Part-Time Program

If going to law school full time is not for you because of your job or other obligations, SLU LAW provides the opportunity to earn a J.D. degree on a part-time basis. We know this is a big decision, and we are happy to talk with you about the benefits of the part-time program, just give us a call once you have reviewed the basics.


The application process for the part-time program is the same as the process for the full-time program, just mark where designated on the application that you are applying for the part-time program. Here are the details:

Requirements

The part-time J.D. Requirements are the same as the full-time J.D. Requirements; students are just completing the credit hours spread out over more time.

  • 91 credit hours, including 30 hours of first year core curriculum, four upper-division course requirements, and elective credits
  • Part-time students must take between 8 (minimum) and 11 (maximum) credits each fall & spring semester; a student taking 12 credits or more will be considered a full-time student
  • Part-time students must complete 91 credits in 5 years or less. Students who take summer classes typically receive their J.D. in 4 years.

Tracks


Part-Time Evening Curriculum Planning

Students admitted to the part-time program generally complete their 91 credit hours to earn their law degree in four to five years, and take between 8 and 11 credit hours each fall and spring semester. Students may also decide to take credit hours during the summer semesters. 

Classes in the part-time evening program are scheduled Monday through Thursday between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., with an occasional elective scheduled to start as early as 4:00 p.m., or on Saturdays. After the first year, students may elect to take some courses during the day, subject to seat availability.

Students in the part-time program complete their required first year core curriculum in two years by taking courses scheduled in the evening as follows:

Year One Fall (9 hours)

  • Contracts I (2 hours)
  • Legal Research and Writing II (3 hours)
  • Torts (4 hours)

Year One Spring (9 hours)

  • Contracts II (3 hours)
  • Legal Research and Writing I (3 hours)
  • Criminal Law (3 hours)

Year Two Fall (9 hours)

  • Property (4 hours)
  • Constitutional Law I (3 hours)
  • Civil Procedure I (2 hours)

Year Two Spring (up to 11 hours)

  • Civil Procedure II (3 hours)
  • Legal Profession (3 hours)
  • Electives (up to 5 hours)

Upper division required courses must be taken in the second, third or fourth year and include all of the following:

  • A professional skills course (1-3 hours)
  • Humanities course (2-3 hours)
  • Seminar (2 hours)

Part-Time Day (11 hours) Curriculum Planning

Year One Fall (11 hours)

  • Contracts I (3 hours)
  • Legal Research and Writing I (3 hours)
  • Civil Procedure I (2 hours)
  • Criminal Law (3 hours)

Year One Spring (11 hours)

  • Contracts II (2 hours)
  • Legal Research and Writing II (3 hours)
  • Civil Procedure II (3 hours)
  • Constitutional Law I (3 hours)

​Year Two Fall

  • Torts (4 hours)
  • Electives (up to 7 hours)

Year Two Spring

  • Property (4 hours)
  • Legal Profession (3 hours)
  • Electives (up to 4 hours)

Remaining Upper Division Required Courses:

  • Humanities Course (2-3 hours)
  • Professional Skills Course (1-3 hours)
  • Seminar (2 hours)

Part-Time Day (8 hours) Curriculum Planning

Please Note: Students taking the 8 hour track must take summer classes and semesters with more than 8 credits after the first full year in order to complete the 91 credits in 5 years.

Year One Fall (8 hours)

  • Contracts I (3 hours)
  • Legal Research and Writing I (3 hours)
  • Civil Procedure I (2 hours)

Year Two Spring (8 hours)

  • Contracts II (2 hours)
  • Legal Research and Writing II (3 hours)
  • Civil Procedure II (3 hours)

Year Two Fall

  • Torts (4 hours)
  • Criminal Law (3 hours)
  • Electives (up to 4 hours)

Year Two Spring

  • Property (4 hours)
  • Constitutional Law I (3 hours)
  • Electives (up to 4 hours)

Remaining Upper Division Required Courses:

  • Humanities Course (2-3 hours)
  • Legal Profession (3 hours)
  • Professional Skills Course (1-3 hours)
  • Seminar (2 hours)

 

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