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Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

The Juris Doctor (JD) Program is designed to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that are at the heart of becoming trusted, highly adept, professional lawyers who are respected for serving clients, their communities, and justice. All students in the program must complete 90 semester-hours of study, which is six semesters long (three academic years) in areas that are essential to the understanding and practice of law. In addition to a wide variety of courses in many areas of the traditional legal field, the curriculum provides numerous opportunities in courses and clinics for students to develop the practical problem-solving, negotiation and mediation skills needed in an ever changing legal landscape. The Law Center combines traditional and innovative teaching methods to provide a dynamic, professional program. We draw from the rich community of practitioners in the South Florida area who teach specialized courses and help to bridge the gap between legal theory and practice. The JD curriculum is designed to develop students' analytical ability, communication skills, and understanding of professional responsibility and ethics that are central to the practice of law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1029
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 147 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.93 - 3.38
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.59%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80.51%
Tuition $34,330

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Overview

About Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

The Juris Doctor (JD) Program is designed to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that are at the heart of becoming trusted, highly adept, professional lawyers who are respected for serving clients, their communities, and justice. All students in the program must complete 90 semester-hours of study, which is six semesters long (three academic years) in areas that are essential to the understanding and practice of law. In addition to a wide variety of courses in many areas of the traditional legal field, the curriculum provides numerous opportunities in courses and clinics for students to develop the practical problem-solving, negotiation and mediation skills needed in an ever changing legal landscape. The Law Center combines traditional and innovative teaching methods to provide a dynamic, professional program. We draw from the rich community of practitioners in the South Florida area who teach specialized courses and help to bridge the gap between legal theory and practice. The JD curriculum is designed to develop students' analytical ability, communication skills, and understanding of professional responsibility and ethics that are central to the practice of law.

Reviews

Nova Southeastern University’s Law Center is a large law school not too far from Miami that offers “a strong emphasis on legal writing” and a “hands-on approach to legal education.” Highfalutin theory definitely isn’t the focus at NSU. Here, you “learn how to be a good legal practitioner.” NSU’s critical skills program coaches students on everything from the basics of briefing cases during first year to bar exam preparation during third year. An “invaluable” clinical program that includes options in seven differ­ent areas of law provides a tremendous number of students with “practical experience before becoming an attorney.” There are certificate programs in health law and interna­tional law. NSU also offers a host of study abroad opportunities. Especially noteworthy are the dual-degree law programs in both Barcelona and Rome that allow students to study civil law systems in addition to American common law. Completion of either one results in two law degrees in two different countries, which is an undeniably impressive set of credentials.A couple of students say that the administration is “prompt in addressing students’ needs,” but the overwhelming sentiment seems to be that “it takes forever to get any­thing done” and that the top brass is “out of touch.” “However, the professors are in touch,” promises a 1L. “The professors really do care about your success.” Some faculty members “have inflated egos” or simply are “not that good.” On the whole, though, the “intense, demanding, and entertaining faculty” is “worth every tuition dollar.” “I am most pleased with the knowledge, practical experience, and teaching skills possessed by my professors,” reflects a 3L. Outside of class, Nova Southeastern’s faculty is “extremely approachable.” “They are always willing to help outside of the classroom and are very encouraging,” promises a 2L. “Almost everyone has an open-door policy.” “Some of the professors will sit and talk with you at great length about topics relevant to class and irrelevant,” adds a 1L.The facilities here are mixed. “The campus is absolutely beautiful.” “The buildings around the law school are beautiful,” too. “The law school building itself is bland,” though. It’s “fairly industrial and has a built-on-a-budget feel.” “The chairs are uncomfortable” in many classrooms. “The library is ugly” and “could definitely use more study rooms.” Some students say that Internet connectivity is “great” while others call it “horrible.” “The school is very advanced technologically,” explains a 3L. “However, half the time the technology is not working.”Some students call the work of the Career Development Office “unparalleled.” Others tell us that students are “on their own with regard to finding employment and getting internships.” Sentiment regarding job prospects is similarly mixed. One faction of stu­dents says that Nova Southeastern is “very reputable locally” while another faction gripes that the school “lacks sufficient connections to major law firms.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 21

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 303

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MS - Conflict Resolution, JD/MS - Computer Science, JD/Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Each of these programs should take 3 years to complete if full-time and 4 years if part-time.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 118
Full-Time Faculty 58
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 51
Faculty Gender 56% Male
43% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 46% Male
54% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 55%
Multi-racial 1%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 26%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $34,330 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,938 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $49,268 $34,330

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$42,255 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $53

Incoming Class

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 148 - 153
LSAT Part-Time 145 - 153
LSAT Total 147 - 153

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.93 - 3.4
Part-Time 2.76 - 3.29
Total 2.93 - 3.38

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Work Experience, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Recommendations, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#6 Most Competitive Students

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 91%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 35
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 112 39%
Firm Sized 11-25 41 14%
Firm Sized 26-50 17 14%
Firm Sized 51-100 9 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 0%
Firm Sized 501+ 5 2%
Business Industry 40 14%
Government 27 9%
Public Interest 12 4%
State Clerkship 1 0%
Academia 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 53 15%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 12 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NJ 1%
NY 2%
FL 62%
International 3%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center include:

  • Rex Ford - US Immigration Judge
  • Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff - FLA House of Representative
  • Rob Brzezinski - VP football operations, Minnesota Vikings
  • Melanie G. May - Appeals Court Judge

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