patricia E. Dilley
BACKGROUND: B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A.,
University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Georgetown
University; LL.M., Boston University. EXPERTISE:
Social Security, Deferred Compensation, Indi-
vidual Income/Corporate Taxation, International
Taxation, Advanced Employee Benefit Law,
Retirement Income Policy.

Nancy E. Dowd
Chesterfield Smith Professor; Co-Director, Cen-
ter on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Connecticut;
M.A., University of Illinois; J.D., Loyola Univer-
sity 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 Pub-
lic Access to Government Information, Property,
Legal Theory, Administrative Law, Contempo-
rary Cultural Theory.

Alyson Craig Flournoy
Professor; Director of Environmental and Land
Use Law Program; UF Research Foundation
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., M.B.A., Ph.D., University
of Florida; J.D., University of North Carolina.
EXPERTISE: Antitrust, Contracts, Copyright, Law
and Economics.

Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol
Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor; Associate
Director, Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: A.B., Cornell University; J.D.,
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

David M. Hudson
Professor; Director of LL.M. in Comparative
Law Program
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., University of Wisconsin;
J.D., Harvard University. EXPERTISE: Author
of casebooks on business organizations and
corporations, numerous articles on Contracts,
Corporate Law, Sports Law, International Com-
mercial Arbitration.

Michelle S. Jacobs
BACKGROUND: A.B., Princeton University; J.D.,
Rutgers University. Visiting Professor, Columbia
University and Howard University. EXPERTISE:
Criminal 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., Indiana State University;
J.D., University of Michigan. EXPERTISE: Insur-
ance Law, Contracts, Health Care Finance and

E. Lea Johnston
Assistant Professor
BACKGROUND: A. B., Princeton University; J.D.,
Harvard University. EXPERTISE: Criminal Law,
Immigration, Criminal Procedure, Administra-
tive Law and Civil Procedure.

Dawn Jourdan
Assistant Professor
BACKGROUND: B.S., Bradley University; J.D./
M.U.P, 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 Rights.

Christine A. Klein
BACKGROUND: B.A., 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., University of Michigan. EXPERTISE: Interna-
tional Litigation, Federal Courts.

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
Professor; UF Research Foundation Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Texas A&M University;

Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University; J.D.,
University of Texas. EXPERTISE: Internet Law,
Torts (specializing in Defamation and Invasion
of Privacy), Mass Media Law, Jurisprudence,

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.

Charlene Luke
Assistant Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., J.D., Brigham Young
University. EXPERTISE: Income, Corporate and
Partnership Taxation.

Pedro A. Malavet
Professor; Affiliate Professor of Latin Ameri-
can Studies
BACKGROUND: B.B.A., Emory University; J.D.,
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., Uni-
versity of Florida. EXPERTISE: Civil Procedure,
Professional Responsibility, Administrative

Diane H. Mazur
BACKGROUND: B.A., State University of New
York; M.S., Pennsylvania State University;
J.D., University of Texas. EXPERTISE: Civil/Mili-
tary Relations, Constitutional Law, Evidence,
Professional Responsibility.

Paul R. McDaniel
James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar in Taxa-
tion; Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Oklahoma;
LL.B., Harvard Law School; Honorary Doctor
of Laws, Uppsala University, Sweden. EXPER-
TISE: U.S. and International Tax Law.

Martin J. McMahon, Jr.
Clarence J. TeSelle Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Rutgers College; J.D., Bos-
ton College; LL.M., Boston University. EXPER-
TISE: Individual Income Taxation, Corporate
Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Tax Policy.

C. Douglas Miller
BACKGROUND: B.S., J.D., University of Kansas;
LL.M. in Taxation, Rudick Memorial Award,
New York University. EXPERTISE: Federal Taxa-
tion, 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.,
University of Florida; Honorary Doctor of
Laws, Stetson University. EXPERTISE: Florida
Constitutional Law, International Trade, En-
vironmental Law, Legislative Drafting, Free
Press and Speech Privacy Issues.

