ABA Required Disclosures

The following information is provided by Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in compliance with Standard 509 of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.


ADMISSIONS DATA

Fall 2013 Entering Class

STUDENTS

Full Time

Part Time

Total

Applications

1420

254

1674

Offers

798

104

902

Enrolled

247

66

313

 

  

LSAT
and GPA

75th
Percentile

Median

 

25th
Percentile

LSAT

152

149

146

GPA

3.34

3.07

2.83

 

Range of LSAT scores: 139-174
Range of Undergraduate GPA: 2.04-3.99

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TUITION, FEES AND LIVING COSTS

Full Time Day Division, Fall & Winter 2013-2014

COST OF
ATTENDANCE

Living
With Parents

Living
On-Campus

Living
Off-Campus

Tuition

$34,740

$34,740

$34,740

Student Fees

846

846

846

Room & Board

3,240

14,978

16,632

Books & Supplies

2,356

2,356

2,356

Transportation

4,302

1,872

4,302

Personal

2,898

2,898

2,898

TOTAL

$48,382

$57,690

$61,774

 

Part Time Evening Division, Fall & Winter 2013-2014

COST OF
ATTENDANCE

Living
With Parents

Living
On-Campus

Living
Off-Campus

Tuition

$26,050

$26,050

$26,050

Student Fees

846

846

846

Room & Board

3,240

14,978

16,632

Books & Supplies

2,356

2,356

2,356

Transportation

4,302

1,872

4,302

Personal

2,898

2,898

2,898

TOTAL

$39,692

$49,000

$53,084

 

Both Divisions, Summer 2013

COST OF
ATTENDANCE

Living
With Parents

Living
On-Campus

Living
Off-Campus

Tuition

$8,730

$8,730

$8,730

Student Fees

423

423

423

Room & Board

720

3,812

3,696

Books & Supplies

600

600

600

Transportation

956

416

956

Personal

644

644

644

TOTAL

$12,073

$14,625

$15,049

 

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FINANCIAL AID, SCHOLARSHIPS AND REFUNDS

Financial Aid

Except for merit scholarships, financial aid is in the form of student loans. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the sole application used. US citizens and eligible non-citizens may apply. Need is defined as the cost of attendance, less student contribution as calculated by FAFSA, less merit scholarship. Need is then met in a financial aid package consisting of Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans and student's option of either GradPLUS or alternative loans.

Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to 1) full-time entering first-year students based on their LSAT score and then undergraduate GPA and 2) second-year students, full-time and part-time, who achieved cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude at the end of the first year at NSU Law Center. Cum laude starts at 3.20 GPA, magna cum laude starts at 3.40 GPA, and summa cum laude starts at 3.60 GPA.

Year of Matriculation

#Entering with Conditional Scholarship Award

# Whose Conditional Scholarship Has Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
   
Reduced
Eliminated
Total
2012
120
8
20
28
2011
41
4
15
19
2010
59
1
17
18

 

Refunds

If a returning student withdraws from all classes after classes have begun, but before drop/add has ended, tuition is refunded. If a student withdraws from all classes after drop/add has ended, tuition will be refunded according to the following schedule:

  • 1. Withdrawal within 5 business days from the end of drop/add, 25% of tuition is retained by the Law Center.
  • 2. Withdrawal within 10 business days from the end of drop/add, 50% of tuition is retained by the Law Center.
  • 3. Withdrawal within 15 business days from the end of drop/add, 75% of tuition is retained by the Law Center.
  • 4. Withdrawal on or after 15 business days from the end of drop/add, 100% of tuition is retained by the Law Center.
For Intensive Trial Advocacy, all portions of the tuition for this special class are nonrefundable. For International Programs, contact International Programs for exact policy.

