Who is this degree intended for?
The degree is intended for experienced non-lawyer professionals who seek to acquire a legal foundation to advance their careers; as well as professionals who intend to switch careers and newcomers to the job market who aim to obtain a strong legal foundation to begin a career in highly regulated industries.
Can I practice law with a Juris Master degree?
No, the Juris Master’s degree is for students who are interested in a law-related field or career path but do not intend to become a licensed attorney. If you are interested in becoming a licensed attorney, so as to be able to provide legal advice and services to clients, we encourage you to apply to our J.D. program.
Is the Juris Master degree an LL.M. degree for lawyers?
No. The Juris Master degree is not an LL.M. degree for lawyers. The degree is intended for those who do not intend to become a licensed, practicing attorney and have not completed a Juris Doctor.
Can I transfer graduate credit hours into the Juris Master program?
Students may transfer up to six credit hours from another master's in law program–e.g., Juris Master, Master of Science in Laws (MSL), Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degrees or a JD program. Transfer credits will be evaluated by the associate dean for juris master programs. A grad of "B" or better must have been earned in any courses reviewed for transfer credit. Students must complete the JM Graduate Test Waiver Score Waiver Request and choose the third option, "Waiver requested based on current or prior enrollment in law school for a master's in law or JD program," and submit it along with a copy of the unofficial law school transcripts for consideration.
After completing the Juris Master degree, will I be able to transfer these credits towards the Juris Doctor degree?
No. Currently, according to ABA Standards, a law school may only grant credit for courses undertaken as a Juris Doctor degree student. Therefore, credits earned toward the Juris Master degree are not transferrable toward a J.D. degree.
What are the admissions requirements and application deadlines?
Please visit our Juris Master Admissions Procedures page for information regarding the application requirements and deadlines for the program.
Is the GRE, LSAT or GMAT required?
The GRE and GMAT are the preferred tests for JM applicants. The school code to have official GRE or GMAT scores sent to Florida State University is 5219. We will accept an existing LSAT score, however, applicants should not take the LSAT if they plan to apply only to the JM program. Applicants utilizing an existing LSAT score for their application should submit a copy of their official LSAT Score Report to the law school Office of Admissions directly, as LSAC will not send the report on your behalf to the College of Law. Waivers can be granted on a case-by-case basis. The waiver is requested online before you apply and submitted with the application.
Is the degree available to international applicants?
Yes, however international applicants who have not received their first degree in an English-speaking institution will need to fulfill our English Language Proficiency requirement.
Is a commitment deposit required?
Yes, a seat deposit of $200 is required.
Are scholarships available?
Am I eligible for financial aid opportunities?
Yes. Degree-seekers are eligible for financial aid if they register for six or more hours per semester. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to satisfy the first requirement requested by the Financial Aid Office. Florida State University's FAFSA school code is 001489.
Are students enrolled in a Ph.D. program or another Master’s degree program eligible to apply to the Juris Master program?
Can a Juris Master student continue his or her employment while enrolled in the program?
As an employee of Florida State University or the state of Florida, am I eligible for the FSU Employee Tuition Waiver or State of Florida Employee Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Waiver)?
No, unfortunately, the courses offered through the College of Law are not eligible for the tuition waiver program. However, the College of Law offers a one-time, non-renewable scholarship for a maximum of 6 credits to full-time, salaried employees of Florida State University, the State of Florida, or a Florida public institution of higher education.
Proof of current employment with Florida State University, the State of Florida, or a Florida public institution of higher education is required for admitted students to receive the 6-credit scholarship. The scholarship will be applied to the first year of the program only. You can access the State of Florida Employment Verification Form here. Once completed, please upload the form into your application under 'Upload Additional Materials.'
Is the Juris Master degree available as an online program?
Yes. If you are interested in the online Juris Master, please find more information here.
How many credit hours are there for the Juris Master’s degree program?
The Juris Master’s degree requires 30 credit hours.
How long does it take to earn the Juris Master degree?
It depends on the number of courses and credits you take each semester. Most full-time students normally complete the degree within two or three semesters, while most part-time students complete it within five semesters.
What is the typical course load?
Students studying full-time in the Juris Master program normally take between 10-15 credits per semester while part-time students normally register for 6-8 credits each semester. Each class is typically between 2-4 credits.
What is the tuition fee for the Juris Master program?
Please find more information about the cost of attendance here.
Are courses for the Juris Master degree taught by the same professors that teach the courses for the Juris Doctorate degree?
Can I take online courses?
How will I know which courses to take?
Our J.M. advisors work with students who intend to enroll to discuss program goals and course selection.
How will I register for classes?
The law school will assist students with course registration throughout the program.