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Getting Ready to Start

To the Incoming Class of 2020-2021:
Our top priorities at NSU are to help all students to fulfill their academic dreams and aspirations while ensuring your health, well-being, and safety. NSU’s core values are foremost guiding us as we plan for “The Return of The Sharks” -- our return to campus. We are working to ensure we meet the needs of our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, and to provide the appropriate learning environments that will be the key to successful matriculation, with careful attention to include special arrangements, student choices, and extensive support along the way.

For the fall semester, College of Law classes will be held in-person and synchronously online, to ensure proper physical distancing. When you are on campus, face coverings and other safety protocols will be enforced to ensure a healthy learning environment is sustained. However, should public health restrictions or best practices change, or if a student would prefer not to attend a class in-person, the student will have a choice to attend any in-person class via synchronous online delivery. Additionally, some classes will be moved entirely online to ensure we meet all health and safety guidelines regarding the population of the College of Law building. More information regarding specific schedules will be disseminated as soon as we are able.

These plans are of course, subject to the Governor of Florida’s executive orders at the time of opening, as well as CDC and local government directives. Stay tuned for more information and please do not hesitate to ask us any questions.

You may want to get a head start on your law studies this summer.  Below is information to get you started and help you prepare for the first year of law school. We look forward to seeing you at orientation in August.

Entering Students Timeline - click Timeline to see if you are on track

Entering Students Timeline - click Timeline to see if you are on track

You may want to get a head start on your law studies this summer.  While understandable, it will be difficult for you to engage yourself in actual course material.  Your summer is probably better focusing on the following:

  • Organize Your Life. Make sure your living situation is settled.  Get your budget and finances in order.  Enlist the aid of your support network.  Develop a routine.  Simply everything that can be made simple.
  • Enjoy Life. Spend time doing the things you love with the people you love.  You’ll have precious little time for either once law school begins, so overdose on it ahead of time.
  • Get Physically Prepared. Attend to your medical appointments.  Establish an exercise routine.  Get plenty of rest.  Life will become extremely busy and law school will quickly consume you.  Making sure you’re in good health and having an outlet for stress to give some time away from your studies will make a huge difference.
  • Gather the Information you will need for registering with and applying to the Bar.  (See below.)  You’ll be grateful that you did it before classes begin.
  • Set up your NSU Identity Your life as an NSU Law student will require to you use various digital systems for email, financial aid, and registration, among other things.  To set up your NSU Identity, https://www.nova.edu/resources/nsuidentity.html.  Should you encounter problems, please contact the NSU Help Desk Support at 954.262.4357 or help@nova.edu.  As much as we’d love to help you, Admissions does not have the access or expertise with these systems and their access.

We have assembled a list of books, including novels that will engage you in legal issues or provide advice on success in law school and the legal profession.  Read a few at your leisure this summer.

Join the Facebook group for the entering class and begin meeting your future classmates and colleagues.  You can use the group to:

  • Make new friends and reconnect with friends you didn’t know would be starting law school with you
  • Share ideas and information and ask questions 
  • Organize activities and social events
  • Find roommates, meet classmates who are realtors, get leads on good and affordable housing options.

When section placements are released in late July, you’ll likely form subgroups for each section to share information and create section pride.

Final, official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions you have attended are required to be on file before the start of the academic year.

  • You must have all transcripts submitted to LSAC for inclusion in your Credential Assembly Service report.
  • All transcripts must be complete, including updated transcripts reflecting grades for coursework completed since you submitted your application or prior transcripts to the Service.
  • Transcripts from each institution from which you earned a degree must indicate the awarding of that degree.
  • If your degree is being conferred upon completion of summer coursework, please contact the Office of Admissions well in advance for special instructions on completing this requirement.
Deadline for Receipt of ALL Transcripts: JULY 15, 2020

Academic Calendar

Section Placements

You will receive an email to your personal email account notifying you of your section placement and your placement for your Legal Research & Writing course. If you do not receive your email by Wednesday, July 22, 2020, please contact the Office of Admissions at law-admissions@nova.edu or (954) 262-6119.

Registration Period

Registration will be open online from 12:00 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, until 12:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 27, 2020. Follow the directions below. Please do not attempt to register on other dates or times. Please do not register for courses not indicated on the schedule provided with your section placement. Improper registrations will be canceled.

If you will not have Internet access during the registration period, please contact the Office of Admissions and we will register you. law-admissions@nova.edu or (954) 262-6119.

Registration Process

  1. Log into Shark Link (https://sharklink.nova.edu/cp/home/displaylogin). Your username is your NSU email prefix = the initials and numbers displayed before “@mynsu.nova.edu.”
  2. Click on “My Academics,” located on the left-side navigation panel.
  3. Complete the Student Enrollment Agree (SEA) located on the right-hand side of the page “Registration-Add/Drop/SEA,” by selecting the appropriate term/semester (FALL)
  4. Enter the Course Reference Numbers (CRN) to the registration worksheet in the boxes displayed.
  5. Then click submit changes to complete your registration.

To review your registration schedule for accuracy, please follow these steps:

  • At the top of the Shark Link page (https://sharklink.nova.edu/cp/home/displaylogin), select “MY SITES,” select “My NSU”, select "My Academics" (navigation bar on left).
  • At the bottom of the page, you will find “MY SCHEDULE.”
  • Select the semester to view your schedule.
  • Once selected, a drop-down will appear with the courses for which you have registered.
    • Click the down arrow on each course to see course details.
    • You may also click on the icon next to “useful tools” for book information pertaining to the course.

Course Syllabus and Books

In addition to accessing books as indicated in the Registration Process, you may also access course syllabus and book information through Course Wizard in Shark Link. (Alternatively, you can use https://coursewizard.nova.edu)

  • Click on Professional Courses
  • Set your filters to:
    • College - Shepard Broad College of Law
    • Level – Professional
    • Semester – Fall 2020

Then click “Search” (note: you do not need to set the remaining filters)

Policy Acknowledgement Form - Entering Students Fall 2020

This form is to make sure that you understand and conduct yourself in accordance to all NSU policies, regulations, and requirements. Please take the time to read each of the forms and let us know you have read them.

Policy Acknowledgement Form - Entering Students Fall 2020

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