Accelerated JD program

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MicIn United States legal education, an accelerated JD Program may refer to one of the following:

  • A "3+3 JD program" or "BA to JD program" is a program in which students combine certain requirements of a bachelor's degree (usually a BA) with the requirements of the Juris Doctor degree. Students thus usually receive their bachelor's degree after completing the first year of law school. Typically, students complete the two degrees in six years rather than the usual seven. The undergraduate college and law school may either be independent institutions, or part of a single large university. Accelerated JD programs differ from most dual degree programs in that the degrees are of different levels, and are obtained sequentially rather than concurrently. Requirements for admission of undergraduates to such programs are typically higher than for general enrollment. Some programs further restrict enrollment to students in a specific prelaw major.
  • A "2-year JD program" is a Juris Doctor degree that is offered independently of a bachelor's degree. Typically, students are required to complete the same number of credit hours as traditional three-year JD students, but in a more condensed period.

U.S. News & World Report stated that as a result of student concerns about the time and cost (both in terms of tuition and the opportunity cost associated with foregoing a salary for three years) required to complete a law degree, there has been an emerging trend to develop accelerated JD programs.[1]

List of 3+3 accelerated JD programs[edit]

State Undergraduate college Undergraduate degree and major Law school Link Remarks
Arizona University of Arizona BA in Law James E. Rogers College of Law [1]
California California State University Northridge BA Southwestern Law School [2]
California University of California, Santa Cruz BA/BS University of California, Hastings College of the Law [3]
Connecticut Quinnipiac University BA/BS Quinnipiac University School of Law [4]
Florida Stetson University College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration Stetson University College of Law [5]
Florida University of South Florida Honors College Stetson University College of Law [6]
Florida University of West Florida Stetson University College of Law [7]
Florida Jacksonville University BA/BS/BBA Florida Coastal School of Law [8]
Georgia Georgia State University BA Georgia State University College of Law [9]
Illinois Shimer College BA (any) Chicago-Kent College of Law [10]
Iowa University of Iowa BA/BS University of Iowa College of Law [11]
Iowa Drake University BA/BS Drake University Law School [12]
Kansas University of Kansas BA/BS (any) University of Kansas Law School [13]
Louisiana Newcomb-Tulane College BA/BS (any) Tulane Law School [14]
Massachusetts [Western New England University] Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business and Engineering Western New England University School of Law [15]
Minnesota Hamline University College of Liberal Arts BA in American Law and Legal Systems Hamline University School of Law [16]
Minnesota University of St. Thomas BA University of St. Thomas School of Law [17] Restricted to certain majors.
Nebraska Creighton University College of Business BA (business) Creighton University School of Law [18]
New Jersey New Jersey Institute of Technology, Albert Dorman Honors College BS Seton Hall Law School [19]
New Jersey Rutgers–Camden BA (any) Rutgers School of Law–Camden [20]
New York Adelphi University BA, BS Albany Law School [21]
New York Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences BS Albany Law School [22]
New York College of Saint Rose BA (any) Albany Law School [23]
New York Columbia University BA Columbia Law School [24] Students do not receive BA until they have completed law school
New York Fordham University College of Business Administration BS (business) Fordham University School of Law [25][permanent dead link]
New York Hartwick College Albany Law School [26]
New York Hofstra University BA (many majors) Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Hofstra Law School [27]
New York Pace University BA, BS Pace Law School [28]
New York Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute BS in Management or Science, Technology and Society Albany Law School, Columbia Law School [29][permanent dead link][30]
New York Russell Sage College BA (any) Albany Law School [31]
New York SUNY Cobleskill Albany Law School [32]
New York Union College BA in Law and Public Policy Albany Law School [33]
New York University at Albany, SUNY BA, BS Albany Law School [34][35]
New York University of Central Florida BA (any) Touro Law Center [36]
Oregon Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts BA, BS (various majors) Lewis & Clark Law School [37]
Oregon Willamette University College of Liberal Arts BA Willamette University College of Law [38]
Oregon Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts BA, BS (various majors) Willamette University College of Law [39]
Pennsylvania Arcadia University BA Thomas R. Kline School of Law [40]
Pennsylvania/

Florida

Chatham University Stetson University College of Law [41]
Pennsylvania Drexel University BA, BS Thomas R. Kline School of Law [42]
Pennsylvania Elizabethtown College BA, BS Thomas R. Kline School of Law [43]
Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences BA University of Pennsylvania Law School [44]
Rhode Island Roger Williams University BA Roger Williams University School of Law [45]
Tennessee University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences BS, BA (various majors) University of Tennessee College of Law [33]

List of 2-year accelerated JD programs[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, all students enter the accelerated JD program at the start of the school's summer term. At Southwestern Law, the summer term starts in June; at the other listed schools, the summer term starts in May.

