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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 one winter intersession.  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
Consistent with ABA requirements, Touro Law Center's goal in admitting candidates to its J.D. Programs and LL.M. Programs is the likelihood of success in the program to which the person is being admitted. Generally, for the 2-year accelerated program the admissions committee is looking for a 150 LSAT score and a 3.0 GPA, however below is a list of items that are taken into account in the process of making every admissions determination. The selection process is holistic and not mechanical.
 
• LSAT score
• Undergraduate GPA
• College major and course selection
• Trend of undergraduate grades
• Writing ability (as demonstrated by the quality of the Personal Statement and LSAT Writing Sample/s)
• Personal qualities of integrity, resilience and commitment to public service
• Successful graduate study, where applicable
• Professional experience and achievement after college, where applicable
• Letters of recommendation from persons with direct knowledge of the individual’s intellectual ability, natural aptitude, and strength of character
• Personal interview
 
In addition to the above criteria, applicants for the accelerated program must show strong academic credentials. Touro Law Center urges qualified applicants who have been in the workforce and veterans to apply for the accelerated program. Only applicants who earn their Bachelor’s degree prior to the May start date may apply for admission to the Two-Year Program.
 
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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 (3 required courses, 12 credits)
(10 weeks, May – August)
Torts (5) 
Civil Dispute Resolution & Procedure (4)
Legal Process I (3)
 
Fall 1L (4 required courses, up to 16 credits)
Contracts I (3)
Criminal Law I (3)
Legal Process II (3)
Property (5) 
Elective (optional)
 
Winter 1L (No required courses, up to 4 credits)
Electives 
 
Spring 1L (16 credits)
Contracts II (3)
Constitutional Law I (2)
Evidence (4)
Professional Responsibility (2)
Electives 
 
Summer 2L (2 required courses, up to 11  credits)
(10 weeks, May – August)
Clinic (5)
Trusts and Estates (3)
Elective
 
Fall 2L (3 required courses, 16 credits)
Advanced Legal Analysis ("ALA") I (2) 
Constitutional Law II (3)
Business Organizations I (3)
Electives 
 
Winter 2L (No required courses, up to 4 credits)
Elective
 
Spring 2L (3 required courses, up to 16 credits)
Advanced Legal Analysis ("ALA") II (2) 
American Legal Studies ("ALS") (3)
ALS Practicum (1)
Electives
 
Additional requirements:
  • Intermediate Skills Course (ISR course)
  • Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR)
  • Clinic requirement
  • Pro Bono requirement 
 
 
Click here to view the 2-Year Honors Program brochure.