Seattle University School of Law offers the only part-time law program in Washington State. The program is geared toward working professionals and those with family or other daytime obligations. The curriculum has recently been changed to improve access for those who are balancing multiple obligations. In the first and second years, classes are held just three nights a week. Thereafter, part-time students will choose courses that are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Students will also be able to take late afternoon or day class should their schedules permit.
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, academics, and political officials.
The First-Year Schedule
Here is an example of a first-year evening only course schedule.
Legal Research and Writing
Legal Research and Writing
Introduction to Practice
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
While first-year tuition is identical for all students, payment schedules vary depending on the number of credits you take per term. Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $41,820 for 30 credits ($1,394 per credit). Other non-tuition costs (books, room and board, transportation, and other living expenses) average about $23,500 per nine-month academic year. 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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