Early Out Program

The Early Out Program

Full-Time law students are permitted to complete the JD program in as few as 2 ½ years, provided they earn at least a cumulative GPA of 2.70 by the conclusion of the first year of law school.

No special application is required. Students wishing to pursue this option should meet with our Director of Student Services following the conclusion of the spring semester of the first year of law school.

The Early Out Program does not

  • Compromise students' ability to specialize or complete certificate programs
  • Exclude students from clinical programs, moot court, mock trial, or law review

The Early Out Program does

  • Require summer attendance after the first and second year of law school
  • Allow students to finish law school in December of the third year rather than May, giving them a head start on bar preparation and career placement

Our robust catalog of summer course offerings allows students to meet their graduation requirements and graduate early with no complications. And, since almost all summer classes meet at night, they do not interfere with clinical assignments, internships, clerkships, summer associate positions, or other daytime employment. For students seeking a shorter, more intense class experience, one-week intersession classes and summer weekend classes are available on a limited basis.

Please contact Adam Messner, Director of Admissions, at apm@uakron.edu or 330.972.7334, if you have any questions.

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