The Ave Maria School of Law, founded in 1999, is an ABA-accredited Roman Catholic law school, located in Naples, Florida. In the 2014-2015 academic year, there were over 270 students enrolled from a variety of states, countries, and undergraduate institutions.
Ave Maria School of Law offers a full-time three year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program that complements a traditional legal education based on the Socratic Method with an emphasis on how the law intersects with the Catholic intellectual tradition and natural law philosophy. The curriculum of Ave Maria School of Law includes a three-semester Research, Writing and Advocacy Program as well as several required courses that focus on law and ethics. The school also offers various summer courses. Ave Maria devotes four core classes to the interrelationship between law, ethics, and Catholic moral and social principles.
According to Ave Maria's 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 59.1% of the Class of 2014 obtained employment in professional positions or those in which a JD is an advantage nine months after graduation.