The May/June start of most accelerated programs is compatible with the bar examination schedule of all U.S. jurisdictions. Bar exams throughout the U.S. take place during the week containing the last Wednesday in July; almost all jurisdictions also offer an exam during the week containing the last Wednesday in February. Washburn's January starting date is compatible with February examinations.

State Law school Link Remarks
Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law [46] "The Advanced JD Program for non-US lawyers is for those who have studied law outside the US, but now wish to expand their professional opportunities by earning a US law degree."
Arizona Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law [47] "Allows individuals to earn their J.D. in 24 months."
California Southwestern Law School [48] The first accelerated 2-year program in the U.S., operating since 1974.
California Pepperdine University School of Law [49] "After an initial summer session beginning in May, the Accelerated Option students will enroll in the regular first year JD classes and continue to matriculate in the regular JD program."
Florida Stetson University College of Law [50] "Stetson Law will allow qualified foreign-educated attorneys the opportunity to apply as transfer applicants for fall entry and complete the J.D. in an accelerated manner, typically two years if attending on a full-time basis. Candidates may also apply for part-time consideration. Following graduation, candidates may sit for the Bar Examination in any state."
Florida Florida Coastal School of Law [51] "Only ABA fast-track program in state of Florida. May to May. Ranked Tier 4 by US News."
Florida Western Michigan University Cooley Law School [64] Campus in Tampa Bay, FL. Additional campuses in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, MI.
Hawai'i University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law [52] Hawai'i's only law school offers a 2-year Advanced JD Program for graduates of non-US law schools. Students admitted to the accelerated JD program receive the same degree as other JD students and are eligible to take the bar examination in all U.S. jurisdictions, if they meet the other requirements for admission.
Illinois Northwestern University School of Law [53] Northwestern Law was the first and only top tier law school to offer a 2-year accelerated JD program. This program has since been discontinued.[1]
Kansas Washburn University School of Law [54] Students can begin the program in either August or January.
Kansas University of Kansas School of Law [55] Students begin the program in May. Can also still participate in a wide range of Study Abroad options in 2nd year.
Michigan Western Michigan University Cooley Law School [64] Campuses in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, MI. Additional campus in Tampa Bay, FL.
Nebraska Creighton University School of Law [56] "Students in the program can participate in summer study-abroad program "From Nuremberg to The Hague," in which students travel to Germany and The Netherlands to study international law, the impact of the Holocaust on the law, and the prosecution of war criminals and perpetrators of genocide and crimes against humanity."[2]
New York Albany Law School [57] Eliminates tuition costs for the third year. Students will have the option of starting in January or May, and after 24 months of intensive study will be ready to sit for the February or July bar exam, respectively.[3]
New York Brooklyn Law School [58] "Brooklyn Law School Creates the First Accelerated 2-Year J.D. Program in New York Metro Area"[4]
New York Touro Law Center [59] "Touro Law Center’s new accelerated degree program is an extraordinary opportunity for a select group of qualified applicants to complete all requirements for the Juris Doctor degree during a concentrated and rigorous 24-month period and to sit for a Bar Examination only 26 months after they begin their law school studies."[5]
Ohio University of Dayton School of Law

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Pennsylvania Thomas R. Kline School of Law(Previously Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University) [61] Students in the Fast Forward accelerated JD program take up to 17 credits per semester for six consecutive semesters over two years.
Virginia Regent University School of Law [62] Program starts May 2013.
Vermont Vermont Law School [63]
Washington Gonzaga University School of Law Program will start again in 2017 after previously starting in 2014 and being discontinued after one year.

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