Because two-year models are less common, prospective students should also consider other facts before committing.
"It's important to ask questions about employment outcomes, bar passage and also about the student success rate," says McGreal.
Aspiring J.D. candidates looking at two-year options should not be swayed by the idea of saving money by completing school in less time, says Steven Sedberry, author of "Law School Labyrinth: The Guide to Making the Most of Your Legal Education."
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He encourages students to consider going to a lower-cost school in three years, which would allow for an additional summer's worth of experience.
"You get two years of a legal education, at some schools, but you pay for three. They charge you basically by the degree. That's where the student as a consumer has to be very careful," he says.
To make it through an intense, accelerated law school program, current student Smith has some encouraging words for his peers considering a similar path. "It takes some stamina and some foresight," he says. "You kind of have to prepare for that."
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