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Two-Year JD for International Lawyers & Law School Graduates

Foreign-trained lawyers, and other graduates of foreign, non-U.S. law schools, may earn a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from DePaul University College of Law in only two years. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required for admission. DePaul is one of a small number of law schools to offer a two-year JD program that does not require the LSAT. Graduates of the Two-Year JD Program for International Lawyers are eligible to take the bar exam and become licensed in any state in the United States.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications for English proficiency may be granted conditional admission to the program. These applicants will be permitted to begin the JD program after successful completion of DePaul's English Language Academy or upon a showing of meeting the minimum English proficiency qualifications.

Students admitted to the program receive one year of credit (28 credit hours) for their foreign law degree. The remaining 58 credit hours required to earn the JD can be completed in two years. In addition to taking the traditional first-year foundational courses, students may pursue concentrations in the following areas of study: