We are Florida's most prestigious law school, with a 100-year legacy of leadership and public service. We are an integral part of the University of Florida; a leading land-grant university that also happens to offer what many believe are some of the country's most exciting athletic programs. With Gainesville's attributes as an active and engaging college town, not to mention the great weather, we have a wonderful location where students can create enduring relationships and build some great memories as they earn their degrees.
6. What do you look for in recommendation letters? How important is it that the letter's writer has worked regularly with the candidate in an office or school setting? Do you put much weight on letters from prominent public figures who may not know the applicant well?
Recommendations should be from professors or employers who know the applicant well and who can speak very specifically about their academic experience, skills and abilities. Letters from prominent public figures who do not know the applicant well are not helpful.
7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?
Applicants who apply by the deadline can expect a decision by the end of April the latest. We use a modified rolling admissions process; applications are reviewed as soon as they are completed but do not necessarily receive a decision in this order. With an applicant volume of more than 3,400 applications, ours is a comparative review process and often applications are held and re-reviewed against other applications as they are completed.
8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?
About 66 percent of our 2009 graduates were employed in private practice, 10.9 percent by the government, 8.2 percent in business/industry, 4.8 percent in public interest, 4.6 percent in judicial clerkships, 2.9 percent in academia, and 2.4 percent in the military. Top employers included Foley & Lardner, Proskaur Rose, Bryan Cave, Holland & Knight, White & Case, Greenberg Traurig, Shook Hardy, and Hunton & Williams.
9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
Some things that may reflect poorly on an applicant are: typos in the personal statement and/or throughout the application, not abiding by specific instructions in the application regarding length of essays, résumés, etc., not revealing disciplinary matters, and using recommenders who do not know them well and cannot speak specifically about their skills and ability to be successful law students.
10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
Our student body possesses first-rate qualifications and a broad range of backgrounds and experience. Students come from throughout the southeast and the nation, representing more than 85 colleges throughout the country. Some come directly from earning their bachelor's degrees while others have experience in their first field of choice, including accounting, business, education and journalism.
Our students benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that includes more than 100 elective courses, advanced courses, seminars, certificate programs, joint degree programs, and study abroad programs. In addition, UF Law works closely with organizations, agencies and legal services groups to provide students opportunities to gain practical experience though internships, externships, and pro bono work both in and outside of Florida. The UF Law experience is further enhanced by students' participation in moot court competitions, journal activities and clinical programs.