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Florida State University

 

Juris Master Admission Procedures



Application Deadlines

Spring 2018 Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
Summer 2018 Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
Fall 2018 Application Deadline: July 31, 2018

Application Fee: None

Eligibility Notice
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or will have earned a bachelor's degree prior to the commencement of fall classes in order to be eligible for consideration.

Application Requirements 

  • Create your applicant FSUID and obtain your FSU EMPLID which will be required as part of the Juris Master application.  

    • Current/previous Florida State University students already have an FSUID and an FSU EMPLID and do not need to create a new one.
    • Go to https://apps.its.fsu.edu/CreateFSUID/?sponsor=ADMFSUID.
    • Enter your email address and follow the prompts to register for an FSUID.
    • After submission of the FSUID Registration form, applicants will receive an email from profilesetup@apps.oti.fsu.edu that contains the EMPLID number.
    • Click on the link in the email to activate the FSUID.
    • Write down the FSUID and EMPLID as they are both required for this application.
  • Online Application
  • Official Test Score: The LSAT, GRE or GMAT is accepted. Waivers can be granted to applicants with extensive work experience or a prior graduate degree. The waiver is requested on the application or you can request a test waiver online before you apply.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages): Your personal statement should discuss any factors you would like the Committee to consider alongside the rest of the information presented in your application.
  • Educational Institution Discipline or Violations of Law: If you have an affirmative response to any of these 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 Components:

  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)
  • Academic Addendum (optional): You may include an academic addendum, explaining any circumstances that you believe may have negatively affected your undergraduate GPA or performance. 
  • Diversity Statement (optional)
  • Addendums to the application due to changes in information after the application has been submitted, such as updated employment.

Documents not submitted at the time of application should be emailed to law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu or mailed to:

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

Admissions Decisions
Decisions are based on the strength of the application, not the date in which the application is received. Admissions decisions are made on a continuous basis and will be mailed to the physical address on the application.

Financial Aid
Applicants interested in applying for financial aid must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Florida State University. Students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours in a semester to be eligible for financial aid. The FAFSA should be submitted as early as possible in the application process. Make sure to list Florida State University (school code #001489) on your FAFSA.  


Distance Learning Students

State Authorization Process for Distance Learning Programs

Beginning fall 2016 and until further notice, we are unable to process applications to distance learning programs for residents from the following states: Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island due to the lack of state authorization. 

State authorization involves the process of obtaining the necessary approvals before advertising, recruiting, or serving distance learning students from another state in that state. States have the authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state's boundaries, regardless of the modality (face-to-face or distance) being used. 

The Florida Board of Governors' on behalf of all the universities in the State University System of Florida, is planning to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Once a member, FSU can become an institutional member and state authorization in the affected states will no longer be an issue.


International Students

International students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States should submit an official, certified, translated transcript. A minimum educational equivalency of a bachelor's degree must be met for eligibility. Students are required to file the law school application and the Florida State University International Certificate of Financial Responsibility. 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 directly to the College of Law as part of the application.

TOEFL Requirement

Minimum scores of 80 on the Internet-based, 213 on the computer-based, and 550 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 www.toefl.com.

At the time you register to take the TOEFL, request that your test scores be sent to Florida State University to avoid delays in processing your application. Florida State University's institutional code number is 5219. You should send a copy of your TOEFL scores with your application. However, official scores must be forwarded to FSU by the testing agency for the applicant's file to be deemed complete.

All inquiries concerning taking the TOEFL or directing scores to Florida State Law should be addressed to:

TOEFL
Educational Testing Service
Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA.
www.toefl.org

IELTS Requirement

Minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test is required. Information on the IELTS can be obtained by visiting www.ielts.org.

At the time you register to take the IELTS (http://www.ielts.org), request that your test scores be sent to Florida State University to avoid delays in processing your application. All inquiries concerning taking the IELTS or directing scores to Florida State Law should be sent to IELTS: http://www.ielts.org/contact_us.aspx.

A limited category of applicants may receive exemptions from the language testing requirement under limited conditions for the reasons stated below. Exemptions are not automatic and must be approved by the Admissions Committee. Any applicant seeking waiver of the testing requirement should send a request to that effect, along with supporting documentation, in his/her application for admission.

Waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be granted if:

  • the applicant earned a degree from an institution of higher learning where the primary language of instruction was English.
  • the applicant is a native English speaker.
  • the applicant has lived and worked in the United States or another English-speaking country for a considerable period of time, and has worked in English during that time.