New law school enrolls first class

Their applications have been screened against hundreds of other aspiring students. They have waited on the decision from the admissions committee and they have been accepted as law students.

Headed by Dean Percy Luney, FAMU’s law school opened its doors to its first class in more than thirty years this fall.

Now the test that will determine the success of not only the students, but the law school as well, has begun.

The law school’s course curriculum is as diverse as the ethnic makeup of the students at the Orlando campus which includes a blend of blacks, whites and Asian-Pacific Islanders.

Of the 89 students attending the school this fall, 56 are full time and 33 are part-time.

First year, full-time students must carry at least 15 hours of standard and foundation courses that include civil procedures, criminal law, legal methods and other courses. Their part-time counterparts must carry a minimum of 11 hours.

“We want to provide a law school with high academic standards and promote scholarship,” said Renee Washington, the school’s registrar. “We want to ensure legislation is consistent with providing minorities