AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW

Fides et Ratio

Naples, FL   |  www.avemarialaw.edu

Mission

Ave Maria School of Law , ranked the most Devout Catholic law school in the nation, is dedicated to educating lawyers with the finest professional skills. Inspired by Pope John Paul II's encyclical Fides et Ratio, Ave Maria School of Law offers a distinctive legal education—an education characterized by the harmony of faith and reason. Formed by outstanding professional training and a distinctive educational philosophy, Ave Law's graduates are equipped for leading positions in law firms, corporate legal offices, the judiciary, and national, state, and local government. Ave Maria School of Law was recently recognized for its dedication and commitment to assisting veterans who are pursing higher education by being named to the 2017 national Military Friendly® Schools List.

Ruling year info

2000

PRESIDENT AND DEAN

KEVIN CIEPLY

Main address

1025 Commons Cir

Naples, FL 34119 USA

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EIN

38-3519708

NTEE code info

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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In September 2010, Ave Maria School of Law launched an unprecedented effort to prepare her graduates to succeed on the bar exam.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Research, Writing, & Advocacy Program

The RWA Program is an innovative, three-semester course series required of all Ave Maria law students. Working closely with one of six experienced RWA faculty members in classes of 15-18, students benefit from significant personalized feedback and coaching.

Population(s) Served

Ave Maria School of Law’s Clinical Program provides students with opportunities in an array of practice areas.
By serving actual clients, students develop skills, learn advanced research and case development strategies, achieve a greater understanding of the relevant substantive law, and gain practical experience serving actual clients.
In addition, students gain a deeper appreciation for the mission of Ave Maria School of Law, which encourages its students and graduates to serve the common good.

Population(s) Served

Ave Maria School of Law offers students the opportunity to work a full-time legal internship for law school credit through one of our Legal Internship Programs. Students in their final year of law school may be able to apply for placement through these programs. The Legal Internships are designed to immerse students in real world legal settings through hands-on practical experience at one of several organizations

Population(s) Served

The Ave Maria School of Law Externship Program allows students to earn academic credit while gaining hands-on legal experience working with state and federal judges, government agencies, public interest offices, corporations, and private law firms. Student externs find their externships enrich their education by facilitating the practical application of what they learn in the classroom. Judges and lawyers serve as field supervisors, and throughout the externship, Law School faculty support student externs.

Population(s) Served

The study of International Law and Human Rights at Ave Maria School of Law is unique for its focus on the Catholic intellectual tradition, founded on divine nature law, the source of all law. In addition, we offer support to the mission and role of the Holy See on the international and regional levels through research, writing and collaboration.

Population(s) Served

Ave Maria School of Law, in conjunction with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, sponsors the Reed Larson Professorship of Labor Law. The position is held by John Raudabaugh, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (1990-1993) and an experienced labor and employee relations attorney.

The Foundation provides Professor Raudabaugh’s services to Ave Maria School of Law. He teaches courses related to labor law and employee rights. As part of his teaching duties, Professor Raudabaugh supervises a labor law litigation course (practicum or clinic) involving students in significant Foundation-supported cases each academic term, thereby giving high level litigation experience and education to Ave Maria School of Law students. Specific details of Professor Raudabaugh’s courses are available and distributed prior to each semester. In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Raudabaugh, as a Foundation Staff Attorney, works in the Foundation’s legal aid program and litigates Foundation-supported cases brought on behalf of individual workers (described at www.nrtw.org).

Population(s) Served

The Advanced Critical Thinking program at Ave Maria School of Law is a groundbreaking approach to learning that will have you understanding course work and applying concepts faster and more effectively than ever before

Population(s) Served

In September 2010, Ave Maria School of Law launched an unprecedented effort to prepare her graduates to succeed on the bar exam. These efforts, which were further expanded during the last academic year, include new mandatory and elective course offerings, the creation and enhancement of our Advanced Critical Thinking department, an array of other programming and expert guest lecturers, and a renewed emphasis on academic rigor. We believe that taken together and over time, this new, comprehensive approach will ensure that our graduates are given all they need to succeed on bar examinations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Specific Learning Outcomes

To fulfill its Mission, Ave Maria School of Law is committed to ensuring that Ave Maria School of Law graduates have achieved competency in the following areas:

1. knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;

2. legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context;

3. exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system;

4. professional skills necessary for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession; through the training they receive, Ave Maria School of Law graduates develop professional skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact development and analysis, trial practice, document drafting, conflict resolution, organization and management of legal work, and collaboration;

5. knowledge and understanding of the moral foundations of the law, appreciating the contributions of the Catholic intellectual tradition to the law and society, and understanding the importance of integrating one's moral and religious principles into one's vocation in the law;

6. understanding law as a learned profession whose members are called to serve the common good;

7. understanding the importance of reflecting critically upon the law and their role in the legal system and for the need to continually evaluate and assess their professional development.

Ave Maria School of Law will continue to reinforce and expand upon our bar preparation resources so that every graduate has all he or she needs to pass the bar exam and enter the legal profession as a force for good.
◾Bar Prep Strategies –


Bar Prep Strategies
Ave Maria School of Law offers a full array of seminars and courses to assist third-year students in preparing for the bar examination. These strategies are meant to supplement, not substitute for, a typical commercial bar preparation course that students take while studying for the bar after graduation. The courses offered include:
◾Advanced Legal Analysis-Multistate – 2 credit hours (required for all third-year students)


This course focuses on instilling specific test-taking strategies that are essential to success on the Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE"). Skills covered include exploring how typical MBE questions are constructed and how they can contain traps for the test-taker, as well as how to avoid those traps.
◾Advanced Essay Writing – 1 credit hour (required for most students taking a bar exam in a state other than Florida)


This course focuses on instilling advanced essay writing techniques for timed essay questions similar to those found on most state bar examinations.
◾Florida Legal Practice – 1 credit hour (required for most students taking the Florida bar exam)


This course focuses on Florida-specific essay writing and multiple choice questions.

These efforts, which were further expanded during the last academic year, include new mandatory and elective course offerings, the creation and enhancement of our Advanced Critical Thinking department, an array of other programming and expert guest lecturers, and a renewed emphasis on academic rigor. We believe that taken together and over time, this new, comprehensive approach will ensure that our graduates are given all they need to succeed on bar examinations.

An increase in bar passage rate for first time bar exam takers.

Financials

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AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW

Board of directors
as of 12/08/2017
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Board chair

THOMAS MONAGHAN

AVE MARIA FOUNDATION

Term: 1999 -

Peter Carfagna

Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC

Kevin Cieply

President and Dean, Ave Maria School of Law

Patrick Conlin

Michigan 22nd Circuit Court (Retired)

Frank Dewane

Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida

James Fennessey

President and CEO, Fennessey Buick, Inc.(Retired)

Thomas Garlick

Managing Partner, Garlick, Swift & Garry, LLP

Richard Klaas

Partner, Klaas Capital Group

Mitzi Magin

Catholic Education Advocate and Philanthropic Community Leader

Adam Maida

Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit

Thomas Monaghan

Chairman of the Board, Ave Maria Foundation

Richard Natonski

USMC (Ret.)

Cathy Ruse

Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at the Family Research Council

Ronald Rychlak

Butler Snow Professor and Lecturer in Law, The University of Mississippi School of Law

Michel Saadeh

President and CEO, Vineyards Development Corporation

Edward Staros

Vice President and Managing Director, The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples

Henry White, Jr.

USN (Ret.), and Former Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar Association

James White

Professor Emeritus of Indiana University and Consultant Emeritus, American Bar Association