College of Law History

History of FAMU College of Law

FAMU College of Law is Established

The FAMU College of Law is established by the state Board of Control.

First Class Starts

The first class enters law school at FAMU.

First College Commencement

The first class at FAMU College of Law graduates.

Florida legislature votes to close the FAMU College of Law

The Florida legislature votes to close the FAMU law school and open a law school at Florida State University. Funds previously allocated for the FAMU law school were to be transferred to Florida State University’s law school.

The Board of Regents prohibits the College

The Board of Regents, the governing body of the State University System, prohibits FAMU from accepting a first-year law school class in 1966.

Final Commencement of Original College of Law

The final class graduates from the original FAMU College of Law.

Bill introduced to create Law Schools

A coalition of state legislators introduces bills to create law schools at Florida A&M University and Florida International University. The legislation passes and is signed by Governor Jeb Bush.

The Re-established FAMU College of Law Admits its First Class

The re-established FAMU College of Law admits its first class of 89 students for the fall in Orlando, Florida.

The College of Law Receives Provisional Accreditation

The College of Law receives provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association.

The Inaugural Class Graduates

The inaugural class graduates in the spring.

The College of Law Relocates

The law school relocates to its brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities at 201 Beggs Avenue in downtown Orlando.

The College of Law Receives Full Accreditation

The The American Bar Association Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar granted full approval to FAMU College of Law.

FAMU College of Law Admits its 10th First-Year Class

FAMU College of Law admits its 10th first-year class, including inaugural members of the FAMU All-Stars, and the largest contingency of FAMU undergraduate students.

Florida Bar Exam Pass Rate Exceeded the State Average

FAMU College of Law first-time Florida Bar Exam (February) pass rate exceeded the state average, achieving its highest rate to date. At 82.6 percent, the College of Law bested 5 of the 11 schools reported.

FAMU College of Law Maintains Full Accreditation

FAMU College of Law demonstrates full compliance with ABA standards and maintains full accreditation. Under the rules of the ABA, accredited law schools are visited and re-accredited every seven years.

Dean Jone the new Interim Dean

Leadership Changes at FAMU College of Law

Dean LeRoy Pernell returns to the faculty full time, effective June 30, 2015 and Associate Dean Darryll Jones was appointed Interim Dean, beginning July 1, 2015.

Permanent Dean Appointed

Angela Felecia Epps is appointed as Dean and Professor of Law, becoming the third permanent (and first female) dean in the College of Law’s history, beginning January 4, 2016.