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Akron adds accelerated J.D. for foreign attorneys

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University of Akron School of Law has unveiled an accelerated J.D. program for foreign attorneys. Five international students from Italy, Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica and India have committed to the school’s newtwo-year Juris Doctor Degree Program for students with a foreign law degree — the only program like it in the state.

The school also recently added an innovative dual-country study abroad program in Asia and new cross-border course offerings to expand its international focus.  

The accelerated J.D. program enables foreign lawyers to transfer credits from a law degree obtained outside of the United States toward a J.D. degree at Akron Law. It recognizes foreign training and the valuable contributions that international students provide to the legal community in Ohio, the school said.

Students admitted into the program enter with advanced standing, and receive up to one year of elective credit. Students take foundational first year courses upon entering the law school, and then can pursue an individualized path during the second year of the program.