Part-Time Evening J.D.

Professor Dov Waisman teaching

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 in the evening program bring the unique perspectives of their working lives into the classroom, enriching the law school experience for everyone.

Students enrolled in the evening program receive the same comprehensive legal education as that presented in the day program. Classes are scheduled four nights a week, Monday through Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m., with an occasional elective on Saturday. The first year of the program now offers an online component, allowing students to come to campus only three nights per week for much of the fall and spring semesters. The fourth night of class will be online, allowing students to participate from the comfort of home or any other location with an online connection.

Southwestern's part-time program is unique among J.D. evening divisions in several ways: All core courses for evening students are taught by full-time faculty; the law school's services and resources are available during evening and/or weekend hours and appointments; and special experiential learning opportunities are designed to accommodate evening students' schedules. Southwestern also offers individualized social support as well as a special Evening Orientation and other events to help part-time students adjust to law school.

Part-time evening students take the designated curriculum during the first two years, and a mix of required courses and electives during the third and fourth years, when they are also able to take advantage of externships, clinics, practicums and honors programs. They take 8 to 11 units each semester, and two summer sessions are required to complete the 87 units to earn the J.D. degree in four years.

Required Courses

Courses Fall Units   Spring Units
FIRST YEAR EVENING      
     Contracts I & II 3   2
     Criminal Law 3    
     LAWS1 1 & II 3   3
     Torts     4
     Academic Skills Lab I & II 1   1
     Total 10   10
SECOND YEAR EVENING      
     Civil Procedure I & II 2   3
     Constitutional Law I & II 3   3
     Property 4    
     Electives2 2   2 to 5
     Total 9 to 11   8 to 11
THIRD YEAR EVENING      
     Business Associations3     4
     Evidence3 4    
SECOND, THIRD OR FOURTH YEAR EVENING      
     Constitutional Criminal Procedure4 3 or 3
     Legal Profession 2 or 3 or 2 or 3
     Professional Skills Requirement 1, 2 or 3 or 1, 2 or 3
     Experiential Requirement  65 or 65
     Upper Division Writing Requirement 2 or 3 or 2 or 3
SUMMER OPTIONS      
     Electives   2 to 6  

*NOTE: PLEAS and the Part-Time Day Program required courses are similar to the Evening, but may differ slightly by semester in the second, third and fourth years.

1. Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills
2. Elective choices include such courses as Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Copyright Law, and Legal Profession, among others.
3. PLEAS and the Part-Time Day Program have Fall or Spring options for these courses.
4. If not taken as an elective in second year (required for graduation). 
5. Student must take a total of 6 units prior to graduation.