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January Accelerated Program

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Q: What is the January Accelerated Program?

A: Pace Law School’s January Accelerated Program, which began in January 2010, allows students to begin law school in the spring semester and graduate within two and a half years, instead of the traditional three year full-time curriculum.

Q: How does the program work?

A: The first core semester of law school is completed during the spring semester.  The second semester is completed during a 13-week summer session. Students admitted to the January Accelerated Program will then join their second-year law student classmates in the fall of that year and will continue on to graduate in two and a half years.

Q: How do I apply for the January Accelerated Program?

A: Interested candidates can apply online for the January entering class at

Q: When is the deadline for applying, and when can I expect to hear an answer?

A: While there is no final deadline as we work on rolling admissons, the priority application deadline for January 2015 is November 15, 2014.  Decisions typically take 2-3 weeks after completion of your application.

Q: Will I be at a disadvantage from my peers who are enrolled in the full-time three year program?

A: No.  January entering students will be fully integrated into law school life and have access to all the same services and activities available to first-year fall start students, including financial aid, career services, student groups and law review.  For January Accelerated students interested in law review, there will be a separate write-on competition after the final exam of the summer session.

Q: What are the median numbers for the LSAT and GPA?

A: Admission into the January Accelerated Program is just as competitive as fall admissions.  For the 2014 admit pool, the median LSAT was a 153 and the median GPA was 3.39.

Q: What is the latest LSAT score that will be considered?

A:  Applicants should take the LSAT exam by September for January admission. We will consider December LSAT scores on a case-by-case basis.  December test-takers must forward a copy of their LSAT score email from LSAC directly to the Office of Admissions at for consideration. Pace operates on a rolling admission program, meaning students may still apply and be accepted for enrollment following the November 15 suggested deadline.  Decisions typically take 2-3 weeks after completion of your application.

Q: When does this program start in January 2015?

A:  Orientation for the January Accelerated Program starts the week of January 5, 2015.  Classes begin January 7, 2015.

For any other questions regarding our January Accelerated Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at 914-422-4210 or at