McGeorge offers a part-time, evening, four-year JD program for students who can devote only a portion of their time to the study of law. Scholarships are available to help finance your education. Please contact our financial aid office for more information.
The full- and part-time divisions have essentially the same curriculum, faculty, and methods of instruction, and maintain the same scholastic standards and degree requirements.
During the academic year, evening classes are typically offered on Monday through Thursday evenings, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To stay on track to graduate in four years, students also take summer school classes during two to three summers. At times part-time upper-division students opt to take some daytime courses during their third or fourth year, as their work/family schedule permits. There are some opportunities to take classes online or on weekends.
Part-time students take the same courses as full-time students, arranged to fit into the evening hours during a four year period. The first and second year part-time curriculum is fixed and students take all of their classes together, with the exception of Global Lawyering Skills I and II, which meet in smaller groups. The third and fourth year curriculum is more flexible, consisting largely of electives and bar-tested subjects. Here are sample first and second year part-time schedules:
First-Year Fall Semester
First-Year Spring Semester
Second-Year Fall Semester
Second-Year Spring Semester
Some part-time students opt to take additional credits during summer and the third and fourth year to accelerate their graduation date by one semester — meeting the degree requirements in three-and-a-half years, rather than four. This is permitted without special approval; however, the Registrar's Office always needs to have a correct expected graduation date on file for each student.
Upon satisfactory completion of the first year of study, students may apply for transfer between the full-time and part-time programs. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will consider academic performance to date in making her determination. Students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be permitted to switch.
JD students with an F-1 Visa must enroll with at least 12 units if attending the full-time program, or at least eight (8) units if attending the part-time program.
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