florida state university college of law admission requirements

The Florida State University College of Law is now accepting applications from college juniors at Florida State as part of a 3+3 program. Under the program, students who meet certain admission requirements can complete a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years rather than the traditional seven, saving a year of time and costs.

Undergraduate students who gain admission into the J.D. program through the 3+3 program will follow the usual prescribed course of study for full-time, first-year law students. Upon successful completion of the first year of law school, the 30 credits earned will be counted toward the undergraduate degree, sufficient to complete university requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The Juris Doctor degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the required minimum 88 total course credits in the law school (including the 30 hours earned as part of the 3+3 program) and all other J.D. graduation requirements. 


Admission to the J.D. program is highly competitive. Students participating in the 3+3 program generally will be required to: 

  • Take the LSAT during (or prior to) their junior year and earn a score acceptable for admission.
  • Earn at least 90 undergraduate credits prior to matriculation at the law school. Participants must complete at least 45 units of lower-division credit at FSU, and all upper-division courses must be taken at FSU.
  • Fulfill all major and graduation competencies by the end of their junior year.
  • Apply for admission to the law school by April of their junior year. 
  • Pay the same tuition and fees for law school as do other first-year students.

The various colleges may impose other requirements upon their students who choose to participate, so long as they fall within the general parameters of the 3+3 program. 

The College of Law does not guarantee admission; each student must meet the admission standards in place at the time of their application. A denial of admission under the 3+3 program will not foreclose opportunities for the student to apply to the College of Law (as well as other law schools) in the future upon completion of the bachelor’s degree. Further, students who fail to successfully complete the first year of law school, or who elect for other reasons to withdraw, may return the next semester to the university without applying for readmission as bachelor’s degree candidates. Any successfully completed course work at the law school will be treated by the university in the same manner as other transfer credit.

The College of Law seeks to admit and enroll students who, together, bring to the law school a varied set of backgrounds, interests, personal and professional experiences and perspectives, who also have a record of academic success and a competitive LSAT score. Other factors considered include exceptional personal talents, interesting or demanding work experience, rigorousness of undergraduate course study, leadership potential, graduate study, maturity and the ability to communicate effectively. An applicant’s responses to the character and fitness questions in the application is also a significant factor in the decision-making process. Although a holistic approach is taken when reviewing applications, most admission decisions are based on the combination of LSAT/GRE score and undergraduate performance.


Eligibility Notice

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, will have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or hold the international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to the commencement of fall classes in order to be eligible for consideration.

Applicants applying through one of our formal 3+3 programs must have at minimum 90 credit hours and have met all other requirements set forth within the 3+3 program in order to be eligible for consideration.

Applicants that have previously attended law school are not eligible to apply as an entering 1L and must apply as a transfer. Please see the transfer application for details if you have previously attended law school. Individuals who have previously been academically dismissed from a law school are not eligible to apply to Florida State Law. 

Application Process

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.

The College of Law begins accepting applications for fall 2024 entry on September 1, 2023. Applications are evaluated from October through August by the admissions committee. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and priority consideration is given to the strongest applications submitted by the priority deadline of March 15, 2024. Applications completed after March 15, 2024 but by the final deadline of July 31, 2024 may not receive a timely decision.

Florida State University College of Law is a full-time, three-year program. First-year students start in the fall semester.

Application Checklist

Use this checklist to make sure you’ve completed every step of the J.D. application process:

