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The new accelerated JD program allows full-time and part-time students to earn a law degree in as few as 24 months—or 36 months part-time. Accelerated students begin classes in May 2019 with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021 for full-time students or May 2022 for part-time evening students.

Accelerated students will complete the same number of credits, with the same required courses, as traditional students, except in less time. To complete the degree requirements, accelerated students attend classes in the summers before and after their first year so they can graduate sooner than Suffolk's traditional JD students. 

The accelerated JD is a rigorous and competitive program, designed for self-motivated, organized, and diligent students. The program is highly selective and will have limited enrollment.

Key details:

  • Accelerated students begin in May with an 11-credit, 12-week summer session with all classes in the evening (after 5 p.m.).
  • Full-time students attend six straight semesters (summer-fall-spring-summer-fall-spring) and graduate in May.
  • Part-time evening students attend six straight semesters at night, have the third summer off, attend another two semesters then graduate in May three years after starting. (Part-time evening students could go eight straight semesters and graduate in the fall after 2.5 years)
  • Summer classes are at night for both full-time and part-time students.
  • Accelerated students may participate in the full range of activities offered to Suffolk's traditional JD students, including clinics, Law Review, journals, internships, externships, Moot Court, Trial Team, Student Bar Association and student groups.
  • Merit scholarships available