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J.D. Programs Overview

Students may enroll in one of numerous J.D. Programs: full-time day (fall or spring start), full-time criminal justice honorspart-time day, or part-time evening.

Students who successfully complete the required and elective curriculum will earn their Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The full-time day program requires study in residence for six semesters over three academic years. The part-time program is designed to provide a means to achieve a legal education to those who, for whatever reason, are unable to devote full time to the study of law. The part-time program requires study in residence for eight semesters over four academic years, plus summer sessions.  Part-time day students take their required classes during the day with the full-time students.

The academic year consists of two fourteen-week semesters followed by an examination period of approximately two weeks. There is an abbreviated summer session of seven weeks of instruction followed by an examination period. The summer session is intended primarily for students in the part-time division, although full-time students may enroll in the summer session courses to lighten their class load during the next academic year.

Classes in the full-time day division are normally scheduled during regular business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, while required classes in the part-time evening division are scheduled three evenings per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students must take all required classes in the year and division in which they are enrolled. Elective classes may be taken by both full and part-time students when the classes are offered.

J.D. Programs Program Length in Academic Years Winter and Summer Intersessions Summer Classes Externship Eligibility Curriculum Overview
Accelerated Full-Time (Spring Start) 2.5 Optional, eligible after 1L year 1L Summer required; others optional 2L Fall Curriculum Overview
Full-Time (Fall Start) 3 Optional, eligible after 1L year Optional 1L Summer Curriculum Overview
Full-Time Criminal Justice Honors Program (students enrolled after 2014) 3 Optional, eligible after 1L year Optional 1L Summer Curriculum Overview
Full-Time Criminal Justice Honors Program (students enrolled prior to 2014) 3 Optional, eligible after 1L year Optional 1L Summer Curriculum Overview
Part-Time
Day
4 Optional, but recommended; eligible after 1L year Required 2L Spring Curriculum Overview
Part-Time
Evening
4 Optional, but recommended; eligible after 1L year Required 2L Spring Curriculum Overview