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Foreign Lawyer Program

Accelerated J.D./Foreign Lawyer Program

NSU 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 you to earn a full U.S. J.D. in as little as 24 months following your first law degree.

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

The program has many benefits for you as a foreign lawyer:

  • No LSAT examination is required.
  • Saves you substantial time and expense. By recognizing the value of your foreign law study, you need only two years of full-time study rather than the three years required for American or foreign non-law graduates.
  • As an Accelerated J.D. graduate, you may sit for the bar examination in all U.S. states (an LL.M. degree only allows access to the bar examinations in a very few states).
  • You get to study in a beautiful, vibrant, and convenient community.  Fort Lauderdale features easy access to three international airports, international ports, and one of the fast growing and dynamic international economies in the world.

International Consortium for Global Legal Education

NSU 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

Application Timeline

Fall 2018 (August)

Application Open   September 1, 2017

Priority Consideration   March 15, 2018

Final Deadline   June 29, 2018

  • Application Open is the date the application becomes available through the LSAC Electronic Application Service at www.LSAC.org.
  • Priority Consideration is the date by which your submitted and completed application will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarship. Submitting or completing your application after this date means your application will be considered as space and scholarship funds permit.
  • Final Deadline is the last day (11:59 pm Eastern Time) that you may submit your application.  We do not recommend that you wait until this date. After this date, we are unable to provide any way for an application to be submitted.

Admission Requirements

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

  • To be eligible you will have earned a first degree in law or completed at least one year of graduate legal study at an accredited university in a jurisdiction outside of the United States.  For foreign attorneys, first law degree designations vary by country.  For a list of law degrees that meet this requirement, refer to the Minimum Degree Requirements by Country chart located on the Law School Admission Council website at www.LSAC.org
  • You will be a strong candidate for this program if you have a record of superior academic ability and a demonstrated track record of professional experience or leadership.
  • To be a successful applicant, you should be licensed in a foreign jurisdiction and have law practice experience.
  • The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required.
  • You must be prepared to read, and discuss in class, difficult technical material.  Only students who feel confident in their English language ability should apply.  For this reason, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if you are seeking admission from a nation in which English is not the primary language of instruction.  NSU Law also accepts scores from the IELTS examination.  Minimum required scores:
    • Paper-based TOEFL – 600
    • Internet-based TOEFL – 100
    • Computer-based TOEFL – 250
    • IELTS – 7.0

Application Checklist

  • You must submit and complete the NSU Law Foreign Lawyer Program application.  The application is only available online through the Law School Admission Council Electronic Application Service at www.LSAC.org.
  • Transcripts from all of your prior postsecondary academic studies must be submitted through, and in accordance with, the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  NSU Law requires you use the LSAC CAS for transcript and credential evaluation; no other service will be accepted.
  • You must present a recent score from TOEFL or IELTS submitted through the LSAC CAS.
  • You are required to include a personal statement describing your objective in pursuing a JD degree from NSU Law.  Please include any experiences, qualifications, or other information you believe to be relevant.
  • You must attach a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) describing your relevant academic and professional experience.
  • You are required to include at least one letter of recommendation, submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.  We will consider up to three letters. These letters should preferably come from individuals who can speak to your ability to succeed in an academic context, and in legal settings.

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

If you were educated in Cuba, LSAC requires you follow this two-step procedure to submit transcripts to them.

  1. Request Consultoria Juridica International (CJI) to send the following official documentation to LSAC via DHL express mail. Certificacion de notas y certifico de titulo issued by the university in Spanish and legalized by CJI, along with a CJI English translation of this documentation.
  2. Send LSAC a copy of your original Certificacion de notas y certific de titulo as originally issued by the university.

If you were educated in the People’s Republic of China

  • You must submit official degree certificates (zhuanke, bachelor’s, master’s, etc.) and graduation diplomas in Chinese for all programs undertaken along with a complete and literal English translation.
  • Your issuing institution must submit your official college or university academic record (transcript) in Chinese showing all courses and grades for all years of study. You must also have a complete and literal English translation submitted. The academic record must be issued by the institution’s central administrative office responsible for preparing and verifying official student records. Documents issued by an individual academic department or by a notary public are not considered official.
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