Georgetown Law has a long tradition of providing quality legal education to working students. In fact, Georgetown's Law School was founded as an evening program. In 1870, the first catalog announced that "[t]he exercises will be held in the evening in order to facilitate the attendance of gentlemen who are engaged in the service of the Government."
This tradition continues more than 140 years later. Today, professionals who are employed full time by the federal government, law firms, trade associations, and other organizations are able to concurrently attend one of the nation's best law schools. Former Senator George Mitchell is just one of many well known graduates of the part-time program. Professor Mitt Regan on Georgetown Law's full-time faculty was also a part-time student.
The part-time program is designed to allow part-time students to complete the J.D. degree requirements in eight academic semesters. Part-time students may accelerate their program for the degree to seven semesters plus 8 or more credits over one or more Summer sessions. Classes in the part-time program generally meet from 5:45 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. on weekdays, but upperclass part-time students may also take upperclass courses that meet during the day. In the first year of the part-time program, students attend class until 8:50 p.m. on two weekday evenings. A limited number of upperclass electives are offered on Saturdays.
During the first year, students in the part-time program take a required program of 19 credits, and have the opportunity to request a seat in the optional one-week, 1-credit course "Week One: Law in a Global Context" which meets in early January. In their upperclass years, part-time students take their remaining first-year courses (Criminal Justice, Property, and a course designated as meeting the first-year elective requirement).
To remain true to the spirit in which the part-time program was established, students are permitted to transfer from the part-time program to the full-time program immediately after their first part-time year only in cases of a demonstrated significant change in circumstances.