2 Year J.D. Program

2 Year J.D. Program

Brooklyn Law School’s new 2-year J.D. program, now open to applicants, is designed for select students seeking a rigorous legal education in an abbreviated timeframe. Highly qualified and mature candidates with a demonstrated ability to handle a challenging work load are encouraged to apply. The first entering class will begin in May 2014.

This program may be especially appealing to individuals seeking a career change; those who have recently completed military service (including candidates eligible through the Post-9/11 GI Bill); foreign-trained lawyers with strong English-language proficiency who seek additional credentials; and others interested in entering the workforce quickly.

The 2-year J.D. involves the same amount of work as our current part-time and full-time programs, but in a concentrated 24 months. To complete the degree requirements, students take courses during the summers before and after their first year; over spring and winter intersessions; and during the traditional fall and spring semesters. Students in this program will be able to take advantage of the full range of activities such as participating in extra and co-curricular activities, including clinics, externships, Moot Court, journals, and student organizations.

Watch our panel discussion and webcast, "New Realities in Law: A Response to President Obama’s 'Two-Year J.D.' Suggestion."

Read more in the 2-year J.D. brochure.

What is the 2-year J.D. program?
The 2-year J.D. program enables students to complete the entire course of study for the J.D. degree in 2 years. It has the same requirements as a 3- or 4-year program, but in a 24-month time frame.

Who is eligible to apply?
All candidates applying for admission in 2014 and beyond are eligible. For first-year students entering in fall 2013 who are interested in a 2-year J.D., the program will offer additional courses in the summer session and intersession starting in the 2014-15 academic year, which may allow students to complete their J.D. earlier.

How do I apply?
The application process will be similar to that for the BLS 3-year and 4-year programs, but there are a few special application procedures for the 2-year program, including a required interview either in person or by phone/Skype. Read more about special application procedures.

How much does it cost?
The tuition rate per credit, currently $1,795, will be the same for all students, regardless of the program in which they enroll. Students who complete the degree in less time will, of course, have lower total living expenses during their time in law school.

Can I get merit aid?
Yes. Applicants to the 2-year program are eligible for financial aid and merit scholarships to the same extent as applicants to the regular full-time and part-time programs.

What benefits are available for veterans?
The post-9/11 GI Bill awards benefits for veterans with at least 90 days of service to attend law school. The maximum grant this year is over $19,000 and varies based on time spent in service. Funds are also available for books and housing. In addition, BLS awards scholarships to many of our veterans, allowing some to attend law school without paying any out-of-pocket tuition.

Can I opt out if I change my mind?
Yes. Students who initially enroll in the 2-year J.D. program may later decide to complete their degree in 2.5, 3, 3.5, or 4 years instead. The 2-year option simply offers added flexibility.

If I am not accepted to the 2-year program, can I be accepted in another program?
Yes. Applicants may still be considered for the 3- or 4-year program.

Will I be guaranteed housing? 
Brooklyn Law School guarantees housing to all incoming students for their first year, and provides housing after the first year as available. Students in the 2-year J.D. program will be offered housing on the same basis. Housing for incoming students is not guaranteed until the fall semester, but incoming students in the 2-year J.D. program will be given priority for summer sublets in BLS housing.

Will I be able to earn one of the certificates offered through the Law School? 
Yes.

Will I be able to participate in the international opportunities offered by the Law School?
Yes.

Will I be eligible for in-house clinic internships and/or externships during the fall and spring semesters in the second year?
Yes.

Will I be able to participate in OCI (On-Campus Interviewing)?
Yes.

Will I be able to compete for journals?
Yes, through the open note process.

Will I be able to compete for Moot Court Honor Society membership?
Yes.

How will the 2-year J.D. students be ranked? 
Students are ranked at the end of the first spring semester with the other members of their incoming class and subsequently after each fall and spring semester with other members of their graduating class.

How will the 2-year J.D. affect students in other programs?
The availability of extra courses in the summer and intersessions will give all of our students greater choices of when and what to take, and more flexibility in the pace that they complete their legal studies.

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