Frequently Asked Questions - Transfer In Students

Transfer students must submit an application through the Law School Admission Council as well as an official transcript and a letter of standing to the Admissions Office (supplied by your current or previous law school).

  1. The applicant must submit an application through the Law School Admission Council.
  2. The applicant must submit an official transcript and a letter of standing to the Admissions Office (supplied by your current or previous law school).

Florida Coastal School of Law
Admissions Office
8787 Baypine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256

  1. The Admissions Office will review the application materials. The application materials will then be routed to the Academic Dean for approval.
  2. The Academic Dean will review the official transcript to determine which credits will be accepted as transfer in credits.
  3. The Academic Dean will notify the applicant of the accepted transfer credits and advise the applicant of any required courses that will require completion.
  4. The Academic Dean will then forward the application materials to the Registrar for recording of the transfer credits on the official transcript and to assist with course scheduling.

Since Florida Coastal has rolling admission, there are no specific deadlines.  We do recommend that all students complete the admissions process as soon as possible to take advantage of scholarship opportunities and accepted student events.

The Florida Coastal admissions team takes a holistic approach when making an admission decision on a student.  We carefully consider a student’s LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, law school GPA, personal statement, resume and letters of recommendation as well as the letter of standing from their current law school.

No, there are only advantages to starting in the spring such as smaller class sizes and more personal attention.

Florida Coastal School of Law does not have an application fee.

We seek to actively, creatively and aggressively promote multiculturalism and awareness of diversity among all faculty, staff and students.  This includes, among other things, coordinating enrichment activities such as speaking engagements by persons or panels discussing diversity issues; arranging for instruction for faculty about incorporating diversity issues in the classroom; and promoting a curriculum which infuses diversity and multiculturalism.

Once we receive your completed application, it can take 1 to 6 weeks for a decision to be made.  All applications are unique and some require time for additional review.

Florida Coastal only offers a day program.

Yes.  Coastal Law will accept no more than 45 credits from another accreditted law school. 

The Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University (JU) and Florida Coastal School of Law have created a joint degree program through which qualified individuals may enroll in the Coastal Law JD and the Davis MBA programs simultaneously. 

Coastal Law and JU's Public Policy Institute have also created a joint degree program through which qualified students may pursue a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters in Public Policy from both schools simultaneously. Graduates with a joint JD/MPP degree can develop a diverse group of skills to meet the needs of careers in government, politics, nonprofit management and many others.

Students in the JD/MBA dual degree program may obtain both degrees in three years, compared to the four years it would take to earn both degrees if pursued separately. Students pursuing a JD/MPP may obtain both degrees in four years, compared to the five years it would take to earn both degrees if pursued separately.  

Credits for courses completed at another approved law school are evaluated by an academic dean on an individual basis. Only courses completed with a grade of “C” or better are transferable. All credits must have been obtained within two academic years prior to matriculation.

The other courses we require are:

  • 1 hour of CPE credit for each semester spent at Florida Coastal
  • 8 credit hours of clinic/skills requirements
  • Advanced Legal Writing requirement (also called ALWR, see page 42 of the student handbook for more specific explanation)
  • Foundation Course requirement (see pages 37 and 38 of the student handbook for more specific explanation).

Absolutely, students who transfer into Florida Coastal can have immediate access to all of the resources and services offered by the Career Services Department. 

Students who want to be well-positioned to enter the legal market strongly benefit from working one-on-one with a CSD counselor.  Counselors work individually with each student on the development of a unique and effective job search strategy with a heavy emphasis on gaining legal work experience, networking, and picking a legal market that makes sense for each individual.

Yes, in order to become a member of Law Review transfer students can participate in a "write-on" competition, which encompasses a case-note assignment typically conducted during the first ten days after the last day of second semester 1L year.

The estimated cost of attendance for a full time student during the fall 2012/Spring 2013 is $57,600. This includes tuition, room and board, transportation, etc.

  1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember to enter the school code for Florida Coastal School of Law G33743.
  2. Receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)
  3. After you have paid your seat deposit to the Office of Admissions and submitted your FAFSA you will receive a packet from the Financial Aid Office.
  4. If you are chosen for verification (refer to your SAR) you will be sent a Verification Worksheet to complete and return to the Financial Aid Office, along with any required documentation.
  5. Complete and return the Florida Coastal School of Law financial aid application and student certification.
  6. Once we have received the above items we will mail to you an award notice which will include instructions on how to complete your on line promissory note.
  7. After receiving your award notice, first time FCSL students need to go to Esign to electronically sign a promissory note.
  8. First time FCSL students must also complete on line Entrance Counseling. This is required even if you have completed entrance counseling at a previous school.
  9. Once you have completed the above steps, the Financial Aid office will transmit your loan information to the Department of Education.
  10. Your funds will be sent to the Finance Office. They will apply your funds to your account and any remaining funds after all charges are paid will be issued to you approximately the second week of class. Questions concerning refunds should be directed to the Finance Office. (904) 680-7723.
  11. Upon graduating, leaving school for any reason, or enrolling less than half time, federal regulations require you to complete Exit Counseling.
  12. You must reapply for Financial Aid each year.

Yes. Students should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov before admittance. Remember to enter the school code for Florida Coastal School of Law G33743.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and/or need as determined by the Scholarship Committee during fall/spring terms. For more information contact the Admissions office. Note: Scholarships and not available during summer school.

Once we receive your Coastal Law Financial Aid application and Student Certification Form, we will mail you an award notice. 

After completing FAFSA and paying your seat deposit, Coastal Law will begin to process your financial aid. We will mail you two other forms to complete - the Coastal Law financial aid application and the student certification form. Also, first time students must complete an Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN), which is a contract between you and your lender.

Yes. If you are transferring in the middle of the academic year, the amount of federal aid for which you are eligible will be reduced by the amount of federal aid you received and/or earned at the previous college.

The maximum you can borrow each academic year is $20,500. The loan amount will be based on your cost of attendance minus your Expected Family Contribution (EFC, determined by FAFSA) and any other Financial Aid that you will receive such as scholarships. You may receive less than the maximum amount if you receive other aid that covers a portion of your cost of attendance.

Part-time employment (maximum 20 hours per week) is available as part of a need-based Federal work-study program. Students who are interested in working will need to come to the Financial Aid office to see if they qualify and to review a list of available positions, as students will only be allowed to work one FWS position.