Vermont Law School’s Accelerated Juris Doctor program will save you a year’s tuition and living expenses. And you’ll enter (or re-enter) the workforce sooner.

As an AJD student, you’ll have full-access to Vermont Law School’s curriculum, clinical programs, and editorial opportunities while completing your law degree in two years (two summer, fall and spring terms). Even within the condensed schedule, you’ll have time to participate in all campus groups and are eligible for the Vermont Law Review or the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.

The AJD program offers two start options – summer and fall. A summer start offers the opportunity to study and experience Vermont in a small group before joining first year JD students in the fall and beginning to take upper-level classes. During the second summer, students advantage of Vermont Law School’s world-renowned Summer Session. Potential second summer tracks include Clinical/Experiential, Environmental, Dispute Resolution, and General Practice or Interdisciplinary.

AJD students who begin in the summer are prepared to sit for the bar in July and return to work a full year ahead of their traditional, JD-track peers. AJD students who start in the fall complete their course work in August of the second year, and can sit for the bar the following winter.

During the second summer, you can specialize in Environmental Law or design your own concentration in Energy Law, Dispute Resolution, or International Law. You might choose to spend the summer as a student-attorney in one of VLS’ clinical programs (link to Experiential Learning.)

The cost for the Accelerated Juris Doctor program is the same as two years of the traditional three-year JD program.

The AJD program is one of the most innovative actions that VLS is taking in response to concerns about the cost of legal education.

Mark Latham,Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Mark Latham