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.

Special Application Procedures

Application Deadline
Applications for the 2-year J.D. program will be reviewed as they are completed; it is therefore in your best interest to apply as early as possible.

You should have your CAS Report and all other required documents ready to be requested by our Office of Admissions by April 15, but we will continue to accept these materials after April 15, subject to the availability of seats in the entering class.

Courses in the 2-year J.D. program for the first incoming class will begin in May.

Law School Admission Test
To be considered for the 2-year J.D. program enrollment option, you must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than the February test date in the year of your anticipated entry.

Additional Essay
In addition to the Personal Statement required of all J.D. applicants, you must submit a second essay, one to three pages in length, which describes your interest in and motivation for pursuing the 2-year J.D. program. The essay should not repeat what is already in your Personal Statement, nor should it simply reprise your résumé. Drawing on specific examples and situations, you should delineate those aspects of your personal background, academic record, work history, and volunteer experience that reflect your ability to succeed in the rigorous learning environment of this accelerated program.

Required Interview 
Applicants deemed competitive for admission to the 2-year J.D. program will be invited for an evaluative, personal interview with the Dean of Admissions, either in person or by phone or Skype. The purpose of this required interview is to assess your interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, and motivation. The meeting will also provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the program.

Admissions
Please follow the general admissions process and make sure to review important deadlines, procedures, and financial aid information.

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