  • Application Fee (Non-Refundable)
    • $30 paid online through LSAC. LSAC fee waivers are accepted. Applicants may request a fee waiver.
  • Online Application Form
  • Standardized Admissions Test Requirement
    • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) [See LSAT/GRE note below.]
  • Credential Assembly Service Report
    • All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through LSAC.
    • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that files are complete and current with the Credential Assembly Service.
    • The CAS report will include all valid LSAT scores within the past five years. The CAS report will not include GRE score information. GRE test results must be submitted to the College of Law through Educational Testing Service (ETS, school code 5219). [See LSAT/GRE note below.] 
    • The CAS report will include all official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    • Applicants must be in good standing at the bachelor’s degree granting institution to be eligible for consideration.
  • LSAT/GRE Test Note
    • Applicants may submit either the LSAT or GRE as part of their application, but not both tests.
    • If an applicant has an existing reportable LSAT score, a GRE score will not be considered in lieu of the existing LSAT.
    • GRE scores may be utilized only when a reportable LSAT does not exist.
    • If the GRE is the test score submitted, all reportable test scores for the last five years must be submitted with the application.
    • The latest LSAT score accepted for fall 2024 consideration is from the June 2024 administration.
    • GRE test results must be submitted to the College of Law through Educational Testing Service (ETS). 
    • It can take four to six weeks for GRE scores to be processed by the university and included with the application once the official score report is received from ETS. An unofficial copy of the GRE score report must be uploaded to the application through LSAC if available or emailed by the applicant directly to the Office of Admissions if available after submitting the application.
  • LSAT Writing
    • Applicants must take the LSAT Writing portion, which is independently tested, from the LSAT.
    • LSAT scores will not be released by LSAC without an LSAT writing on file for the CAS Report. 
    • Applicants with a prior reportable written portion on record with LSAC do not need to take the written portion again.
    • Receipt of a new LSAT Writing only portion after a decision has been made will not qualify for reconsideration of a previously denied application.
    • The LSAT Writing is not required for GRE applicants as the GRE contains a written assessment as part of the test.
  • Personal Statement
    • Each year, the Admissions Committee receives applications from many more qualified individuals than the law school is able to admit. In making admissions decisions among applicants with comparable LSAT and/or GRE scores and GPAs, the Committee considers a number of other factors. These include: interesting or demanding work or service experience; leadership potential; rigorousness of undergraduate course of study; graduate study; economic need requiring significant employment during college; social or cultural disadvantages; and extraordinary family or personal responsibilities. Your personal statement should discuss any of these factors that you would like the Committee to consider. The personal statement is typically 2-3 pages, typed and double-spaced. 
  • Resume
    • A detailed resume should accompany the application and must be submitted through LSAC.
  • Residency Form
    • Florida residents must complete and submit the Florida Residency Affidavit and non-Florida residents must complete and submit the Non-Florida Resident Affidavit. The forms are found in the Attachments section of the online application. Florida residents must include copies of FL driver’s license, voter registration card and FL vehicle registration, if applicable.
  • Educational Institution Discipline or Violations of Law
    • You must include in the application a written explanation that includes a description as well as the final disposition of the incident(s), IN ADDITION TO copies of the official documents pertaining to the incident(s). Official documents include, but are not limited to, court documents, copies of the citation, letter of good standing from the university, letter from the university regarding academic or disciplinary sanctions and their completion, etc. Official documentation must include the final disposition of the incident to be valid.
    • Refer to question number five and question number six of the application for additional details.
  • Academic Addendum (optional)
    • You may include an academic addendum, explaining any circumstances that you believe may have negatively affected your undergraduate GPA or performance on the LSAT. If included it must be submitted through LSAC.
  • Seminole Statement (optional)
    • Located within the heart of Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida, Florida State University College of Law is surrounded by a vibrant legal community. As Florida has the third largest economy of any state in the United States, there are ample opportunities to practice law in a rich variety of settings – law firms, state government, local and municipal government, courts, associations, non-profit organizations, business settings, and more – which work to serve the legal needs of a diverse clientele made up of a variety of cultures, traditions, histories, languages, and backgrounds. Florida State University College of Law is a values-based and purpose-driven law school that embraces all perspectives, backgrounds, and students. FSU College of Law is consistently ranked one of the top schools in terms of student satisfaction – and that is due to the emphasis on creating a culture of belonging, where every person feels valued and has an opportunity to contribute. In no more than two typed pages (double-spaced, using a 12 point font), please feel free to submit a Seminole Statement to provide the Admissions Committee with insights and examples from your life to share a quality of your character, and/or a unique ability that you possess to describe how you would uniquely contribute to the academic and student communities at the Florida State University College of Law.
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)
    • No letters of recommendation are required, although they are encouraged. If you choose to submit letters of recommendation to support your application, FSU requires they be submitted through LSAC using the Credential Assembly Services (CAS)

Addendums to the application due to changes in information after the application is submitted, such as updated employment, academic or law violation documents, etc., must be submitted electronically to [email protected]. Updated transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted through LSAC.

Please note, documents submitted to the College of Law with no application on file will be discarded after 60 days.

