What is the difference between Fast Forward and the traditional 3-year J.D. program?
Fast Forward students take the same courses
, gain the same experiential education
, participate in the same activities
and meet the same requirements for graduation
as students in the traditional J.D. program. The difference is that Fast Forward students take courses at a more intensive pace taking up to 17 credits per semester for six consecutive semesters, the summer, fall, spring semesters over two years. As a result, Fast Forward students are eligible to take the bar exam after two years: one full year earlier than students who complete the 3-year J.D. Because Fast Forward is considerably more intense, we seek students who bring academic credentials or life experiences that suggest they will be very likely to succeed in this special cohort.
What are the advantages of Fast Forward?
Students can complete their J.D. in two years, enabling them to enter the job market a year earlier than students who pursue a traditional 3-year J.D. As a result, the length of time they spend as a full-time student with limited earning power is substantially reduced.
Can I apply to Fast Forward as well as the 3-year J.D. program?
Yes. Just indicate on the application if you are applying to the 2-year Fast Forward program, and you will automatically also be considered for the 3-year J.D.
Are the application deadlines different for Fast Forward and the 3-year J.D.?
Students seeking admission to Fast Forward who apply by the priority deadline of Feb. 1 will receive a decision no later than March 1.
If I’m not accepted into Fast Forward, can I still apply for the 3-year J.D.?
Students who are not accepted into the Fast Forward program will be considered for fall admission with other applicants for the 3-year J.D. program.
What is the cost of attendance in the Fast Forward Program?
Does the law school offer scholarships for students in the accelerated J.D. program?
Yes. Fast Forward students are eligible to receive all of the merit scholarship funds
available to other students at the Earle Mack School of Law. Plus, to compensate for the fact that Fast Forward students may be leaving the workforce several months early, the law school will offer an initial stipend applicable only to the first summer term.
Can Fast Forward students enroll in concentrations, co-ops, and clinics?
Yes. Fast Forward students can participate in all of the academic programs offered to students in the traditional J.D. program.
Can Fast Forward students join Law Review, Moot Court, Trial Team, the Student Bar Association and other student organizations?
Yes. Fast Forward students can participate in all activities in which traditional law students participate.
If Fast Forward proves to be too intense, can students enroll in the traditional 3-year program?
Students may “decelerate” after their third term in the Fast Forward program, with the approval of the Dean of Students.
During the second summer of the Fast Forward Program, can I seek a paying job?
Absolutely but you will also be required to take five academic credits during the second summer of the program. Alternatively, many students choose to complete a co-op placement during this period.
I have more questions; who should I contact?