NYLS offers accelerated JD honors program

New York Law School will offer a two-year J.D. honors program starting in January 2015 that will cost no more than two-thirds of a traditional J.D.

While several law schools have announced accelerated programs, New York Law School is the first to announce a program that cuts the cost of a law degree. Students in the program will automatically receive at least a $25,000 merit scholarship per year for each of the two years. The law school will also guarantee postgraduate fellowships through partnerships with firms, companies, nonprofits organizations, and government agencies.

Candidates for the program must have completed at least two to three years of meaningful professional work experience or possess unique academic credentials.

The program is designed to allow students to participate fully in important co-curricular activities such as law review and moot court and to take advantage of clinics and other experiential learning opportunities.

“We’re offering an innovative, accelerated honors J.D. program, requiring an exceptional commitment to year-round, intensive academic work,” said Dean Anthony Crowell. “The program focuses on key growth sectors of the City’s economy: business and financial services; government and public interest; and intellectual property, media, and technology.”

The new program is the latest initiative announced by NYLS, following the recent news of the its doubling of its clinics, from 13 to 26, in just one year.

“New York Law School will offer an educational experience unlike any other accelerated program, one that serves as another example of how we are creating learning opportunities that are unique and take advantage of all New York has to offer,” Crowell said.