Build your own JD – Part-time in 3, 3.5 or 4 years. Students are now approved to complete their J.D. in three part-time years (this requires summer coursework and heavier fall and spring courseloads). A second option is to graduate in 3.5 years by transferring into the full-time program after completing three part-time semesters. Finally, students may spread their degree program over 4 years, the traditional format for our part-time degree.
Modular, “bookend,” and mini courses. Our evening courses are extensive, and our growing number of weekend (we call them “bookends”) and modular courses – where faculty teach in compressed time frames – allows part-time students to craft manageable schedules. These courses include many of our simulation courses and our “Week One” courses (offered in the first or second week of January).
Foundational courses offered during evenings, summer, and weekends. In addition to offering all foundational courses in both the day and evening of each upperclass year, we typically offer at least two foundational courses (e.g., Evidence, International Law I, Administrative Law) in the summer, and we may offer a foundational course on the weekends during the academic year.
Option to calibrate credit load to work load. Beginning in Spring 2017, first-year part-time students will have the option of adding to their spring semester courseload (a) a day section of Criminal Justice, Property, or (b) an elective in the regulatory/legislative area or international law area that counts toward completing their first-year curriculum, in addition to our Week One elective. In the past, part-time students had to wait until their second year before they could take one of these “first-year” electives.
After their first year is complete, upperclass part-time students have the flexibility to take as few as 6 credits in a semester. This under-loading option gives our part-time students the flexibility to determine how light or heavy a courseload they can manage.