To be considered for admission into the Florida State University College of Law J.M. program, candidates must have received at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or hold the international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree prior to the commencement of classes. Individuals who already hold a first degree in law should consider the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.
The College of Law Juris Master program seeks to admit and enroll students who, together, bring to the law school a diverse set of backgrounds, interests, personal and professional experiences and perspectives, and who also have a record of academic success. There is no minimum GPA, GRE or years of professional experience required to be considered for admission to the Juris Master program.
NOTE: FSU is waiving the GRE as a requirement for admission to certain master’s and specialist degree programs for the Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 terms. The GRE waiver will be automatically applied to all J.M. applications for those terms.
Application Windows and Deadlines
Spring 2021 Term
Still Accepting Applications!
Deadline: December 1, 2020–Deadline extended to December 2!
Summer 2021 Term
Opens: January 4, 2021
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Fall 2021 Term
Opens: April 2, 2021
Deadline: July 25, 2021
- Register for an FSU EMPLID. You will receive a confirmation email after registering that provides you with your nine-digit FSU EMPLID. Write down the FSU EMPLID as it is required for the application. Current/previous FSU students that already have an FSU EMPLID do not need to create a new one.
- Complete a Juris Master application.
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
- Unofficial copies may be uploaded to the online application for review purposes only. Unofficial transcripts must contain GPA information and degree conferral date (with the exception of applicants who are in their last semester of their bachelor’s degree).
- Official transcripts must be provided for all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed. Transcripts should be sent electronically to email@example.com or mailed to Florida State University College of Law, Attention: Juris Master Admissions, 425 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306.
- Any post-secondary education at an institution outside the United States must go through an official evaluation by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
- Personal statement. In 500 words or fewer, describe your short- and long-term educational and career goals and how the J.M. program can help you achieve those goals.
- Professional resume or CV.
- Official GRE or LSAT score report. The GRE waiver will be automatically applied to all spring, summer and fall 2021 applications.
- Applicants for Spring 2022 and beyond: Submit a valid graduate test score (GRE is the preferred graduate test), or proof of test score waiver. If you have at least four years of professional experience, another master’s degree or have attended another law program, you can request a graduate test waiver.
- GRE test results must be submitted to the College of Law through Educational Testing Services (ETS). An unofficial copy may be uploaded to the application for an admission review.
- Residency Affidavit. Please download and complete the Florida Resident Affidavit if you are a resident of Florida OR the Non-Florida Resident Affidavit if you are not a resident of Florida.
- Educational Institution Discipline or Violations of Law. You must include in the application a written explanation that includes a description as well as the final disposition of the incident(s).
- 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.
- Letters of Recommendation. If you would like to provide letters of recommendation, please upload them with your application or have your recommenders send them to our Juris Master email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our program director, Laura Sellati, at email@example.com.
- Unofficial Transcripts of a master's degree or higher.
State of Florida Employees
The College of Law offers a one-time, non-renewable scholarship for a maximum of six credit hours to full-time, salaried employees of a state of Florida agency, and full-time, salaried employees of Florida State University or a Florida public institution of higher education.
In order to receive the one-time, six-credit tuition scholarship, applicants must submit a completed Employment Verification Form with the Juris Master application under "Upload Additional Materials."
International students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States must submit an official or certified copy of all transcript(s), diploma(s) and/or degree certificate(s) from each college or university attended. An official evaluation is required for all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. We recommend the evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
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.
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.
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 J.D. 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.
If you have questions about the admissions process or need assistance with the application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.