Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

Evening Program

Bullocks Wilshire at dusk
 
Four-Year, Part-Time

Southwestern's evening program is a four-year part-time J.D. program designed for students who are unable to devote full-time to the study of law. For many working professionals, this program provides a financially feasible way to attend law school while maintaining a full-time work schedule.

Students enrolled in the evening program receive the same comprehensive legal education as that presented in the full-time program (read about the cutting-edge curriculum). Part-time students take the designated curriculum during the first two years, and a mix of required courses, electives and externships during the third and fourth years. Two summer sessions are required. Classes are scheduled four nights a week beginning at 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, with an occasional elective on Saturday. The first year of the program now offers an online component, allowing students to mostly come to campus three nights per week for much of the fall and spring semesters. The fourth night of class will be taken online, allowing students to participate from the comfort of home or any other location with a secure online connection.

In the part-time evening program, fellow students bring the unique perspectives of their working lives into the classroom, enriching and enlightening the law school experience for everyone.

Required Courses for Part-Time Evening Program

Students enrolled in the evening program must take a designated curriculum during their first and second years, and a load of 8 to 11 units per semester thereafter. A minimum of 87 units is required for graduation.

First Year Fall Spring
Contracts I and II
2
3
Criminal Law

3
LAWS I 1 and LAWS II
3 3
Torts 4

Torts Academic Skills Lab
     1

TOTAL 10
9
Second Year
Civil Procedure I and II
2
3
Constitutional Law I and II
3
3
Property
4

Electives 2
2 2+2/3
TOTAL 9-11
8-11
Third Year
Business Associations
4
Evidence 4
Second, Third or Fourth Year
Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3 3
or 3
Legal Profession 3
2 or 3

Upper Division Writing Requirement 2 or 3
or 2 or 3
Professional Skills Requirement 1, 2 or 3
or 1, 2 or 3

Summer Options


Electives
2 or 3/4

1 Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills I and II

2 Elective choices including such courses as Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Copyright Law, American Legal History, Legal Profession, and Public International Law, among others

3 If not taken as elective in second year (required for graduation)