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ENROLLMENT DATA


 

JD, 1st Year

JD, 2nd year

JD, 3rd Year

JD, 4th Year

Total

Full Time

254

249

223

0

726

Part Time

61

38

36

68

203

Total

315

287

259

68

929

Non-JD Enrollment: 121

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FACULTY & ADMINISTRATION


Full Time Faculty: 60
Part Time Faculty: 140
Administrators:17

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CURRICULAR OFFERINGS

Course Title

Course #

Credits

Administrative Law

LAW0695

3

Admiralty

LAW0800

3

Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic

LAW1036

8

Advanced Criminal Law: Federal Crimes

LAW0776

2

Advanced Legal Analysis Lab

LAW1013

0

Ad

vanced Legal Analysis Workshop

LAW1014

0

Advanced Legal Research Techniques

LAW0677

2

Advanced Legal Research: Special Topics

LAW002X

1

Advanced Professional Responsibility Workshop

LAW0697

2

Advanced Trial Advocacy

LAW0893

3

Agency

LAW0920

2

American Legal History Seminar

LAW0794

2

Animal Law

LAW0526

2

Animal Law Legislation Seminar

LAW0795

2

Antitrust Law

LAW1019

3

Appellate Practice Workshop

LAW0874

2

Art Law Seminar

LAW0643

2

Banking Law

LAW0781

3

Bankruptcy Law

LAW0783

3

Bankruptcy Workshop

LAW0601

2

Bioethics Seminar

LAW0897

2

Business Entities

LAW0516

4

Business Planning Workshop

LAW0807

3

Business Practice Clinic Full Time

LAW0947

12

Business Practice Clinic Part Time

LAW0948

6

Caribbean Law Seminar

LAW4674

2

Charitable Organizations Workshop

LAW1051

2

Children and Families Clinic Fall or Winter

LAW005X

12

Children and Families Clinic Winter Part Time

LAW006X

6

Civil Pre-Trial Practice

LAW0517

4

Civil Procedure

LAW0652

4

Civil Rights Litigation Seminar

LAW0615

2

Civil Rights Practice Workshop

LAW4673

2

Collaborative Family Law Workshop

LAW2005

2

Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar

LAW1060

2

Condominium Law

LAW0866

3

Conflict of Laws

LAW0693

3

Constitutional Decision Making

LAW0797

2

Constitutional Law I

LAW0625

4

Constitutional Law II

LAW0629

2

Construction Law

LAW0919

2

Consumer Protection

LAW0504

3

Contracts

LAW0612

4

Copyrights and Trademarks

LAW0816

3

Corporate Finance

LAW1047

3

Corporate Tax

LAW0769

3

Corporate Workshop

LAW0748

2

Criminal Justice Clinic Fall or Winter

LAW0933

12

Criminal Law

LAW0670

4

Criminal Pre-Trial Practice

LAW0711

2

Criminal Procedure

LAW0645

3

Current Constitutional Issues Seminar

LAW0796

2

Current Supreme Court Cases Workshop

LAW0509

2

Defamation, Privacy and Publicity

LAW0642

3

Dependency Workshop

LAW2001

2

Domestic Violence Workshop

LAW0694

2

Education Law Seminar: Higher Education

LAW0923

2

Education Law Seminar: K-12

LAW0901

2

Elder Law Seminar

LAW0737

2

Electoral Process

LAW0602

2

Elements of Legal Analysis I

LAW1088

0

Elements of Legal Analysis II

LAW1089

0

Eminent Domain

LAW1075

3

Employee Benefits Law Workshop

LAW1053

2

Employment Discrimination

LAW0633

3

Employment Law

LAW0632

3

Energy Law

LAW4676

2

Entertainment Law

LAW1048

2

Environmental Enforcement Seminar

LAW0780

2

Environmental and Land Use Clinic Fall or Winter

LAW008X

12

Environmental Law

LAW0771

2

Estate and Gift Tax

LAW0715

3

Estate Planning Workshop

LAW0725

3

Evidence

LAW0614

4

Family Law

