Our Degree Options

4 Year J.D. Program

The 4-Year J.D.

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The 4-year J.D. option is designed for students who wish to continue working during law school, maintaining their careers and earning a paycheck. The program requires the same 85 credits as other J.D. options, but courses are spread out over 4 or 4.5 years. Classes are typically held in the evenings from 6 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The application process for this extended option is the same as the 2- and 3-year programs, and 4-year students can take elective courses and participate in clinics, law journals, student organizations, and other activities. Four-year students are eligible for the same merit awards as students in the other J.D. programs. They also have access to the same renowned faculty and world-class facilities. All 2-, 3- and 4-year options allow students to move between programs, so if students find the pace does not suit their life, they can switch, giving them more flexibility to shape their law school experience.

A Sample Approach

Below is a sample outline of the schedule of coursework a 4-year J.D. student will pursue to complete the degree. Students may participate in clinics, co-curricular activities (moot court, journals, etc.), and international opportunities.

Incoming Summer: 3 credits (7 weeks)

  • Criminal Law (3 credits)

1L Fall Semester:  11 credits (13 weeks)

  • Civil Procedure (5 credits)
  • Torts (4 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice (2 credits)

1L Spring Semester:  12 credits (13 weeks)

  • Constitutional Law (5 credits)
  • Contracts (5 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice II (2 credits)

2L Fall Semester:  9-12 credits (13 weeks)

  • Property (3 credits)
  • Regular Courses/Clinics

2L Spring Semester:  9-12 credits (13 weeks)

3L & 4L Year:  9-12 credits per semester (13 weeks/semester)

Total: 85 credits


What is the 4-year J.D. program?
The 4-year J.D. program is designed for students who are still working and need to take classes in the evening.  It has the same requirements as a 2- or 3-year program, but with less credits per semester and classes after 6 pm, four days a week.

Who is eligible to apply?
All candidates applying for admission are eligible.

How much does it cost?
The tuition rate per credit, estimated to be $1,828 for the 2018-2019 academic year, will be the same for all students, regardless of the program in which they enroll.

Can I get merit aid?
Yes. Applicants to the 4-year program are eligible for financial aid and merit scholarships to the same extent as applicants to the regular full-time.

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

Will I be guaranteed housing? 
Brooklyn Law School guarantees housing to all incoming students for their first year.

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

Will I be able to participate in clinics?

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

Will I be able to compete for journals?

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

How will the 4-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.

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