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Drexel Students Will Have Option To 'Fast Forward' Their Law Degree

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Some Drexel University Law School students will soon have the option to fast-track their careers - after two years of study, rather than three.

The program requires the same number of credits as the traditional three-year J.D. program, according to Drexel Law School Dean Roger Dennis.

"Students need to take the same courses. They'll have the same opportunities with respect to experiential education, law review, moot court, trial team."

School officials say the accelerated program will cost the same as the traditional degree, but a student would save a year's living expenses without any income.

Dean Dennis says for the driven student, everything is compressed into two calendar years, which gets them into the job market a year earlier.

"But, as law professors are want to say, it takes a student who is really committed and mature to go to school two years straight."

Drexel will begin accepting applications for the 'Fast-Forward' program this June, for classes that start in May 2014.

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