The 1.5-Year Track
For non-US lawyers with both a non-US law degree and a successfully completed LLM degree from an ABA-accredited law school, up to 17 units may be credited from a US LLM degree program--based on an individual evaluation of grades and courses--toward the JD, in addition to the units credited from the non-US law degree.
Students on the accelerated 1.5-year JD track must fulfill all the same requirements to earn the JD degree as those on the traditional three-year track, including taking all the courses in the standard first-year curriculum and fulfilling the same upper-level course requirements to earn the JD. Students on the 1.5 year must also complete a summer externship.
Thus, students on the 1.5-year track will typically enroll in the standard first-year JD curriculum during their first year at Arizona Law, and take Evidence, the Legal Profession, and a skills class in their third and final semester.
Students on the 1.5-year track earn exactly the same JD degree as students on the traditional three-year path.
Prospective students interested in the 1.5-year track should be aware of the "84 month rule." (ABA Standard 304(c).) This rule requires that the course of study for the JD degree be completed no earlier than 24 months and no later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at a US law school. As a practical matter, this rule means that to count transfer credits from an LLM, the LLM must have begun no later than five years before matriculation into the Advanced JD Program for non-US lawyers. We would be happy to assist you in calculating whether you will be able to receive credit for your LLM under the 84-month rule.