Enjoy a More Fulfilling Future in the Exciting World of Law

Take your passion for the law to the next level at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law. NSU Law’s legal education options are nationally recognized for their quality. In the full-time J.D. Program, you will have the option to drill down on specific interests, explore international law opportunities, or focus on legal research and writing or public interest law. This rigorous 360-degree experience includes pioneering simulations and clinical and externship courses.

Our student-centric approach means that every member of the NSU Law community is here to help you achieve your professional goals. Learn from faculty who are leaders in the legal field and offer individualized attention to enhance your curriculum experience. In three years, you will have earned the tools you need to advance your career—and your level of impact.

Fast Facts

Quick Facts

Curriculum

The program curriculum consists of 90 total credits including classroom, research, activity, and Clinical/Field Placement credits along with qualifying community service. See Curriculum Advising Guide for details.

Delivery Options

NSU’s full-time J.D. program can be completed in three years with classes delivered on our Davie campus.

Tuition

Tuition is $44,557 per year for full-time students. Additional fees apply. See Tuition and Fees for details.

Application Deadlines

Applications Open: September 1

Priority Consideration: March 15

Final Deadline: July 1

Use the Law as a Tool to Create Meaningful Change

In the full-time J.D. program at NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and values to become a trusted, confident, and accomplished lawyer respected for serving your clients, your community, and the cause of justice. This program works best for students who will not be working full-time. If you intend to continue working while pursuing your J.D., consider our part-time program. The program capacity is limited to 60 students.

 

Course Schedules

Course Descriptions

Complete 90 semester-hours of study— in as few as six semesters—over three academic years in areas that are essential to the understanding and practice of law.
Classes are held Monday through Friday on our Davie campus.
Apply to only one program—full-time or part-time. Admission processes and standards are the same.
Work closely with faculty who have roots in the South Florida legal community and who teach specialized courses that help to bridge the gap between legal theory and practice.

Enhance Your Degree with a J.D. Program Concentration

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Health Law

Make your impact on health care organizations and policy.

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Intellectual Property, Technology, and Cybersecurity Law

Protect new ideas and important technological advances.

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International Law

Bring a global perspective to your practice and even study abroad.

Personal Conviction, Professional Impact

Put purpose into practice by participating in one of our in-house clinics or field placements during your final year of law school. Receive practical training and experience along with one-on-one mentoring from a supervising attorney. Get the NSU Edge for your legal career.

Learn More About Clinical Programs

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Entrance Requirements

You must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university—or the foreign equivalent—by the time our fall semester begins. While no pre-law undergraduate course of study is necessary, your transcript should show courses that are challenging, rigorous, and help develop critical skills needed for success in law study and practice.

Be able to read large quantities of dense material with a high level of comprehension, express thoughts clearly, particularly in writing, and understand fundamental, substantive legal doctrine (e.g., case law, legal concepts, legal principles, regulations, and statutes).
Identify legal issues and apply legal reasoning and analysis to solve legal problems in a logical and structured manner.
Adhere to the values of the legal profession (e.g., providing competent representation, working to promote justice, fairness, and morality, striving to improve the profession, and engaging in professional self-development).
Demonstrate ethical and practical judgment and active listening skills in communications (e.g., with clients, attorneys, and related parties).
Understand technology sufficiently to meet the ethical duties of the legal profession (e.g., to address duties of confidentiality for all communications, to fulfill filing and other judicial obligations) and to keep abreast of technologies that affect accuracy of information provided to clients.

NSU Law Builds Success

NSU Law offers a broad range of curricular opportunities that can prepare you for a diverse array of legal careers.

Graduate Spotlight

Law school made good sense for me. A J.D. is a versatile degree that I can use to practice law or to advance my career in other areas, such as business. With my business acumen and J.D., I will have the tools I need to not only build a business, but to leave a legacy.”

BRADEN SCHLOSSER, J.D.
NSU student Braden Schlosser

Application Checklist

Ready for the Next Step?

Here’s how to apply. If you have questions or need additional information about the application process, please contact NSU Law admissions.
Create an LSAC account which will help you track the status of your application.
Register and take the LSAT. Submissions must be less than 5 years old and must include at least one writing sample.
Register and complete the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) of LSAC. This is the platform you will use to submit all required documents and transcripts.
Personal statement, which should not exceed two pages, explaining why you should be selected for admission (see application instructions for additional details).
Resume, which should include all post-secondary education information, employment history, extracurricular activities, and honors, awards, publications, and licensures.
Two letters of recommendation from college professors, work colleagues, or employers who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive law program.

For Students Educated in China

Documentation

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.

Document Submission

All documents must be submitted to LSAC. 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 complete and submit a literal English translation. 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.

For Students Educated in Cuba

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

  1. Request Consultoria Juridica International (CJI) to send the following official documentation to LSAC via DHL express mail. Certificacion de notas y certificado 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 certificado de titulo as originally issued by the university.

Access to World-Class Alumni Network
Through Our Mentoring Program

The NSU Law Mentoring Program offers current law students and law alumni alike the chance to network with one another. Current law students, or mentees, have the unique opportunity to learn from law alumni and local attorneys in the practice field that most interests them.


Learn More About the Mentoring Program

Practice with a Purpose

What kind of impact do you want to make? From helping mom-and-pop shops stay in business to representing corporations with a conscience, you can lift others up while building a successful career of your own. The law is your path to becoming a leader in an interconnected global community. Use the law to advocate, unite, and demand for the causes you care most about. Society is continuously changing, but NSU Law empowers you to drive forward with confidence.

Prove to yourself that you can and will make the world a better place. Prove to the world that it’s time that all rise.

 

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Take The Next Steps

If you are ready to make a world of difference—in your career and in society—think of us as your support team. We’ve created a range of well-respected law degrees that fit into your schedule. Soon you could be driving change in your life and in the wider world. What are you waiting for?

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