In this program, you earn your JD with a mix of in-person and online classes while still graduating in the same time as traditional JD students. With both full-time and part-time evening options, you can take classes that fit your schedule. Students must earn a 3.0 GPA in their first year of law school to enroll in online classes.
- First-year curriculum is in person in Boston (30 credits/10 classes).
- Upper-level courses can be all online or a mix of in-person and online from anywhere in the world. Up to 54 credits can be online (nearly two-thirds of the 84 credits required for a JD).
- Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to enroll in online classes.
Full-Time JD in Three Years
Graduate in three years as a full-time Hybrid JD student while having the same first-year experience as those in the traditional JD program. All of your 1L courses (30 credits/10 classes) will be held in-person to provide you the opportunity to meet classmates and professors and get involved with the Suffolk Law community. If you enroll in the full-time program, 1L classes will take place during the day for five days a week. The final two years of the degree (54 credits) can be taken fully remote, or a mix of in-person and online, with a 3.0 GPA during your first year.
Part-time Evening JD in Four Years
Graduate in three and a half to four years as a part-time evening Hybrid JD student. Many of our students enrolled in the part-time evening program have a full-time job, a family to care for, or another obligation that prevents from taking classes during the day. During your first year, in-person classes are held three nights per week after 6 p.m. First-year curriculum includes eight courses in person and two courses in person during the third semester (2L fall). The remainder of the degree can be completed fully remote (or a mix of in-person and online classes) with a 3.0 GPA during the first year.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will it take me longer to graduate in this program? No! Graduate in three years in the full-time program or four years in the part-time program, in same time as traditional JD students. That means you start with your class and graduate with your class.
- Can I still take in-person classes after my 1L year? You can come to campus as much or as little as you want after your 1L year. Hybrid-remote classes include synchronous (live) instruction from Suffolk Law’s world-class faculty.
- Will I be able to network? Meet and network with classmates and faculty during your in-person 1L year.
- How can I be involved? Participate in student groups, student government, competition teams and clinics.
- Do I get the same academic perks as traditional students? You will have access to all law school support services, including career services, bar prep, and academic support, both online and in-person.
- Can I earn credits in other ways? Get practical experience and earn credit for externships in Boston or around the globe.
- What can I do on campus? Spend time in the law library and cafeteria, reserve study rooms, apply to be a faculty assistant and collaborate with classmates and faculty.
- Can I take the bar exam in any state with the Hybrid Online JD Program? The Hybrid Online JD Program satisfies ABA Standards. Be sure to check with the jurisdictions where you plan to seek admission to the bar to ensure your eligibility.
Check out the Hybrid Online JD FAQ page for more details.
Hybrid JD applicants should submit the same application and follow the same steps to apply as traditional JD applicants. On LSAC.org, select the "Fall-First Time" application; then, under the degree program options (Question 3), select "Hybrid Online JD."
Due to the intensity of the program, admission is highly selective and enrollment is limited to 25 students. If you are ready for a program that offers you the academic rigor and real-world experience you'll need to succeed with the flexibility to live or work away from campus after the first year, apply today.
The priority deadline for applications is April 1.