Admissions
   

Entering 1L J.D. Procedures

Admission decisions are based on the evaluation of each applicant's potential for success in law school and in the legal profession and the extent to which the applicant's background offers a unique contribution to a diverse educational environment at Florida State University College of Law. To this end, the Admissions Committee has authority over all matters pertaining to admissions.


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. Applicants that have previously attended law school are not eligible to apply as an entering 1L and must apply as a transfer. Please see the transfer application for details if you have previously attended law school.

Application Process

The deadline to submit an application accompanied by the required application fee and pertinent documents to the College of Law for the August entering class is June 1. Applications received after that date may not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Scores from the June administration of the LSAT are the latest which will be considered for August entry. The Florida State College of Law enrolls first-time entering students in the fall semester only.

Timeline

  • Begin Accepting Applications: September 1, 2013
  • LSAT Administration: It is recommended to have taken the LSAT by the February administration, however, an LSAT score from the June administration will be accepted.
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

Checklist

  • Online Application Form
  • Application Fee: $30 (U.S. dollars)
    • We accept LSAC fee waivers for the application fee only.
      • Exceptions are former Summer for Undergraduate participants and FSU Honors Legal Scholars members.  These applicants should contact admissions BEFORE applying to obtain the fee waiver code.
    • The required application fee of $30 can be paid online through LSAC or by check or money order directly to the College of Law. Do not send cash. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Florida State University.
    • This fee cannot be refunded or applied to an applicant's registration or any other university fee.  
  • Credential Assembly Service Report
    • All applicants must take the LSAT prior to the application deadline and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
    • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that files are complete and current with the Credential Assembly Service.
    • LSAT Score(s): A score older than five years will not be accepted.
    • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    • Applicants must be in good standing at all institutions attended to be eligible for consideration.
  • Personal Statement
    • Each year, the Admissions Committee receives applications from many more qualified individuals than the law school is able to admit. In making admissions decisions among applicants with comparable LSAT scores and GPAs, the Committee considers a number of other factors. These include: interesting or demanding work or service experience; leadership potential; rigorousness of undergraduate course of study; graduate study; economic need requiring significant employment during college; social or cultural disadvantages; and extraordinary family or personal responsibilities. Your personal statement should discuss any of these factors that you would like the Committee to consider. The statement should be no more than 500 words, typed and double-spaced.
  • 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.
    • Refer to question number four and question number five of the application for additional details.
  • Resume
    • A detailed resume should accompany the application and must be submitted through LSAC.
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)
    • No letters of recommendation are required. If you choose to submit letters of recommendation to support your application, FSU requires they be submitted through LSAC using the Credential Assembly Services (CAS).
  • Academic Addendum (optional)
    • You may include an academic addendum, explaining any circumstances that you believe may have negatively affected your undergraduate GPA or performance on the LSAT.  If included it must be submitted through LSAC.
  • Diversity Statement (optional)
    • You may include a diversity statement if desired.  If included, it must be submitted through LSAC.

 

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. **

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 in order 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

International students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States should submit their transcripts to LSAC through CAS for evaluation. 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 through LSAC 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.

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.

Application Status Notification

You will receive an e-mail notifying you when we receive your application, which will include a username and password to the online status checker. You may check the status of your application online at www.law.fsu.edu/prospective_students. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is 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.

Admissions Decisions

Admission decisions are made on a continuous basis, from October through May. Decisions are based on the strength of the application, not the date in which the application is received. It can take up to three months from the date your application becomes COMPLETE to hear back regarding the status of your application. To determine whether or not your application is complete, you should regularly check your online status checker.

Petitioning for Reconsideration

Applicants who have been denied admission can request reconsideration only in situations where the applicant has new, significant information that was not available at the time of the original application or during the timeframe in which your application was under review by the Admissions Committee. Examples of significant information include: a new LSAT score, new grade point average or an award or accomplishment that occurred after the original application file was submitted. Reconsiderations will not be granted based on existing application information; applicants must submit new information.

A written request must include an explanation of the new information as well as valid reasons warranting reconsideration. The request must be e-mailed within 30 days of the date of denial to admissions@law.fsu.edu with “Request for Reconsideration” in the subject line.