Coastal Law hosts a vibrant and diverse international community with students attending from countries such as Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Japan, South Korea, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Germany, Georgia and many more.
Among the many advantages that set Florida Coastal apart from other schools is our focus on practical legal experience. Whether earning an International and Comparative Law Certificate, participating in the Caribbean Law Clinic, traveling to Vienna for the Vis Moot Court Competition or taking a class on international business transactions, Florida Coastal provides an experience that prepares students to practice law.
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Application Procedure for International and Foreign Educated Students
The application procedure for international and foreign educated students is similar to that of domestic students except for two key differences – students may need to take extra steps to submit their foreign transcripts and students may need a TOEFL score.
- Register with the Law School Admission Council for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at www.lsac.org. The LSAT must be taken within five years of the date of application.
- All international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate degree at an English-speaking institution must submit a TOEFL test score of no less than 600 on the paper-based test, at least 250 on the computer-based test, or at least 100 on the Internet-based test. TOEFL scores are valid for three years. If a TOEFL score is required, the applicant must contact the Educational Testing Service to request that their scores be sent to LSAC. (LSAC’s TOEFL code for the Credential Assembly Service is 0058.) Your score will be included in the foreign credential evaluation document that will be included in your LSAC Credential Assembly Service Law School Report. For TOEFL information, visit www.ets.org.
- Submit all college and university transcripts directly to CAS. Transcripts for all post-secondary education completed outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada must be evaluated through this service. Foreign coursework through study abroad, consortium or exchange programs sponsored by US or Canadian institutions are exempt from this requirement provided that the work is clearly indicated on the home campus transcript. The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers will complete a foreign credential evaluation, which will be incorporated into your CAS report. Questions about the CAS should be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit two letters of recommendation to CAS.
- Apply online at www.lsac.org. A complete application consists of undergraduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, LSAT score and, if applicable, a TOEFL score.
No application deadline exists. However, Coastal Law typically begins to review applications in the year preceding the term for which enrollment is sought. Applicants are encouraged to submit and complete their applications as early as possible. Candidates are requested to indicate a preference for the full-time or part-time program, but may also indicate a willingness to attend either. A student who has been accepted for admission into one entering class, but who does not enroll in that class, must reapply for any later class. The student will be considered for admission under the standards in effect for that later class.
General Academic Requirements
Law school applicants generally must have completed all the requirements for the four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Coastal Law has no predetermined LSAT requirement; however, the 25% – 75% LSAT range for the class which began in August 2013 was 142 – 150 with a median Grade Point Average of 3.0.
Documents Needed to Matriculate upon Acceptance
Coastal Law requires: a passport, a letter of financial responsibility, and full payment of the 1st Semester tuition costs. Information about the F1-Student visa can be found at http://fcsl.edu/registrar/f-1-student-visa
Cost of Attendance
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