The Evening Program is designed for particularly enterprising people who seek to earn a law degree while working full time. Evening students come from many professional fields, including academia, medicine, scientific research, law enforcement, government and regulatory work. Admission to the Evening Program means long-term dedication.
The Evening Program requires a significant commitment on the part of its students. The program is four years and meets year round. All classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In order to ensure a well-rounded legal education, 55 of the 88 hours needed to graduate are required classes. These classes are all offered in a regular rotation order. Most substantive classes are offered on an every-other year schedule so students are expected to complete the program through continuous attendance for eight semesters and six summer sessions. Students who are unable to attend classes on this schedule would most likely have difficulty graduating from the program on time. Generally, required classes are offered during the regular school year and electives are offered during the summer sessions, although nine hours of electives are generally offered during the regular school year rotation. Students are expected to attend both summer sessions each year in order to earn the necessary hours for timely graduation.
The traditional first-year classes are staggered over the first two years of enrollment. Students will take classes their first year with second-year students and in their second year with first-year students. Examination of students’ grades over time has shown that there is no negative impact on students’ grades from this arrangement. Even with two class years in this arrangement, class size averages 80 students or less.