Part-time Program

Brandeis School of Law offer a part-time program with a reduced course load.  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.


Program facts:

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:


Example 1

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 

Example 2

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.