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February 7, 2008

The new, shorter, law school experience?

I was surprised to find that the University of Dayton's Law School is now offering a degree in just five semesters.  According to their website, students who start in May can even finish in just two years, even with a summer off.  I'll admit to being flummoxed as to how this could work, given the standard requirements for a degree.  The advantages are pretty obvious:  Less time in school, lower costs for school and student, and a nifty way to deal with the lethargy that often sets in during the third year.  But what, if anything, is sacrificed?

Does anyone have an insight into this or a similar program?

-- Mark Osler

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The downside is that all of the firms that pay anything real in salary will not look at you because you are out of sync. When you start in May, you do not have enough credits to compete with 2Ls for summer associate jobs. By not being able to get a real summer associate position (for the timing issue as well as the mandatory externship), you are crippled when trying to compete for the best jobs. I know of people graduating in the top 10% only capable of getting offers of $50,000 to $60,000. The 3 year framework is much more conducive to getting a real job. In short, you sacrifice any real opportunity to get a job with a respectable firm.

Posted by: Just Graduated | May 16, 2008 2:47:43 PM

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