Academic Regulations

  • Students must remain in good standing with Nova Southeastern University.
  • Students must remain in good standing with the Bursars office.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0
    • If a student's GPA falls below a 3.0 the student will be put on academic probation. The student will have two semesters to raise their GPA above a 3.0, and will sign a contract to this effect. If the students GPA is not above a 3.0 after this time the student will be dismissed from the program. Effective term: Fall 2011
  • Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may be suspended or expelled for such actions.
    • Students are expected to comply with the legal and ethical standards of the institution. Academic and non-academic dishonesty and/or misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forging and/or altering institution documents or credentials. Misconduct can include but is not limited to theft, vandalism, disruptive behavior, sexual harassment, or abuse against other class members or NSU faculty or staff. This includes written or verbal threats against individuals. This includes improper use of technology resources. Students must abide by Nova Southeastern University and the Law Center's codes of conduct.

      Plagiarism is generally defined as literary theft, representing the words or ideas of another as your own, and this is not tolerated by either the Law Center or the University. All sources must be acknowledged. Quotations from, and paraphrases and summaries of, the work of others must be referenced in appropriate manner as required by the professor. Plagiarism Policy

  • The program must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program
    • A student has five calendar years to complete the program. If after five years you have not graduated you will need to retake courses that were taken before that point in time. Leaves of absences taken during the course of the program, even for medical reasons, do not extend the five year time limit.
  • There is no grade appeal process at the Law Center. Final grades are only changed for calculation errors.

Privacy of Student Records

Nova Southeastern University maintains a system of records that includes forms, letters of recommendations, application material, and transcripts from student's previous academic work. These records are available for review by the individual upon written request to the department. The original/official documents must be maintained by the university while the student is enrolled in the program. However the department will not release transcripts of students' academic records until their accounts have been paid. The department considers each student's file confidential, and will release those documents requested in writing by the student. If you have waived your right to see your letters of recommendation then these cannot be released, even at your request.

The committee recommends that any alleged violation be investigated by the program director or his or her designee. After investigation the program director or his or her designee shall prepare a written report stating the nature of the alleged violation, facts found during the investigation, and recommended disposition of the matter (in appropriate cases including proposed sanctions). This report shall be forwarded to the student, the person who alleged the violation, and the Associate Dean responsible for supervision of these programs. The Associate Dean will review the report and any written arguments or objections received from the student. After his or her review the Associate Dean shall dismiss the complaint or find the student violated the University Code and impose an appropriate sanction. The decisions of the Associate Dean shall be final and not subject to any faculty or administrative review.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible to graduate the student must fulfill the following requirements:

Satisfactorily complete the course of study required for the program of study:

  • Successfully complete the Individual Research Project and present it at final Residential Institute
  • Complete and Submit the Application for Degree form
  • Meet all financial obligations to the University (tuition, fees, and miscellaneous charges)
  • Cumulative grade point average must be a 2.5 or higher to be eligible for graduation
  • Successfully complete all required coursework

Graduating with Honors

A student graduates with honors by earning the following cumulative grade point average for coursework completed in their program of study.

  • Cum Laude 3.60 - 3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.90
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.91 - 4.00

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