Juris Master Admission Procedures

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 GRE or LSAT 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

Fall 2020 Term
Now Accepting Applications!
Now waiving the GRE requirement for ALL Fall 2020 applicants!
Deadline: August 10, 2020

Spring 2021 Term
Now Accepting Applications!
Deadline: December 1, 2020

Summer 2021 Term
Opens: January 4, 2021
Deadline: April 15, 2021

In advance of the application open date for the semester you plan to apply, you should follow the checklist below to prepare and begin gathering the required application documents 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

Official Test Score or Waiver: Now waiving the GRE requirement for ALL Fall 2020 applicants! 
Spring 2021 and beyond: Submit a valid graduate test score (GRE is the preferred graduate test), or proof of test score waiver.                          

  • Create and obtain your nine-digit FSU EMPLID which will be required on the application.
    • Current/previous Florida State University students that already have an FSU EMPLID do not need to create a new one. Students that already have an FSU EMPLID will enter their nine-digit FSU EMPLID numbers directly into the application.
    • ALL other applicants must go through the FSU EMPLID Registration process at this link. You will receive a confirmation email after registering that provides you with your FSU EMPLID. Write down the FSU EMPLID as it is required for this application.
  • Complete the application and include required documents through this link. 
    • Request a graduate test waiver online before you apply.
    • Applicants who do not qualify for a test waiver may submit either the GRE or LSAT 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 sent directly to the College of Law as part of 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 must be sent directly from the institution(s) attended to the College of Law. Unofficial copies should be submitted with the application.
    • Official transcripts can be sent electronically to law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu or mailed to Florida State University College of Law, Attention: Juris Master Admissions, 425 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306.

  • 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). Please download and complete the residency affidavit here if you are a Florida Resident, and here if you are a Non-Florida Resident. Once completed, please upload it directly into the application.
  • 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, such as updated employment or changes to character and fitness responses should be sent to:

Florida State University College of Law
Attention: Juris Master Admissions
425 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306

Application Status Notification
Check your application status online here. If you need assistance, email law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is received by the College of Law in order to complete the application for review. 

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
An official course-by-course evaluation is required for all academic records from non-U.S. institutions for students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States. We recommend the evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. 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.

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.

Transfer Students
Students may transfer up to 6 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 grade 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.

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

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