Apply to the J.M. Degree
The JM program seeks motivated candidates who are interested in advancing their careers and improving their professional organizations and surrounding communities. Some candidates will have just earned their undergraduate degree, while others will already be in established career paths and seeking to enhance their professional marketability.
New program cohorts enroll each August, and the admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. Candidates who apply by the annual priority deadline of March 15 will receive priority consideration for scholarships, and will have their application fee waived. Applications submitted after July 1 will be considered pending space availability.
Standardized test scores are not required to apply.
Applicants to the JM program should understand that the JM program is not designed to prepare students for the JD program or to function as an alternative means of gaining JD admission, and that JM credits are not transferrable toward JD coursework. The JM degree does not qualify its graduates to take the bar exam or practice law.
- September 1: Application available
- March 15: Priority application and fee waiver deadline
- July 1: Application deadline
- August: Classes begin
- Online application: You can complete our online application here. Please remember to include any required supporting documents.
- Application fee: You can pay your $30 application fee here. This fee is waived for applications submitted before the March 15 priority deadline.
- Official transcripts: Transcripts should be provided from each institution attended in the US or abroad, indicating the completion of a bachelor’s degree, or if in another country, its equivalent.
- Resume or CV (1 page): Items to be listed might include your educational background, including any honors or scholarships earned, extracurricular activities, etc.; military service and/or employment history; language or computer skills; and community or other volunteer service.
- Personal Statement (2-page maximum): Your personal statement should address your reasons for wanting to pursue a JM degree at FIU Law, and how earning a JM relates to your chosen career path or personal goals. You may also wish to discuss unique personal or professional experiences, challenges you have overcome, or other topics relevant to how you would enrich the FIU Law community.
- Letters of Recommendation (2 maximum): If you are a recent college graduate, at least one letter must be from a professor, academic advisor, or other individual familiar with your academic work. Professional recommendations, or recommendations from volunteer or other community experiences, are also acceptable. Recommendations from friends or family members will not be considered.
International candidates are encouraged to apply, and can attend classes either in-person (if residing in South Florida) or remotely via FIU Law’s Live Hybrid platform. In addition to the standard application checklist items listed below, international applicants must also submit:
- Official transcripts from an accredited institution, indicating the completion of a degree equivalent to a US bachelor's degree. Transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing service. Transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES-approved credentialing service.
- Proof of proficiency in English, as demonstrated by results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL iBT is 90 points, and the minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 7.0 points. The admissions committee may, at its discretion, waive this requirement for international applicants who have graduated from an English-speaking institution, who have had significant work experience in English, or for whom English is their first language.