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Friday, January 25, 2013

Ground Control to Major Tom: Florida Space Coast School of Law to Open in Fall 2013

Space-OddityDaytona Times:  Attorney: Law School Not Coming to Daytona:

A Jacksonville attorney said “plans are still full steam ahead” to start a law school, but it will not be in Daytona Beach. ... [Attorney Eric] would not tell the Daytona Times the new proposed location of the school but said plans are for the partners to open it later this year.  The Daytona Times was able to learn that they are looking at a site in South Daytona. ...

Working with Smith are Steven Nemerson, an attorney who would be the school’s dean, and developer Jim Catlett. They hope to initially enroll 80 students and grow the student body to 600 as well as secure accreditation from the ABA, according to the National Law Journal. Plans also call for the school to keep costs low by focusing on attracting practicing attorneys to teach.

Those involved say the school, which will be called the Florida Space Coast School of Law, would emphasize public service and pro bono work, and foster a cooperative, rather than competitive, atmosphere. Nemerson and Smith believe the lower cost of education isn’t the only thing that will set them apart from Florida’s 12 other law schools. The new law school’s founders also plan to use practicing attorneys and judges as faculty.

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They seem to be trying to latch onto the stellar reputation of Florida Coastal.

Posted by: Bland | Jan 25, 2013 3:31:03 PM

"They hope to initially enroll 80 students and grow the student body to 600"

"Florida’s 12 other law schools."

If this thing gets accreditation, what useful purpose does the ABA serve?

Posted by: john | Jan 25, 2013 5:15:45 PM

So law schools are closing, but they're opening, as well? Is this a genuine crisis, or one that is being manipulated for private advantage?

Posted by: michael livingston | Jan 26, 2013 5:59:08 AM

No law school has closed, yet, but class sizes are shrinking, hiring freezes have been put in place, and at least one school is going to be buying out tenured profs to reduce faculty.

In less than five years, law school applicants have dropped from a high of around 100,000 to an expected 52-54,000 this year.

But Mr. Livingston is right, there is nothing to see here.

Posted by: john | Jan 26, 2013 7:57:27 PM