Stetson University College of Law


As Florida’s first law school, Stetson has educated outstanding lawyers, judges and community leaders for more than a century. Stetson is a top-100 law school, ranked #1 in trial advocacy and #3 in legal writing by U.S. News & World Report, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and Association of American Law Schools.

Stetson University College of Law is an active part of the Tampa Bay metro area, with its main law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg and a satellite center in Tampa. The law school is a part of Stetson University, with a College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Music in DeLand, and a university satellite center in Celebration.

Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz leads a diverse team of faculty, administrators and staff according to the mission and values of the College of Law and Stetson University.

Stetson at a Glance

  • Ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy and No. 3 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report
  • Individual attention to student needs
  • Talented, accessible faculty who excel in their fields
  • State-of-the-art library and classrooms
  • Seven courtrooms
  • J.D. certificates of concentration in advocacy, elder law, environmental law, international law and social justice
  • Dual degree and joint degree options: J.D./LL.M. in Advocacy, J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.H., J.D./M.I.E.L. in International Economic Law, and J.D./M.E.B.L in European Business Law
  • LL.M. degrees in advocacy, elder law and international law
  • One of few U.S. law schools to share space with a working court, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal
  • The first law school in Florida to require pro bono service by students and faculty
  • Excellent career development and bar preparation services. Recently named one of the Best LLM Programs for Career Opportunities by International Jurist Magazine.
  • Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law
  • Home to Institutes for Biodiversity Law, Caribbean Law, Legal Communication, and Veterans Law
  • Home to four academic journals: Stetson Law Review, Journal for International Aging Law and Policy, Journal for International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law
  • Honors program for top-ranked students
  • 45 student organizations
  • National and world champion advocacy teams
  • Wide variety of clinic and internship opportunities
  • Vibrant campus life with diverse student organizations, interscholastic activities and competitions
  • Eight study abroad and six foreign exchange programs
  • Main law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg with satellite center near downtown Tampa

7 Great Reasons to Consider Stetson Law:

  • The strength of our academic programs.

Stetson professor teaches classWe are proud to be ranked #1 for trial advocacy and #3 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report. Stetson is also a leader in the areas of elder law, biodiversity-environmental law, higher education law, international law, social justice, veterans law, Caribbean law, and other areas of legal study. Stetson offers five J.D. certificate of concentration programs, more than 60 skills electives, and joint or dual-degree options for J.D./LL.M., J.D./M.B.A., and J.D./M.P.H.

  • Opportunities to gain practical legal experience.

Clinical education participantsStetson offers students more than 400 clinic and externship opportunities annually across the Tampa Bay, Florida metropolitan area. With more than 30 clinic and externship courses at approximately 60 hosting organizations, Stetson joins a handful of other law schools across the country who guarantee that every student can participate in a clinic or externship course during law school.

  • Scholarships for lowering the cost of higher education.

Stetson student veteranIn Fall 2015, 55% of new J.D. students received scholarships. All admitted first-year students are automatically considered for multi-year scholarships. Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, Stetson will support an unlimited number of qualified veterans or eligible dependents with the GI Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • A beautiful campus located in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida.

Stetson Law campusStetson’s 21-acre, palm-tree lined main campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg was once a 1920s resort frequented by Babe Ruth and other celebrities. Today, our historical buildings are supplemented with 3,920 network connections, seven working courtrooms, 50 library group study rooms, a swimming pool, and a law library with more than 419,000 volumes. Need a break from studying? Trip Advisor’s #4-ranked best beach (St. Pete Beach) is five minutes from campus.

  • Faculty who love teaching law and care about students’ success.

Stetson professor advises studentOur professors are involved in almost every aspect of campus life and are passionate about working with students both inside and outside the classroom. Faculty from throughout the law school spend time serving as mentors, advising student organizations, and coaching advocacy teams. Our faculty are authors, lawyers, and leaders in their areas of legal expertise.

  • Career development services for both students and graduates.

Career development staff advises studentAn accessible career development staff supports students with individual coaching sessions, group meetings and programs. Stetson’s “Career Toolkit” workshop series provides a framework for career planning and job searching. Our staff has established relationships with the Tampa Bay area legal community and works to help graduates find their ideal careers.

  • Study abroad programs in the Cayman Islands, Cuba, England, South Korea, Spain, and The Netherlands.

