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College of Law

Florida State University

 

Juris Master Procedures

 

Application Deadline

July 1, 2015

The deadline to submit an application to our Juris Master program accompanied by the required application fee and pertinent documents to the College of Law for the August entering class is July 1st. Applications received after that date may not be fully considered for the term in which the applicant seeks admission.

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 Information

Completed Application (Submitted online or printed and mailed)

  • The application must be signed and dated if printed or certified electronically through the online application process.
  • Application Fee: $30 (U.S. dollars, non-refundable)
  • Official Test Score
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement (500 words): 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 electronically must be mailed to:

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

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 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 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 7.5 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.

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 present address on the application.