LAW0635

3

Family Law Litigation Workshop

LAW0686

3

Federal Jurisdiction

LAW0685

3

Florida Law Certificate Program

LAW1100

0

Florida Bar Auxiliary Program

LAW1200

0

Florida Constitutional Law

LAW0775

3

Florida Land Development Workshop

LAW1016

2

Gambling Law

LAW0525

2

Goodwin Seminar

LAW1078

2

Health Care Organizations, Regulations and Access

LAW0997

3

Health Law Workshop

LAW1044

3

Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

LAW0726

2

Income Tax

LAW0701

3

Insurance

LAW0830

3

International Business Transactions

LAW0837

3

International Law

LAW0840

3

International Law Seminar

LAW0843

2

International Litigation

LAW0842

3

International Practice Clinic Full Time

LAW0980

12

International Practice Clinic Part Time

LAW0981

8

International Protection of Human Rights

LAW0722

3

International Regulation of Trade

LAW0514

2

International Sales and Arbitration

LAW0833

3

Interviewing and Counseling

LAW1062

2

Introduction to European Union Law

LAW1071

2

Introduction to Spanish Law

LAW0513

1

Introduction to the Fourth Amendment

LAW0020

0

Jewish Law Seminar

LAW1074

2

Jurisprudence Seminar

LAW0735

2

Juvenile Law

LAW0506

3

Labor Law

LAW0750

3

Landlord Tenant Workshop

LAW1070

2

Law and Psychiatry

LAW0894

3

Law and Literature Seminar

LAW0718

2

Law and Medicine Seminar

LAW0895

2

Law of E-commerce

LAW0500

3

Law Office Management Workshop

LAW0651

2

Lawyering Skills and Values I

LAW0753

3

Lawyering Skills and Values II

LAW0754

3

Lawyers as Advocates: Rhetoric, Modes of Persuasion
and Public Policy Campaigns

 

LAW1000

 

2

Legal Drafting Workshop

LAW0752

2

Legal Study Skills I

LAW0523

0

Legal Study Skills II

LAW0527

0

Legislation Seminar

LAW0859

2

Mediation Workshop

LAW0522

2

Medical Malpractice

LAW0873

2

Negotiating Workshop

LAW0672

2

Nonprofit Organizations

LAW0679

3

Ocean and Coastal Law

LAW0503

2

Patents

LAW0815

2

Personal Injury Litigation Clinic

LAW0985

12

Post-Conviction Relief Workshop

LAW1001

2

Probate Law Workshop

LAW0713

2

Products Liability

LAW0820

3

Professional Responsibility

LAW0649

3

Property

LAW0653

4

Real Estate Transactions

LAW0865

3

Real Property Closing Workshop

LAW0751

3

Real Property Complex Transactions Workshop

LAW1151

2

Remedies

LAW0755

3

Securities Regulation

LAW0850

3

Selected Topics in Czech Law

LAW1700

1

Selected Topics in Italian Law

LAW7000

1

Selected Topics in Spanish Law

LAW0508

1

Sentencing Workshop

LAW1076

2

Sports Law

LAW1017

2

Street Law

LAW1004

2

Student Competition Credits

LAW00FX

 

Student Publication Credits

LAW00GX

 

Supervised Research

LAW0814

1

Supervised Research

LAW0809

1

Theater Law

LAW0518

2

Torts

LAW0648

4

Travel Law Seminar

LAW0521

2

Trial Advocacy

LAW0890

3

Trusts

LAW0956

2

UCC: Negotiable Instruments Law

LAW0691

3

UCC: Negotiable Instruments Law AAMPLE®

LAW1691

0

UCC: Negotiable Instruments Law Online

LAW4691

3

UCC: Sales

LAW0688

2

UCC: Sales and Secured Financing

LAW4675

4

UCC: Secured Transactions

LAW0687

2

Wetlands Regulation Law

LAW1015

2

Wills

LAW0955

2

Wills and Trusts

LAW0655

4

Wills Drafting Workshop

LAW0524

2

Women and the Law Seminar

LAW0812

2

Workers Compensation

LAW0520

3

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR

 

