Acceptance into the full-time Accelerated Honors JD degree program is competitive and requires completion of the McGeorge JD admissions application submitted through LSAC as well as an interview (in-person, phone, or Skype). Competitive students will have excellent academic credentials and distinctive life experiences to support successful completion of an accelerated JD degree. Students with a 157 LSAT score and a 3.3 or better undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) or a 156 and 3.5 or better UGPA presumptively will qualify for an interview. Students whose entrance credentials do not meet these prerequisites may qualify for an interview if their LSAT score and UGPAs are similar to these requirements and other aspects of their application justify further evaluation of their candidacy for the program.
Full-time students complete the JD degree in two and one-half years. The typical curriculum includes a 10-week honors externship during the summer and a heavier load of 17 credits each semester after the first year. Program graduates may enter the job market six months sooner than those in a three-year program and save a semester of expenses.
Accelerated Honors JD students are eligible for all financial aid and merit scholarships available to students in the regular full-time program. McGeorge offers Yellow Ribbon full-tuition benefits to U.S. Veterans.
Accelerated JD students may pursue Certificates of Concentration, Law Review, Mock Trial, Moot Court and similar academic opportunities.
Many of McGeorge's regularly approved externship placements are available to students in the accelerated honors program during the first summer after they commence law school. Externships would be full time for 10 weeks and students would earn seven (7) units of credit. Examples of externship placements include:
Other externship placements at non-profit and governmental agencies and organizations are also available and each student will be individually placed with consideration given to area of interest.
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For more information on the Accelerated Honors Program, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.