The University of Louisville offers a part-time program for candidates who find it necessary to study law on a part-time basis. While the program offers a slightly reduced course load, it requires a substantial commitment. The courses are offered during the day, with times ranging Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ideal candidates for the part-time program have flexible schedules, and candidates who are working full-time must have a flexible work schedule during the daytime hours. Candidates must remember that law school is demanding and many activities that are designed for students' academic and professional success take place outside of scheduled classroom time. Candidates will want to also set aside time for the Structured Study Group program, study groups, career services workshops, student life workshops, etc. In addition, faculty members may occasionally schedule make-up class sessions at a time other than the regular meeting time.
Courses per semester: Three to four, depending on your schedule
Course load: 15 to 22 hours for the first year, depending on your schedule
Program length: Four or Five years
Summer courses: Generally, part-time students take 1 or 2
courses after the first year
Example First Year, First Semester Part-time Schedules:
Basic Legal Skills (required course) - 3 hours
Torts I (recommended) - 2 hours
Contracts I (recommended) - 3 hours
Criminal Law (optional) - 3 hours
Total hours: 8-11 hours
Basic Legal Skills (required course) - 2 hours
Contracts II (recommended) - 2 hours
Torts II (recommended) - 3 hours
Constitutional Law (optional) - 4 hours
Total hours: 7-11 hours
*Generally, it is recommended that law students study three hours outside of class for every one hour of class time. Part-time students enrolled in four courses should expect to study at least 30 hours per week outside of class.
**We no longer offer an evening program.