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Disqualified Law Students

Applicants Who Have Been Disqualified from Law School

There is little doubt that being dismissed from law school can be devastating.  Human nature might compel you to get right back in and prove that you can do it if you just try harder.  Each student is different and the reasons behind dismissal differ as well.  NSU Law will consider for first-year admission, applicants who have been dismissed from ABA-approved law schools. You are not considered to be a transfer applicant, nor will advanced standing credit be assigned for your law study completed before dismissal.

Academic Dismissal

Whether you were academically dismissed from NSU Law or another ABA-approved law school, admission or readmission as a first-year student requires you demonstrate to the Admissions Committee that the prior disqualification is not a lack of ability and that you are capable of successfully completing the academic program and being admitted to the bar. 

If you have been academically dismissed from law school you must include in your application, typically the personal statement, information that shows that external factors, not lack of ability, created a barrier to your success in law study. Whenever possible, documentation to support your claims should be provided.

Dismissal for Non-Academic Reasons

If you were dismissed from an ABA-approved law school for non-academic reasons you may be considered for first-year admission.  Typically, such dismissals relate to honor code or conduct violations, or academic dishonesty.  If you were dismissed from law school for non-academic reasons, you would have to demonstrate 1) that your grades in law school clearly demonstrate academic ability and 2) that the cause for dismissal would not likely preclude admission to the bar based on character and fitness for the practice of law.

It is advisable that you consult with bar authorities in the jurisdiction(s) in which you intend to seek bar admission and receive a determination as to whether the issue would be prohibitive of bar admission. 

Your application should fully disclose the facts of the matter or matters that led to dismissal and provide evidence that such problems are unlikely to present themselves again and that bar authorities have provided assurance that bar admission would not be negatively impacted by the matter or matters involved.

Application Checklist

  • You must complete and submit the NSU Law Application for First-Year JD Admission using the LSAC Electronic Application Service.  NSU Law does not charge an application fee.
  • You are required to have a current subscription to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service that contains complete transcripts for all academic coursework attempted or completed since secondary (high) school, including the dismissing law school.
  • You must write a personal statement that details the circumstances that led to your law school dismissal and provides evidence that you are academically capable of law study and being admitted to the bar.  Provide documentation in support of your statement whenever possible.  Evidence that you have or are actively remediating problems is useful.
  • You must provide one letter of recommendation in support of this application for admission or readmission after dismissal (note: this means letters written after your dismissal).  Up to three letters will be considered.
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