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NSU Law Honors Program

OUR MISSION STATEMENT AND VALUES

The NSU Law Honors Program provides recognition to admitted and continuing law students who exemplify the best of academic achievement and leadership, legal community engagement, and professional development. The Honors Program is designed to provide motivated and high achieving students with educational programs, special events, and opportunities to help prepare them for the practice of law.  

The ideal NSU Law Honors student embodies several values such as academic achievement, a leadership role in the legal community, and professionalism and civility both in and outside of the classroom. 

BENEFITS

The NSU Law Honors Program collaborates with programs, events, faculty members and the legal community in order to provide a comprehensive Honors experience.  Benefits may include:

  • Exclusive Honors Program networking events with prominent members of the legal community;
  • Special invitations to lectures, presentations and workshops;
  • Paid research position with a full-time faculty member;
  • Internship opportunities such as an in-house clinical program or judicial internship;
  • Paid independent research projects; and/or
  • Recognition at graduation. 

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Entering 1L Students 
Entering 1L students will be selected based on factors such as academic achievement and leadership qualities.  To be eligible for selection, apply to the Honors Program by filling out a Honors Program Application Form. Final selection for the Honors Program is made through the Office of the Dean.  Applications will be made available in Spring 2021. 

Current 1L Students

The 1L NSU Law Honors Program Application is available to students who achieve a law school grade point average of 3.0 or higher after the Fall Semester of their 1L year.  To apply, students can fill out an Honors Program application, which will include an essay component (no more than 4000 characters) on a topic provided on the application form, in order to be eligible for selection.  Final selection for the Honors Program is made through the Office of the Dean. Applications will be made available in Spring 2021.

Rising 2L and 3L Students

Law students completing their first year and second year with a cumulative 3.0 NSU Law grade point average may be eligible for admission to the Honors Program through the Office of the Dean.  To apply, students can fill out an Honors Program application, which will include an essay component (no more than 4000 characters) on a topic provided on the application form, in order to be eligible for selection.  

CURRENT OPEN APPLICATIONS

2L and 3L Fall 2020 Application Form 

The 2L and 3L Fall 2020 NSU Law Honors Program Application is available to students who achieved a cumulative 3.0 NSU Law grade point average or higher at the time they apply. To be eligible for selection, apply to the Honors Program by filling out the 2020-2021 Honors Program Application Form.  Deadline to apply is September 11, 2020 by 5 pm.  Final member selection will be announced in late September/early October. 

RETENTION REQUIREMENTS

In order to retain the status of an NSU Law Honors student, progress in key areas such as GPA, completion of Honors Program requirements, and services hour requirements must be met.  Satisfactory progress will be reviewed after every 1L year, 2L year, and 3L/4L year.  Please read the requirements carefully, as students who do not meet these expectations may lose their membership in the Honors Program.

1L Year

  • Maintain an NSU Law Grade point average of 3.0 at the end of your first semester of 1L year (Fall 2020) as well as a cumulative 3.0 NSU Law grade point average at the end of the academic 1L year.

2L Year (3L year for part-time students)

  • Complete the paid 2L funded research component in collaboration with a full-time faculty member. Students may either seek their own faculty member or one will be assigned.
  • Complete the required minimum 30 public service hours.
  • Complete and submit the Florida Bar Application or to another U.S. Jurisdiction.
  • Maintain an NSU Law grade point average of 3.0 at the end of the academic year.

3L Year (4L year for part-time students)

  • Complete the 3L Honors Fellowship comprised of one of the following opportunities:
    • An independent research project under the supervision of a full-time faculty member (may be eligible to submit for future publication);
    • An in-house clinical program; or
    • A judicial internship opportunity.

Professionalism and Decorum

  • Students are expected to adhere to the following professionalism standard as defined by the Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism: “Professionalism is the pursuit and practice of the highest ideals and tenets of the legal profession. It embraces far more than simply complying with the minimal standards of professional conduct. The essential ingredients of professionalism are character, competence, civility, and commitment.” A student who has communicated in an abusive and/or unprofessional manner may be removed from the Honors Program, face disciplinary proceedings and/or be reported to any state bar organization.  NSU Law Code of Academic Regulations, Rules of Conduct (R. 10.1) (September 30, 2019).

CONTACT 

 If there are any questions regarding the NSU Law Honors Program, kindly contact Michelle Denis, Associate Director of Career Services and Professional Development, at mr1895@nova.edu

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