Two-Year Accelerated Law Program

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.  Since tuition is determined by credit, the total tuition cost for this program is the same as for the traditional JD program; however accelerated students will be entering the workforce a year earlier and will save one year of school-related living expenses. 
 

The credit and course requirements for the accelerated program are the equivalent of traditional 3-year requirements. Two-year students will attend classes during the summer before their first full year (the 1L Fall and Spring semesters) and the summer before their second full year (the 2L Fall and Spring Semesters). In addition to the two mandatory summer sessions, accelerated students are also required to attend two winter intersessions.  Students in the accelerated program are eligible to apply for extra or co-curricular student activities, such as Moot Court or Law Review, and they will be able to take clinics, externships, and elective courses in particular concentrations. 

Admissions Criteria
Select applicants will be considered for admission into the accelerated program. Criteria for acceptance may include: LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, writing sample, and personal interview.  Life experience will also be considered. Touro Law urges qualified applicants who have been in the workforce to apply for the accelerated program. Only those applicants who will have earned their Bachelor’s degree by the May 26, 2015 start date of the program may apply.
 

Financial Aid
Accelerated students will be eligible for all financial aid and merit scholarships available to students in the traditional program. Based upon the strong academic credentials and qualifications of students admitted to this program, Touro Law intends to make available substantial scholarship funding. 

Curriculum
 
Summer 1L (12 credits)
(10 weeks, May – August)
Civil Dispute Resolution & Procedure (4)
Torts (4)
Legal Process I (3)
Foundations in Legal Analysis (1)
 
Fall 1L (15 – 16 credits)
Contracts I (4)
Criminal Law I (3)
Business Organizations I (3)
Legal Process II (3)
Elective (2 – 3 credits)
 
Winter 1L (2 credits)
Elective (e.g. Interviewing, Negotiating, and Counseling; Law Practice Management)
 
Spring 1L (16 credits)
Contracts II (2)
Constitutional Law (4)
Evidence (4)
Property (4)
Elective (2) (Intermediate Skills Requirement (ISR))
 
Summer 2L (12 credits)
(10 weeks, May – August)
Clinic (5)
Associated Course or other Elective (2)
Trusts and Estates (3)
Professional Responsibility (2)
 
Fall 2L (14 – 16 credits)
New York Practice (4)
Recommended
Externship (3)
Recommended
Advanced Legal Analysis I (2)
Recommended
Electives (5 – 7 credits)
 
Winter 2L (2 credits)*
Elective
* Students who complete 16 credits during the Fall 2L semester will not be required to attend this Winter session.
 
Spring 2L (12 – 15 credits)
American Legal Studies (3)
Recommended
Advanced Legal Analysis II (2)
Recommended
Advanced Externship (2)
Recommended
Electives
 
-- Students must also satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) and the 50 hour Public Interest Requirement (Pro Bono) in order to graduate.
 
Total credits needed: 88
 
 
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