Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

Part-time day JD: PLEAS

Fountain in the Promenade
 
Part-time Legal Education Alternative at Southwestern

PLEAS (Part-time Legal Education Alternative at Southwestern) is one of only a very few part-time J.D. programs designed to accommodate students with child or elder care responsibilities. Established in 1981, the four-year PLEAS schedule is typically arranged to enable parents and guardians to attend law school while their children are in school.* PLEAS students attend classes with traditional full-time students, taking the designated curriculum during the first two years of study (read about the cutting-edge curriculum). There are many opportunities for elective courses and externships during the final two years.

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PLEAS students benefit from a special mentoring program under the leadership of the PLEAS faculty advisor, Professor Dov Waisman. Students meet as a group with the PLEAS faculty advisor throughout the four years of the program and are encouraged to arrange individual meetings with the Professor to plan out their course of study as well as obtain guidance with respect to various areas of law school life.

Required Courses for PLEAS

For the first two years of the program, PLEAS students are enrolled in the designated curriculum. During years three and four, they complete a few additional required courses and may choose from a wide range of elective courses and externship opportunities. PLEAS students take 8 to 11 units each semester and attend two summer sessions in order to complete the units required for the J.D. degree within four years. A minimum of 87 units is required for graduation. Tuition, fees and course requirements for PLEAS are similar to those in the evening program.

First Year Fall Spring
Contracts I & II1
3
2
Criminal Law1 3

LAWS I & LAWS II2
3
3
Torts1

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

Electives3
2
 2 to 5
TOTAL 9-11
8-11
Third Year
Business Associations 4 or 4
Evidence 4 or 4
Second, Third or Fourth Year
Constitutional Criminal Procedure4
3
or 3
Legal Profession4
2 or 3
or 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 For the evening program, Contracts is 2 units in Fall
 and 3 units in Spring, Criminal Law is in Spring, and
 Torts is in Fall

2 Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills I and II

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

4 If not taken as elective in second year or sooner
 (required for graduation)

*Note: Other students interested in non-PLEAS part-time day status will be considered on an individual basis. Class schedules may differ from PLEAS schedules.