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.