J.D. Program

The Evening J.D. Program for Part-time Students is just one of your options. See the main J.D. Program page for details about the overall program and other available options.

Part-time Law School

For students with considerably more outside responsibilities than full-time, daytime law students, St. Mary’s Law offers this part-time, evening program. Because of their extra responsibilities, evening students need special commitment and dedication to succeed.

St. Mary’s is committed to offering evening students an excellent education and support services, including career counseling and advice through the Office of Career Strategy. St. Mary’s faculty members pride themselves on their availability, and evening students will find their professors readily accessible. Students may also meet with an academic adviser from the Office of Law Success.

Admission and graduation requirements are the same for day and evening students.

Curriculum for Part-time Students

Evening classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday between 6 and 9 p.m. Evening students complete the required first-year curriculum in three regular semesters plus one summer.

Evening students must complete their degree requirements within seven years. Most part-time JD students earn their degree in about four years.

Academic Requirements

Applicants may apply to either the full-time day program or the part-time evening program, but not to both. Admission and graduation standards are the same for both J.D. programs.

A candidate for the J.D. program must earn a minimum of 90 credit hours in order to graduate, or 91 credits hours for students who entered prior to Fall 2018. Students who entered law school in the Fall of 2019 or later must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher to graduate. For students who entered prior to that time, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to remain in good academic standing.  Other curricular and academic requirements will apply. Requirements are set forth in the St. Mary’s School of Law Student Handbook. Faculty may add additional requirements at any time.

Considering part-time law school?

We want to support you in your journey to find out which law school is right for you and your schedule. You may wish to:

  • Learn how to apply – read more about admission requirements for the J.D. program
  • Visit campus – get a feel for St. Mary’s Law
  • Request info – fill out a quick form, and an admission counselor will answer your specific questions
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