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1.15 Additional Semester

The New York Court of Appeals determines eligibility to sit for the New York State bar exam. Current requirements are that the program and course of study leading to a juris doctor be completed no earlier than 24 months and no later than 60 months after a student has commenced law study at the Law School or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit. As an ABA-accredited law school, graduates may take the bar examination in other states.

CUNY School of Law’s curriculum is designed for full-time students to graduate in six semesters (excluding summer school), and for part-time students to graduate in eight semesters plus one mandatory summer session. Students may elect or, if on academic probation, may be required, to stay for an additional semester. The Law School will work closely with students taking an additional semester to ensure that the selected course of study is that which best supports successful completion of law school and preparation for the profession’s entrance exam. Students considering an additional semester should speak with their advisors and are required to have the permission of the Academic Dean. Additional semesters have financial aid implications, and students considering an additional semester should speak with the Financial Aid Office as soon as they begin to consider an additional semester.

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