Part-time Law Degree
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How long does it take to complete the part-time JD?
Our part-time program is 88 credits spread over four years, or 8 semesters. But with the addition of winter intersession, summer classes, externships, entirely online electives available after the second year, and other educational opportunities, you may accelerate your degree. Students in the part-time program earn the same degree as students in the full-time program and should anticipate the same level of success in bar passage and job placement.
What is the tuition?
Tuition for the part-time program is projected to be $19,577 per semester.
Will I have access to support services on the weekend?
You will be supported by law school professionals in all aspects of your legal studies and career search. We will work with your schedule to allow you to excel at law school while continuing to perform well at work and lead balanced lives. That means that support will be available not only on weekends but also remotely during the week. Further, programming tailored to your needs and interests as working professionals will be integrated into your weekend studies.
What is the distance learning component like?
Distance learning will include interactive, online learning activities and mini-assessments developed by your professor. Cutting edge technology provides you maximum scheduling flexibility while facilitating more intense engagement with classmates and professors. The distance learning component for any first or second year course will comprise 1/3 of the instruction time.
What courses will I take first?
First year courses include Civil Procedure, Contracts, Introduction to Lawyering, and Torts.
Will I have the same professors as the full-time students?
Yes. All the required courses are developed and taught by the same distinguished faculty. These professors will tailor instructional formats to the learning styles and busy schedules of working professionals.
Will I be able to participate in co-curricular activities?
Yes. In fact, part-time students will not only have opportunities to engage in co-curricular activities with full-time students, but also will have additional programming designed specifically to meet their unique needs.
Beginning in the first year, you will be invited to join clubs, attend special lectures, and partake in social and community events with full-time students. Journal, moot court, and mock trial participation is available after completing your second year. Some co-curricular activities related to academic support, networking and career planning are designed in light of distinctive qualities and experiences of working professionals.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. In addition to federal student loans, students may qualify for institutional scholarships, state grants and private student loans. Further, beyond the merit scholarships available to all applicants, some scholarship awards for the weekend program will be provided on the basis of professional experience.
Will Seton Hall Law still offer evening classes?
Although there will be no formal evening division after currently enrolled students graduate, Seton Hall will continue to offer an array of elective courses at night during the year and in the summers, and weekend students are free to enroll in any offerings that fit their schedule. Beginning in August 2017, all first year required courses will only be offered in the weekend format.
What is the best way to get to Seton Hall Law?
Seton Hall is easily accessible by car, train (Newark Penn Station), and plane (Newark International Airport). If necessary, discounted hotel arrangements are available.
Is there a minimum LSAT/GPA required for admission?
All admissions files are reviewed in a holistic evaluation taking into consideration both traditional (GPA & LSAT score) and nontraditional (résumé, work experience) elements. Our current median GPA is 3.40 and current median LSAT is 156. Applicants to the part time program are encouraged to include a full and complete résumé along with a personal statement that highlights their professional experiences and maturity for a rigorous law program so that these elements can be given ample weight in the decision process.
How do I apply?
You must create an account with the Law School Admission Council at lsac.org and submit your application through your account. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2017.