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Fredric G. Levin College of Law

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A renowned faculty, comprehensive Juris Doctor curriculum, unique special- certificate programs, innovative centers and institutes, expanding global curriculum, and affordable tuition make the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law the first choice for many students who desire a law degree.

The college’s curricular strengths include tax law, business law, estates and trusts, environmental law, dispute resolution, international law, intellectual property law, criminal law, and family and children law—all with an emphasis on developing the highest standards of professional conduct.

Through programs offered on campus and abroad, students gain international experience for today’s competitive job market. In addition, UF law students assist in research conducted by the Center for Governmental Responsibility, housed at the law school. The center has influenced many state, national and international environmental and social policy decisions during the past 20 years.

Students research cases and study in one of the largest academic law libraries in the southeastern United States. The Legal Information Center houses more than 609,000 volumes and extensive computer and audio-visual resources.

The three-year curriculum develops students’ analytical ability, knowledge of the theory and practice of law, communications skills, and an understanding of the codes of professional responsibility and ethics central to the practice of law. Students experience a variety of teaching methods, including the traditional case and Socratic methods, as well as problems, simulations, role-playing, videotaping, computer-assisted instruction and interaction with actual clients. After completing first-year requirements, students can tailor their course load to fit their interests and career plans.

Enrollment is approximately 1,200, including about 60 lawyers in the Graduate Tax Program. Dozens of co-curricular and extracurricular organizations support a rich and diverse student life.

Florida is home to many prominent and skilled attorneys and judges, a number of which are actively involved in teaching and practical skills training of UF law students. Because writing skills are critical to success in the legal profession, these skills are developed through required courses and a nationally acclaimed legal drafting program.

The college is named for alumnus Fredric G. Levin of Pensacola, a prominent trial lawyer who made possible a $20 million endowment to support excellence in legal education. The college is housed in Holland and Bruton-Geer Halls. Construction on an expanded law library, to be known as the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center, and a new Student/Faculty Academic Center began in April 2003.

Since its establishment in 1909, the College of Law has been educating leaders in law, business, education and government. The college is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

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