A PROGRAM FOR FUTURE LAWYERS, ATTORNEYS AND JUDGES

Nova Southeastern University’s unique Juris Doctor Dual Admission program will reserve your place in the Shepard Broad College of Law while you complete your bachelor’s degree. If you already know you want to pursue a legal career, dual admission can take away the stress of wondering where you’ll earn your J.D.—you’ll know you have a spot waiting at NSU’s top-ranked College of Law.

 

Classes are authentic: Not just the textbook stuff, but how the law applies to real life. We study the real application of law.

JARED R. | CLASS OF 2019

Earning a Juris Doctor at NSU will prepare you to practice law in the complex and modern workplace. You’ll enjoy flexible programming, in-demand concentrations, expert professors and clinical internships that bring the law to life and prepare you for professional success. You’ll also benefit from NSU’s two on-campus courtrooms, where you’ll turn legal theory from your classes into real-world practice.

Your faculty, mentors and clinical supervisors are dedicated to seeing you flourish as part of the legal community. Whether you want to become a lawyer or judge—or enter a career in government or business—this could be the right program for you.

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What Can You Do with a Juris Doctor Degree?

A J.D. from NSU can prepare you for a range of legal careers. Whether you prefer to be in a courtroom or a conference room, judging from the bench or defending a client, a J.D. can give you the knowledge, skills and values to become a trusted, highly adept professional.

NSU’s comprehensive curriculum combines traditional doctrinal courses with courses that focus on specialized areas within law. You can further specialize your degree with a concentration in health law, international legal practice or intellectual property, technology and cybersecurity law.

Juris Doctor Program

Related Careers

  • Lawyer or attorney
  • Judge or hearing officer
  • Compliance manager
  • Law librarian

 

Competencies

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of legal doctrine
  • Strong critical thinking and communication skills
  • Ability to do thorough legal research, analysis and writing
  • Demonstrate ethical and practical judgment

Career Potential

6% Growth

Job Outlook 2018–2028

$122,960

Median Pay 2019

823,900

Number of Jobs as of 2018

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Dual Admission Law program leads to a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.).  After students successfully complete the undergraduate degree program requirements, they will enter the professional degree program after three or four years of undergraduate study.

The law school dual admission program is available to students in all undergraduate majors. Undergraduate students should choose courses that will strengthen and hone their skills in three areas essential for success in law study:

1) the ability to read complex material with a high level of understanding;

2) the ability to think and reason logically and analytically; and

3) the ability to communicate effectively, particularly in written work.

Degrees Earned

You can earn any bachelor’s degree and your Juris Doctor (J.D.).

Interview Required

Dual admission applicants must interview during Shark Preview Weekend, an exclusive admitted student event.

Program Length

Six years (3+3) or seven years (4+3) for first-time students. Program is also available for transfer students.

Deadline to Apply

Fall Admission: February 1

ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for dual admission and fill your reserved seat in graduate or professional school, there are some requirements you must meet. Undergraduate Admission Requirements are for first-time and transfer students applying to earn a bachelor’s degree. Graduate Admission Requirements are the standards students need to maintain while earning their undergraduate degree to remain eligible for the graduate or professional program.

For students applying for fall admission who are initially unable to take the SAT or ACT due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your admission counselor directly prior to submitting your Premier Programs application.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

Keep your dual admission status while you earn your bachelor’s.

Dual admission reserves your seat in NSU’s Juris Doctor Program, but you must still complete a graduate application once you finish your bachelor’s degree.

Keep in mind that these are the basic requirements, and final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the School of Law.

 

Degree Required

For the 3+4 program, a degree is not required prior to transitioning to the graduate program. For the 4+4 program, you must complete a bachelor's degree. Additional prerequisites may be communicated upon admission.

Required Test Scores

LSAT: You must earn a 151 or higher whether you are in the six- or seven-year program.

Undergraduate GPA

For all Dual Admission Law programs you must maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA. Calculation of cumulative GPA for the purpose of program eligibility for dual admission will not reflect the "grade forgiveness/repeated courses" policy; all grades for retaken courses will be included.

Credits Required

For the six-year track, 90 major and general education credits must be completed.

Additional Requirements

College credits that were earned through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB or college academy—or in summer coursework following high school graduation, prior to attending NSU—may transfer to NSU.

Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well.  

Please contact your admissions representative for more details regarding high school transfer credits.

Ready for the Next Step?

Here's how to apply.

Dual Admission is just one of NSU’s distinctive Premier Programs. These programs are designed to help highly motivated students accelerate their success, and most offer at least $20,000 in annual scholarships.

You can apply for just about any combination of the following Premier Programs:

• Dual Admission
• The Fischler Academy of Education
• Huizenga Business Innovation Academy
• Razor’s Edge Scholars

You may apply for and be admitted into only one Dual Admission program for your first semester. Each program is unique and has its own eligibility requirements.

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Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common App to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental Premier Programs application for fall entry.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.