Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply?
- Please visit our LSAC application portal.
- What is the Application Deadline for the Fall 2023 term?
- We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2024 term. The priority deadline to apply for this term is May 1, 2023. Applications received after this date will be reviewed as space is available in the cohort.
- When should I submit my application?
Please note that we release admissions decisions on a rolling basis and cannot guarantee that there will still be seats available in the cohort after the priority deadline. We recommend submitting all application materials as soon as you are able. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed as space is available.
- What specific Law Degrees are offered?
- The Jacksonville University College of Law offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program.
- Where will classes be held?
- All in-person courses will be held at Jacksonville University’s Downtown Campus on the 18th Floor of the VyStar Tower: 76 S Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Take a virtual tour of the College of Law to learn more.
- What is the academic calendar for the College of Law?
View the College of Law academic calendar here.
- How long is the program?
- The program takes three years to complete.
- How many students will be in my class?
- The inaugural class was made up of 14 students. In future cohorts, the College of Law aims to maintain a small faculty-student ratio.
- Can I earn my Master in Public Policy (MPP) and Juris Doctor Dual Degree through the
J.D. program at the Jacksonville University College of Law?
The College of Law is not offering any dual degree programs at this time. Non-law students at JU may enroll in College of Law classes, which may be counted in their degree programs as elective credits. However, law classes completed prior to admission to the College of Law will not count toward a J.D. degree if the student later is admitted to the College of Law.
The Master’s of Public Policy degree program allows students enrolled at any ABA-accredited law school to pursue dual degree options from those institutions. The JU College of Law is currently pursuing ABA accreditation, and hopes to participate in the program in future years. For more information about what stage the College of Law is in the ABA accreditation process, please view the "Accreditation Information" below.
- Is the College of Law accredited?
The College of Law is not currently approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA) and makes no representation to any applicant that it will receive approval from the Council before the graduation of any matriculating student. In line with strict accreditation protocol dictated by the ABA, the Jacksonville University College of Law began 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.
- What is a character and fitness evaluation?
During the law school admissions process, applicants will be asked questions about conduct in the past - academic discipline, college residence hall violations, criminal charges, even what may seem like minor traffic violations. These questions are the first step in assessing your character and fitness for the legal profession, and how you respond to them can have important implications not just for your admission to law school, but for your admission to the practice of law.
- Do I need to submit a character and fitness evaluation?
Yes. 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 questions will be included in the College of Law's application.
- Does the Jacksonville University College of Law provide pro bono legal services to
At this time, College of Law faculty and students are not offering any legal services to the community. We encourage our students and faculty to volunteer with organizations in town that support the legal needs of Jacksonville-area residents. If you are in need of pro bono help, please visit the Jacksonville Bar Association's listing of local legal services.
What are early steps I should take to prepare for the practice of law?
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.
- I would like to meet with an Admissions Counselor, how do I know who to contact?
You can review our full list of graduate admissions counselors and their designated programs online.
- How can I schedule a visit of the JU campus?
- Please email Missy Davenport, at email@example.com, for more information on scheduling a tour.