Part-time Law Degree   

Creative scheduling places legal education within reach of modern working professionals.

Kathleen Boozang

"Seton Hall has always prided itself on creating opportunities for aspiring lawyers who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend law school."
Kathleen M. Boozang
Dean, Seton Hall Law School

Students can now earn their JD degrees in Seton Hall Law School's part-time weekend format. Taught by the same talented professors who teach in our full-time division, students in the part-time weekend program combine an immersive educational experience in the traditional classroom with engaging out-of-class technology-assisted interactions with teachers and peers. In brief, this flexible program preserves the rigor of the Socratic method while empowering students to self-direct a portion of their learning experience where and when it fits into their lives.

How it works

You’ll attend classes on alternating weekends. During your first four semesters, you can anticipate being on campus 8:30-5:00 on Saturday and 9:00 to 2:15 on Sunday, with class work taking place over eight weekends each semester. When not on campus, you’ll engage in self-directed activities and participate remotely in discussions with your professors and classmates using Seton Hall’s learning platform.

First Year

FALL 2017

Torts 4 credits
Civil Procedure I 3 credits
Introduction to Lawyering I 3 credits
  Total Credits = 10
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Contracts 5 credits
Civil Procedure II 2 credits
Introduction to Lawyering II 3 credits
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Second Year

FALL 2018  
Property I 3 credits
Constitutional Law I 2 credits
Criminal Law 3 credits
Appellate Advocacy 2 credits
  Total Credits = 10

 

SPRING 2019  
Property II 2 credits
Constitutional Law II 3 credits
Professional Responsibility 2 credits
Persuasion and Advocacy 2 credits
On-line Elective 2 credits
  Total Credits = 11
 

Third and Fourth Year

FALL 2019  
Business Associations 4 credits
Evidence 3 credits
Electives 5 credits
  Total Credits = 12
SPRING 2020  
Electives 9 credits
AWR Course 3 credits
  Total Credits = 12
FALL 2020  
Electives 12 credits
  Total Credits = 12
SPRING 2021  
Electives 11 credits
  Total Credits = 11

 

Seton Hall’s part-time program enabled John Sprouls to attend law school while managing what was even then an extraordinarily busy life. And it launched him into what has been an immensely varied and successful career.

Alumni Profile: John Sprouls '84
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
at Universal Parks & Resorts in Orlando

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • 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.


 


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