Juris Master Admission Procedures

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Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.

The College of Law seeks to admit and enroll students who, together, bring to the law school a varied set of backgrounds, interests, personal and professional experiences and perspectives, who also have a record of academic success and a competitive LSAT or GRE score. Other factors considered include exceptional personal talents, interesting or demanding work experience, rigorousness of undergraduate course study, leadership potential, graduate study, maturity and the ability to communicate effectively. 

If you have questions about the admissions process, the Juris Master program or Florida State University College of Law, please contact us at law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu

 

Application Windows and Deadlines

Spring 2020 Term
Application Open: September 7, 2019    
Deadline: December 1, 2019

Summer 2020 Term
Application Open: January 1, 2020
Deadline: April 15, 2020

Fall 2020 Term
Application Open: April 1, 2020
Deadline: August 10, 2020

In advance of the application open date for the semester you plan to apply, you should follow the checklist below to create your account through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and begin gathering the required application documents in your account for submission. 

All application materials must be received by the College of Law by the application completion deadline for the semester you seek admission to receive consideration. 
 

Eligibility Notice
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, will have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or hold the international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree prior to the commencement of classes in order to be eligible for consideration.
 

Application Checklist 

Required Items

  • Create an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
    • Register with the LSAC Document Assembly Service (DAS): $85 paid to LSAC
    • Law school Report Fee: $30 paid to LSAC
  • Online Application through LSAC
  • Application fee: $30 paid through LSAC
  • Official Test Score or Waiver: Submit a valid graduate test score (GRE is the preferred graduate test), or proof of test score waiver.
    • Request a graduate test waiver online before you apply.
    • Applicants who do not qualify for a test waiver may submit either the LSAT or GRE as part of their application, but not both tests.
    • If an applicant has an existing reportable LSAT score, a GRE score will not be considered in lieu of the existing LSAT.
    • If the GRE is the test score submitted, all reportable test scores for the last five years must be submitted with the application.
    • GRE test results must be submitted to the College of Law through Educational Testing Services (ETS).
    • It can take four to six weeks for GRE scores to be processed by the university and included with the application once the official score report is received from ETS. An unofficial copy of the GRE score report must be uploaded to the application through LSAC if available at the time of application.
    • If the applicant is registered for a future GRE test, the GRE test registration should be uploaded with the application. Once the test score report is received by the applicant, the unofficial score report should be submitted to law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu to be included with the application and the official score report sent by ETS to Florida State University.
  • Official Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Submit transcripts to LSAC through DAS.
  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages): Your personal statement should focus on your short-term and long-term educational and career goals and how this program can help you achieve those goals.
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Residency Affidavit (residency document copies are also required for Florida residents)
  • Educational Institution Discipline or Violations of Law: If you have an affirmative response to any of the character and fitness questions on the application, you must attach to the application a written explanation/account of the incident(s) to include the final disposition of the incident(s).

Optional Items

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Addendum: You may include an academic addendum explaining any circumstances that you believe may have negatively affected your undergraduate GPA or performance.
  • Diversity Statement 

Addendums to the application due to changes in information after the application has been submitted through LSAC, such as updated employment or changes to character and fitness responses should be sent to:

law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu
OR
Florida State University College of Law
Attention: Juris Master Admissions
425 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306

Application Status Notification
You will receive an email notifying you when we receive your application, which will include a username and password to the online status checker. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is received by the College of Law in order to complete the application for review. Applicants will NOT be notified of missing documents other than through the online status checker.

Social Security Number
The Social Security Number provided on your application MUST be your actual Social Security Number AND match the Social Security Number provided on your FAFSA (if applicable). Your application cannot be completed without your actual Social Security Number on record. If the SSN on your application does not match the SSN in the university system or on your FAFSA, you will be required to provide a copy of your social security card to the Office of Admissions to verify your true SSN. Financial Aid (if applicable) cannot be packaged if there is a discrepancy with your SSN. 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students intending to apply for Federal financial aid for the Juris Master program are encouraged to submit the FAFSA as close to the October 1 release date as possible for priority consideration, or as soon as the Juris Master application has been submitted to the College of Law. Make sure you list Florida State University (school code #001489) on your FAFSA. Juris Master students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester to qualify for Federal financial aid.

International Students
International students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States should submit their transcripts to LSAC through DAS for international transcript authentication and evaluation (ITAES: one-time fee of $135 paid to LSAC). A minimum educational equivalency of a bachelor's degree must be met for eligibility. Students are required to file the law school application and the Florida State University International Certificate of Financial Responsibility. International students whose native language is not English, and who did not receive a bachelor's degree from an undergraduate institution within the United States, are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS and have official scores submitted through LSAC as part of the application.

TOEFL Requirement
Minimum scores of 100 on the Internet-based, 250 on the computer-based, and 600 on the paper-based TOEFL test are required. Information on the TOEFL can be obtained by writing to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, or by visiting their website at www.toefl.com.

IELTS Requirement
Minimum score of 7.5 on the IELTS test is required. Information on the IELTS can be obtained by visiting their website at www.ielts.org.

Admission Decisions
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis as applications become complete. Decisions are communicated by USPS mail.

 

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