Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Press Release, Cleveland-Marshall First School to Offer Risk-Free J.D. with ‘Convertible’ Degree Option:
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University is removing some of the personal and financial risk that goes along with committing to a three-year law degree.
Beginning this spring, if a J.D. student decides not to continue law school after completing the first year of studies, the student can graduate with a Masters in Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree, without taking any additional courses.
“There are many good reasons why a law student may decide not to continue to pursue a J.D.,” said Craig M. Boise, dean of Cleveland-Marshall. “They might have financial concerns, family or personal issues, or they may realize that though they still have an interest in law, a career in traditional legal practice is not right for them. For these students, the first year of law school might have seemed like a waste, and a hard-to-explain item on their resumes. Now they can leave with a master’s degree that we believe will be attractive to employers.”
Update: National Law Journal, 'Risk-Free' J.D. Offers Students a One-Year Escape Hatch