»Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

First year Courses

Full time

  • First year full time students are enrolled in the same classes as their part time classmates.
  • Full time students will be allowed to transfer into the part time program with the approval of the Law Registrar.
  • If a student enrolls in the full time program and remains in that program, they can complete law school in 3 years.
  • Full time students will enroll in 15 units in the fall and 16 units in the spring of their first year.  After the first year, full time students will enroll in 12-16 units each semester.
  • Full time students will take Legal Research & Writing I; Contracts I; Property Law I; Torts I and Civil Procedure I in the Fall; and Legal Research & Writing II; Contracts
    II; Property Law II; Torts II; Civil Procedure II; and Criminal Law in the Spring.
  • Full time students may maintain a merit scholarship by achieving and maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average after their first year.
  • Scholarships are awarded as a percentage of tuition and are based on the number of units in which a student is enrolled.
  • Full time students may earn/increase a merit scholarship by placing in the top 10% of their cohort group at the end of their first year.
  • Full time students are strongly discouraged from working.  During orientation, new students will be required to sign a work certification form agreeing not to work more than 20 hours per week.

Part time

  • First year part time students are enrolled in the same classes as their full time classmates but take fewer courses.
  • Part time students will be allowed to transfer into the full time program after the completion of their first year with the approval of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • If a student enrolls in the part time program and remains in that program, they can complete law school in 4 years. However, if a part time student participates in the Summer program each year, they can expect to graduate after 3 and one half years.
  • Part time students will enroll in 9 units in the fall and 10 units in the spring of their first year. After the first year, part time students will enroll in 8-11 units each semester.
  • Part time students will take Legal Research & Writing; Torts I and Civil Procedure I in the Fall; and Legal Research & Writing II; Torts II; Civil Procedure II and Criminal Law in the Spring.
  • Part time students may maintain a merit scholarship by achieving and maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average after their first year.
  • Scholarships are awarded as a percentage of tuition and are based on the number of units in which a student is enrolled.
  • Part time students may earn/increase a merit scholarship by achieving a cumulative GPA equivalent to the top 10% of the full time cohort group at the end of their first year.


Unlike full time students, part time students are not restricted in the amount of time they are permitted to work. However, even though part time students take fewer courses, the part time program is academically rigorous and students are encouraged to work as little as possible during their first year of law school.

See the Student Handbook for the policies and procedures and additional information about joint degree programs, law review, moot court board, etc.. 

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