Atlanta’s John Marshall will offer spring enrollment
2:13 pm, September 11th, 2013
In an era when many are wondering if law school is a good career choice, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is making it easier to pull the trigger on the decision. The school will allow first-years to start their studies in the spring semester in January 2014. The school is “ready when you are,” Dean Richardson Lynn says.
Lynn termed the spring option an experiment and noted that three other law schools in the region—Barry University in Orlando, Florida Coastal in Jacksonville and the Charlotte School of Law—also are offering spring enrollment.
For those in a hurry, Lynn said that the spring and summer semesters will comprise the first year, thus allowing a student to compress the normal three years of study into two and a half years. The school says students who enter in the spring will take criminal procedure and criminal law in their first year to ensure they are prepared for the fall semester and second year. He says the arrangement will require more faculty resources.
“While I always urge college students planning to go to law school to take at least two years off between college and law school,” Lynn adds, “they never listen. This is a good option for December college graduates who don’t want to wait until the following August and the handful of students who plan to start in August, but have a health or personal issue at the last minute; they could start the next January, rather than wait an entire year.”