Law Schools

New 2-year law program will get grads to job market quicker, save them tuition costs, dean says

Albany Law School has announced a two-year JD program that shaves a year’s worth of tuition off the price.

The 24-month program is scheduled to start in January 2017, according to the school’s website. It includes two summer terms, and students need 87 credits to graduate. Annual tuition at the school is $44,546.

“There are applicants who are driven to obtain a legal education and apply it to the job market as soon as possible,” said Alicia Ouellette, president and dean of Albany Law School, in the press release. “This particularly applies to older students who left the workforce to pursue their passion for the law. Many of these students tend to be well-qualified and excited for a rigorous learning environment. By reducing their time in law school—and tuition by one year—the law school will put them in a favorable position as new graduates.”

According to employment summary information (PDF) released by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the bar, out of 183 graduates in Albany Law’s class of 2015, 119 had full-time, long-term jobs that required bar passage. Twenty-five of the graduates had full-time, long-term, JD-advantage type work.

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