UF LAW DIVERSITY
Classrooms filled with men and women from diverse
backgrounds and experiences lead to a better education
and a healthier understanding of how the world works.
At the Levin College of Law, we understand this. We also understand that classrooms filled with a mosaic of personalities
contribute to valuable dialogue in our increasingly global and multicultural world. Most important, they result in much-needed
diversity in the legal profession and, ultimately, in a more just legal system. For these reasons, one of the core missions at the
University of Florida law school is to actively try to fill our classrooms with a balance of students of every race, religion, class,
belief system and sexual orientation. We still have a way to go, but we are moving in the right direction.
The Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida has qualities that may be right for you. As the oldest and most
prestigious law school in the state, UF is recognized as one of the nation's most comprehensive, highly regarded law schools as
well as one of the best values available.
With about 400 students in each entering class, the college is sizeable enough to support
an abundance of interests, aptitudes and talents. In the average entering class, students
come from more than 90 different colleges and universities throughout the country and
abroad. About 23 percent of entering students in 2005 were minorities, with female
enrollment at 45 percent.
Many students come straight from college, but others bring work experience
in professions as varied as classical music and journalism, law enforcement and
Other factors are pretty impressive, too:
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
Newly-expanded facilities and technology are state-of-the-art and are
designed around a central courtyard to foster personal connections
New legal information center is the largest in the Southeast
and among the top 20 in the country
Graduate Tax Program consistently ranks in the nation's top two
(No. 1 among American Association of University public schools)
Children and Family Law considered among the best
No. 12 in Environmental Law (No. 5 among AAU public
No. 13 in Trial Advocacy in 2005 (No. 3 among AAU public
In the "Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics," according to
Hispanic Business Review (fourth time in last five years)
The energy and diversity of our
students foster useful discussions
out of the classroom, too. The law
school has more than 40 student
groups, including the Asian Et Pacific
American Law Student Association,
Christian Legal Society, Jewish Law
Students Association and Spanish
American Law Students Association.
In 2005, a member of the Florida
chapter of the Black Law Student
Association served as the president
of the National Black Law Students
Association (NBLSA), helping increase
membership in the organization by
33 percent and participation in trial
competitions by 50 percent. Other
members of UF's BLSA chapter
continue to serve in leadership roles
in the national organization.
It is easy to desire a more diverse student body, but it is
the muscle behind the mandate that communicates who
and what the Levin College of Law truly hopes to be.
Initiatives with students, faculty and staff currently include:
* Recruitment assistance from current students and alumni
SIndividualized attention for applicants during the admissions process
* A personal welcome and assistance with the transition to law school
i Conferences, classes and other functions to discuss race, ethnicity and sexual
SFinancial and administrative support for student minority organizations
* Legal Ease, a series of discussions in which professors and practicing attorneys
share tips for dealing with the stresses of law school, balancing life and work,
and finding the right career path. Confidential group counseling sessions also
are available for minority law school students
* Social events such as a barbecue, ice cream get together and music night
SA weekend-long reunion, with a prominent banquet speaker, held annually for
current and past members of the UF chapter of the Black Law
* A "Wall of Distinction," a historical chronology of the college's
diversity efforts and the accomplishments of distinguished
minority alumni. A kiosk in the library will feature Virgil Hawkins
and the story of his struggles to gain admittance in the 1950s
* A diversity advisory group that systematically assesses the
quality of life of the law school community as a whole and
for minority groups within that community. The guiding
principle is that intolerance will not be tolerated.
* Mentoring programs with supportive law firms and alumni
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Gainesville ranks as one of the best places to live in the
nation, thanks to a dynamic community, lush natural
environment and the benefits of a major university.
THE GAINESVILLE EXPERIENCE
Gainesville is the consummate big college town, and the University of Florida is the consummate big college
campus. Even the busiest law student will find time to take advantage of the constant cultural and sports events,
as well as enjoy the lush natural environment.
The university offers a surprising assortment of activities -theatre, dance, music,
numerous student organizations, and a student center with activities ranging from
bowling to trivia night.
There are several UF institutes and organizations that support multicultural-
ism, including the Asian American Student Union, Institute of Black Culture,
Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, Native American Indian Council and
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs.
There also is a sizable international student population in Gainesville,
with more than 130 countries represented.
COME FOR A VISIT
We would be happy to provide you with a tour of the
law school, which is available weekdays when classes
are in session. Current law students will host your\ -
30-minute walking tour so you can ask questions and
get a sense of what it's like to be a student at UF \
To schedule a tour, call 352-273-0890 or toll-free
These helpful students, who are part of the Student
Recruitment Team, also can help you apply to the
Levin College of Law. In addition, Admissions Office
staff members are available to assist you, answer
questions about the status of your file, and meet with
you for a prearranged counseling appointment.
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U.S. POSTAGE PAID
PERMIT NO. 94
UF ] Levin College of Law
UF UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
P.O. Box 117622
Gainesville, FL 32611-7622