Southwest Florida meet your first law school

Southwest Florida meet your first law school. It’s coming with resources and promises that make the local legal community giddy. It’s bringing speakers, a new library and a potential economic boost. And then there’s that familiar name: Ave Maria. The 10-year-old Ave Maria School of Law will hold its first class Aug. 24 with about 400 students at its North Naples campus. Employees arrived here earlier this month and construction workers continue buzzing about the 12-acre “Vineyards Campus” – the former interim home of Ave Maria University – in preparation. To get here, Ave Maria did something unprecedented in legal education. It moved more than 1,300 miles from Ann Arbor, Mich., likely the first time a law school has moved its operations across state lines since the 1960s.