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NSU Law Honors Program

The NSU Law Honors Program provides recognition to admitted and continuing law students who exemplify the best of academic achievement, community engagement, and professional ideals. Preference is given to those students demonstrating financial need, but the program is open to all students.

Honors Program students participate in exclusive honors events, invited to participate in the NSU Law Leadership Academy for specialized courses, and receive financial support to work closely with members of the College of Law faculty. In their second year of law school (or third year of law school for part-time students), each Honors Program participant receives a research stipend, providing the student with funding to participate in research directly collaborating with a full-time faculty member. In the Honors Program student’s final year of law school, the participant receives funding for an Honors Fellowship comprised of either a research project, in-house clinical program, or selected clerkship opportunity. In addition, Honors Program students are encouraged to participate in one of NSU Law’s live-client clinical programs and to apply for a state or federal judicial internship.

As part of the Honors Program, each Honors Program student is eligible to take part in special programs, such as academic lectures by prominent national scholars, works-in-progress presentations by faculty, and exclusive networking opportunities with members of the judiciary and the Florida Bar. Students who fully participate in the Honors Program throughout law school are recognized at graduation.

APPLYING TO THE NSU LAW HONORS PROGRAM

Newly admitted students can apply to the Honors Program by filling out this form - Honors Program Application. Students not selected to participate in the Honors Program in their first year of law school are encouraged to apply at the end of their first year.

Students completing their first year with a 3.0 NSU Law grade point average are eligible to apply by filling out this form - Honors Program Application. Final selection for the Honors Program is made through the office of the Dean. Approximately 10-15 students are selected as newly admitted students and an additional 10-15 students are selected to participate after their first year of law school.

Application Process

• Complete the NSU Law Honors Program Application;
• Attach your short essay; and
• Submit by email to William D. Perez, Assistant Dean, Admissions, wperez1@nova.edu
• Deadline for submission is April 1 of the current academic year.

RETENTION OF HONORS PROGRAM STATUS

All students receiving the recognition of Honors Program students are expected to continue with that designation through graduation. To do so, these requirements must be met:

  • Maintain an NSU Law grade point average of 2.8 at the end of each academic year
  • Complete the required minimum pro bono hours of at least thirty hours by the end of the second year of law school
  • Complete the application to The Florida Bar or to another U.S. jurisdiction by the end of the second year of law school
  • Complete the collaborative funded research assignments funded in the second year of law school (third for part-time students)
  • Complete the funded research project, in-house clinical program, or selected clerkship opportunity selected by the student in the final year of law school
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