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It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all of the required documents have been received. Please contact NSU Law Paralegal Admissions at ParalegalAdmissions@nova.edu or (954) 262-6367 to verify receipt of documents and with any questions.

The applicant must provide all required information. You will be notified by email to the email address you provide on your application regarding your admission status. 

  • Complete the online application. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee, which is payable at time of application submission.
  • Contact your undergraduate institution and request an official transcript showing your undergraduate degree conferral to be mailed to the address below. The school must be regionally accredited. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended MUST be submitted for review.
  • Foreign transcripts will need to be evaluated and translated by an outside agency and meet the requirements of a four year degree in the United States. Transcript evaluation is the applicant's responsibility.
  • Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a resume/CV for the admissions committee to review.

All admissions materials should be mailed to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Service
3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33314

The issuing institution(s) may also submit an official transcript to NSU electronically by emailing electronictranscript@nova.edu  

Once received, all admissions materials become property of Nova Southeastern University.

 

Credit Transfer Policy 

The Paralegal Certificate is available to any student who has successfully completed an undergraduate (BS or BA) degree. The paralegal profession is highly demanding and requires its professionals to have a strong commitment to their clients, lawyers, and the legal system.

Students are required to complete 30 credits of Paralegal Studies courses. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students are required to submit a paralegal portfolio at an exit interview with the program coordinator prior to certificate conferral.

Paralegal Studies (LEGS) courses offered online require proctored exams at approved sites. The American Bar Association requires that a minimum of 10 credits of coursework be taken in a traditional, ground-based format (i.e., not online).

Students admitted to the Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program may transfer up to 12 credits of "legal specialty" courses taken at an American Bar Association approved program. A course considered for transfer must have been taken no longer than five years prior to entry into the Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program, must be substantially similar to an existing NSU paralegal studies course, must have been passed with a grade of "C" or higher, and must be approved by the paralegal studies program coordinator.

 

International Students

Resident alien students are required to submit a copy of their registration card. For more information, contact the International Students Office at (954) 262-7240 or (800) 541-6682 ext. 27240.

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence (a course by course evaluation) by one of the following companies:

Josef Silny & Associates www.jsilny.com

World Education Services www.wes.org

TOEFL

Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600. Test scores must be submitted to the admissions Office. For a TOEFL application visit the web site at http://www.ets.org/toefl/.

PEARSONS

Please be advised that effective July 1, 2014, Nova Southeastern University began accepting the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic) as proof of English proficiency. The minimum required overall score for the PTE-Academic is 54. The PTE-Academic will serve as an alternative option to the TOEFL and the IELTS examinations.

The PTE-Academic is a leading academic test of English that is widely accepted by thousands of universities and programs around the world. The exam is a single 3-hour computer-based English Language test that assesses listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Please note that a student must be physically present at a Pearson test center to take the test. The PTE-Academic provides students with their results within 5 business days.

There are flexible test dates available at Pearson test centers worldwide. Students can schedule their test online up to 48 hours in advance or they can schedule by telephone 24 hours in advance. To register online for the PTE-Academic, students can visit www.pearsonpte.com/register or call customer service at (952) 681-3872. 

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