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Jumpstart your legal career with the Accelerated JD Program at New England Law | Boston. Whether you take advantage of our full-time or part-time accelerated options, you will receive the same outstanding, hands-on legal education as our traditional JD degree, only on a shorter timeline. So you can get to work sooner.
Accelerated JD Program at New England Law | Boston
Get the full law school experience—including clinics, study abroad, and more—in less time than the traditional JD. 

If you are highly motivated and eager to earn your law degree at a faster pace, the Accelerated JD Program at New England Law | Boston might be the right fit for you.

Accelerated students have the same course work as their traditional peers, as well as access to the same hands-on learning opportunities, including clinics, externships, study abroad, faculty research, pro bono work, and more. They maximize their course loads and take advantage of credit-bearing opportunities over the summer to graduate one semester earlier.

The Accelerated JD Program is offered in person at our downtown Boston location, where you will have full access to all the legal resources New England Law has to offer and be within walking distance of countless professional opportunities.

Accelerated JD Program Benefits

Graduating a semester early means you will enter the workforce and earn a paycheck that much sooner, kickstarting your legal career.

Accelerated JD Program students also benefit from New England Law’s uniquely supportive community, dedicated faculty advisors, and longstanding commitment to non-traditional students. This personal attention can be particularly helpful in managing the rigorous accelerated schedule.

Finally, participating in the Accelerated JD Program can signal the diligence, determination, and drive sought by employers.

About the Accelerated JD Program

Students can complete the Accelerated JD Program on a full-time or part-time (evening) schedule, working one-on-one with an academic advisor to pick the electives that fit their goals.

The Accelerated JD Program requires the same number of credits as our traditional degree programs, and much of the academic year schedule remains the same, so you will not miss the valuable opportunities available to you during law school—including our unique Summer Fellowship Program for 1Ls, which offers a $3,500 stipend.

Students can earn credits faster by participating in for-credit summer opportunities, including New England Law’s study abroad programs. Students can also transfer up to six credits earned through summer course work completed elsewhere, such as an accredited study abroad program offered by another law school.

Full-Time Accelerated JD Program Schedule

The Full-Time Accelerated JD Program lasts two and a half years (including two summers).

Students have the same first and second year schedule as traditional students, earning 31 credits in the first academic year, 30 in the second, and 15 in the final semester. They would also take up to 10 credits in the summer, possibly including study abroad credits.

Part-Time Accelerated JD Program Schedule

The Part-Time Accelerated JD Program lasts three and a half years (including two summers).

It is designed for students who wish to hold a full- or part-time job in addition to their law school studies. Most part-time classes are held in the evenings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Please contact the New England Law Office of Admissions for more details regarding schedules.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In order to graduate a semester early, students pay a tuition equalization charge, which equates to one semester’s tuition, minus any scholarships received. Summer courses are an additional cost.

Completing your law degree on an accelerated schedule can result in cost savings by getting you into the legal workforce earlier and potentially reducing your student living expenses.

Accelerated JD students are also eligible for financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


What’s the difference between the full-time Accelerated JD Program and the part-time accelerated program?

The full- and part-time accelerated programs at New England Law are largely the same, with the same required courses, credits, and application; the main difference is the timeline. The full-time accelerated program lasts two and a half years, while the part-time accelerated program lasts three and a half years.

When would Accelerated JD Program students sit for the bar?

Accelerated students should be prepared to sit for the February bar exam immediately following their final semester. Or they can wait to take the exam in July, if they wish.

Can I apply to New England Law’s traditional JD program as well as the Accelerated JD Program?

Yes; in fact, applying for additional academic programs is encouraged, because the Accelerated JD Program is highly selective and admission is not guaranteed. You can select any academic program you wish to be considered for during the application process.

Can Accelerated JD Program students participate in clinics, externships, and other experiential learning opportunities?

Yes; New England Law’s experiential learning opportunities are available to the accelerated students, and every effort is made to accommodate the demands of the accelerated schedule. In fact, for-credit experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad, are encouraged for accelerated students, as a means of meeting degree requirements. And, because of the way the Accelerated JD Program is structured, there is ample time to use the summers for internships and other experiential learning opportunities.

Can Accelerated JD Program students study abroad?

Yes; in fact, for-credit study abroad is encouraged for accelerated students, as a means of meeting degree requirements.

Can Accelerated JD Program students participate in the Summer Fellowship Program?

Yes; in fact, Summer Fellowship Program positions are encouraged for accelerated students, as they provide valuable hands-on learning and a $3,500 stipend.

Can Accelerated JD Program students transfer into the regular full-time or part-time programs?

Yes; students can work with their academic advisor to make the change.

Have a question not listed here?

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions.

Additional JD Programs

If our Accelerated JD Program is not the right fit for you, New England Law also offers our traditional full-time law degree, as well as three part-time law school programs.

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