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Accelerated JD Program: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between Fast Forward and the traditional 3-year JD 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 JD 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 JD 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 JD in two years, enabling them to enter the job market a year earlier than students who pursue a traditional 3-year JD. 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 JD 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 JD

Are the application deadlines different for Fast Forward and the 3-year JD?

Students seeking admission to Fast Forward should apply by the priority deadline of Feb. 1.

If I’m not accepted into Fast Forward, can I still apply for the 3-year JD?

Students who are not accepted into the Fast Forward program will be considered for fall admission with other applicants for the 3-year JD program.

What is the cost of attendance in the Fast Forward Program?

All law students pay the same per-credit tuition.

Does the law school offer scholarships for students in the accelerated JD program?

Yes. Fast Forward students are eligible to receive all of the merit scholarship funds available to other students at the law school.

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 JD 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?

Contact Admissions.