An applicant who has completed his or her first year of law school at another ABA-approved law school and who expects to graduate from that school may apply to study at Florida State University College of Law as a visiting student on a space-available basis. Visiting students should have a solid law school record. Preference will be given to students who have a significant professional or personal reason to attend Florida State University College of Law.
Students from other law schools who have been awarded either legislative internships by the Florida Legislature or externships by the Florida Supreme Court must still submit an application to the College of Law for consideration. Students must include written verification of, or their pending application for the internship or clerkship with their application to the College of Law.
Those students admitted to the Gubernatorial Fellows program should not complete the visiting student application. Please contact the Florida State University Graduate School regarding your matriculation at 850.644.3501.
- We accept visiting applicants only from ABA-approved law schools.
- Applicants for visiting status are accepted for the spring, summer and fall terms.
- Applicants must have approval of their present law school to attend Florida State University College of Law as a visiting student.
It is the responsibility of the visiting student to determine the minimum grade necessary to meet their current law school's grade requirement for transferability of credits taken at Florida State University College of Law. The law school's grading policy can be found online under Academic Rules, Policies and Procedures. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the visiting student to obtain official transcripts from Florida State University College of Law for all credit hours completed as a visiting student for submission to their current law school.
The College of Law admits visiting students in the Spring, Summer and Fall terms each year. The deadline to submit an application accompanied by the required application fee and pertinent documents to the College of Law for each term is listed below. Applications received after the term deadline may not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
- Application Open: October 1, 2014
- Deadline: December 1, 2014
- Application Open: January 1, 2015
- Summer Deadline: April 15, 2015
- Fall Application Open: April 1, 2015
- Fall Deadline: July 15, 2015
The following items are required by the deadline for the term you seek admission in order to complete your application for consideration. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed. All documents must be submitted online through LSAC using the Credential Assembly Service.
- Online Application Form
- Application Fee: $30 (U.S. dollars - non-refundable)
- Personal essay that discusses why you wish to be a visiting student at Florida State Law in 500 to 1000 words. (Essay must be submitted as an attachment with the online application.)
- Resume: A resume must be submitted as an attachment to the online application through LSAC and should be no more than two pages in length.
- Completed Visitor Certification Form must be completed by your current law school dean or registrar and submitted directly to the College of Law at the address below.
- Download Visitor Certification Form
- One letter of recommendation from a current or past law professor is suggested but not required. If submitting a letter, it must be submitted through CAS with LSAC. (optional)
- CAS Report: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that files are complete and current with CAS.
- 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), IN ADDITION TO copies of the official documents pertaining to the incident(s). Official documents include, but are not limited to, court documents, copies of the citation, letter of good standing from the university,
letter from the university regarding academic or disciplinary sanctions and their completion, etc. Official documentation must include the final disposition of the incident to be valid.
Documents not submitted electronically must be mailed to:
Office of Admissions and Records
College of Law
425 West Jefferson Street
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601
** Please note, documents submitted to the College of Law with no application on file will be discarded after 60 days. **
You will receive an email upon receipt of your application by the Office of Admissions which will include a username and password to the online status checker. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is submitted and received by the College of Law in order to complete the application for review. Applicants will NOT be notified of missing documents other than through the online status checker.
Character and Fitness
Each jurisdiction establishes bar registration and admission standards for individuals who wish to practice within the jurisdiction. One important aspect of admission to practice is an evaluation of an applicant's character and fitness to practice law. Applicants should take care to respond fully and accurately to each question on the law school application. Applicants should be aware that, in conducting character and fitness investigations, bar examiners frequently request copies of candidates' applications for admission to law school to determine whether they have supplied erroneous, misleading or incomplete information in the admission process. If discrepancies are found, bar examiners may conclude that such discrepancies demonstrate a lack of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence or reliability so as to call into question the applicant's fitness for admission to the bar.
In addition, bar examiners may ask character and fitness-related questions of candidates which are not covered on law school applications. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Board of Bar Examiners of the state(s) in which they intend to practice to secure information regarding the qualifications for admission to the practice of law in that jurisdiction, including what constitutes proof of sufficient character and fitness.
International students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States should provide the law school with an official transcript of academic work and an evaluation of the quality of their academic performance by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Students are required to file the law school application and the Florida State University International Certificate of Financial Responsibility. International students who's 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 law school as part of the application.
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.
Minimum score of 7.5 on the IELTS test is required. Information on the IELTS can be obtained by visiting www.ielts.org.