Character and Fitness

Each jurisdiction establishes bar registration and admission standards for individuals who wish to practice within the jurisdiction. One important aspect of admission to practice is an evaluation of an applicant’s character and fitness to practice law. Applicants should take care to respond fully and accurately to each question on the law school application. Applicants should be aware that, in conducting character and fitness investigations, bar examiners frequently request copies of candidates’ applications for admission to law school to determine whether they have supplied erroneous, misleading, or incomplete information in the admission process. If discrepancies are found, bar examiners may conclude that such discrepancies demonstrate a lack of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, or reliability so as to call into question the applicant’s fitness for admission to the bar.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Social Security Number

The Social Security Number provided on your application MUST be your actual Social Security Number AND match the Social Security Number provided on your FAFSA. Your application cannot be completed without your actual Social Security Number on record. If your SSN on your application does not match the SSN in the university system or on your FAFSA, you will be required to provide a copy of your social security card to the Office of Admissions to verify your true SSN. Financial Aid cannot be packaged if there is a discrepancy with your SSN.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA as close to the release date of October 1 as possible for priority consideration. Make sure you list Florida State University (school code #001489) on your FAFSA.

International Students

International students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States should submit their transcripts to LSAC through CAS for evaluation. A minimum educational equivalency of a bachelor’s degree must be met for eligibility. Students are required to file the law school application and the Florida State University International Certificate of Financial Responsibility. International students whose native language is not English, and who did not receive a bachelor’s degree from an undergraduate institution within the United States, are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS and have official scores submitted through LSAC as part of the application.

TOEFL Requirement

Minimum scores of 100 on the Internet-based, 250 on the computer-based, and 600 on the paper-based TOEFL test are required. Information on the TOEFL can be obtained by writing to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, or by visiting toefl.com.

IELTS Requirement

Minimum score of 7.5 on the IELTS test is required. Information on the IELTS can be obtained by visiting ielts.org.

Application Status Notification

You will receive an e-mail notifying you when we receive your application, which will include a username and password to the online status checker. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is received by the College of Law in order to complete the application for review. Applicants will NOT be notified of missing documents other than through the online status checker.

Admissions Decisions

Applications are evaluated from October through August by the admissions committee. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and priority consideration is given to the strongest applications submitted by the priority deadline of March 15, 2024. Applications completed after March 15, 2024 but by the final deadline of July 31, 2024 may not receive a timely decision.

To determine whether or not your application is complete, you should regularly check your online status checker. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is complete by the posted deadline.

Petitioning for Reconsideration

Applicants who have been denied admission can request reconsideration only in situations where the applicant has new, significant information that was not available at the time of the original application or during the timeframe in which your application was under review by the Admissions Committee. Examples of significant information include: an improved LSAT score or GRE score, a significant increase in grade point average. Reconsiderations will not be granted based on existing application information; applicants must submit new information.

A written request must include an explanation of the new information as well as valid reasons warranting reconsideration. The request must be e-mailed within 30 days of the date of denial to [email protected] with “Request for Reconsideration” in the subject line.

The Admissions Committee’s decision on a petition for reconsideration is final. Further petitions will not be accepted.

What GPA do you need for FSU Law School?

Florida State University College of Law, commonly known as FSU Law, is a prestigious institution that attracts aspiring lawyers from across the country. As with any law school, one of the primary considerations for admission is your academic performance, specifically your undergraduate GPA. In this article, we will explore the GPA requirements for admission to FSU Law, shedding light on the holistic admissions process and factors that influence your chances of being accepted.

Holistic Admissions Process

FSU Law employs a holistic admissions process, which means that they consider various factors beyond just your GPA when evaluating your application. While your undergraduate GPA is undoubtedly important, the admissions committee also takes into account your LSAT (Law School Admission Test) score, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and extracurricular activities. This approach allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of each applicant, providing a well-rounded view of their potential as law students.

GPA Range for Admission

Although FSU Law doesn’t specify a strict minimum GPA requirement for admission, successful applicants generally have undergraduate GPAs in the range of 3.5 to 3.8 or higher. However, applicants with slightly lower GPAs may still be considered if they excel in other areas, such as a strong LSAT score or compelling letters of recommendation. It’s important to note that while a competitive GPA is essential, it is not the sole determinant of your admission.

LSAT Scores

In addition to your GPA, your LSAT score plays a crucial role in FSU Law’s admissions process. Generally, successful applicants tend to have LSAT scores in the mid to upper 150s or higher. Scoring above this range significantly enhances your chances of admission.

The Importance of Letters of Recommendation and Personal Statement

FSU Law places importance on letters of recommendation and personal statements as they provide insight into an applicant’s character, dedication, and suitability for a legal career. A well-crafted personal statement that highlights your passion for law and your unique qualities can set you apart from other applicants. Strong letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or professionals in the legal field can also enhance your application.

