About FAMU

History

 

The College of Law’s rich tradition of excellence dates back to its original founding. On December 21,1949, a division of law was established at the then Florida A&M College, and the first class was admitted in 1951. In 1966, the Florida Board of Control (later known as the Board of Regents) withdrew its permission for the institution to admit law students, and two years later, the law school graduated its last class and closed its doors.

Between 1954 and 1968, the law school graduated 57 students – men and women who have gone on to make significant contributions to the legal profession within the state and throughout the nation.

Graduates of the Florida A&M University College of Law include:

  • Alcee L.Hastings, U.S. Congressman - ‘63
  • Arthenia L. Joyner, Florida State Representative - ‘68
  • Jesse J.McCrary,Jr., Former Florida Secretary of State - ‘65

The 2000 Florida Legislature unanimously passed legislation establishing a law school at Florida A&M University. The College of Law’s first class was admitted in Fall 2002 and graduated in Spring 2005.

Important Dates in the History of the Florida A&M University College of Law

1949:

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

1951:

The first class enters law school at FAMU.

1954:

The first class at FAMU College of Law graduates.

1965:

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.

1966:

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

1968:

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

2000:

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.

2002:

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

2004:

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

2005:

The inaugural class graduates in the spring. 

2006:

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