Juris Master Online FAQs

Who is this degree intended for?
The degree is intended for experienced non-lawyer professionals who seek to acquire a legal foundation 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 careers in highly regulated industries such as banking, insurance, financial advising, consumer lending and health care.

Can I practice law with a Juris Master degree?
No, the online Juris Master degree is for students who are interested in a law-related field or career path but do not intend to become a licensed attorney. If you are interested in becoming a licensed attorney, so as to be able to provide legal advice and services to clients, we encourage you to apply to our J.D. 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 earned a Juris Doctor.

Does the online Juris Master program offer specific concentrations?
The online Juris Master program offers concentrations in Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Technology Risk Management; Employment Law and HR Risk ManagementFinancial Regulation and ComplianceHealth Care Regulation; and Legal Risk Management, Contracting, and Compliance. Students can choose from one of these five areas to complete the program.

Can I transfer graduate credit hours into the Juris Master program?
Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours from another master’s in law program—e.g., Juris Master, Master of Science in Laws (MSL), Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degrees or a JD program. Transfer credits will be evaluated by the Associate Dean for Juris Master Programs. A grade of “B” or better must have been earned in any courses reviewed for transfer credit.

Students must complete the JM Graduate Test Waiver Score Waiver Request and choose the third option ‘Waiver requested based on current or prior enrollment in law school for a master’s in law or JD program,’ and submit it along with a copy of the unofficial law school transcripts for consideration.

After completing the online Juris Master degree, will I be able to transfer these credits toward 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 requirements and application deadlines? 
Please visit our Juris Master Admissions Procedures page for information regarding the application requirements and deadlines for the program.

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. Waivers can be granted on a case-by-case basis. The waiver is requested online before you apply and submitted with the application.

Do I need to take an English Language Proficiency Test?
Yes, if you did not receive your education in an English-speaking institution. Minimum IETLS score of 6.5 or TOEFL scores of 80 on the Internet-based, 213 on the computer-based, and 550 on the paper-based test are required.

Am I eligible for financial aid and/or other opportunities?
Yes. Degree-seeking online students are eligible for the same financial aid as campus-based students if they register for six or more hours per semester. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to satisfy the first requirement requested by the Financial Aid Office. Florida State University's FAFSA school code is 001489.

See also:
Florida Department of Education scholarship programs for Florida residents 
Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards
Pivot access through FSU's Office of Research
Non-US Citizen Funding Opportunities
FinAid! lists available scholarships, financial aid sources, education tax benefits and tips on completing FAFSA.

As an employee of Florida State University or the state of Florida, am I eligible for the FSU Employee Tuition Waiver or State of Florida Employee Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Waiver)?

No, unfortunately, the courses offered through the College of Law are not eligible for the tuition waiver program. However, the College of Law offers a one-time, non-renewable scholarship for a maximum of 6 credits to full-time, salaried employees of Florida State University, the State of Florida, or a Florida public institution of higher education. 

Proof of current employment with Florida State University, the State of Florida, or a Florida public institution of higher education is required for admitted students to receive the 6-credit scholarship. The scholarship will be applied to the first year of the program only. You can access the State of Florida Employment Verification Form here. Once completed, please upload the form into your application under 'Upload Additional Materials.' 

How many credit hours are there for the online Juris Master degree program?
The online Juris Master degree requires 30 credit hours in which 10 credits hours are for required courses.

How long does it take to earn the online Juris Master degree?
You can normally complete the online Juris Master degree within 5 semesters. However, there is no set time frame for completion. The typical online Juris Master student takes 6 credits per semester.

What is the typical course load?
Students in the online Juris Master program normally register for 6 credits each semester. Each online class is typically 2 credits.

Are courses for the Juris Master degree taught by the same professors that teach the courses for the Juris Doctor degree?
Yes, coupled with prominent industry experts. 

Can I take on-campus courses?
Yes. However, before enrolling in any on-campus courses, all health insurance and immunization requirements must be met. Contact University Health Services

How will I know which courses to take?
Our J.M. advisors work with students who intend to enroll to discuss program goals and course selection.

How will I register for classes?
The law school will assist students with course registration in their first semester.

How do I obtain an FSU ID Card?
Acquire the official FSUCard by emailing your FSUCard Agreement along with a copy of your photo identification (valid driver's license, military ID, or current passport) to the FSUCard Center. You will need your FSUCard when you visit any FSU campus. Visit the FSUCard website to learn more about FSUCard services.

Who do I contact with additional questions?
Email Admissions at law-jurismaster@law.fsu.edu

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