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Page updated: August 20, 2020

For more than 100 years, Suffolk Law has produced some of the nation’s most distinguished legal professionals. With an emphasis on real world practice and experiential learning, Suffolk Law is an incredible place to start, build, and launch a successful career and life in the law.

Suffolk University Law School values an inclusive community and supports diversity among our students, faculty, and staff. We believe that our community is enriched by people of different backgrounds and cultures, and we are committed to building a culture of cooperation among diverse groups.

Flexible Degree Options

Earn your degree on your terms with our flexible degree options. 

Full-time JD (2 years or 3 years)This traditional program allows JD students to earn degrees in six semesters of study. Accelerated full-time JD students take classes at night during two summers to graduate in two years. Traditional full-time JD students have summers off for experiential learning—from externships to clinics to international study and practice. 

Part-time evening JD (3 years or 4 years) Evening JD students take a reduced schedule to earn a JD in eight semesters of study with all classes offered 6 p.m. Accelerated evening students can graduate in as few as 2.5 years, while traditional evening students have summers off and graduate in four years. 

Accelerated JD (2 or 3 years) Classes begin in May for first-year accelerated JD students and continue year round (fall, spring, summer) so you can graduate one year sooner. All accelerated JD summer classes are held after 5 p.m. for day and evening students. Accelerated JD students take the same number of credits and pay the same per-semester tuition as traditional JD students. Available for day or evening students. 

Hybrid Online JD (3 or 4 years)  Earn your JD with a mix of in-person and online classes in the new Hybrid Online JD Program. Take your first 30 credit hours in-person at Suffolk Law in Boston then take a mix of in-person or online classes for the remainder of your JD. Available for full- or part-time evening students who achieve a 3.0 during their first year of law school.

Dual DegreesEarn two degrees while at Suffolk Law. Fast-track your career by getting a master’s in business, finance, taxation, criminal justice, or other disciplines while you earn your law degree. We offer two accelerated dual degree programs – JD/MBA and JD/Tax LLM -- in which you can earn both degrees in three years – the same amount of time it takes to earn just a JD (includes at least one summer).

Virtual Visits in Fall 2020

Virtual Visits in Fall 2020 - Our law school building is currently closed to visitors this fall due to the ongoing health restrictions related to COVID-19. While Suffolk Law is offering a mix of in-person and online classes to students this semester, we are not allowing prospective students to visit the building. We hope to be able to welcome prospective students in the spring. In the meantime, we have a handful of online tools to help you get a feel for our building and our community.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to the bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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