Florida Coastal School of Law is excited to announce the creation of its first-ever Honors Society, designed to reward the top 30 percent of the 1L class with a number of amenities including opportunities for preferred legal work experience, summer living stipends, and enhanced scholarships.
The creation of our new Honors Society reinforces our commitment to rewarding academic achievement. We anticipate that future Honors Society members will be significant contributors inside and outside of the classroom, and will become leaders in the profession. We are hopeful that, should you earn an invitation to our Honors Society, you will accept.
Honors Program Features
Recognition at Graduation – Honors program participation will be reflected on the students record upon graduation.
1L Summer Legal Work Experience –obtaining legal work experience while in Law School is a strong predictor of successful employment upon graduation from Law School. In order to participate in this program a student must sign the Honors Summer Legal Work Experience Program Agreement and accomplish the prerequisites described in the agreement.
Students ranked in the top 10% of their class - Coastal Law will locate a judicial externship for students in the top 5% of the class, and it will locate a non-judicial externship for students in the top 6-10% of the class. In the unlikely event that a student completes the terms and conditions in the Honors Summer Legal Work Experience Program Agreement but is not able to be placed in the externship described in the preceding paragraph, FCSL will provide $2,000 towards tuition for the summer session following the student’s 1L year.
All Honor students participating in the program, regardless of class rank, are eligible to receive a $1,500 living stipend for all externships outside of the greater Jacksonville area (outside 100 mile radius of downtown Jacksonville). The externship must be in compliance with ABA standards and Coastal Law requirements as approved by the Externship Faculty Supervisor. This applies to externships arranged by the student or by Coastal Law.
Mentoring Programs – All members of the Coastal Honors Society are eligible to participate in both of the following mentoring programs:
- Faculty mentoring throughout law school to provide guidance on law school success, career planning, and personal and social interactions for professional development.
- Alumni mentoring representing a wide variety of practice areas to share experience and advice about what to expect in law practice.
Enhanced Scholarship Program – All members of the Honors Program are eligible for an enhanced scholarship program based on their 1st semester academic performance. The scholarship amounts vary by class rank and are announced during the Fall Semester of each year. These scholarships are automatically renewed each year regardless of changes in class rank or GPA so long as the student remains in good standing.
Eligibility - Full-time students starting in Fall 2012 or later by Dean’s invitation based primarily on having a class rank of 30% or better.