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. Although it is a slightly reduced course load as compared to the full-time program, the part-time program still requires a substantial time commitment.
The full- and part-time divisions have essentially the same curriculum, faculty, and methods of instruction; maintain the same scholastic standards and degree requirements; and adhere to the same objectives. Part-time students come from many different industries and walks of life, giving you a rich learning environment and outstanding networking opportunities.
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.
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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