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The Accelerated Juris Doctor program at Vermont Law School enables students to earn a JD degree in less time and to reduce costs associated with living expenses while enrolled.
VLS offers two accelerated start options, the Summer Start AJD Honors program and the Fall Start AJD program.
Summer Start AJD Honors
The Summer Start AJD Honors program guarantees admitted students a minimum scholarship plus eligibility for additional merit- and need-based funding. (Scholarship awards are split evenly across the six semester program.) Summer Start offers the opportunity to study and experience Vermont in a small group before joining first-year JD students in the fall and taking upper-level classes. Further, 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.
Fall Start AJD
AJD students who start in the fall complete their coursework in August of the second year and can sit for the bar the following winter. Students admitted into the Fall Start AJD program must meet a GPA requirement to continue in the AJD program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will continue with the traditional program.
As an AJD student, whether Summer Start AJD Honors or Fall Start AJD, you'll have full access to Vermont Law School's curriculum, clinical programs, and experiential opportunities while completing your law degree in two years. Even within the condensed schedule, you'll have time to participate in all student groups and be eligible to work on the Vermont Law Review or the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.
In your second summer of the AJD program, take advantage of Vermont Law School's world-renowned Summer Session during which you can specialize in Environmental Law or design your own concentration in Energy Law, Dispute Resolution, or International Law. Or you might choose to spend the summer as a student-attorney in one of the school's clinical programs.
For more information about Accelerated Juris Doctor options at Vermont Law School, please contact our Admissions Office.