Pre Law Students
There is no "Pre-Law Major" offered at FIU nor is any major the best preparation for law school. Political Science and International Relations are both appropriate majors if you enjoy the classes and do well academically. The Department of Politics and International Relations recognizes the interests and needs of the undergraduate Political Science major who plans to attend law school. The basic skills important to such students include how to (1) think logically, (2) read critically, and (3) write and present clearly and correctly.
These skills are developed in a number of disciplines. Beyond these basic skills, the department encourages interested majors to acquire a broad background in Political Science or International Relations rather than to select only courses that deal with public law.
In selecting electives, Political Science and International Relations majors should remember that the LSAT and law school require the ability to read with comprehension concepts and logic and to express oneself with clarity and precision. Whether or not a given major will benefit from a particular elective is a question best answered by the student in close consultation with an advisor. Courses in History, Philosophy, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Math, and English will probably all give relevant skills to majors interested in pre-law. Breadth of preparation is important. Whether a particular course in logic, writing or another area is the best choice can only be answered on an individual basis.
Accelerated Juris Doctor (JD) programs
FIU's College of Law (COL) will consider applications from qualified FIU undergraduate students who meet certain COL admissions criteria in what is coined the "3+3" program.
- Completion of 90 undergraduate credits before Fall of the Senior year
- All University, College and Major requirements, with the exception of the minimum 120 credits, must be satisfied prior to the Fall of the Senior year
- Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.50 as caculated by the Credential Assembly Service of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
- Students should have a minimum LSAT score of 155 (or the median LSAT score of the previous entering COL class) prior to March of the year the student wishes to matriculate at the College of Law.
Upon completion of all undergraduate, college and major requirements (except for the minimum 120 credits), students accepted into the College of Law will enroll in Year One curriculum as outlined by the College of Law. The credits earned in these COL courses will then be applied towards the 120 under total credit count required for the Bachelor's degree.
The following College of Arts & Sciences majors support the 3 + 3 programs with the College of Law:*
- Criminal Justice
- Liberal Studies
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Religious Studies
For further details or to discuss a plan of study for completion of all requirements prior to the undergraduate Senior year, please contact Michelle Fields, your Pre-Law academic advisor or visit FIU's Pre-Law website for more information.
Please note that eligibility does not guarantee admission into FIU's College of Law.