Robert C. L. Moffat
Professor; Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
BACKGROUND: 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 P Nagan
Professor; Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar;
Director, Institute of Human Rights and Peace
Development; Affiliate Professor of Anthropology
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of South Af-
rica; B.A., M.A., Oxford University; LL.M.,
M.C.L., Duke University; J.S.D., Yale Uni-
versity. EXPERTISE: International Law, Human
Rights and Legal Theory.

Lars Noah
BACKGROUND: A.B., J.D., Harvard Univer-
sity. EXPERTISE: Administrative Law, Medical
Malpractice, Medical Technology, Products
Liability, Torts.

Kenneth B. Nunn
Professor; Associate Director, Center on
Children and Families
BACKGROUND: A.B., Stanford University;
J.D., University of California-Berkeley.
EXPERTISE: Race and its Impact on Criminal
Justice System, Criminal Law and Proce-
dure, Race Relations, Civil Rights, Public
Interest Law, Critical Race Theory, Legal
Semiotics, Sociology of Law, Law and Cul-
tural Studies.

Michael A. Oberst
BACKGROUND: B.S.B.A., J.D., University of
Florida. EXPERTISE: Taxation.

William H. Page
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs;
Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar in Elec-
tronic Communications and Administrative
Law; Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Tulane University; J.D.,
University of New Mexico; LL.M., University
of Chicago. EXPERTISE: Antitrust Law, Proce-
dure, and Economics; Microsoft Litigation.

Juan F. Perea
Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Johnson, Hazouri
and Roth Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Maryland;
J.D., Boston College. EXPERTISE: Race and

Race Relations, Social Construction of Race
and History, Constitutional Law, Employ-
ment Law, Employment Discrimination.

Don C. Peters
Director of Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinics; Direc-
tor of Institute for Dispute Resolution; Trustee
Research Fellow; Professor; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Northern Iowa;
J.D., University of Iowa. EXPERTISE: Mediation,
Negotiation, Interviewing, Counseling, Civil
Procedure, Civil Litigation.

M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price
Associate Dean, Library and Technology; Clar-
ence J. TeSelle Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., University of Florida; M.S.,
Florida State University; J.D., University of
Illinois. EXPERTISE: Art Law, Biomedical Eth-
ics, Criminal Law, Torts, Legal Research and

David M. Richardson
BACKGROUND: B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti-
tute; LL.B., Columbia University; LL.M., New
York University. EXPERTISE: Taxation, Federal Tax

Leonard L. Riskin
Chesterfield Smith Professor
BACKGROUND: B.S., University of Wisconsin-Mad-
ison; J.D., New York University; LL.M., Yale
University. EXPERTISE: Negotiation, Mediation,
Dispute Resolution.

Elizabeth A. Rowe
Associate Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., M.A., University of Florida;
J.D., 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., Cornell University.
EXPERTISE: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure,
Federal Courts, Fourteenth Amendment, Race

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: Criminal Law, Sociology of Law,
Race and Crime.

Michael L. Seigel
BACKGROUND: A.B., Princeton University; J.D.,
Harvard University. EXPERTISE: Evidence, Crimi-
nal Law, White Collar Crime.


Michael R. Siebecker
Associate Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Yale; J.D., LL.M., M.Phil,
Ph.D. (candidate), Columbia. EXPERTISE: Corpo-
rate Law, Securities Regulation, Internet Law,

D. Daniel Sokol
Assistant Professor
BACKGROUND: A.B., Amherst College; M.S., Uni-
versity of Oxford; J.D., University of Chicago;
LL.M., Univeresity of Wisconsin Law School.
EXPERTISE: Antitrust, International Trade and
Corporate Law.

Lee-ford Tritt
Associate 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. EXPER-
TISE: Wealth Management, Estate Planning,
Administration of Trusts and Estates, Transfer
Tax Matters and Charitable Giving.

Steven J. Willis
Professor; Associate Director, Center on Chil-
dren and Families
BACKGROUND: B.S., J.D., Louisiana State Uni-
versity; LL.M., New York University. EXPERTISE:

Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government
Law; Professor
BACKGROUND: B.A., Emory University; J.D.,
Georgetown University Law Center; A.M., Har-
vard University; Ph.D., Harvard University.
EXPERTISE: Land Use Planning, Environmental
Law, Property, Local Government, Urban Revi-
talization, Legal and Constitutional History.

Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
David H. Levin Chair in Family Law; Professor;
Director, Center on Children and Families and
Family Law Certificate Program
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., Uni-
versity of Arizona; J.D., Cornell University; Ph.D.
(Political Science), Johns Hopkins University.
EXPERTISE: Property, Estates and Trusts, Legal His-
tory, Jurisprudence, Railroad and Trail Law.

Thomas T. Ankersen, Director, CGR Conserva-
tion 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 Divi-
sion; Associate Director, Center on Children and
Families; Affiliate Faculty with the Center for
Latin American Studies and the School of Natu-
ral 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
Research. B.A., Southern Illinois University;
M.Phil., University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Uni-
versity 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
Minnesota State College; J.D., University of

Jeffry S. Wade, Director, Environmental Divi-
sion. B.A., University of Alabama; M.Ed., J.D.,
University of Florida.

Iris A. Burke, Senior Legal Skills Professor;
Associate Director, Center on Children and
Families. B.A., Brooklyn College; J.D., Brooklyn
Law School.

Robin Davis, Legal Skills Professor; Associate
Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution.
B.A., Michigan State University; J.D., Univer-
sity of Florida.

George R. "Bob" Dekle, Legal Skills Professor;
Director, Criminal Law Clinic-Prosecution. B.A.,
J.D., University of Florida.

Jeffrey T. Grater, Senior Legal Skills Profes-
sor; Associate Director, Center on Children and
Families. B.A., J.D., University of Florida.

Monique Haughton Worrell, Legal Skills Profes-
sor; Supervising Attorney, Child Welfare Clinic;
Associate Director, Center on Children and
Families. B.A., St. Johns University; J.D., Uni-
versity of Florida.

Meshon Rawls, Legal Skills Professor; Director,
Gator TeamChild Program; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families. B.A., J.D.,
University of Florida. Former Assistant Public

Peggy F Schrieber, Senior Legal Skills Profes-
sor; Associate Director, Center on Children
and Families. B.A., J.D., University of

Jennifer Zedalis, Director, Trial Practice;
Senior Legal Skills Professor; Coordinator,
Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender
CLE Course. B.A., 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
University; J.D., Nova University; LL.M., Co-
lumbia University.

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 Pro-
fessor. A.B., Princeton University; J.D., Uni-
versity of Florida.

Leanne J. Pflaum, Senior Legal Skills Profes-
sor. B.D., University of Florida; J.D., Florida
State University.

Teresa J. Reid Rambo, Senior Legal Skills
Professor. B.A., University of Florida; J.D.,
Santa Clara University.

Betsy L. Ruff, Senior Legal Skills Professor.
B.A., J.D., University of Florida.

Patricia A. Thomson, Senior Legal Skills Pro-
fessor. B.A., Hollins College; J.D., University
of Florida.

Diane A. Tomlinson, Senior Legal Skills Pro-
fessor. 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.

Deborah Cupples, Legal Skills Professor.
J.D., University of Florida.

Leslie H. Knight, Assistant Legal Skills
Professor; of Counsel, University of Florida.
B.S., Florida State University (cum laude);
J.D., Duke University.

Margaret Temple-Smith, Senior Legal
Skills Professor. B.A., J.D., Wake Forest

Gaylin G. Soponis, Legal Skills Professor.
A.B., Mount Holyoke College; J.D., George
Washington University.


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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 scholarship
will receive the award of greatest value.)
Most students qualify for Federal Stafford
Loans and Federal Graduate PLUS 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 information col-
lected in the application for admission.

Scholarship decisions are made starting
in January and completed by April. Recip-
ients and alternates are notified by letter.

Merit/Need-Based: To qualify, an ap-
plicant 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 fol-
lowing deadlines if admitted:
Prior to Jan. 15, 2009........... by Feb. 7
Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 2009 ...... by March 7
After Feb. 15, 2009 .............by April 7

Need-Based Grants: To be considered
for one of these five need-based grants,
an applicant must have the electronic
FAFSA results and the additional aid
application on file by one of the follow-
ing deadlines if admitted:

Prior to Jan. 15, 2009.........by Feb. 7
Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 2009 ....by March 7
After Feb. 15, 2009 ........... by April 7
* FELLOWS GRANT: Given to encourage
students to pursue a career in law
school education, law school administra-
tion 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
Brings tuition cost to resident tuition
cost level
GRANT: Encourages first generation
college graduates to go to law school
assistance to those who graduate from
historically minority institutions
These grants are not renewable.

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Students will be notified when schol-
arship 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, Federal Direct Unsub-
sidized Stafford Loans, and Federal
Direct PLUS Loans through the Federal
Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP).

Students applying must complete a
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA), or a yearly Renewal Applica-
tion. Completion qualifies the student
for consideration in federal loan and em-
ployment 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 April 7
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 unsubsi-
dized 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/

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 finan-
cial aid you are receiving.

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Law is a diverse profession that requires practitioners to
work with and represent individuals and organizations in
every part of society. Because legal careers are so var-
ied, law schools do not recommend any particular major,
but instead expect students to possess the skills neces-
sary for effective written and oral communication 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 registration for the Law School Admission Test
(LSAT) or at www.lsac.org.


January 15, 2009
for Fall 2009 Priority Pool

May 1, 2009
for Fall 2009 Secondary Pool

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


Applicants seeking Fall
2009 enrollment must take
the LSAT test no later than
December 2008. February
2009 LSAT is not used for
Fall 2009 Admissions

The admissions policy of the Univer-
sity 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 responsi-
bility as a state institution to educate
lawyers who will serve the legal
needs of all citizens and communi-
ties 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 scholarship, 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 prepared to analyze
and interpret the law, understand
and appreciate competing argu-
ments, represent diverse clients and

constituencies in many different fo-
rums, and develop policies affecting
a broad range of people.

Thus, the College of Law seeks to
admit and enroll students who, col-
lectively, bring to its educational pro-
gram a wide range of backgrounds,
experiences, interests and perspec-
tives. The breadth and variety of per-
spectives to which graduates of the
College of Law are exposed while in
law school will enable them to pro-
vide outstanding service in many dif-
ferent public and private capacities.

Through its admissions process, the
college seeks to admit and enroll stu-
dents 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 col-
lege considers all information submitted
by applicants. Factors such as the dif-
ficulty of prior academic programs, aca-
demic honors, letters of evaluation from
instructors, 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 par-
ticularly well suited to take advantage
of specialized educational opportunities.

Information about work experience,
leadership, community service, over-
coming prior disadvantages or commit-
ment to serve those for whom legal ser-
vices 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
significant contributions to the practice
of law.

The Admissions staff and the Faculty
Admissions Committee base their se-
lection on the applicant's academic
credentials, including LSAT score,
UGPA, level of writing skills, breadth of
studies, and on other criteria, including,
but not limited to, the applicant's work
and other life experience, leadership
experience, depth of particular interest,
and any other 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. insti-
tution are not eligible for admission to
the Levin College of Law. In addition,
credit is not given for correspondence
law courses or other work not com-
pleted in residence at an ABA-accred-
ited law school.

Applicants who have attended another
law school must submit a written state-
ment about their attendance, a com-
plete 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
filing all official transcripts with the
Law School Data Assembly Service
(LSDAS), taking the LSAT and report-
ing the score, submitting applications
and other forms and paperwork to the
law school, meeting all deadlines and
paying all fees.

1. Applicants must take the LSAT.
All applicants must take the Law
School Admission Test (LSAT). The
LSAT is administered four times a
year by the Law School Admissions
Council in cooperation with leading
law schools throughout the country.
It is recommended that college stu-
dents 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
considered. Applicants should discuss
score differentiation in the Admissions
Statement (see No. 3). Information
about the LSAT and the Law School
Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) is
contained in the 2008-2009 LSAT
& LSDAS Information Book, which is
available at most colleges, or online at

2. Register with the Law School
Data Assembly Service (LSDAS).
Applicants are required to register with
the LSDAS, which centralizes under-
graduate academic records to simplify
the U.S. law school admission process.
Registration is valid for five (5) years
from the date the LSAT/LSDAS registra-
tion form is processed. Applicants must
ensure undergraduate transcripts 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 tran-
scripts to the college.)

