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Florida State University

 

Juris Master Online FAQs

Who is this degree intended for?
The degree is intended for experienced non-lawyer professionals who seek to acquire legal skills 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 careers in highly regulated industries such as banking, insurance, financial advising, consumer lending and health care.

Can I practice law with a Juris Master degree?
No, the online Juris Master degree is for students who are interested in a law-related field or career path but do not intend to become a licensed practicing lawyer. If you are thinking of becoming an attorney, 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 earned a Juris Doctor.

Does the online Juris Master program offer specific concentrations?
The online Juris Master program offers concentrations in Financial Regulation and Compliance, Legal Risk Management and HR Compliance, and Health Care Regulation. Students can choose from one of these three areas to complete the program.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?
No.

After completing the online Juris Master degree, will I be able to transfer these credits toward 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 deadlines?
The online Juris Master admissions deadlines are as follows:
• Fall admission deadline – August 11
• Spring admission deadline – December 1
• Summer admission deadline – April 15

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 on the application.

If I have an account with LSAC, which contains my official LSAT score, postsecondary institution transcript(s) and letters of recommendation, can those things be sent to the law school by LSAC, or obtained by the law school from LSAC, for the Juris Master application?
Unfortunately no, the Juris Master application is not affiliated with LSAC in any way, therefore, our law school cannot access or request information contained within an individual’s LSAC profile. Applicants will need to submit directly to the College of Law Admissions Office a copy of their official LSAT score report. All official transcripts from postsecondary institutions attended, inclusive of any degrees earned, marked on the transcript, must be sent directly to the College of Law Admissions Office from each educational institution. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommender to the College of Law Admissions Office by email or USPS.

Do I need to take an English Language Proficiency Test?
Yes, if you did not receive your education in an English-medium institution. Minimum IETLS score of 6.5 or TOEFL scores of 80 on the Internet-based, 213 on the computer-based, and 550 on the paper-based test are required.

Is a commitment deposit required?
Yes, a non-refundable seat deposit of $200 is required. The seat deposit is applied to your tuition in the first semester. 

Am I eligible for financial aid and/or other opportunities?
Yes. Degree-seeking online students are eligible for the same financial aid as campus-based students 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.

See also: State resident scholarship programs for Florida residents

FinAid! lists available scholarships, financial aid sources, education tax benefits and tips on completing FAFSA.

As an employee of the state of Florida, am I eligible for the State of Florida Employee Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Waiver)?
Unfortunately, the courses offered through the College of Law are not eligible for the tuition waiver program. However, the College of Law offers employees of the state of Florida a scholarship for a maximum of 6 credits awarded in the first year of the program only. 

How many credit hours are there for the online Juris Master degree program?
The online Juris Master degree requires 30 credit hours in which 10 credits hours are for required courses.

How long does it take to earn the online Juris Master degree?
You can normally complete the online Juris Master degree within 5 semesters. This part-time program must be completed within three calendar years.

What is the typical course load?
Students in the online Juris Master program study on a part-time basis and normally register for 6 credits each semester. Each online class is typically 2 credits.

Are courses for the Juris Master degree taught by the same professors that teach the courses for the Juris Doctor degree?
Yes, coupled with prominent industry experts. 

Can I take on-campus courses?
Yes. However, before enrolling in any on-campus courses, all health insurance and immunization requirements must be met. Contact University Health Services

How will I know which courses to take?
Newly admitted students must complete a mandatory orientation prior to enrolling in classes. The orientation provides academic advising to help you make your course selection for the first semester. The orientation will also cover information about registration, and various technology issues, including how to stream class videos, how to complete and upload assignments, and how to communicate with professors and fellow students.

How will I register for classes?
Information about registration will be provided during the online orientation.

Who do I contact with additional questions?
Email Admissions at law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu