Outstanding lawyers need cutting-edge practical skills to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Suffolk Law takes this training seriously: we're the only school in the country that has had four top-20 ranked legal skills specialties—clinics, dispute resolution, legal writing, and trial advocacy—in U.S. News & World Report for five years in a row (2017-21 editions).

Suffolk Law also prepares students with 21st-century knowledge and skills. PreLaw Magazine lists Suffolk among its "Top 20 Most Innovative Law Schools," and the National Jurist Magazine recently listed Suffolk Law as the No. 1 legal tech program in the country.

In an era that requires increasing specialization, Suffolk Law offers multiple academic concentrations and areas of focus, coupled with real-world learning opportunities through clinical programs and internships, and the professional coaching needed for a transformative educational experience.

Suffolk University’s juris doctor program meets the educational requirements qualifying graduates to sit for the bar exam in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Key details

  • Start in May or August, part-time or full-time
  • Graduate in two, three, or four years
  • Accelerate your graduation at any time by taking summer classes
  • Part-time students attend classes three nights per week after 6 p.m.
  • Hybrid online JD students can take all classes online after completing first-year curriculum
  • After first year, students can enroll in day or evening classes

Curriculum & Requirements

Find out the required courses, credit hours, and skills needed for completion of the Suffolk JD program. 
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JD Program Information

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Suffolk Law Degree Programs

In addition to our JD program, Suffolk Law also offers advanced Masters and Doctorate degree options as well as a combined BA/JD and an accelerated MBA.

Juris Doctor (JD) Degree Program

Suffolk University Law School offers students the flexibility to earn a JD at their own pace with full-time, part-time evening, and accelerated JD programs. 

Legal Clinics

Legal clinics are a way for Suffolk Law students to get hands-on experience and try out specific fields across a number of industries. Learn where you may want to practice with our clinics.

Externships

Classroom learning is essential for a complete legal education. However, at Suffolk we believe that's only a part of the equation—practice-ready lawyers get real-world experience while in school.