1. What is AAMPLE®?
The Alternative Admissions Model Program in Legal Education (AAMPLE) is an alternative path to J.D. admission for selected applicants who otherwise would not be granted admission to law school. The courses are offered in two formats: on-campus and online. Courses in both formats are taught by tenured, full-time faculty . AAMPLE students are guaranteed admission to the Fall J.D. class if they earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50 with grades in both courses a "C" or better.
2. Can I work full time while participating in AAMPLE?
AAMPLE is a time-consuming and difficult program. We advise students not to work full time or take any other classes during the program. The Online program has mandatory chats in each class that may be during the day. The On Campus classes will be held Monday through Friday. Each class will meet 2 hours a day, approximately 4 days a week. The classes will be scheduled between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. Please note that classes do not meet all day, rather, they are scheduled during day time hours.
3. Who is the program designed for?
AAMPLE offers determined individuals, whose outright admission to law school has been barred based on traditional admission criteria (LSAT and GPA) , a performance-based alternative to J.D. admission. Those admitted based on success in AAMPLE demonstrate a strong potential for success in law school.
4. What are the chances of successfully completing AAMPLE and being admitted to the NSU Law J.D. program?
Not all students who complete AAMPLE are admitted to the NSU Law entering class, but all who achieve the required 2.50, or better, cumulative GPA in the two AAMPLE courses, with neither grade lower than “C” are guaranteed admission to the fall entering class. There is no quota or limit on the number of successful AAMPLE students who will be admitted to NSU Shepard Broad College of Law.
The success rates for both formats of AAMPLE over the past five years follows:
|2013 - 70%
||2013 - 69%
|2014 - 79%
||2014 - 53%
|2015 - 59%
||2015 - 50%
|2016 - 72%
||2016 - 48%
|2017 - 59%
||2017 - 89%
5. Can I qualify for financial aid to cover the costs of AAMPLE?
Because AAMPLE is a pre-admission program and not a degree program, participants do not qualify for federal financial aid. However, participants may apply for a private loan through a lending institution or nonprofit organization of their choice. If admitted to the NSU J.D. program, students may apply for federal financial aid. For additional loan information, please visit the NSU Web site at http://www.nova.edu/financialaid/graduate-professional/loans/alternative-private.html or contact the NSU Office of Student Financial Assistance at 954-262-3380 or 1-800-541-6682.
6. If I’m successful in AAMPLE, will I qualify for any scholarships for the fall?
If you are successful in gaining admission from success in AAMPLE, you will not qualify for merit scholarship aid for your first year of law study. We award scholarships based first on LSAT score and then undergraduate GPA. Applicants invited to AAMPLE typically have a score, GPA, or both that is below the range for scholarships. If you have good academic performance in your first year at NSU Law, 3.20 GPA or better, you will receive merit scholarship support beginning in your second year.
7. What courses are taught?
- Introduction to the 4th Amendment - This course is used to assess the capacity of applicants for the successful study of law through the study of the basic principles and arguments concerning the Fourth Amendment and the exclusionary rule using the case method. Applicants will not receive academic credit for successful completion of AAMPLE, and grades earned during AAMPLE will not be used in calculating their law school grade point average.
- Negotiable Instruments - This course is used to assess the capacity of applicants for the successful study of law through the study of the basic principles and arguments concerning Negotiable Instrument law using the problem method to study statutory law. Applicants will not receive academic credit for successful completion of AAMPLE, and grades earned during AAMPLE will not be used in calculating their law school grade point average.
8. What is the length of AAMPLE?
AAMPLE has five weeks of classes followed by two days of final exams during the sixth week.
9. Where will I take classes?
Students may take classes either online or on-campus. Online AAMPLE uses email, chat rooms, streaming audio and video, and bulletin boards to communicate with other students and faculty. On campus students must meet regular attendance standards and participate in classes conducted at the College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
10. How will I take my finals?
AAMPLE final exams are only administered on NSU campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the days and times provided. Students are required to test on the days assigned. Exams are given during the week during the day.
11. Who grades the quizzes and the final exams?
Full time law professors.
12. What GPA is needed to gain admission to NSU Law?
AAMPLE students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher and receive two grades of a "C" or better at the end of the program to gain admission into the next entering JD class at NSU Law. Students must also meet all admission requirements for the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, such as submitting transcripts, and other required documentation by the deadline.
13. Will other accredited law schools accept the grades I earn in NSU Law AAMPLE?
ABA Standards do not permit awarding of JD credit for pre-admission programs like AAMPLE.
14. How much time should I dedicate to studying?
Successful students report spending an average of 60-to-80 hours a week studying the materials for AAMPLE.
15. How much do I need to know about computers in order to take online courses?
You must have a computer system that meets the technical requirements of the program and complete and submit a computer literacy form. Students must be able to access the Internet, send emails with attachments, know the difference between upload and download, and understand how to view a CD. Students will not be taught how to use a computer as part of the AAMPLE curriculum.
16. What type of technical support is offered to students?
Technical support is available through the Nova Southeastern University Help Desk at 1-800-262-HELP.
17. How often do I have to log on to online classes?
Each course will meet 4 hours live each week, attendance is mandatory. Other than the live chats, there is no required amount of time students must access the courses online, however it is recommended that students access each course at least once a day in order to keep up with postings and emails. Online classes are always “open.” Students may access their classes at any time. Students are required to attend the mandatory live chats in each class each week.
18. How do I know whether the online or the on-campus format is right for me?
Online classes are taught through Blackboard via Internet. All coursework, including lectures, assignments, and correspondence, is completed through Blackboard. In order to be an online student you must meet the computer requirements. Students will be using bulletin boards, email, and chat rooms. The on-campus classes are taught in a traditional classroom setting at NSU Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The decision is different and personal for each applicant.
19. Can I take one class in the Online format and one class On-Campus?
No, students must choose to complete AAMPLE in either the online environment or the on-campus setting.
20. Will I receive any credits from AAMPLE?
You will not receive any credit hours for participation in AAMPLE. Both classes are offered at zero credits. No credits will transfer into NSU Law or another ABA-approved law school. ABA Standards do not allow credits to be earned in pre-admission program or be accepted for credit towards the JD.
21. Are NSU Shepard Broad College of Law and Nova Southeastern University accredited?
Shepard Broad College of Law is fully approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.