A Sample Approach

Brooklyn Law School’s 2-Year J.D. Experience

Below is a sample outline of the schedule of coursework a 2-year J.D. student will pursue to complete the degree. Please note that some changes have been made to the Accelerated JD curriculum for students entering in 2017.  Students are eligible for clinics, certificate programs, and international studies.

Incoming Summer: 10 credits (6-7 weeks)

  • Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • Legal Profession (3 credits)
  • Torts (4 credits) 

1L Fall Semester: 14-15 credits (13 weeks)

  • Civil Procedure (5 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice I (2 credits)
  • Property (4 credits)
  • Upper Class Elective (3-4 credits)*

Intersession: Electives 1-3 credits (2 weeks)

1L Spring Semester: 15-16 credits (13 weeks)

  • Constitutional Law (5 credits)
  • Contracts (5 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice II (2 credits)
  • Elective (3-4 credits)**

Middle Summer: 8-11 credits (6-7 weeks)

  • Regular courses
  • Clinics / externships

2L Fall Semester: 16 credits (13 weeks)

Intersession: 1-3 credits (2 weeks)

2L Spring Semester: 16 credits (13 weeks)

Total: 85 credits

You will need 85 credits to graduate.  Depending on the credit value of your fall 1L and spring 1L electives, you will have completed 39-41 credits.  You will need to complete 44-46 additional credits over the remaining two intersessions,summer, fall and spring semesters.  You cannot enroll in more than 16 credits in a fall or spring semester and you cannot enroll in more than 11 credits*** in your second summer.  Otherwise,  you may decide how many credits to take in the winter sessions and summer session to complete the 85 credits.  

*Students may choose Family Law (3 credits), Federal Income Taxation (4 credits), or International Law (3 credits), subject to availability

**Students may choose any elective listed in previous footnote not previously taken, or Copyright Law, Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Procedure II, or Evidence

***Students may enroll in a maximum of 11 credits in the second summer by taking a 5 credit externship with the mandatory 1 credit seminar and an additional 5 credits in other courses offered in the summer.  

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