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College of Law Achieves Largest Enrollment in School History with 2011 Entering Class
Justice E.C. Perry, Florida Supreme Court (left), administers the Oath of Professionalism to FAMU College of Law first-year students during fall 2011 Orientation.

August 30, 2011

Orlando, Fla.
– The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law began the 2011-2012 academic year with the largest enrollment in its history, 721 students.  This includes an entering class of 276 full-time day and part-time evening students.  Classes began Monday, August 15, 2011, following a week of orientation activities for the incoming class.

During the week of orientation, students had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the law school environment.  Activities included preview classes, introductions to various law school departments, legal writing diagnostics, and an introduction to the legal profession during a panel discussion featuring area judges and attorneys.  Comparable sessions are held to accommodate the 207 students in the full-time day program and the 69 students in the part-time evening program. 

Students also participated in the Oath of Professionalism - a tradition which sets the standard for conduct at the FAMU College of Law.  The Oath was administered by the Honorable James E.C. Perry, Florida Supreme Court Justice, to students participating in the day program, and by the Honorable Hubert Grimes, Circuit Judge Seventh Circuit, to evening program students.

The 2011 entering class brings an academic background that is as diverse as the FAMU College of Law, which has consistently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top five 'Most Diverse Law Schools in the Nation' since 2007 – achieving the top rank on three occasions.  The majors range from literature and business administration to philosophy and mechanical engineering.  Nearly 50 percent of the majors are in the social sciences, which include criminology, pre-law, public affairs and political science.

The following are some quick facts on the students entering this fall.
  • 1,891 applications received
  • 207 full-time students
  • 69 part-time students
  • 22 states represented
  • 102 colleges represented
  • 55 percent women
  • 58 percent minority
  • 25 median age
  • 18 percent non-Florida residents
The FAMU College of Law was founded in 1949 on the main campus in Tallahassee.  After graduating 57 lawyers, the law school was closed by the state of Florida in 1968. The Florida Legislature voted to reopen the law school in 2000 and Orlando was selected as the location. The re-established FAMU College of Law opened its doors in 2002 and is now housed in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood.  The FAMU College of Law received full accreditation from the American Bar Association in July 2009, and has consistently been ranked in the top five for Diversity by U.S. News & World Report since 2007 -- achieving the top rank on three occasions.

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