Stetson Law proud to maintain Military Friendly® School designation

GULFPORT, Fla. – Stetson University College of Law has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation with an additional Bronze ranking.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly ® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans, are measured.

Dean Michèle Alexandre
Michèle Alexandre

“Stetson Law honors all of those who have served in our nation’s military and is proud to have more than 30 U.S. military veteran alumni from all branches of the service,” said Dean Michèle Alexandre. “Our school aims to be a place where veterans feel welcome and comfortable pursing their educational goals, while also employing our skills and knowledge to help the veterans in our community with their legal needs.”

Stetson Law participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to help offset the cost of attending law school to an unlimited number of veterans or eligible dependents. Each veteran or eligible dependent receives up to $5,000 per academic year from Stetson Law, over and above any Post-9/11 GI Bill® for Private Schools benefits.

Stacey-Rae Simcox

Since its dedication in 2012, Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute, under the leadership of military veteran and attorney Stacey-Rae Simcox, has helped to increase legal services to military members, veterans and their families through its Veterans Advocacy Clinic and pro bono service initiatives. The clinic provides assistance to Tampa Bay area veterans who need legal help appealing decisions denying Veterans Administration disability benefits.

The College has also partnered, since 2017, with the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, Bay Area Legal Services, and Gulfcoast Legal Services to form a medical-legal partnership (MLP). The MLP provides pro bono legal representation and consultation to veterans who receive care at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and may not otherwise be able to afford legal representation on civil law issues.

Stetson is located near MacDill Air Force Base, the headquarters of U.S. Central Command and one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest command stations, and the Tampa Bay region of Florida has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the U.S. To learn more about resources for student veterans and members of the military at Stetson University College of Law, visit