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The College of Law admitted its inaugural class of Full-time Day students and Part-time Evening students in 2002.

Applicants have the option of applying to one or both programs at the time of application. Switching between programs after the initial application is made will not be permitted. For admission to the Part-Time Evening program, preference will be given to applicants whose circumstances are such that they can pursue a legal education only on a part-time basis.
The following admission requirements apply to all applicants to the College of Law:
1.      All applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission, along with a $20 non-refundable application fee. FAMU students are exempt from the application fee.

2.      All applicants for admission must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to enrollment. Upon admission, two copies of an official transcript confirming the conferral of the bachelor’s degree must be submitted to the College of Law prior to the start of classes.

3.      All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and are responsible for making their own arrangements to take the LSAT. For admission purposes, LSAT scores are valid for three (3) years from the test date.

4.      All applicants must register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) and are responsible for making their own arrangements for submitting official transcripts of all undergraduate work to LSDAS for evaluation. LSDAS information and registration materials may be obtained from Law School Admission Services, Box 2000, Newton, PA 18940 (215) 968-1001 or online at www.lsac.org. Note: the LSDAS code for FAMU College of Law is 5832.

5.      All applicants are required to submit a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Rather than submit letters of recommendation with the application, applicants are encouraged to utilize the LSAC letter of recommendation service that is included in the LSDAS registration subscription.

6.      Application files cannot be reviewed until the files are complete. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis after all required materials have been received.

Admission to the College of Law is competitive. Selection for admission is based on a thorough evaluation of all factors in an applicant’s file. In reviewing the applications of individuals applying for admission to the College of Law, the Admissions Committee will evaluate the following factors:
•           Score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
•           Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (UGPA)
•           Writing ability as evidenced by the LSAT writing sample and the personal statement
•           Undergraduate (and graduate) institution
•           Undergraduate (and graduate) major
•           Community or public service
•           Academic honors and other awards
•           Work experience
•           Extra-curricular activities
•           Letters of recommendation
•           Character and motivation

Tuition rates and fees are set annually by the Florida Legislature and the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees and may be changed at any time without advanced notice.
For the 2003-2004 academic year, tuition for law students at Florida A&M University was $214.70 per credit hour for Florida residents, and $771.48 per credit hour for non-residents. In addition, Florida A&M University imposes additional fees on all graduate and professional students.

While subject to change, the following is an estimate of tuition for law students for the 2003-2004 academic year:
            For Florida Residents  
            Full-Time Day (For 30 Credit Hours)    $6,441.00
            Part- Time Evening (For 22 Credit Hours)        $4,723.40
            For Non-Florida Residents      
            Full-Time Day (For 30 Credit Hours)    $23,144.40
            Part-Time Evening (For 22 Credit Hours)         $16,972.56

Florida A&M University offers a comprehensive financial aid program that includes institutional grants and federal loan programs to help eligible students meet the expenses associated with attaining a legal education. These funds are awarded and administered by the University’s Office of Financial Aid.

A limited number of scholarships are available to students entering the College of Law. All entering students will be considered automatically for any available scholarships and need not submit a scholarship application. However, for the majority of students, federally sponsored student loans will be the most common type of financial aid received.
All students who wish to apply for federal loans are required to complete either 1) the U.S. Department of Education RENEWAL Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or 2) a standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The information submitted on this application will determine your eligibility for loans under both the Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program. To obtain the FAFSA online, visit www.fafsa.edu.gov. The school code for FAMU is 001480. In addition to the federal loan program, there are also private sources for educational loans. Applicants who intend to apply for financial aid may contact the University’s Financial Aid Office directly at (850) 599-3730 for an application and more information and assistance. Applicants are encouraged to begin the financial aid application process early.

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