Northwestern University School of Law plans to launch a two-year juris doctor program in 2009, becoming the first among top law schools to offer an accelerated course of study. Northwestern hopes to entice students who might go to other schools to attend its shorter program and to recruit students who decide against law school because of the three-year duration, said David Van Zandt, Northwestern's dean. "I don't see a pedagogical reason for three years of law school," he said.
Northwestern University to Launch Two-Year J.D. Program
The National Law Journal
June 23, 2008