This week, I’m writing about Emmett’s law student days at Stetson University. Did you know Stetson was Florida’s first law school? It was founded in 1900, and Emmett was one of the very first graduates (he was in the class of 1904).
When Emmett was in law school, from 1902-1904, Stetson’s law school was in DeLand, Florida, and most of the classes met in building called Science Hall. The law school wasn’t that big; in fact, Emmett’s graduating class had only 10 students.
Here’s a description of Stetson’s law school — actually ‘law department’ back in the day:
Here’s an image from a Stetson brochure featuring the facility:
Back then, Emmett lived in a dorm called East Hall his first year of law school, costing about $206 year. It included “tuition, board, furnished room, lights, and washing.” Books cost him about $35 a year, and were references he’d use during the early years as a lawyer. When he was ready to graduate, his diploma fee was $5.
Today, the law department is a school unto itself, and is in Tampa Bay. It has definitely come a long way since Emmett’s day.