Stetson study abroad participantsOur students can explore the world while earning academic credit and meeting legal experts in faraway countries. In addition to Stetson’s summer abroad and semester programs, Stetson also has international exchange agreements with universities in Australia, England, Ireland, France, and Spain.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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International Law LL.M.

Campus Full time Part time 1 year August 2017 USA Gulfport + 1 more

The LL.M. in International Law is an intensive one-year course that leads to an advanced legal degree in international law. Stetson Law's program accommodates the specialization needs of both experienced practicing attorneys [+]

Stetson University Stetson University, College of Law is ranked #1 in trial advocacy and #3 in legal writing by the prestigious U.S. News and World Report in 2016. Effective advocacy and legal writing skills are two of the most important skills of a successful lawyer, and Stetson’s commitment to teaching advocacy and legal writing is unmatched. Stetson is proud to be a leader in these areas. Located in a safe and friendly campus in beautiful Gulfport, Florida, Stetson’s LL.M. in International Law is an intensive one-year course that accommodates the specialization needs of both experienced practicing attorneys and recent law school graduates from the U.S. and abroad. The curriculum prepares graduates to enter the global marketplace thoroughly prepared for positions in business, government, teaching and international law practice or related professions.

 Courses emphasize professionalism, leadership and business skills in addition to training in the law. Applicants may either opt for a general LL.M. in International Law (for those interested in international public or international private law) or an LL.M. with an emphasis in international environmental law or international business law. “What makes the ‘Stetson experience’ really special is their system of practical coaching…and focus on giving you a real life experience... The professionalism and diligence I acquired at Stetson will always  be my second nature.” Michal Homza, LL.M. ‘12 Owner of Regenezis, s.l.o. Slovak Republic Stetson's LL.M. in International Law program features: Guided study through mentorships with prominent international law faculty Two-week introduction to U.S law for foreign attorneys Two semester, 24-credit program on Stetson’s safe and friendly campus in Tampa Bay, Florida Scholarships are available for outstanding students interested in international law Curriculum and Program Duration 
Full-time students complete the requirements for the LL.M. degree in one academic year (fall and spring). Candidates for the LL.M. degree must successfully complete 24 hours of academic credit, and will normally take no more than four classes per semester. Most classes are three credits. All students enrolled in an emphasis program must attend on a full-time basis. Part-time students may enroll in as few as one course per semester and as many as three courses per semester. Part-time students are allowed a full three-year period to complete all requirements of the degree. Courses Offered in Following Areas Courses are available in a wide array of subjects including, but not limited to: Advocacy and Skills Business and Corporate Law Civil Law Criminal Law Elder Law Environmental Law Family Law Health Law Higher Education Law Intellectual Property Law International and Comparative Law Jurisprudence and Legal History Labor and Employment Law Property Law and Probate Public Interest Law Public Law Tax Law Emphasis Programs Applicants of the International Law LL.M. Program may also decide to apply to one of our emphasis programs in International Business Law or International Environmental Law. These exclusive programs give students the opportunity to: Team teach courses Participate on competition teams Research and write in area of interest Engage in small discussion groups One on one advising/mentorship by faculty member Scholarships 
Scholarships are available for outstanding students interested in international law. The Scholarship Application PDF must be submitted to the attention of the Director of International Programs, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707 or via email at

 Application Deadline One class is admitted each August, with the preferred application deadline due by July 1 of each year. Late applications may be accepted, time and space permitting. The Faculty Committee on Admissions will consider applications on a rolling basis. International Students: APPLY EARLY. It can take up to three months (or more) processing time for students to receive their student visa (F-1 visa). We would recommend students needing a student visa apply before April 1st. Note: The application fee for 2016-2017 admission has been waived. About Stetson Law 
Founded in 1900 as Florida's first law school, Stetson University College of Law is a leader in international legal education. Stetson is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools. Stetson offers a welcoming environment for lawyers around the world, with renowned professors who share the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace.  

 About Tampa Bay, Florida
 Stetson Law's primary campus is nestled within the residential beachfront community of Gulfport, a tranquil place to live and work that is contiguous with the city of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is a part of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay has numerous options for recreation, entertainment and exercise. In addition to popular attractions such as Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo, students can find nature trails, bike paths, tennis and golf clubs, fishing piers, and other diversions from academic pressure. [-]


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