Accelerated Juris Doctor

FIU's College of Law will consider applications from qualified FIU undergraduate students who meet certain COL admissions requirements and will have earned a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits by the end of their junior year. Eligible students must have completed the requirements of their major program with a cumulative 3.50 GPA and be able to use the first 30 credits of the College of Law curriculum as upper division electives toward the 120 credit hours required for an FIU undergraduate degree.

Upon successful completion of the 1st year COL courses, students will be allowed to count those hours toward the FIU undergraduate program and earn the baccalaureate degree. Students will then continue the normal COL curriculum and complete the JD in the remaining 2 years. This opportunity is extended to exceptional students within specific major programs to reduce the time and expense for a JD degree by one year of coursework.

To take advantage of this opportunity, the student must have an upper-division plan of study that allows for the completion of the baccalaureate degree using first-year College of Law courses for the final 30 elective hours. Interested students should consult their departmental advisor. Additional information is available in the College of Arts & Sciences Advising Center and in the Honors College.

The following majors support this 3 + 3 opportunity with the College of Law for eligible students: Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Religious Studies.

Applying to FIU's College of Law

The Florida International University College of Law will consider applications from Florida International University undergraduates in their Junior (3rd) year who meet the following requirements:

  1. Prior to the Fall semester of their senior year, students will have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours.
  2. Prior to the Fall semester of their senior year, students must have satisfied all University, College and Major requirements with the exception of the minimum 120 credits.
  3. Students will have a minimum GPA of a 3.50 as calculated by the Credential Assembly Service of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).
  4. Students will have a minimum LSAT score of 155 (or the median LSAT score of the previous entering COL class) prior to March of the year they wish to matriculate at the College of Law.

Meeting the four requirements for the application to be considered does not guarantee that the student will gain admission to the FIU College of Law. There will be an interview as part of the evaluation of the application.

Plan of Study for Accelerated JD: Criminal Justice 3+3

Below is a recommended plan of study. Students need to be attentive to insuring that they meet all University, College and Major requirements by the end of the Spring semester of their junior year. This is an ideal scenario based on 12-17 credits each Fall and Spring semester. Deficits can be worked on during the Summer semesters. The Summer Hours requirement will need to be satisfied with summer enrollment or advancement credits. Courses counting for UCC and UD Major requirements open up more space of UD electives. Students are advised to take the June LSAT at the end of their sophomore year, and to devote adequate time preparing for the LSAT during that semester.

First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
ENC 1101 ENC 1102 UCC Humanities w/ Writing 1 UCC Humanities w/ Writing 2 CJ Elective 2 CJ Elective 4
UCC Math 1 UCC Math 2 (PHI2100 id CLAST is not an issue) CCJ 3011 Nature and Causes of Crime CCJ 4701 Measurement and Analysis in Criminal Justice CJE 4174 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems CJ Elective 5
UCC Science 1 UCC Science 2 CCJ 4700 Research Methods in Criminal Justice DSC 4012 Global Terrorism CCJ 4497 Criminal Justice and Public Policy 3 Elective
UCC Science 1 lab UCC Science 2 lab AS Lang 1 AS Lang 2 CJ Elective 3 Elective
UCC Soc Sci 1 UCC Soc Sci 2 Elective CJ Elective 1 x x
UCC FYE UCC Art CCJ 3024 The Criminal Justice System x x x
14 Credits 16 Credits 17 Credits 17 Credits Credits 15 Credits 12