Evening Program

Earn a premier law degree while working full-time

Join a cohort of students who bring a rich array of professional and life experience to their pursuit of the law. Georgetown Law’s J.D. Evening Program offers a unique opportunity to earn a degree from one of the top U.S. law schools without giving up your full-time job. You’ll study with the same world-class faculty as full-time students, fully supported by the Law Center’s career and academic support services. At the same time, you’ll have the flexibility to complete your J.D. in three to four years, with class times that fit your working schedule.

Our Evening Program attracts a diverse group of accomplished individuals looking to change careers or advance in their current fields. All classes are held at Georgetown Law’s campus on Capitol Hill, giving you the opportunity to interact with classmates coming from government, private industry, the military and public service in a cooperative, collegial atmosphere.

Evening students earn the same degree as day students. They take the same required courses, including experiential education requirements; participate in the same extracurricular activities, from our top-rated journals to mock trial competitions; and are equally successful in securing career and clerkship opportunities. In fact, employers often seek out our Evening Program graduates because of their proven track records of balancing work, school and family commitments.

A Flexible Program

All first-year evening students attend classes starting at 5:45 p.m. on weekday evenings. Upper-class students may take courses that meet after work, during the day, or a combination of both. There are also a limited number of upper-class electives offered on weekends.

The traditional Evening Program is designed to allow students to complete the J.D. degree requirements in four consecutive academic years and no more than six years. As an evening student, you can request permission to pursue an accelerated program that would allow you to complete your J.D. degree in:

  • Three-and-a-half years: These students typically take an average of 11 to 12 credits in each upper-class semester, as well as five to eight summer credits during their time at Georgetown Law in order to complete 85 credits in this timeframe.
  • Three years: This plan may require a student to complete the evening per-semester credit maximum every upper-class semester, plus up to 17 credits over two summer sessions. It may also require a tuition equalization fee.

Since 1870, Georgetown Law has offered the nation’s premier Evening Program. Today, the program continues to evolve by offering unprecedented scheduling flexibility. Join us and chart your own career path.