May 23, 2012
Orlando, Fla. – Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) recent graduates will not have to shoulder the majority of costs associated with their legal education when they become law students in the fall. Jasmine Anthony and Raquel Perry became the first recipients of FAMU All-Stars full-tuition scholarships to attend the College of Law.
The FAMU All-Stars Scholarship is based on an initiative aimed at attracting the most gifted students from the main campus to attend the College of Law in Orlando. The program identifies top academic performing undergraduate students who express an interest in studying law. The academic All-Stars are encouraged to participate in a pre-law program on the main campus that culminates with an All-Stars Tour to Orlando. The College of Law hosted nine of the FAMU All-Stars for the two-day introductory program in February. Perry was a participant on the inaugural tour.
The scholarship recipients were formally presented with the FAMU All-Stars scholarships by College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell during a ceremony held at Jones Hall on the main campus. Dean Pernell was accompanied by Karemah Manselle, assistant director of Financial Aid; Carlotta Mitchell, Title III program specialist; and Camille Thompson, assistant director, College of Law Admissions.
Although Anthony and Perry were the first recipients of the full scholarships, several graduates were awarded with partial All-Stars scholarships. The students selected had previously applied for entrance to FAMU's College of Law after taking the Law School Admissions Test.
The College of Law will accept applications for admission until May 31, 2012. Prospective law students should contact the Office of Admissions at (407) 254-3286.
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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.