January 31, 2023


Creating Possibilities

JU debuts new regulation school in distinction to Jacksonville’s Florida Coastal

A 12 months following Jacksonville’s only regulation faculty shut, a different has opened to a heat reception.

But Jacksonville University’s new College of Regulation, in downtown office environment area a several blocks from the city’s courts, is promising to be something various from the for-earnings Florida Coastal College of Legislation, which shut down immediately after remaining lower off from federal university student loans.

“We’re not centered on building the most earnings,” Dean Nicholas W. Allard mentioned.  “We’re concentrated on having that investment … and returning it with desire.”

The returns supporters are expecting can be measured outside of harmony sheets.

“This is a serious talent have to have in Jacksonville,” mentioned Mayor Lenny Curry, whose administration has aided underwrite some of JU’s expenses. 

No other Florida city Jacksonville’s sizing is with no a regulation school, and lawyers say that gap can affect fields ranging from the selling price of attorneys to people’s capability to get help when they simply cannot spend for it.

The university “is heading to feed younger legal professionals into the market place,” mentioned James Poindexter, president of the younger attorneys section of the Jacksonville Bar Affiliation.

Poindexter explained he’s often contacted by regulation firms getting problems finding younger help.

“That just was not the case when Florida Coastal was pumping out lawyers in the hundreds every 12 months,” he said.

Nicholas Allard , dean of the Jacksonville University College of Law, greets  a guest at a celebration the college held Thursday to formally mark its debut. The school began holding classes for its first 14 students in early August.

That does not signify JU ought to mass-produce legal professionals, on the other hand.

“Focusing on amount, you get rid of the good quality,” mentioned Poindexter, himself a 2014 Florida Coastal graduate who recalled hundreds of learners grouped into a string of 50-individual sections in his initially year.

JU only has 14 regulation learners in its initially semester, which began early very last month.

The university is expecting to insert some — maybe 20 or 30 a lot more –— when a new semester starts in January, and applications are being accepted now. The school’s website, ju.edu/regulation, invitations people to sign up for information and facts sessions.