As a Canadian, you will be warmly welcomed to NSU Law. Your application follows the same admission process as US students. You apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application Service at www.LSAC.org. You must also submit recent scores from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and you must register for the Credential Assembly Service of LSAC. Information on the LSAT and CAS, and all LSAC services, is found at www.LSAC.org.
Unlike Canadian law schools, your entire undergraduate record will be considered when making an admission decision, not just the last two years. You should consult Law School Admission Council, www.LSAC.org, for information on how they evaluate transcripts and calculate grade point average (GPA).
- You must complete and submit your application using the LSAC Electronic Application Service.
- You are required to have a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) subscription through LSAC that includes your transcripts and evaluation, LSAT scores, and LSAT Writing Sample.
- You are required to submit one letter of recommendation submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Up to three letters will be considered.
- You must include a Personal Statement/Essay.
- You are required to attach your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes relevant experience.
Requirements to Practice in Canada
Practicing law in Canada is possible with a non-Canadian law degree however we recommend you consult Canadian authorities as early as possible for the most comprehensive information. Information on practicing law in Canada with legal education credentials from the US is available at http://www.flsc.ca/en/nca/.
Financial Assistance for Canadians
If you are offered admission, you will be considered for merit scholarships from the NSU Law regardless of your citizenship. Scholarship awards are competitive and no separate application is required. Because merit scholarship awards are partial tuition awards, they do not meet the cost of attendance.
Only US citizens and eligible resident aliens are eligible for student loan programs of the US government. The website http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/canadian.phtml is a useful resource for you to get information on scholarship and loan programs Canadian students may use to study in the US.
Documents Required to Matriculate
In addition to a $500 (US) deposit to reserve a seat in the class, you must provide us with official transcripts from each institution attended prior to entering NSU Law. In accordance with ABA Standards, your transcripts must be sent to LSAC for inclusion in your final CAS report.
As a Canadian citizen, you are required to have a student visa to study in the US; a Letter of Financial Responsibility or other acceptable demonstration of ability to pay for your educational and living expenses while in school will be required to obtain the form from NSU that is required for you to obtain a student visa.
Canadians in South Florida
Canadian culture thrives in South Florida, so you can easily address homesickness. Many Canadians vacation here or become “snowbirds” and spend the winter months in South Florida. Increasing numbers of Canadians are buying real estate and retiring here or planning for it. There are banks, medical facilities, and even eateries with services and products for Canadians. Nearby Hollywood Beach Boardwalk hosts the annual CanadaFest each winter, the biggest French Canadian festival in the US. South Florida even has Canadian ex-pat clubs. While you can’t yet get a double-double at Tim Horton’s here (hopefully they’ll open one soon), you will find opportunities to revel in being Canadian.
The Government of Canada has an office of the Consulate General of Canada in nearby Miami.