Foreign Educated Applicants

Shepard Broad Law Center invites applications to the Juris Doctor (JD) program from prospective students who have earned the first university degree in another country whether or not that degree was in law. Applicants who have completed a law degree in another country may transfer a maximum of one year of advanced standing credit as elective credit toward the JD. Completion of a minimum of four semesters (2 years) at the Law Center is required; the JD degree is a three-year program when pursued on a full-time basis and a four-year program when pursued on a part-time basis.

Applications must be received and completed by May 1. Admission consideration for the first-year program is for fall entry only.

Application Checklist

  • The application for JD admission may only be submitted online using the LSAC Electronic Application Service. [Paper applications will only be accepted from candidates who document a disability that is not accommodated by the LSAC service.] This service permits you to complete common information once for all of your law school applications, answer questions that are specific to Shepard Broad Law Center, attach required and optional documents, manage letters of recommendation, submit and transmit the application electronically, and save and access copies of your law school applications.
  • Pay the $53 (US) nonrefundable application fee online with a credit card. Candidates with financial hardship should contact our office for a Fee Waiver Request Form.
  • Registration with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) of LSAC. You must have transcripts of your prior university and law study sent to LSAC. CAS provides us with an evaluation of your prior academic work and copies of your transcripts. Information on CAS and requirements for completing your CAS file is at www.LSAC.org. LSAC has evaluations of foreign academic records completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO), a leading authority on educational systems and documents. [Note: we do not accept evaluations of foreign transcripts from other services, except in a few rare instances.]
  • A recent score from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test is required of all applicants for admission to the JD program and will not be waived for any reason. Conditional admission, pending an LSAT score will not be granted without exception.
  • Recent score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for applicants whose native language is not English and whose prior education was not in English. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 100 (IBT), 250 (computer based), or 600 (paper based) is required. For the IELTS a minimum score of 7.0 is required. We do not accept other tests in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Please include all employment experience relevant to your application for admission to Shepard Broad Law Center. Also include all scholastic or academic honors you have received, including scholarships, fellowships, prizes, honor societies, etc. Finally, we ask that you list three extracurricular or community activities that have been important to you. Briefly describe each activity and your contributions to it.
  • A Personal Statement or Essay of your original work that describes any distinctive cultural point of view or life, socioeconomic, educational or personal experiences you would bring to Shepard Broad Law Center. This statement will be used in evaluating your application for admission.

NSU Office of International Students and Scholars

The University's Office of International Students and Scholars provides support and advisory services for international students in all Nova Southeastern University programs and can assist you with questions and any immigration-related issues.

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