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Drexel to offer 2-year ‘Fast-Forward’ juris doctor degree program

Posted Apr 2, 2013 1:16 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Drexel University will soon offer a new "Fast-Forward" option that will allow some law students to earn a juris doctor degree in two years instead of three.

The program will cost the same as a traditional three-year degree, will require students to earn the same number of credits, and "they’ll have the same opportunities with respect to experiential education, law review, moot court, trial team," Law School Dean Roger Dennis tells CBS Philly.

However, by compressing the law school experience into a shorter time period, the program will save students money by eliminating a year of living expenses while attending school without earning a regular income.

An announcement by the university's Earle Mack School of Law provides additional details.

The law school will begin taking applications for the new two-year program in June. It will begin in May 2014, as participating students then begin their juris doctor studies and continue in the fall as others start a traditional three-year program. Those who find the two-year plan too intense can dial back and shift into the three-year program.

The law school doesn't intend to grow by including a two-year program as an option for students, Dennis notes in the announcement. "We are not creating this program to increase enrollment, but to provide alternatives to strong students who have well-defined professional goals."

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