College of LawAdmissions
Welcome to JU Law
The JU College of Law is located in one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic metropolitan cities in the country. With courses held just steps away from state and federal courthouses, you will be immersed in the thriving legal epicenter of the city. We offer small class sizes designed for individualized attention, hands-on experience through externships at prestigious organizations, and easy access to the City of Jacksonville’s (COJ) greatest legal resources. Want to learn more?
Fall 2023 Term
|Task||Deadline or date|
|Priority Deadline||June 1, 2023|
|Final Deadline||July 1, 2023|
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
JU Law at a Glance
Our inaugural class of 2025 was made up of 14 students from eight undergraduate institutions including Florida State University, the University of North Florida, the University of Florida, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Undergraduate majors included political science, communication, economics, global club management, and business.
- Inaugural student ages ranged from 21 to 32
- 50% of inaugural students identified as female
- The inaugural class was 21.40% racially and ethnically diverse
- LSAT scores ranged from 150 to 162
- 3 students began the program having already completed a master's degree
- Several incoming students had previous legal work, including legal assistantships, clerkships, and internships
All statistics in the figure represent JU Law Class of 2025
A Holistic Approach to Admissions
The College of Law seeks to admit students with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints who demonstrate academic excellence, integrity, and a commitment to the legal profession. The College of Law evaluates holistically all information provided by applicants in an effort to advance the mission of the College of Law to provide quality legal education, focused on experiential learning and community partnerships, especially in the service of Jacksonville, Florida, and beyond.
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How to Apply
The Jacksonville University College of Law is currently waiving application fees.
- Completed JU application
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores
- All applicants are required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to be considered for admission. LSAT scores are valid for five years. In the event that you take the LSAT more than one time, we will review your application using the highest LSAT score submitted. For more information, please refer to LSAC.
- Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
- Transcripts are required for every college and university attended, even if credit was not awarded from an institution.
- Applications can be reviewed based on unofficial transcript copies. Official transcripts will be required to register for classes.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Applicants are required to submit a current professional resume or curriculum vitae, including education details, outstanding achievements, legal experience, volunteer and extracurricular activities, military service, and work history.
- Personal statement
- The personal statement provides an opportunity to allow us to get to know each applicant in more detail. Applicants can discuss a variety of topics in the personal statement, including why the applicant is interested in law school, overcoming a personal challenge, or the person who has most impacted the applicant.
- Character and fitness evaluation
- 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. The necessary questions will be included in the JU application.
- Two letters of recommendation
- Applicants are required to submit two (2) letters of recommendation. We will review up to four (4) recommendation letters.
- Recommenders should speak to the applicant’s qualifications, academic history and performance, civic involvement, work experience, and any other characteristics that would support admission.
- Letters of recommendation can be submitted by academic, professional, or personal references.
- The following are optional additions to your application:
- LSAT writing scores
- GRE scores (LSAT scores still required)
- Any information not presented through the required documents may be submitted through a separate addendum to the application. The addendum may include detailed information regarding variations in academic performance, character and fitness issues, and personal obstacles, and any other information needed to complete the applicant’s profile.
Have questions regarding the application process? Please explore our Frequently Asked Questions.
Jacksonville University supports the principle of diversity and affords equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other protected characteristics under applicable Florida and Federal laws. This non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of educational and employment decisions.
Consistent with accreditation protocol dictated by the American Bar Association (ABA), the Jacksonville University College of Law will begin the accreditation process in the spring of 2023. Our goal and highest priority is to achieve provisional accreditation by the time our first class of students graduates. The College of Law is not currently approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the ABA and makes no representation to any applicant that it will receive approval from the Council before the graduation of any matriculating student.
In the last decade, Jacksonville University has received full accreditation for over 30 programs ranging from healthcare to business administration, and is fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Jacksonville University's Juris Doctor program has an annual cost of $36,000 and $380 in annual fees. During the application process, there is also a one-time $150 document fee. All Juris Doctor applicants will be considered for competitive merit scholarships. No additional application is needed for merit scholarship consideration.
If you would like to learn more about financial aid options, you can do so here.
Transfer Student Admission
Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, the College will welcome transfer applications from applicants with superior academic records in law study will be considered. Transfer applicants will be accepted only to the extent that vacancies exist in the second-year class. The previous law study must have been undertaken at a law school which is an ABA accredited institution.
Candidates for transfer admission must submit the following documents, following the general admissions deadlines:
- Application for admission
- Personal statement explaining the reason for transfer
- LSAT test scores
- Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions, including the current law program
- Letter of good standing from the Dean of current law program
For more information, please refer to our student handbook.
Applicants who are applying to Jacksonville University with college/university credits that were received outside of the United States will need to complete a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation. The college/university transcript will not be reviewed without this evaluation completed and an official copy must be sent by the organization that made it.
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Contact Information College of Law Admissions
VyStar Tower, 18th Floor 76 South Laura St. Jacksonville, Fla. 32202
Phone: (904) 256-7169