The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Anneke Greenaway
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $53
Part-time program application fee $53
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 40.5% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.22
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 150

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 42.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 148-152
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.02-3.44
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.25
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 150

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 28.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 147-151
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.77-3.34
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.08
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 148

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.S. Dispute Resolution
J.D./M.S. Computers J.D./M.URP.
J.D./M.S. Psychology J.D./M.Accounting
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Every student has an opportunity to participate in an in-house clinic or an externship. Opportunities include ADR, Business, Children, Criminal, International, and Personal Injury. Students who are fluent in Spanish can participate in a dual degree opportunity offered with the University of Barcelona. Other semester-abroad opportunities are available in Prague and Venice.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 93
Seminars 20
Positions available in seminars 400
Positions available in simulation courses 1,408
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 100
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students participate in three law reviews: Nova Law Review, ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, and International Citator. Students enter interscholastic competitions through Moot Court Board and ATLA. There is a wide array of subject area and affinity organizations in addition to the Student Bar Association.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 65
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 278
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 970
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 28
Full-time students involved in field placements 58
Full-time students involved in law journals 92
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 59
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 23

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 62
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 69
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 278
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 17
Part-time students involved in field placements 26
Part-time students involved in law journals 12
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 11
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 23

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.0:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 109
Full-time minority faculty 26.9%
Part-time minority faculty 21.1%
Total faculty 125
Total faculty (men) 56.0%
Total faculty (women) 44.0%
Total faculty (minorities) 25.6%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

RNP in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.8
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.98-3.43
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.22
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 148-152
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 150
Acceptance rate 40.5% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 16.0:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.2% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.3% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar FL
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1050

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 855

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 195

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 16.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 2.4%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 1.9%
Male students discontinuing law school 6.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 7.3%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Marsheila Bryant
Financial aid phone (954) 262-7412
Financial aid application deadline April 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $33,250 per year
Part-time: $25,060 per year
Room and board $16,542
Books $2,356
Miscellaneous expenses $7,510
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 14.5%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.1%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.1%
Median grant amount $10,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $9,988–$17,410
Full-time students receiving grants 19.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 4.6%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 1.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.1%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.0%
Median grant amount $7,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,551–$15,050
Part-time students receiving grants 9.2%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $126,133
Proportion who borrowed 82.5%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) N/A
Microform titles N/A
Electronic titles N/A
Other non-book titles N/A
Total titles N/A
Volumes (excluding microforms) N/A
Volume equivalent microforms N/A
Total volumes and volume equivalents N/A
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 104
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 80
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 24
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 58
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 4
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 78
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 62
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 10

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 8
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 43,623
Total seats available for library users 532
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Law Center building includes five seminar rooms, three classrooms, six lecture halls, in house clinics, and two courtrooms. Faculty offices are conveniently located in and across from the three-floor library, facilitating student-faculty interaction. A spacious atrium serves as a town hall. Our wireless network is available throughout the building and elsewhere on campus.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar FL
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.3% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 279
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 100.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.8%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 10.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $75,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 83%
Median public service starting salary $42,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.3%
Percent employed in business and industry 18.1%
Percent employed in government 8.1%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 0.9%
Percent employed in law firms 64.7%
Percent employed in public interest 5.9%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 88%
Graduates employed out-of-state 11.3%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 5.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.4%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 91.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.5%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.9%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.5%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Development Office is staffed by four professionals and several support staff. The office sponsors on-campus interviewing, resume review, and mock interviewing. It publishes a newsletter, maintains online job listings, and participates in several job fairs. Practicing attorneys participate in numerous lunch and learn programs, discussing their practice areas with interested students.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 59.1%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 97.5%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 13.5%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 62.2%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 4.7%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 92.3%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 3.3%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 55.6%