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FSU is #1 law school in the state, latest U.S. News ranking says


Florida State University’s College of Law, in a Tuesday email blast, announced it was “Florida’s #1 law school,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 ranking of the nation’s law schools.

FSU Law was No. 45 overall, besting the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, which came in at No. 49.

The University of Miami’s law school was No. 61, Stetson University was No. 93, Florida International University was No. 100, according to the report.

Ranks for Ave Maria School of Law, Barry University, Florida A&M University, Florida Coastal School of Law and St. Thomas University were not published.

“We are thrilled that U.S. News has rated us the #1 law school in Florida,” FSU Law Dean Don Weidner said in a release. “The student success at getting jobs shows the value of a degree from Florida State.”

FSU attributes its rank to “the school’s extremely strong employment rates.”

The school previously reported that about 66 percent of its Class of 2012 is working in a full-time, long-term job that requires bar passage. Its tuition and fees over three years are roughly $60,000 for residents and twice that for out-of-staters.

Despite the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ admonition that “more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available,” state lawmakers continue to subsidize the cost of a public law education.

FSU Law, for example, has said it received roughly $3 million in “state allocation” in 2012-13, and UF Law got $13.6 million in “gross state appropriations” that same year.

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