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

Program Structure

Your route to completing the Two-Year J.D. for international attorneys depends on whether you obtained a foreign law degree in a common law jurisdiction*. Common law students do not need to follow the first-year curriculum, and will spend both of their years in the Two-Year J.D. Program taking upper-level courses.

Students who did not obtain a degree in a common law jurisdiction will begin the program with the standard first-year curriculum. Complete program requirements include:

Transfer from LL.B. 30
1L Year
Civil Procedure 4
Contracts 4
Criminal Law 4
Introduction to Constitutional Law 4
Lawyering Skills I 2
Lawyering Skills II 3
Property 4
Torts I 4
Total 29
2L Year
3 courses from the following menu:
  • Business Organizations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Jurisdiction
  • Contracts II/UCC Sales
  • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
  • Trusts & Estates
Experiential Coursework 6
Professional Responsibility 2

Three upper level writing courses - professional and/or scholarly

Elective Coursework 5-7
Total 31
Grand Total 90

Students in the Two-Year J.D. Program are subject to the same grading system that applies to other J.D. candidates. All other law school and university rules apply, as appropriate, to students in the Two-Year J.D. Program. These include rules governing credits from outside the law school and cross-listing of courses.

The Two-Year J.D. Program is not limited to foreign citizens. American citizens who have foreign law degrees are also eligible, whether they were born or raised overseas, or elected to complete their education abroad after high school.

* Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, New Zealand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka will typically qualify as common law jurisdictions. Hong Kong and Macau also currently qualify. The dean or a designated faculty member makes the decision about whether or not certain other countries qualify.


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