Meet UF Law Director of Admissions Chris Bailey
Greetings, prospective students!
Earlier this spring, UF Law welcomed Chris Bailey as our new Director of Admissions. Hopefully, you had the chance to chat with Chris at either of our Admitted Students Day events or during a tour of campus.
Check out this brief Q&A with Chris, who shares what he loves most about UF Law and what makes our campus great.
Where are you from?
I’m a Central Florida native, born and raised in Kissimmee.
Tell us about life before law school.
I attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and graduated with a B.S. in Business Management, with honors. After that, I spent over a decade working in various sectors including the hospitality, insurance/finance and sales industries.
Tell us about your law school experience.
Looking to make a career change, I enrolled at Barry University School of Law where I obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 2013, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, I was a founding editor of the Child and Family Law Journal and was involved in several leadership positions, including serving as Student Bar Association President.
What did you do after graduation?
After graduation, I worked for Barry as an alumni recruiter before accepting a position as Director of Admissions and Student Life. In this role, I worked in a variety of administrative positions related to law school admissions. Most recently, I accepted a position as the new Director for Admissions at UF Law.
What do you do in your spare time?
When I’m not working, I’m an avid reader with an interest in American history. I’m also an outdoorsman and traveler.
What are your hopes for your new role at UF Law?
I believe my background and expertise in working with students will contribute to increasing UF Law’s national footprint by helping to recruit the best and brightest students from across the nation. I am hoping to play my small part in making UF Law a top 10 public law school.
What do you enjoy most about UF Law?
The people! Everyone I have met here has been extremely supportive and friendly and they are all dedicated to making UF Law one of the best law schools in the nation. It is really great to be surrounded by so much positivity and enthusiasm.
What’s unique about UF Law students or applicants?
Their motivation is off the charts. All of the students I encountered so far are involved with on-campus activities, they volunteer in the community and with the school…all while excelling in the classroom. When I was a first-year law student I just wanted to do well in class. These students are doing that and a whole lot more.
What’s your favorite thing to do on UF Law’s campus?
The location of the law school campus is a great starting point for exploring the larger UF campus. I like to bring my bike to campus and explore all of the unique places that UF has to offer. There are also a lot of green spaces around the law school campus which are great for finding a quiet space to relax.