Welcome to Ave Maria School of Law, a Catholic and Florida Law School
- A Catholic Law School Established in 1999
Ave Maria School of Law is an independent Florida law school established in 1999. At Ave Maria Law, our goal for law students is to create an educational philosophy that emphasizes the moral foundations of the law, presents insights from the Catholic intellectual tradition, and encourages a broader perspective of Florida law and its primary role in society.
This Florida law school encompasses a carefully curated curriculum designed to ensure our graduates will be well prepared to practice law in any jurisdiction and legal institution. Ave Maria School of Law students come to embrace the law as a vocation. They understand that the law, morality, and the common good are inextricably linked, and they leave their studies with a true understanding of the harmony of faith and reason, or Fides et Ratio, our motto. Our Florida law school provides a unique environment and sense of community where our students come to study law and attain their law degree in Florida. Situated on a 12-acre site in beautiful Naples located in southwest Florida, Ave Maria Law is just minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico. The atmosphere strikes a perfect balance between vibrant and relaxing. Our student body embraces a commitment to a community unified in faith allowing students to not only strive for their greatest success in law school, but also become the best person they can be on a personal level. As Southwest Florida’s law school, Ave Maria Law is a great choice for the study of law both from a professional and personal perspective. We look forward to hearing from you!
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- A Florida School of Law – Financial Aid
Financial assistance is available for those law students who qualify, to help pay for the cost of attendance at Ave Maria School of Law. The Office of Financial Aid helps qualified law students finance their law degree through a variety of sources, including law degree scholarships, federal loans and work-study programs. Of all Florida Law schools, we are dedicated to providing financial information and excellent customer service with accurate and timely delivery of financial aid required to assist in your Florida law degree.
- Academics – Law Degree Requirements
Our Florida law degree requires 90 credit hours for graduation, including a core curriculum of 74 credit hours (6 of which are elective experiential credits). A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for continued law school enrollment and graduation. Students begin their first year legal education with a one-credit week long course, Legal Skills Enrichment and Case Analysis (CASE), which introduces law students to the fundamental principles of legal analysis that they will employ throughout their legal careers. In addition, during their first year, law students take two-semester courses in Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Property, and Research, Writing, and Advocacy. Our law students also take a one-semester course in the Moral Foundations of the Law as well as a one-semester course in Criminal Law.
Required course offerings
The faculty at the Ave Maria School of Law are renowned for their teaching and research. Many are national leaders in the fields of Law and Religion. Additionally, Ave Maria School of Law Faculty bring a range of perspectives to their teaching. Ave Maria students give our faculty high marks both for the quality of their teaching and their accessibility. In more than one Princeton Review survey over the past several years, Ave Maria students gave our faculty very high ratings in the “Faculty Most Interesting” category and the “Faculty Most Accessible” category. One student is quoted on Cappex as saying, “Learning is always a joy, but the small family at Ave makes you feel as though the faculty and staff have invested in your education.”
- Great Career Outcomes
The Career Services Office is an important resource for our law students. As a top rated Florida law school, our goal is to educate and empower our law students in their professional development and to assist them during each phase of the career-search process. Our individualized and proactive approach is geared toward helping students identify and obtain meaningful professional and practical experience that is well suited to their interests and skills. An Ave Maria legal education provides a strong foundation for any number of career goals. We help students prepare for their careers with a commitment to the highest ethical and moral standards by making choices consistent with that commitment.
- Law Library
Located between the St. Thomas More Commons & the Faculty and Administration Building, the library is accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Exterior doors are locked (ID card access only) after 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, after 6 p.m. on Friday, and on weekends and holidays.
- AMSL Alumni Association
The Ave Maria School of Law Alumni Association is dedicated to serving the Ave Maria School of Law Alumni and helping the school achieve its unique and authentically Catholic mission. The association fosters communication, fellowship, and mutual assistance among alumni and the law school community. Promoting the involvement of alumni in the affairs and activities of the law school is also a goal of the association. Anyone upon whom Ave Maria School of Law has conferred the degree of Juris Doctor is eligible for regular membership for life.