Diversity rules at FAMU Law – I’m a 1L and I have many friends attending who are single parents and hanging in and keeping up with the work. One of the best things about the school is that there are people from all over the world. In my class I have a lawyer from Checkoslovakia and another lawyer from China. There is also a local surgeon who wants to get his law degree as well as another attorney from from Florida – he didn’t graduate from an accredited law school 1st time around – although he’s been practicing for 20 years. We have students from Africa, Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico, Spain and - Florida. The ages of the students run from 22- 60 and it makes for interesting discussions. Everyone is smart in different ways & friendly. The mix of cultures, ages, attitudes, backgrounds make the experience a blast. Be prepared – the Professors are tough – and the workload is huge. The school is determined to rise and succeed now that it has accreditation – and nothing short of performing at your highest level is acceptable – they will kick you out if you can’t perform up to their expectations. At the same time the Professors are really willing to help- they have an open door policy – if you want help you will get it – but it is up to you to ask. So if you decide to come – be ready to go all out – as 1Ls we have 6 classes this spring – it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the best experience ever – I’m having the time of my life.
Out of curiosity, what is the reasoning behind the attorney going back to law school if he has been practicing for 20 years? Is he looking to be admitted by motion in another state that requires applicants to have graduated from an ABA accredited school?