Extracurricular Activities

Participation in extracurricular activities, community service, internships, or work experience related to law can demonstrate your commitment to the legal profession. While not a strict requirement, these experiences can make your application more compelling.

How much is the application fee for FSU Law?

When applying to law schools, the cost of the application process is an important consideration. FSU Law, like many other law schools, requires applicants to pay an application fee. This fee covers the administrative costs associated with processing applications and conducting admissions reviews. Below, we will delve into the application fee for FSU Law and explore any possible fee waivers or reductions.

Application Fee for FSU Law

As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, FSU Law’s application fee was approximately $30 for domestic applicants and $30 for international applicants. However, application fees can change from year to year, so it’s essential to verify the current fee on the official FSU Law website or through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the organization that manages the application process for most law schools in the United States.

Fee Waivers and Reductions

Law schools, including FSU Law, may offer application fee waivers or reductions to applicants who demonstrate financial need or qualify under specific circumstances. These waivers are typically available to applicants who have received an LSAC fee waiver, which is based on financial need. If you have received an LSAC fee waiver, you may also be eligible for application fee waivers at FSU Law. Additionally, some law schools offer merit-based fee waivers to highly competitive applicants.

To determine your eligibility for an application fee waiver or reduction at FSU Law, you should consult the school’s website or contact the admissions office directly. Keep in mind that policies may change, so it’s crucial to verify the most up-to-date information.

How hard is it to get into FSU Law School?

The admission process for law school is known for its competitiveness, and FSU Law School is no exception. Aspiring law students often wonder how difficult it is to gain admission to FSU Law. In this section, we’ll explore the factors that make the admissions process challenging and what you can do to enhance your chances of being accepted.


FSU Law is a well-regarded law school, and its selectivity reflects its reputation. The school typically receives a large number of applications, and the admissions committee carefully evaluates each one. The selectivity of FSU Law means that not all applicants will be admitted, and the competition is fierce.

Academic Qualifications

As discussed earlier, while there is no strict GPA requirement for admission to FSU Law, successful applicants generally have strong academic qualifications. A competitive GPA and a high LSAT score are critical factors that can make your application stand out. However, the holistic admissions process at FSU Law also considers other aspects of your application, such as letters of recommendation, personal statements, and relevant experiences.

Holistic Admissions

The holistic admissions process at FSU Law means that they consider not only your academic qualifications but also your character, experiences, and potential as a law student and future lawyer. This approach provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their unique qualities and commitment to the legal profession.

Strong Competition

Given the competitiveness of law school admissions, it’s essential to be prepared for strong competition from other applicants. Many prospective law students have impressive academic records and extracurricular experiences. To improve your chances, focus on crafting a compelling personal statement, securing strong letters of recommendation, and performing well on the LSAT.

Early Application

Applying early can give you an advantage in the admissions process. Early applicants are often among the first to be reviewed, and the class has more available seats. While applying early can improve your chances, it’s crucial to ensure that your application materials are of the highest quality.

How much does FSU Law School cost?

The cost of attending law school is a significant consideration for prospective students. The expenses associated with law school include tuition, fees, books, living expenses, and more. In this section, we will delve into the costs associated with attending FSU Law School and explore options for financial assistance.

Tuition and Fees

As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, the tuition and fees for FSU Law School for Florida residents were approximately $20,000 to $25,000 per academic year, while non-residents paid higher tuition, typically ranging from $40,000 to $45,000 per year. These figures can vary from year to year and are subject to change, so it’s essential to verify the current tuition rates on the official FSU Law website.

Additional Expenses

In addition to tuition and fees, law school students incur other expenses. These may include textbooks, study materials, housing, transportation, and living expenses. The total cost of attendance can vary significantly based on your personal circumstances and choices.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

To help offset the costs of attending FSU Law, students can explore various financial aid options. FSU Law offers scholarships and grants to eligible students, and you should check their website for information on available financial aid programs and how to apply. Additionally, you can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for federal student loans and grants.

Student Employment

Many law students also work part-time during their studies, such as through internships or clerkships. These opportunities not only provide valuable experience but can also help cover living expenses.

Loan Repayment Programs

After graduation, you may be eligible for loan repayment programs, including income-driven repayment plans and public service loan forgiveness, which can make managing your student loans more manageable.

In conclusion, attending FSU Law School is a significant investment in your future legal career. While the cost of attendance can be substantial, there are various financial aid options available to help make your education more affordable. Be sure to research and plan for the costs associated with law school and explore the financial assistance opportunities to ensure that your legal education is both accessible and fulfilling.

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