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Albany Law School today announced the launch of an accelerated program for highly motivated students to earn a law degree in two years, eliminating tuition costs for the third year. The program begins January 2017.
Along with saving a year of tuition, another major advantage of graduating in two years — rather than the typical three — includes entering the workforce sooner.
“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 & Dean of Albany Law School. “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.”
Students will have the option of starting in January and after 24 months of intensive study will be ready to sit for the February bar exam, respectively. Individuals accepted into the program will take courses over two summer terms to meet the required total of 87 credits for graduation.
Accelerated students will be able to participate in the same
extracurricular activities as their three-year counterparts, including law journals, moot court competitions, and
field placement experiences.
“It is important that all of our students get the full Albany Law School experience,” said Dean Ouellette, “from our top-notch curricula and clinics, to student organizations and deep connections in New York’s capital.”