Seattle University School of Law is the only institution in Washington offering a part-time legal studies program. For more than 30 years, it has provided a comprehensive evening program designed for the area's working professionals who want to earn a law degree while continuing to work full-time.
Our part-time students boast superb academic records, impressive career credentials, and a range of work and life experiences that enrich the life of the law school, in and out of class. Among our alumni are senior partners at law firms, executive officers at major Northwest corporations, law professors and political officials.
Part-time evening students generally complete requirements for the juris doctor degree in three-and-a-half years. They attend classes beginning at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, during summer, fall and spring terms. Because some students prefer the flexibility of evening courses, a wide variety of classes are scheduled between 6 and 9:30 p.m.
Typically, part-time students will have completed the same first-year courses as their full-time counterparts by the start of their second fall.
The First-Year Schedule
Here is an example of a first-year course schedule.
|Criminal Law||Monday through Thursday, 6 - 8:10 p.m.|
Elective (Law & Business , Administrative Law: Introduction)
|Torts||Monday, Tuesday,Thursday, 6-8:40 p.m.|
How to Apply
The application process is the same for full- and part-time prospective students. You must possess a bachelor's degree and register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The test is offered four times annually: September/October, December, February, and June. If you want to be considered for the part-time program, take the LSAT no later than February of the year you wish to enroll. You may request registration materials for the LSAT by going to www.lsac.org or calling (215) 968.1001. To be considered for admission, have on file at the School of Law:
- A completed application for admission and a $60 application fee;
- A typed personal statement telling us something about yourself and your reasons for seeking a law degree;
- The results of your performance on the Law School Admission Test;
- Two letters of recommendation and a résumé.
The Admission Office observes an March 1 priority deadline. We encourage students interested in the part-time program to apply early due to limited class size.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition for the 2012-13 academic year is $1327 per credit hour, $39,810 per year. Part-time students may apply for federal and private loans. In addition, at the time of admission we consider part-time students for merit-based scholarships; a separate application is not required.
The School of Law is pleased to partner with employers offering employee tuition reimbursement programs. To participate, accepted students should provide a copy of their employer's reimbursement policy, indicating reimbursement percentage, to the law school Business Office.
Several part-time evening program alumni have volunteered to answer your questions about our program. Here are their names, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and professional affiliations. We encourage you to contact them.
Jeff Cockrum '09
Cheryl Farrish '09
Jason Casebolt '10
Zachary Davies '09
Tammy Larson-White '10
Matthew Kunz '10
Learn More About Seattle University School of Law
To receive detailed information about our part-time program and gain an overview of the University, call, e-mail, or make an appointment with a member of our Admission and/or Financial Aid Offices. Better yet, call one week prior to the date you wish to visit and schedule a time to observe an evening class.
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