2-Year J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

General

Program Description

We designed our 2-Year J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers for highly qualified international applicants interested in obtaining a U.S. Juris Doctor and having the ability to take the New York State Bar exam.

Students in the 2-Year Program are admitted with advanced standing, receiving up to one year of elective credit for already earning a foreign law degree. Students have the opportunity to participate in:

  • 5 STUDENT JOURNALS
  • 10 CLINICS AND CLINICAL PRACTICUMS
  • SUMMER EXTERNSHIPS
  • MOOT COURT
  • FELLOWSHIPS
  • STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Application Process

Applying to the 2-Year J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is similar to applying to our traditional J.D. Program as an international student, except that Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not required.

No application will be considered complete for submission to the Admissions Committee until the following materials have been received and processed:

  • Completed Application
  • Personal statement
  • Required: Two letters of recommendation
  • Register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS)
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS score via LSAC’s document assembly service
  • It is not required that you take the LSAT to apply.

Candidates for the 2-Year Program will be required to interview with the Dean of Admissions. This will give us an opportunity to learn more about the candidate’s desire to pursue the degree and will give the candidate the opportunity to learn more about the program.

Applicants should register online through LSAC and select the 2-Year J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers on the application.

THERE IS NO FEE TO APPLY. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The mission of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law is to prepare, challenge and inspire our students to make a difference in the world while we advance important ideas through the legal academy, the pr ... Read More

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