Published: May 14, 2012 5:41 PM EDT
Updated: May 14, 2012 6:18 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Governor Rick Scott left the Capital to be the big man on campus Monday. He was in Southwest Florida taking time for interviews after touring the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples.       

The school graduated 177 students last week, most of which are studying for the Florida Bar exam. So while Governor Scott, who holds a law degree, spoke of the important role it plays in state government, he also gave a bit of a pep talk to future attorneys and politicians.

Scott's visit through the law library study rooms and the campus' moot court, only took an hour, but planning started in December.

The purpose was to emphasize the importance of lawyers in all job sectors, including as politics.

Scott, who has appointed dozens of judges in his first term at the helm of Florida government, discussed what he looks for. The governor wished the students luck before heading to meetings with local newspaper staff.

The Florida Bar passage rate for July of 2011 was just over 80 percent.