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Quick Facts

  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

Department of Legal Studies

• Overview
• Research Interests
• Current/Recent Grants


Gavel -courtroom -small _webEvery faculty member of the Department of Legal Studies holds the juris doctor/law degree. Several also hold advanced degrees in Law (i.e., LL.M.) or a Ph.D. Every faculty member has practiced law in the public or private sector prior to teaching at UCF. Additionally, 12 of the 14 faculty members are currently licensed to practice law in Florida, and are authorized by the Florida Bar to render legal advice and provide legal representation in the State of the Florida. Finally, the faculty has collectively published books and articles on such topics as affirmative action, the Florida court system, freedom of speech and the First Amendment, surveillance law, comparative/international law, legal research, surveillance law and the right of privacy, among other topics.

Research Interests

Carol Bast

Carol Bast, J.D.

  • national security law
  • electronic surveillance law (wire-tapping and eavesdropping)
  • legal research and writing
  • technology and right to privacy

James Beckman

James Beckman, J.D., LL.M.

  • affirmative action
  • comparative law
  • international law
  • constitutional law
  • criminal law
  • firearms/guns laws
  • national security law

Kathy Cook

Kathy Cook, J.D.

  • family law
  • juvenile law
  • paralegal studies
  • property law

Margarita Koblasz

Margarita Koblasz, J.D.

  • civil procedure
  • trial advocacy

Brett Meltzer

Brett Meltzer, J.D.

  • criminal law
  • torts
  • white collar crimes
  • estates and trusts
  • issues involving state and federal courts and business organizations
  • legal ethics
  • legal writing and research

Abby Milon

Abby Milon, J.D.

  • alternative dispute resolution
  • mediation
  • arbitration

Timothy Ravich

Timothy Ravich

  • Aviation
  • National Security
  • Law and Technology
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)

David Slaughter

David Slaughter, J.D.

  • criminal procedure
  • criminal law
  • law school admissions
  • evidence

Robert Wood

Robert Wood, J.D., LL.M

  • comparative law
  • administrative law
  • entertainment law
  • admiralty law
  • First Amendment and texting issues
  • firearms law
  • affirmative action law

Current/Recent grants

None at this time

The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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