Clinics include the Children and Families Clinic. Various internships are available. Externships include Mediation, Public Defender’s Office, Judicial, State Attorney’s Office, and Business.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 90 total credits, of which 53 to 55 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.8 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Methods, Legal Research and Writing I and II, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Business Organizations, Commercial Course, Evidence, Federal Taxation, Legal Research and Writing III, Perspectives Course, and Professional Responsibility. The required orientation program for first-year students is 5 days including instruction on legal briefing, mock class, practitioner’s panel, and time/stress management.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed the upper-division writing requirement.
In the fall 2007 first-year class, 2107 applied, 1167 were accepted, and 331 enrolled. Ten transfers enrolled. The median GPA of the most recent first-year class was 3.3.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are not interviewed.
The application deadline for fall entry is April 1. Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a personal statement, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, and 2 (Supplemental) letters of recommendation. Notification of the admissions decision is on a rolling basis. The latest acceptable LSAT test date for fall entry is February. The law school uses the LSDAS.
About 90% of current law students receive some form of aid. The average annual amount of aid from all sources combined, including scholarships, loans, and work contracts, is $33,277. Awards are based on merit. Required financial statement is the FAFSA. The aid application deadline for fall entry is June. First-year students are notified about their financial aid application after a seat deposit is received (commitment to enroll).
About 50% of the student body are women; 18%, minorities; 5%, African American; 4%, Asian American; 9%, Hispanic; and 1%, Native American. The average age of entering students is 26; age range is 20 to 59. About 3% drop out after the first year for academic or personal reasons; 97% remain to receive a law degree.
Students edit Barry University Law Review, the student newspaper The Advocate, and Moot Points. Law student organizations, local chapters of national associations, and campus organizations include Moot Court Board, St. Thomas More Society, Trial Advocacy Team, Phi Alpha Delta, Delta Theta Phi, Christian Legal Society, Hispanic American Association, James C. Collier Black Law Students Association, Environmental Law Society, Real Estate Committee, and Asian American Law Student Association.
The law school operates on a traditional semester basis. Courses for full-time students are offered both day and evening and must be completed within 6 semesters. For part-time students, courses are offered evenings only and must be completed within 8 semesters. New full- and part-time students are admitted in the fall. There is a summer session. Transferable summer courses are offered.