ABA Standards on Student Employment
Full Time Students
A student may be considered a full-time student only if the student devotes substantially all of his or her working hours to the study of law. Under ABA Standard 304, a student may not engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week in any semester in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours. This means that a full-time student may not work in excess of twenty (20) hours per week during a semester while attending the School of Law. Any student taking more than 12 hours in any semester cannot work more than 20 hours per week during that semester. This restriction does not apply to the summer months or the weeks between semesters.
Because the first year presents demands and methods of study which most first year students have not experienced, it is strongly recommended that first-year students not engage in outside employment.
Part Time Students
For those students who find it necessary to work, the part-time program has been provided. There the course load has been reduced in order to permit the students to divide their time between the study of law and their employment. Part-time students are encouraged to inform their employers of their class schedules and that they are obligated to attend law school classes during these times throughout the academic semester. Students occasionally will be required to attend other special classes, meetings, or programs and must be able to take off work or otherwise make arrangements to attend these functions.