DATE

Drop/Add Opens for the Fall 2013 Semester

August 12, 2013

1L Orientation

August 18-24, 2013

Classes Begin

August 26, 2013

Drop/Add Closes for the Fall 2013 Semester

August 30, 2013

Closed - Labor Day

September 2, 2013

Make-Up Friday

September 4, 2013

No Classes

September 5, 2013

No Classes

September 6, 2013

Make-Up Thursday

November 26, 2013

Last Day of Classes

November 27, 2013

Reading Days

November 28-December 1, 2013

Exams

December 2-13, 2013

Classes Begin

January 6, 2014

Closed-MLK, Jr. Day

January 20, 2014

Spring Break

March 3-7, 2014

No Classes

April 14-15, 2014

Make-Up Monday; Last day of classes

April 16, 2014

Reading Days

April 17-22, 2014

Exams

April 23-May 6, 2014

Summer school begins

May 12, 2014

Reading Days

April 25-28, 2013

Exams

April 29-May 10, 2013

Summer Classes Begin

May 13, 2013

 

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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS


Candidates for the J.D. degree are subject to requirements concerning

  • (A) minimum GPA;
  • (B) credit hours earned;
  • (C) terms of enrollment;
  • (D) maximum time for completion;
  • (E) required course;
  • and
  • (F) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Those requirements are explained below. Transfer students, foreign attorneys, and students who visit at other law schools are also subject to the course and credit hour rules in (H). Joint degree students are subject to the rules in (I).

    A. Minimum GPA: Students must attain a minimum cumulative average of 2.00 or higher.
    B.Credit Hours Earned: Students must earn at least 90 credits.
    Three limitations apply to those credits:
      1. At least 76 must be "classroom credits".Credits earned in the following are not classroom credits: Clinics (other than the associated classroom pre-courses); Guardian Ad litem (offered before Fall 2005); Judicial Internship (the 2-credit placement); Consumer Protection Internship (the 2-credit placement); non-law courses; Street Law; Student Activity credits; and Supervised Research. See V.F (Earning Academic Credit) for individual limitations on non-classroom credits.
      2. No more than 12 can be in courses designated as distance learning courses.
      3. At least 60 credits must be earned at NSU Law Center. No more than 30 credits can be earned for courses take in other graduate programs or at other law schools. Even if taken through NSU Law Center, no more than 30 credits can be earned for foreign study. Foreign study credits are credits earned from foreign law schools and credits earned from foreign program sponsored by U.S. law schools.
    C. Terms of Enrollment: Students must complete at least 6 regular semesters (or at least 5 regular semesters and 2 summer terms). To substitute two summer terms for one regular semester, a student must earn at least 10 credits combined for the two summer terms. Students must spend the last four regular semesters as a resident student at the Law Center. Student Affairs can grant exceptions for a legitimate academic purpose or in cases of personal or family hardship, but a student must spend at least two of the last four semesters in residence at the Law Center, and must spend at least four semesters in total in residence at the Law Center.
    D. Maximum Time for Completion: Unless waived by the faculty for good cause, students must complete all degree requirements within 5 years of beginning studies as a full-time student (6 years of beginning as a part-time student). The faculty will not grant a waiver that would result in a student completing the program more than 7 years after beginning.
E. Required Courses: Pass all of the course listed in Categories 1, 2, and 3 below:

  • Category 1 Courses Required of All Students:
  • Category 2 Courses for Which Students Must Satisfy Requirements from Each of Three Menus:

First Year Full-Time Division

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Contracts

Civil Procedure

Criminal Law

Constitutional Law I

Lawyering Skills and Values I

Lawyering Skills and Values II

Legal Study Skills I

Legal Study Skills II1

Torts

Property

 

First Year Part-Time Division

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Contracts

Civil Procedure

Lawyering Skills and Values I

Lawyering Skills and Values II

Legal Study Skills I

Legal Study Skills II1

Torts

Property

1 May be waived if cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher for first semester.

Second Year Full-Time Division (see also Category 3)

