Accelerated J.D. Program

Your fast track to a law degree

Want to earn your law degree in two years instead of three? You can do that through the Accelerated J.D. Program (AJD) at Creighton University School of Law. Our program is tailored for busy adult learners and recent college graduates who want to start right away on their law degree. Completing your degree faster means you’ll launch your legal career sooner.

How You Benefit

You receive the same education as students on the traditional J.D. track. When you complete your J.D. in two years, you save on living expenses and enter the workplace sooner than other J.D. graduates. Your first summer, you’ll take four courses. Creighton School of Law classes are small and especially so in the summer. That means you’ll have more opportunities to participate in class and to get to know and interact with your professors and classmates.

How to Enroll

If you’ve been accepted to Creighton, you can participate in the AJD program. If you’re interested, please email the lawadmit [at] creighton [dot] edu (Law School Admissions Office) at least 1 week prior to the start of the summer term. Note: If you’re a current student in the 3-year program, you’re not eligible for the AJD program.

Scholarships

Scholarships are fully applicable to students in the accelerated program. Scholarships awarded on an annual basis will be adjusted to include a summer term for that year.

How it Works

As a student in the AJD program, you’ll start classes in May. You’ll complete a summer term before your classmates in the traditional J.D. program begin in August, taking the exact courses and having the same course, with the same professors, and meeting the same credit hour requirements as your peers. Like them, you also may participate in law journals, legal clinics, externships and judicial clerkships. You may participate in the externship class as early as your second summer and in clinics in your second year. Because your studies are intense, you’re discouraged from working during your first year. You’ll have breaks between summer terms and regular semesters. And if you ever need to step off the accelerated track, you can do that. You’ll just stay on for a third year. Have more questions? We’ve answered a few fequently asked questions, but also feel free to contact our Creigton law admissions team regarding any of your concerns.

Sample Schedule

Although there is some flexibility in the accelerated JD program, here is what your schedule may look like:

summer term (11.5 hours) fall semester (16.5) spring semester (16)
Contracts I (2.5) Civil Procedure I (2.5) Civil Procedure II (2.5)
Criminal Law (3) Constitutional Law I (2.5) Constitutional Law II (2.5)
Legal Research and Writing I (2) Criminal Procedure (3) Contracts II (2.5)
Torts (4) Evidence (3) Legal Res. & Writing II (3)
  Property I (2.5) Property II (2.5)
  Elective (2-3) Elective (3-4)
summer term (13) fall semester (16) Spring Semester (16)
Required Courses Legal Research & Writing III (2) Electives (16-17)
Electives Remaining required courses  
  Electives  

In the summer of the second year, students may select from the following courses
(offerings may vary):

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) (online course)
  • Business Associations (4)
  • Commercial Law (4)
  • Trusts & Estates I (4)
  • Evidence (3)
  • Externships (3)
  • From Nuremberg to the Hague (3) (taught in Germany)
  • International Criminal Law (3) (taught in Germany)
  • Legal Interviewing and Counseling (3)
  • Marriage and Divorce (4)
  • Negotiations (3)
  • Professional Responsibility (3)
  • Witness and Examination Skills (3)