Normally, if the LSDAS file is com-
plete, the LSAT Law School Report
will arrive at the college one to two
weeks after the date on the law school
application acknowledgment e-mail or
the date of electronic filing. To update
the LSAT Law School Report, appli-
cants should send an updated tran-
script to LSDAS (see page 22-23 of
the 2008-2009 LSAT & LSDAS Infor-
mation Book) by the stated deadline
for completion of the applicant's file.
LSDAS requires two to three weeks to
process transcript/record updates.

The Levin College of Law requires that
your foreign transcripts be submit-
ted through the LSAC JD Credential
Assembly Service (JD CAS). If you
completed any postsecondary work
outside the U.S. (including its ter-
ritories) or Canada, you must use
this service for the evaluation of your
foreign transcripts. The one exception

to this requirement is if you completed
the foreign work through a study
abroad consortium, or exchange pro-
gram sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian
institution, and the work is clearly in-
dicated as such on the home campus
transcript. This service is included in
the LSDAS subscription fee. A Foreign
Credential Evaluation will be com-
pleted by the American Association of
Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
Officers (AACRAO), which will be in-
corporated into your LSDAS report.

To use the JD CAS, log into your online
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 immigration
documents for international students.
For more information about the re-
quired immigration documents and
procedures, contact the UF Interna-
tional Center at (352) 392-5323 or
send E-mail to iss@ufic.ufl.edu.

The International Student Services
Office at UF's International Center is
committed to integrating international
students and families into the Universi-
ty 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 responsibility
during the admission process is to as-
sist all international students with the
required immigration documents (1-20
if obtaining an Fl visa, or DS-2019 if
applying for a J 1 student visa) to study
in the United States.

For more information on International
Student Services, please visit: www.

ufic.ufl.edu/iss.htm. For the check-in
process for new international stu-
dents, 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 2008-
2009 LSAT & LSDAS Information
Book (online at www.lsac.org). In
addition, the $30 application fee is a
State of Florida charge and cannot be

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 acknowl-
edgement of your application after
the 2-week period.

Do not include writing samples, pic-
tures, CDs, audio cassettes or video-
tapes, etc., as part of the application.
Candidates are required to keep a
copy of their application for their per-
sonal use.

All applicants (entering juris doctor,
transfer/visitor) are required to use
this process. (Note the separate ap-
plication/supplemental forms for each
type of applicant.)

LSAC electronic applicants are
responsible for all information
presented under "Admissions"
on the Levin College of Law Web
site (www.law.ufl.edu), and in
the 2008-2009 LSAT/LSDAS
Information Book (www.lsac.org).
On the application forms, the Levin
College of Law will consider your
LSAC Electronic signature as your

official signature. See electronic sig-
nature boxes on page 5, and Informa-
tion Card.

CAUTION: Saving your LSAC elec-
tronic application does not formally
submit the application.

To ensure that an application receives
full consideration, it is essential that
the applicant meet the deadline for
becoming part of the Priority Pool.
* Application Deadline- January 15,
2009, for Fall 2009.
* LSAT test deadline no later than
December of 2008 for Fall 2009;
February 2009 LSAT is not used for
Fall 2009 admissions decisions.
* File completion deadline for Priority
Pool March 1, 2009. 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 Barring
unforeseen circumstances, Priority
Pool applicants will have their deci-
sion by late March to early April.
* Priority Pool Financial Aid (merit &
need based scholarships, grants)
Admits from the Priority Pool
will have priority for all UF based
scholarships and grants. All specific
financial aid deadlines must be met.

All Secondary Pool applicants, includ-
ing incomplete applicants carried
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 2009 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 2009 wait list, not for direct
fall 2009 admission.
* Secondary Pool filing deadline -
May 1, 2009 for fall 2009.

