Juris Master Admission Procedures

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

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 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 2023. The GRE waiver will be automatically applied to all J.M. applications for these terms.

Application Windows and Deadlines

Summer 2023 Term
Opens: December 1, 2022
Deadline: March 1, 2023

Fall 2023 Term
Opens: December 1, 2022
Deadline: July 1, 2023

Spring 2024 Term
Opens: February 1, 2023
Deadline: November 1, 2023

Application Requirements

  • Complete a Juris Master application*.
  • Transcripts
    • In order for applications to be reviewed, applicants are required to provide transcript copies (unofficial or official) from each college and/or university attended where credit hours were earned.
      • Unofficial transcripts must contain GPA information and degree conferral date (except for applicants in the last semester of their bachelor's degree or where no degree was earned). 
  • To select the Juris Master Program within the Degree Program Information section of the application, please choose the following options:
    • Application Type/Academic Level: Law-First Year
    • Campus Location: Online/Distance Learning
    • Degree: Law
  • Personal statement. Included within the application.
  • Professional resume or CV.
  • Official GRE or LSAT score report. The GRE waiver will automatically apply to all applications for 2023.
    • Applicants for Spring 2024 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. Included within the application. 
  • $30.00 application fee. Application fees must be paid before the J.M. Program can review your application. 
  • 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). 
    • It is an applicant's duty to ensure that materials submitted for the application packet are complete, accurate, display the candidate's full potential as a prospective admitted student, and are submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Additional Documents

The Juris Master Program encourages applicants to submit any of the following documents to enhance their application and provide information to the admissions committee. The admissions committee considers these items during the application review process if submitted.

  • Academic addendum. You may include an academic addendum explaining any circumstances that you believe may have negatively affected your undergraduate GPA or performance. 
  • Unofficial copies of language proficiency tests.
  • Diversity statement.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Official Transcripts

Admissions decisions can be made using unofficial transcripts; however, if you are admitted, official transcripts from each college and/or university attended where credit hours were earned must be submitted to the Juris Master Program. Transfer credits posted on the records of other institutions are not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institutions. Official transcripts for these credits must also be submitted. 

  • Transcripts are only considered official when sent directly from the college or university to the Juris Master Program and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

State of Florida Employees

The College of Law does not accept waivers through the state of Florida tuition waiver program. However, 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, Florida State University, or a Florida public institution of higher education.  

Eligible admitted students will be provided the link to apply for this scholarship.

International Applicants

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.

Language Proficiency Tests
Official English language proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The following are the minimum scores required for admission to the University: 

Although official scores are required, your application can be reviewed with self-reported scores while we wait for the official scores to arrive. You can upload self-reported scores under the "Additional Documents" section of the application. 

If admitted, applicants are required to have official scores sent to FSU. These scores are considered official only when sent directly to Florida State University College of Law or LSAC from the testing agency. After two years, they are no longer valid.

The English language proficiency requirement can be waived, at the university level, for applicants who have earned a minimum of a B.A. or higher in the U.S. or in an English-speaking country. 

Countries Exempt from English Language Proficiency Requirement: 
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling Island), Cook Islands, Dhekelia, Dominica, Eritrea, Eswatini, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, North Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, St. Kitts, and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Maarten, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tonga, Tuvalu, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe 

Transfer Students

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.

More Information

For admissions questions, please visit our FAQs page or contact us at jmadmissions@law.fsu.edu or 850-644-7591.

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J.M. Virtual Information Sessions

Learn more about the Juris Master degree by attending one of our information sessions. Each virtual presentation will provide a program overview, which will include curriculum, benefits, admission requirements, deadlines, and more. Our team will be ready to answer your questions.

Wednesday, February 1
6:30 – 7:30 PM (ET)

Tuesday, February 14
12 – 1 PM (ET)

Monday, February 27
6 – 7 PM (ET)

Tuesday, March 28
12 – 1 PM (ET)

Wednesday, April 12
6:30 – 7:30 PM (ET)

Monday, May 15
12 – 1 PM (ET)

Monday, June 12
6 – 7 PM (ET)

J.M. Collaborative Group Sessions 

These virtual sessions are specifically for current applicants and recently admitted students to speak with a member of the J.M. team to decide whether the J.M. program is the right graduate program for you.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions designed to help prospective students understand how they can leverage the J.M. program to reach their current and future career goals. 

Check back soon for information about upcoming Virtual Information Sessions!