Northwestern to Offer 2-Year J.D. Program

This one was just everywhere.

According to NU’s press release, “Northwestern University School of Law will offer an accelerated JD program starting in 2009[.]”

NU will be the first top tier law school to offer such an accelerated program.

While the two-year option will have the same curriculum as the traditional program, Van Zandt said that to be admitted to it, applicants will be required to have two or three years of “substantive work experience” after college. While this is typical of Northwestern law admissions, it is not a requirement for the three-year program. People with work experience are likely to have “the good time management” necessary, he said. Northwestern hopes to admit 25-40 students into a two-year program next year.

Northwestern will also require all students to take two new course, one in “analytic skills” (finance, statistics, accounting, etc.), and one in “legal services behavior.

According to the TaxProf Blog, Southwestern Law School and the University of Dayton also offer two-year degrees.

I kind of remember my third year, I think…  ‘Nuff said I guess.

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