* File completion deadline for Second-
ary Pool May 15 for fall 2009.
Please note, however, that all re-
quired admissions materials should
be received by UF Law Admissions
by May 1, 2009. FILES THAT BE-
* 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 application
require candidates to report any disci-
plinary action taken against them at any
college or university (C1), and/or aca-
demic probation and suspension (C2).
Question C3 is about specific violations
of law. Applicants answering "yes" to
any question MUST attach an explana-
tion for each response AND provide
official documentation from the college/
university, or court, documenting the
final disposition of each occurrence.

Note: It is the responsibility of the can-
didate 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 Student
Judicial Affairs at each college or univer-
sity attended for information. (Current
or former UF students should contact
Student Judicial Affairs at 202 Peabody
Hall, PO. Box 114075, Gainesville, FL
32611, phone 352-392-1261).

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.

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 military service to name a
few. Therefore, the basic task before
each applicant is to make, support,
and document your individual "aca-
demic 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 stu-
dents with a variety of interests, back-
grounds and perspectives. In making
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
committee requires that a resume and
admissions statement also be on file
to consider the application complete.
Letters of evaluation also are strongly

All applicants are required to submit
a professional 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. Please define
time frame(s) and be as detailed as

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 an admissions 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, academic experi-
ences, academic and non-academic
activities and public service.
If applicable, applicants may describe
disadvantages that may have adverse-
ly affected past academic performance
or that were successfully overcome,
such as poor grade progression, histo-
ry of problems with standardized test-
ing, linguistic barriers, or a personal or
family history of cultural, educational
or socioeconomic disadvantage. If you
wish to discuss these unique issues,
do so in a one-page addendum.

To summarize, your statement should
provide information not found in any
other part of your file. Although inter-
views are not part of the admissions
process, personal statements can
serve as "interviews on paper."

The Levin College of Law strongly en-
courages candidates to submit no more
than four letters of evaluation for their
file. Letters should evaluate the ap-
plicant's academic performance, extra-
curricular activities, community service,

and/or employment. They should not
be personal recommendations.

Candidates have two options for sub-
mitting 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. OR
* Directly to the college If appli-
cants elect to submit letters directly
to the law school, they should come
in standard business letter format
on letterhead accompanied by the
pdf cover form located on the UF
Law Admissions Web site at www.
law.ufl.edu/admissions. Packets
from career planning offices are ac-
ceptable in lieu of individually sub-
mitted letters. (The college does not
acknowledge receipt of letters.)

Action on an application is taken once
all required materials are received.
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 Program
take the LSAT and the GRE, MCAT
or GMAT, and apply for admission to
both the College of Law and UF Grad-
uate School. Application deadlines
vary among programs. Contact the UF
Levin College of Law Student Affairs
Office and/or Graduate School depart-
mental coordinator for deadline infor-
mation. See Joint Degrees in the "Cur-
riculum" section of this publication for
more information. (This program is not
open to students who already have
earned one of the degrees.)

The Admissions Committee makes fi-
nal fall decisions for priority applicants
in late March/early April. Decisions for

secondary pool applicants are made
between April 1 and June 15. Ap-
plicants are immediately notified in
writing upon final decision. The col-
lege begins notifying applicants from
the time the first decision is made
(late November or early December)
until the class is filled using a "roll-
ing 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.

The Florida Board of Education and
University of Florida Board require
payment 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" deadline.

Instructions regarding payment proce-
dures can be found under Admissions
on the law school website.

Joint degree candidates who have
been admitted to both programs, and
accepted and confirmed Teach for
America candidates, are permitted to
defer admission offers from the Levin
College of Law. This process requires
that a formal petition be filed with the
Admissions Office, and approved prior
to the May 15 seat deposit payment

If candidates have questions regard-
ing the deferral process, they should
contact the Admissions Office and ask
to speak with a member of the profes-
sional staff. Non-joint degree admit-
tees seeking deferral for compelling
reasons will have their petitions evalu-
ated 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 online.

