How to Apply
Florida Coastal School of Law enrolls on a rolling admissions basis. There is no application deadline. We encourage prospective students to submit their applications as early as possible to ensure that seats in the upcoming class are available and to take advantage of scholarship opportunities. There is also no application fee to apply to Florida Coastal.
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Step-by-Step Guide to the Coastal Law Admissions Procedure
1. Speak with an admissions team member to determine if Florida Coastal School of Law is the right fit for you.
2. Register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
3. Complete Florida Coastal’s online application. There is no application fee.
- A complete application consists of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resume, and your LSAT score. The LSAT must be taken within five years of the desired start date.
- The CAS report from LSAC will consist of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts, your LSAT report, and your two letters of recommendation.
4. Once your complete application is received, it will go on to the Admissions Committee for review.
- You can check your application status online throughout the admissions process.
- The Admissions Committee does not release information about the reason for their decision.
5. If accepted, you will be required to submit a nonrefundable seat deposit to reserve your seat in our incoming class.
- The seat deposit will be credited to your tuition upon matriculation.
- A student who has been accepted for admission into an entering class, but who does not enroll in that class, must reapply for any following class and be considered for admission according to the standards of the class sought to be entered.
6. After you submit your seat deposit, you are now on your way to becoming a Juris Doctor Candidate at Florida Coastal School of Law! Congratulations! We look forward to having you with us.
Important Note – OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT POLICY: Before you enter classes at Florida Coastal School of Law, you must have your official transcript, indicating your baccalaureate degree has been conferred. If you do not already have your official transcript that is marked FINAL in your CAS report with LSAC, please have your final transcript mailed here to the Office of Admissions before October 15.
CAS unofficial, incomplete copies are only sufficient for a preliminary determination of admission.
If a student’s official degree-bearing transcript is not on file by October 15, the student will be administratively withdrawn (at that time) from classes and will be unable to continue with their studies.
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The Admissions Committee reviews all applications holistically to ensure that the students selected can successfully undertake a rigorous program in the study of law and contribute positively to the profession and society. Admissions decisions include attention to factors that enhance the educational experience of the entire student body such as leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, diversity, background, and experience.
Admissions Factors – The Admissions Committee considers all characteristics of an applicant’s application. Undergraduate grades, the difficulty of the undergraduate study, LSAT scores, resume, personal statement and letters of recommendation are vital to a strong application. The Admissions Committee also considers factors such as writing ability, leadership roles, advanced degrees, and life experience.
Pre-law Preparation – The Admissions Committee does not require any particular pre-law curriculum. However, a strong writing background and a logical and analytic mind are essential to succeed in law school. All students are urged to take challenging English composition and creative writing electives in their undergraduate study.
The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, published each year by the Law School Admissions Council and the American Bar Association, provides students with information on pre-law preparation, applying to law schools, the study of law and law school statistics. The location of the Guide is https://officialguide.lsac.org.
Important Note – Applicants should retain copies of their law school applications because many state boards of bar examiners require copies of law school applications. Additionally, all materials submitted in support of a Florida Coastal School of Law application become the property of the school.
Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states requires a review of character, fitness, and qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements to practice in their desired venue before they attend law school. The National Conference of Bar Examiners can serve as a starting point to determine each state’s requirements – www.ncbex.org.