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Quick Facts

  • 2014 - Year the department and college hosted the American Mock Trial Association's National Championship Mock Trial Tournament in Orlando (on April 11-13, 2014)
  • ~40% - Percentage of legal studies graduates accepted into law school within two years following graduation (about 38% actually matriculate)
  • 246 - Number of bachelor's degrees in legal studies awarded in 2015-16
  • 8 - Number of UCF Moot Court students who won a bid to the 2016 ACMA Championship Tournament
  • 10 - Number of students participating in the "Comparison of the Legal Systems of the U.S. and Great Britain" study-abroad program in England in 2016

Mailing Address

Department of Legal Studies
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
12805 Pegasus Drive
Suite 343
Orlando, FL 32816

Phone: 407-823-1670
Fax: 407-823-3110

Upcoming Events

  • 2016

    • November 14, 2016
      Book Study Series: Between the World and Me

      On November 14th the Center for Law and Policy will be discussing the New York Times Bestseller, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between the World and Me tells attempts to make sense of race in America for his adolescent son in the form of an open letter. To join in the discussion, please check out the Center's Facebook page.

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Distinguished Speakers Series

The Center for Law and Policy brings distinguished speakers to the campus to discuss contemporary issues in law in the United States and around the world. See the Events links (above) to learn more.

Previous distinguished speakers include:

  • Professor Peter Zablotksy, Touro Law Center
  • Professor Larry Birdsong, Barry University School of Law
  • Jeff Ashton, State Attorney, Ninth Circuit
  • Federal District Judge Svetlana Zinovieva, Russia
  • Lawrence Walters, Esq., Walters Law Group

Students put in an enormous amount of time preparing for and competing in these tournaments. They develop critical thinking, public speaking and leadership skills that will serve them the rest of their lives.
— James Beckman,  Legal Studies Department Chair
I truly love my job and can say that your class and teaching helped push me to where I am today.”
— Daniel Friedline,  2013 graduate, former student of Instructor Mark Woodlock and city of Orlando employee
Teaching has made me a better lawyer in the courtroom and a better person in our community.
— Patricia Cashman,  Trial Attorney and Adjunct Faculty Member
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