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Monday, June 24, 2024

UF law dean addresses upcoming changes for the college


Following controversies surrounding UF’s Levin College of Law, the college’s dean told students Tuesday night that she wants to improve the college’s rankings.

At the first Fall town hall meeting, Laura Ann Rosenbury addressed changes she hopes to implement and asked the crowd of about 30 for input. She took questions as she talked about introducing a new student organization and renovating the college.

Rosenbury compared Levin College of Law to other law colleges that have ranked higher, emphasizing she wants to follow UF President Kent Fuchs’ goal to make UF a top-10 college.

“I want you to make UF Law a top law school,” she said. “For our size, we’re lagging behind.”

Rosenbury discussed creating a Student Bar Association, which would work with the administration and voice student concerns. She said a bookstore will be added to the ground floor of the college after the end of the semester. Renovations to the student cafeteria will follow.

Before concluding the meeting, she answered a pre-submitted question about media coverage regarding tension between law school administration, faculty and students.

Rosenbury said the coverage shows the commitment of others to improve the college.

Veronica Dossat, 24, said the town hall allowed her voice to be heard.

“Not only did I hear what the dean had to say, I also feel better as far as where the law school’s going, what the law school’s doing,” the third-year UF law student said.

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