Jacksonville University welcomed its inaugural class of law students as it launched the first new law school in the state of Florida in more than 20 years.
Jacksonville University College of Law Dean Nick Allard, JU President Tim Cost, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry cut the ribbon on the College of Law’s downtown location on the 18th floor of VyStar Tower.
The 14 students – seven women and seven men – were selected from a pool of several hundred candidates and are attending courses right in the heart of the city and just a 10-minute walk from the Duval County Courthouse.
Centrally located in the heart of the city, this downtown location is just a 10-minute walk from the Duval County Courthouse, allowing students to access its premier legal references and resources and gain exposure to the practice of law as they watch judges and lawyers at work.
Jacksonville University has been teaching in VyStar Tower since 2017, offering mostly graduate courses in this location. The 18th floor, which was updated this summer in preparation for the new JU College of Law, features modern classrooms, collaborative meeting spaces, faculty and staff offices, and the College of Law Library and Resource Center.
While the students take a full schedule of classes Monday through Thursday, Fridays are reserved for professional development in which students will engage with practicing attorneys and participate in experiential learning opportunities.
The College is currently accepting applications for its next cohort, which will begin classes in January of 2023. The priority deadline to apply for the Spring term is November 4. Students can apply at www.ju.edu/law.
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