About the Program
The Advanced JD Program for non-US lawyers is for those who have studied law outside the US, but now wish to expand their professional opportunities by earning a US law degree.
Most lawyers from outside the US who want a US law degree pursue the LLM, a degree which does not provide access to the bar exam in most US states. Arizona Law is one of the very few American law schools that gives those with non-US legal training another option: The chance to earn a JD (Juris Doctorate) - the very same degree that American law students receive - but in a shorter period of time. Arizona Law gives students up to 29 transfer credits for their non-US legal studies, allowing them to earn a JD in as little as two years - or in only 1.5 years if they already have an LLM from an ABA-accredited law and otherwise meet the requirements for the accelerated 1.5-year track. Students admitted through the Advanced JD Admissions Program receive the same Juris Doctor degree and diploma as the students' in the traditional three-year track.
Arizona Law's Advanced JD Admissions Program provides a dramatically shorter, and economical, path to a Juris Doctor (JD) for those with non-U.S. legal training.
Specifically, this admissions program provides two tracks to the JD:
- Two-Year Track - This track allows up to one-year of credit for non-US legal studies, allowing students to earn a JD in as little as two years (or four regular semesters of study).
- Accelerated 1.5-year Track - This track allows highly-qualified students with an LLM from an ABA-accredited law school to complete their JD in only 18 months through an accelerated path that includes three semesters of full-time study, one summer during which students may also complete an externship, and a short course in the January and February of their final year.