What to Expect

  •  To earn a juris doctor, students must complete 89 credit hours and satisfy all degree requirements. Read a detailed description of Capital University Law School’s curriculum.

    Full-Time Program (Day Division)
    Two-thirds of CapLaw students are in our full-time day program. The typical full-time student graduates in three years. The first-year curriculum consists of 14-15 credit hours of required courses each semester and is scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Generally, students attend class three to four hours daily. For each hour in class, students average three hours preparing for class.

    Part-time day and evening programs
    Capital’s evening division accommodates students who have daytime commitments and must attend class after 6 p.m. Most required courses for the evening division are offered between 6-10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Electives courses are held weekday evenings.

    Part-time evening students must take 9-10 credit hours each semester during the first two years, with enrollment required the first summer. To graduate in four years, evening students must take five to six credit hours during each of two summers and nine hours of class each of the four regular semesters in the third and fourth years.

    The part-time day division is for students who work evenings, are stay-at-home parents or who have been away from the classroom environment for some time and want to ease back into the educational experience. Part-time day students take approximately nine credit hours per semester.

    The part-time day program takes four to five years to complete, depending on whether students attend summer courses. While most required courses and many of the elective courses tested on the Ohio Bar Exam are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., some courses will fall outside of this time block.

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