Law Schools in Southwest Florida

by Casey Anderson

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) recognizes 11 law schools offering the Juris Doctor, or J.D., degree in Florida. The J.D. is a professional doctorate. Only one of the 11 law schools offering the J.D. is located in Southwest Florida: the Ave Maria School of Law. Southwest Florida spans the five coastal counties from Manatee County to Collier County. Some schools in the region offer a B.S. and an A.S. in programs of study related to law.

Ave Maria School of Law

The Ave Maria School of Law is a private university located in Naples, Florida. It is the only law school in Southwest Florida to offer the J.D. degree, as recognized by the LSAC.

Argosy University

Argosy University is a private university in Sarasota, Florida. The university does not offer an advanced law degree, although it does offer a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University is a public university in Fort Myers, Florida. The university does not offer an advanced law degree, but it does offer a B.S. in Legal Studies.

Southwest Florida College

Southwest Florida College is a private college with two campuses in Southwest Florida in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. The college does not offer an advanced law degree, though it does offer an A.S. and a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Paralegal.

Rasmussen College

Rasmussen College is a private college in Fort Myers, Florida. The college does not offer an advanced law degree, though it does offer an A.S. and a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Paralegal.

About the Author

Casey Anderson began writing newspaper stories in 2004 at the "Independent Florida Alligator" and the "Advocate." He has published research in the "Journal of Undergraduate Research" and fiction in the "Mangrove Literary Review." He also works as an ESL teacher and designs courses for language learners. He studied English at the University of Florida.

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