Applicants can request reconsidera-
tion only in cases where the appli-
cant has learned of (after applying to
the law school) significant informa-
tion that existed prior to the file com-
pletion deadline. Information about
events, such as grades or awards,
occurring after the file completion
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
reconsideration, and should be sub-
mitted to the Assistant Dean for Ad-
missions, University of Florida Levin
College of Law, 141 Bruton-Geer
Hall, P O. Box 117622, Gainesville,
FL 32611-7622. The top should be
plainly marked "Request for Reconsid-

All transfer candidates are required to
apply using the UF LSAC electronic
application 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, 2008, application and
file completion deadline for Spring
* March 1, 2009, application and file
completion deadline for Summer
* July 1, 2009, application deadline;
July 15, 2009, file completion
deadline for Fall 2009

(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 standing at their current institu-
tion and their academic rank is in the
upper third or higher after completion
of the required first-year, full-time cur-
riculum. Applicants who have received
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. UF Law
will transfer no more than 29 semes-
ter hours of credit.

Applicants must submit the following
information by the cited deadlines.
* Application filing options: See
This document 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 Admis-
sions by the cited file completion
deadline. The form must be accom-
panied by your official law school
* Current LSDAS Law School Report
from LSAC. By applying through
the UF LSAC electronic application
process, your report is automatically
* Statement to the Admissions Com-
mittee relating the applicant's rea-
sons for wanting to attend the Col-
lege of Law. This Statement should
only focus on your law school aca-
demic experience.
* Upon receipt of a completed appli-
cation, the Admissions Committee
will evaluate transfer requests based
on the following:
o Space availability
o Applicant's current law school re-
o Applicant's reasons for requesting a

All visitor candidates are required to
apply using the UF LSAC electronic
application 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, 2008, for spring
* April 1, 2009, for summer 2009
* July 1, 2009, for fall 2009

(Note: All deadlines are "in-hand"

Applicants who have completed two
years (four semesters) of study at an
ABA-accredited law school may ap-
ply for visitor 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.
Visitors may attend the college for up
to two academic terms.

Applicants must submit the follow-
ing information by the deadline listed
* Letter from the dean of the appli-
cant's law school granting permis-
sion 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 stu-
dent's degree from that law school.
* Official law school transcript show-
ing 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 Com-
mittee relating the applicant's rea-
sons for wanting to attend the UF
College of Law.

Other Important

Student Employment
As a full-time law school, the UF
Levin College of Law adheres to Amer-
ican Bar Association policy requiring
students to devote substantially all
of their working hours to the study of
law. Academic schedules and mini-
mum load requirements are designed
to reflect this policy.

First-year students are prohibited from
employment during the fall and spring
terms of their first year. Other students
are restricted to no more than 20
hours per week of employment during
the terms they are enrolled in classes.

Honor System
The UF College of Law Honor System
sets the highest standards of integrity
and professionalism, and provides
procedures 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, new and current UF
law students may visit www.law.ufl.
edu, click on Admissions, then Hous-
ing; which provides information on off-
/ on-campus housing as well as Law
Roommate Referal System.

Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who may
require academic and or classroom
accommodations should contact UF's
Disability Resources (a function of
the Dean of Students Office and the
Division of Student Affairs). Disabil-
ity Resources is located in Reid Hall
(PO. 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 disabili-
ties. Students who require adapted

facilities or services should contact the
Assignments Department in writing
as soon as possible to document their
disabilities and needs or requests.

Disabled students, as all students,
must meet the standard guidelines
used in determining housing eligibil-
ity. Students with print-related dis-
abilities may request housing publi-
cations in an alternative format. Stu-
dents with hearing disabilities may
request assistance from the Florida
Relay Service by phoning 800-955-
8771 (Voice/TDD).

Law School Tours and Campus Visits
Tours for prospective and admitted
students can be arranged Monday-
Friday when classes are in session.
(See "Important Dates" on page
50. Tours are not available during
holidays or term breaks.) Members
of the law school's Student Recruit-
ment Team (SRT) host the 30-minute
walking tours. For additional informa-
tion 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.

