The SCALE program at Southwestern is the first of its kind of all the ABA schools.
I'm not gonna lie, it was very surprising where I was like, "Are you sure that I can learn everything in two years?" But you really actually can. The SCALE program is basically a two-year accelerated JD.
Part of how a two-year program works is efficiency. You have to use your time wisely. But the SCALE program is a cohort so you're with the same group of students for two years. And to me, the advantages of that are incredible, because you have an opportunity to build relationships with the other students.
And from what I know about the other programs, I would still say it's the best, as opposed to other schools where they may just let you stack on extra classes to graduate early.
Employers are looking for graduates who come ready to hit the ground running, which means that they want them to have already tried things and gained skills. And our SCALE students have that because they get to participate in two different externship programs during their two years here.
The main difference between a traditional program and the SCALE program is that you're in school all year round. So you're learning the exact same thing just in a shorter amount of time. But the schedule, the flexibility for any student to do whatever they want to do.
Like for example, I am in the Trial Advocacy Honors program, I've been able to compete during the clinic I was able to study abroad in London, which was awesome. And you really could do whatever you want in SCALE, making sure you get what you need to get out of your law school experience.