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Business Entities

Two of three upper class menu courses

Constitutional Law II

 

Evidence

 

 

Second Year Part-Time Division (see also Category 3)

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Constitutional Law I

Two of three upper class menu courses

Criminal Law

 

 

Third Year Part-Time Division

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Business Entities

 

Constitutional Law II

 

Evidence

 

Before Graduation, Both Divisions: Professional Responsibility
Final Semester, Both Divisions: Advanced Legal Analysis
Critical Skills Program (CSP) Requirements:  Students will not be allowed to graduate until Student Affairs receives a certificate of completion with regard to their CSP requirements.
Advanced Lawyering Skills and Values (ALSV) Menu: Students must pass at least 2 courses from a single track: general practice; litigation; or transactional.  A list of qualifying ALSV offerings appears on the Academic Affairs page of the Law Center website.  (Notes:  A student cannot satisfy this requirement by taking both Negotiating Workshop and Interviewing & Counseling.  Litigation track students must pass Civil Pre-Trial Practice.)
Upper Class Course Menu: Students must pass at least 2 of the following 3 courses: Criminal Procedure; Family Law; and Wills & Trusts.  These three courses are offered every winter semester in both day and evening division.  (Notes: A student who takes Criminal Procedure AAMPLE® (in summer 2007 or earlier) is deemed to have successfully completed Criminal Procedure but is eligible to retake the course for P/D/F credit. A student who takes Introduction to Fourth Amendment AAMPLE® (in summer 2008 or thereafter) is not deemed to have successfully completed the Criminal Procedure menu course and will be graded on the regular law school grading scale if he/she enrolls in Criminal Procedure.  A student will be treated as passing Wills & Trusts by passing either the combined Wills & Trusts course or both of the separate courses in Trusts and Wills.)
Upper Class Writing Requirement:  Students must earn at least a C+ in a Seminar or have a full-time Shepard Broad Law Center faculty member certify that a note or comment written for Nova Law Review or Journal of International & comparative Law is of comparable quality.  (Notes:  A Seminar must be taught by a full-time Shepard Broad Law Center faculty member or an NSU emeritus/emerita faculty member.  Seminar will appear in the course title.  A student who will be attending another law school as a transient student may petition the Associate Dean—Academic Affairs for permission to count a seminar taught at that other school for writing requirement credit.  If the Associate Dean grants permission, a full-time NSU Law faculty member must read the seminar paper and certify that it satisfies the writing requirement.  Supervised Research does not satisfy the upper class writing requirement for any student who enrolled after Fall 2002.)

  • Category 3 Critical Skills Program Second Year Program:

Students whose overall first year grade point average is below 2.60 must pass Elements of Legal Analysis I.  Second year students whose overall average is below 2.60 after the first semester of second year must also successfully complete Elements of Legal Analysis II.   Second year students who did not earn at least a 2.60 in either first year semester must successfully complete Elements of Legal Analysis II even if their overall average is at least 2.60 after the first semester of second year.

  • F.Approval by the Board of Trustees. A student can graduate with a J.D. degree from the Law Center only upon recommendation of the Law Center forwarded through the Dean’s Office to the President and Trustees of the University.  The University will not confer a degree until the Law Center’s Student Affairs Office determines the student has met all requirements, both academic and financial, and has forwarded the student’s name to the University.  A student must pay all debts owed to the University before graduating, receiving grades or transcripts, receiving a Dean’s Certificate to take any bar examination, or receiving any other administrative services from the University.  A student will graduate on the degree conferral date determined by the University Board of Trustees.

 

 

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TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICIES


Advanced Standing
To receive credit for work done at an ABA approved (or state accredited) law school, a transfer student must earn the greater of a C or minimum grade that school requires as its graduation average.The transfer of credit form will indicate how many additional credits and which courses are required for graduation.A transfer student must earn at least 60 credits at the Law Center.The Associate Dean cannot reduce the number of credits earned at the Law Center below 60.

