Nova Law School

General Info

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Shepard Broad Law Center, founded in 1974, is the law school of Nova Southeastern University. The Law Center is housed in Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, located on Nova Southeastern University's main campus in Davie, Florida and is named after university founder Shepard Broad.The Law Center hosts over 1,000 students in both its day and evening programs. There is a full time faculty of 50, in addition to 65 adjuncts, many of whom are local judges. The Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association.

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Nova Law School Admissions

Nova Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 54% of its applicants. Comparatively, Nova is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 1314 703 (53.50%) 227 (17.3%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.79 3.11 3.33
LSAT 146 149 151

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $37,985 $37,985
Part Time $28,721 $28,721

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $24,861
  • Living off-campus: $21,368
  • Living at home: $12,875

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $53

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Nova Law School Community

Nova Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Nova is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 47
  • Part Time: 43


  • # Female Faculty: 45
  • # Minority Faculty: 23


16.0 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Nova Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Nova Law School 1L section size is equal to law schools in Florida and 5% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Nova Law School: 139
Florida Average: 139
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1332
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 120

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 97
  • Law Journals: 167
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 15.8%
  • Second Year: 1.3%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Nova Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Nova Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 86% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 97.2%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 60.0%
  • Business: 22.0%
  • Government: 11.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Florida: 93%
  • New Jersey: 2%
  • Illinois: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 97.2%
  • First Time Takers: 250
  • Average School: 70.4%
  • Average State: 72.1%
  • Pass Difference: -1.7%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Florida: 72.1%
  • Passed: 171 of 243 (70.4%)
  • State Average: 72.1%
  • Difference: -1.7%