Orlando, Fla. – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law will welcome visitors for an open house and tailgate party just before FAMU and Bethune -Cookman University (BC-U) face-off during the Florida Classic game. The 7th Annual FAMU College of Law Classic Open House and Tailgate will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the law school campus, 201 Beggs Avenue in Downtown Orlando.
The Open House is geared toward potential law students, including current college students and graduates of all ages with an interest in attending law school. The prospective law students will receive an overview of the admissions process and financial aid information. The open house will also include a law student panel, with FAMU Law students discussing their experiences with event attendees. Tours of the College of Law will be available following the panel.
The tailgate party will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the College of Law Plaza near the Student Lounge. The event will feature music provided by D.J. P3, a FAMU College of Law favorite, playing music of yesterday, today and beyond. With a family-oriented atmosphere, the tailgate party will also offer prospects, students, alumni and friends an opportunity to fellowship. The City of Orlando will provide a non-stop, free shuttle service for football fans attending the game near Central Ave. and Hughey Ave., only blocks from the College of Law.
The annual event will also serve as a "homecoming" for FAMU College of Law Alumni. To date, the re-established College of Law has graduated more than 1000, with many alums practicing law in the Central Florida area. The FAMU College of Law Alumni Alliance will host a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar entitled "Strategic Planning for Law Firms: Knowing Your End Game," from 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. All practicing attorneys seeking CLE credit are encouraged to register for the seminar which will take attendees through the strategic planning process, and show how to begin to take control over the direction of their law firm. The cost for the seminar is $75 for general attorneys and $50 for FAMU College of Law Alumni. The seminar will provide 1.5 general credits. Limited parking will be provided for CLE attendees.
There is no cost to attend either the open house or tailgate event. Additional parking is available near the law school under Interstate-4. The event is presented by The Monts Law Firm, P.L., and sponsored by Post Apartment Homes; FAMU College of Law Student Bar Association (SBA); FAMU Black Law Students Association (BLSA); Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (PAD); and PNC Bank. For additional information, please contact 407.254.3268.
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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.