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. Admis-
sions staff can respond to questions
regarding receipt of required docu-
ments 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 tech-
nologies and network communica-
tions in all aspects of student life. We
believe it is imperative to prepare our
students to be technologically sophis-
ticated in the use of computers and

computerized legal research.
Because of this major emphasis on
access to network information, the
Levin College of Law requires that all
entering JD 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 software distributed free to law

students beginning with the Law
School Orientation 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 profes-
sor's Web site for downloading by

Important Dates

FALL SEMESTER 2008-09 2009-10 2010-2011
Introduction to Law School Aug. 20 Aug. 19 Aug. 18
and the Profession begins
Classes begin Aug. 25 Aug. 24 Aug. 23
Classes end Dec. 5 Dec. 4 Dec. 3
Exam/reading period begins Dec. 8 Dec. 5 Dec. 6
Exam/reading period ends Dec. 19 Dec. 18 Dec. 17

Classes begin Jan. 9 Jan. 4 Jan. 3
Classes end Apr. 24 Apr. 16 Apr. 15
Exam/reading period begins Apr. 27 Apr. 19 Apr. 18
Exam/reading period ends May 8 Apr. 30 Apr. 29
Graduation May 15 May 7 May 6

Classes begin May 21 May 10 May 16
Classes end July 10 June 28 July 16
Exam/reading period begins July 13 June 29 July 11
Exam/reading period ends July 17 July 6 July 15
Graduation (no ceremony) Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Aug. 1

Information about calendar dates is available at
http://www.law.ufl.edu/calendars/academic/. Dates subject to change

* Students may use laptops in the
classroom for notetaking and for class
purposes as directed by the professor.
Other uses are not permitted, includ-
ing, but not limited to, e-mail, chat
rooms, instant messaging, ecom-
merce, game playing, etc.

The college maintains a limited number
of computers providing free access to
e-mail, the Internet, word processing,
and other applications on the law school
network. A GatorLink account, avail-
able after registration, is necessary to
use any computer on campus, including
wireless access from a personal com-
puter. The GatorLink account will be
your official University of Florida (UFL)
e-mail address to which important ad-

The computer must run Microsoft
Windows XP Professional Edition or
Microsoft Windows Vista Business or
Ultimate, include a CD/DVD drive,
a wireless Ethernet port for network
connectivity at the law school (and
broadband connectivity Cable or
DSL at home), and a modem meet-
ing at least the v.90 standard for
those without broadband at home and
for use when traveling. Detailed spec-
ifications, including comments regard-
ing Microsoft Vista, are available from
the UF Law web site: http://www.law.

Because of rapidly changing tech-
nologies and prices, the college does
not recommend specific hardware

All computer applications used at
the law school, including electronic
courseware and examination soft-
ware, run under Microsoft Windows.
Electronic work is often required to
be submitted using Microsoft Word
or WordPerfect. All professors will as-
sume students have portable comput-
ers that meet these minimum require-
ments. The Levin College of Law fol-
lows UF's WiFi 802.1 lb/g standard.
Please check http://net-services.ufl.
edu/wireless for specifications, com-
patibility 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 com-


* January 15, 2009
Filing deadline for Priority Pool.
* March 1, 2009
File completion deadline for
Priority Pool.
* May 1,2009
Filing deadline for Secondary Pool.
* May 15, 2009
File completion deadline for
Secondary Pool.

* October 1, 2008
Spring 2009 application/file
completion deadline.
* March 1, 2009
Summer 2009 application/file
completion deadline.
* July 1, 2009
Fall 2009 application deadline.
* July 15, 2009
Fall 2009 file completion deadline.

* December 1, 2008
Spring 2009 application/file
completion deadline.
* March 1, 2009
Summer 2009
application/file completion
* July 1, 2009
Fall 2009 application/
file completion deadline.

NOTE: All deadlines are "in-hand" dates. Any deadline falling on a
weekend or holiday automatically moves forward to the next business day.

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.

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 access is available in the
UF bookstore on CD-ROM at a nomi-
nal cost.

puter. 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 encour-
aged to come to law school with a
computer that meets the minimum
specifications as determined by the
law school. For more information,
please contact Computing Services
at computingservices@law.ufl.edu.


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