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:
No LSAT examination is required.
Saves substantial time and expense. By recognizing the value of the student’s foreign law study, students in the Accelerated J.D. need only two years of full-time rather than the three years required for American or foreign non-law graduates.
An Accelerated J.D. graduate 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).
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 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.
Admission into the Accelerated J.D. program is highly competitive.
Eligible applicants 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
Strong candidates for this program will have a record of superior academic ability and a demonstrated track record of professional experience or leadership.
Successful applicants should be licensed in a foreign jurisdiction and have law practice experience.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required.
Students should 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, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of foreign candidates seeking admission from nations 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
NSU Shepard Broad College of 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 prior postsecondary academic studies submitted through, and in accordance with, the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). NSU Law requires the use of the LSAC CAS for transcript and credential evaluation; no other service will be accepted.
A recent score from TOEFL or IELTS submitted through the LSAC CAS.
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.
A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) describing your relevant academic and professional experience.
Two letters of recommendation, submitted through the LSAC CAS. 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. 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.