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College of Law

Florida State University

 

Juris Master 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 a career in highly regulated industries. 

Can I practice law with a Juris Master degree?
No, the Juris Master’s 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 JD 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 completed a Juris Doctor.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?
No.

After completing the Juris Master degree, will I be able to transfer these credits towards 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 Juris Master admission deadlines are as follows:
• Fall admission deadline – July 31
• Spring admission deadline – December 1

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 or you can request a test waiver online before you apply.

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.

Is the degree available to international applicants?
Yes, however international applicants who have not received their first degree in an English-medium institution will need to fulfill our English Language Proficiency requirement.

Is a commitment deposit required?
Yes, a seat deposit of $200 is required.

Are scholarships available?
Yes.

Am I eligible for financial aid opportunities?
Yes, please find more information here.

Are students enrolled in a Ph.D. program or another Master’s degree program eligible to apply to the Juris Master program?
Yes.

Can a Juris Master student continue his or her employment while enrolled in the program?
Yes.

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. Proof of current employment with the state of Florida is required.

Is the Juris Master degree available as an online program?
Yes. If you are interested in the online Juris Master, please find more information here.

How many credit hours are there for the Juris Master’s degree program?
The Juris Master’s degree requires 30 credit hours.

How long does it take to earn the Juris Master degree?
You can normally complete the Juris Master’s degree within 3 semesters but can be as early as 2 semesters. Part-time students must complete the program within three calendar years.

What is the typical course load?
Students studying full-time in the Juris Master program normally take between 10-15 credits per semester while part-time students normally register for 6-8 credits each semester. Each class is typically between 2-4 credits.

What is the tuition fee for the Juris Master program?
Please find more information about the cost of attendance here.

Are courses for the Juris Master degree taught by the same professors that teach the courses for the Juris Doctorate degree?
Yes.

Can I take online courses?
Yes.

How will I know which courses to take?
Newly admitted students must complete a mandatory advising session with the Academic Dean prior to enrolling in classes. The Academic Dean helps you make your course selection for the first semester. The Registrar's Office will assist students with course registration in their first semester.

How will I register for classes?
The Registrar's Office will assist students with course registration in their first semester.