Ave Maria School of Law

Category: Private not offering doctorate | State: Florida

About Ave Maria School of Law

Ave Maria School of Law is Southwest Florida‰Ûªs law school offering a high quality legal education with a commitment to professional excellence, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Our mission is to serve our nation‰Ûªs veterans with dignity by providing them with an excellent legal education and support as they transition from the military. Our proposed Legal Clinic will provide legal assistance to Veterans and their families. Ave Maria School of Law has a long tradition of honoring our military veterans. We are proud of our students and alumni who are veterans, three JAG officers who have had leadership roles in the law school, together with our Founder, a Marine veteran and several members of the Board of Governors.

STATUS: Military Friendly®

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Why attend Ave Maria School of Law

Our campus provides a welcoming environment for veterans interested in pursuing a law degree, including small class sizes and an accessible faculty. We are committed to honoring our veterans through several campus initiatives: Veterans Scholarships: We provide VA Yellow Ribbon eligible veterans the opportunity to earn their law degree at no cost. Veterans Law Clinic: Our proposed clinic will give our students the opportunity to help veterans with much needed assistance to secure disability benefits and other consumer legal issues provided pro-bono. Veterans Memorial Law Library: Our law library will provide the legal research necessary to assist the Veterans Law Clinic. Veterans Resource Center and Veterans Advocate- A dedicated Veterans Advocate is available to coordinate the special needs of our Veteran law students and their spouses and to assist with their transition from military life to pursing their law degree. A Veterans Resource Center, to be located in the Veterans Memorial Law Library, will provide information on community services, housing and the opportunity for socialization for veterans and their families.

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A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

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  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • Tuition discounts specifically for military students
  • Additional scholarships specifically for military students and veterans
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Commitment incorporated into the institution’s mission, vision and values
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?