Dean's Message

I welcome your interest in Ave Maria School of Law — a national law school with a growing reputation for educating lawyers who serve the law, their clients and the common good with professionalism and integrity, and for a curriculum grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Dean and PresidentOur rigorous academic program provides students with the doctrinal knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in the practice of law. The core curriculum at Ave Maria has been carefully designed to provide a bal­ance between theory and practice. Traditional courses are complemented by experiential learning opportunities that hone and develop essential legal skills, thereby helping ensure that our students are prepared for success.

The mission of Ave Maria goes beyond robust academics. Our students learn not only the law but also what undergirds it, finding the sources of law not just in politics, but also in history, human nature, and the moral order of the universe.   We believe this approach enables our students to more fully appreciate and better understand the development of our legal system, the human dignity of their clients, and law as a vocation.

I have great enthusiasm for the future of Ave Maria School of Law. Our location in Naples, Florida provides an unparalleled opportunity for growth and development. Our faculty of dedicated scholars and skilled practitioners allow us to offer an expanded diversity and depth of courses.  They are also fully committed to serving the needs of our students.  Our profound institutional commit­ment to the law as a vocation has helped build a community that is distinctive and essential in contemporary times.

I encourage students of all faiths who seek a legal education enhanced and complemented by a commitment to truth to join us for an enriching educational experience.

Dean's Signature
Eugene R. Milhizer
President, Dean, and Professor of Law