Foreign Attorneys
Foreign Attorneys will receive credit for no more than 30 credits of prior coursework.The transfer of credit form will indicate how many additional credits (60 or more) and which courses are required for graduation.Foreign attorneys in their final year at the Law Center will retain second year preference status for second year preference and required courses but will otherwise be treated as third year full-time and fourth year part-time students.

Visiting at Other Law Schools
To receive credit for work done as a visiting (transient) student at an ABA approved law school, an NSU Law Center student must earn the greater of a C or the minimum grade that school requires as its graduation average.The transfer of credit form will indicate whether an NSU student will be permitted to use a course taken elsewhere in satisfaction of a course that is required by the Law Center (an option only for students with at least a 2.60 cumulative grade point average) or to satisfy a Law Center prerequisite.The transfer of credit form will also indicate if a course will be subject to the 14-credit limit on nonclassroom courses.No credit will be given for credits earned at other law schools if those credits would result in the student earning less than 60 credits at NSU Law Center.

Joint Degree Students
Joint degree students may count up to eight (8) credits in the other program toward their law degree (instead of the normal limit of four (4)).The increased limit applies only if the student completes the other degree before (or in the same semester) as the law degree.The additional four (4) credits will not count as nonclassroom credits but is included in the overall 30 credit limit on courses taken other than at NSU Law Center.

ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
NSU Law Center has an articulation agreement with Florida Atlantic University for the joint degree JD/MURP with that University’s Urban and Regional Planning program.

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LAW CENTER FACILITIES

Shepard Broad Law Center is housed in Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall on Nova Southeastern University’s main campus in suburban Fort Lauderdale.The Law Center’s address is 3305 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314.The facilities of the Law Center include:

  • Atrium: A central gathering point used for study and social space, dining, special events, and access to classrooms and administrative offices.The Supreme Court Cafe is located in the Atrium.

  • Courtrooms: There are two courtrooms, both outfitted with the latest technology that is used in federal and state courtrooms in Florida.The courtrooms host a variety of activities including practice and competition space for moot court teams.

  • Large Lecture Room: One room that seats about 120 persons.

  • Lecture Rooms: Five rooms that seat approximately 60 persons.

  • Classrooms: Three rooms that seat approximately 40 persons.

  • Seminar Rooms: Three rooms seating approximately 20 persons each.

  • Critical Skills Program Wing: Offices and conference room for instructors and students in our comprehensive academic support program.

  • Faculty Office Wing: The second floor of Goodwin Hall’s west wing houses offices and conference rooms for full-time faculty and faculty assistants.Within this space is a Faculty Lounge and Faculty Terrace which provide activity and meeting space for student organizations, faculty development and scholarship,and collaborative student-faculty ventures.

  • Law Library & Technology Center: Occupies much of the east wing of Goodwin Hall.The three-story library contains print materials, technological services, seminar space, study tables, study carrels, and group study rooms, some faculty offices, and the International Programs Office.

  • Administrative Offices: Located on the east side of the Atrium are the Dean’s Suite, the Career Resources Office, and the Office of Student Services.

  • Student Lockers: Located on the first floor’s west side, adjacent to the Atrium.

  • Student Lounge: Space for student relaxation, student organizations, a refrigerator and vending and microwave near to classrooms.

  • Legal Clinic: Offices and conference space for the Law Center’s Legal Clinics is on the west end of the first floor.

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EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES


Class of 2012 ABA Employment Summary
2012 Employment Report
Class of 2011 ABA Employment Summary
Comprehensive Annual Employment Report

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BAR PASSAGE DATA


First time bar passage rate for NSU Law Center graduates on Florida Bar Exam:

July 2013   81.8%
July 2012   81.0%
July 2011   87.5%
July 2010   81.0%
July 2009   86.0%
July 2008   86.0%
July 2007   82.0%

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