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Foreign Lawyer Program

Accelerated J.D./Foreign Lawyer Program

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law is an international community in the heart of the United States’ vibrant southern global gateway.  As part of our commitment to global education and domestic diversity, NSU Law offers an Accelerated Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree for foreign lawyers. The Accelerated J.D. for Foreign Lawyers Program enables candidates to earn a full U.S. J.D. in as little as 24 months following their first law degree.

Candidates admitted to the Accelerated J.D. enter as transfer students, receiving up to 30 U.S. credits for successful foreign law degree studies at their home institution.  These credits are used to satisfy elective credit requirements at NSU Law. Accelerated J.D. students then need only earn 60 U.S. credits (the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study) to obtain a J.D.  Candidates may also apply for part-time consideration.

The program has many benefits for the foreign lawyer:

International Consortium for Global Legal Education

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law has established an International Consortium for Global Legal Education to provide students, (recent) graduates, and faculty of Consortium Partner Universities the opportunity to promote a diverse global legal community, develop best practices in legal education, and encourage research.  Recent graduates of Consortium Partner Universities qualify for additional benefits, including dual-enrollment opportunities, scholarships, and the option of earning a third degree, the M.S. in Law and Policy.  NSU Law offers a limited number of opportunities for current students at Consortium Partner Universities to enroll at NSU Law while still studying at their home institution through a dual-enrollment option.  

International Consortium for Global Legal Education

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Accelerated J.D. program is highly competitive. 

Application Checklist

Admission to the two-year Accelerated J.D. program is competitive.  All candidates are considered for admission on a holistic basis and may be required to participate in an evaluative interview with NSU Law admission staff before a final decision is made.