Full Time Vs Part Time - Capital University Law School

Full Time Vs Part Time

  • JD Academic Requirements 

    Full-Time Program (Day Division) 
    Students in the full-time program of study comprise two-thirds of the total Law School enrollment. Each year, an entering class of approximately 160 full-time students are admitted and divided into two sections. The typical full-time student graduates in three years. The full-time study of law is a time-consuming and intensive undertaking. Classes for full-time students are usually scheduled between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm each day, Monday through Friday. Students attend class for three to four hours each day. For each hour in class, students average three hours of reading, briefing and outlining course materials outside of class.

    The Law School strongly discourages outside employment for full-time students during the first year and recommends that students devote their time and energy to legal studies. Upperclass students may not work more than 20 hours per week.

    Part-Time Programs 
    Capital University Law School offers two part time programs--day and evening.

    Part-Time Evening Division
    Capital's evening division is designed to accommodate students who have daytime commitments and must attend classes after 6:00 pm. Part-time students should not work more than 40 hours per week. Most required courses for the evening division are offered between the hours of 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Elective courses are held weekday evenings. Some students will also participate in supplemental writing classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights during the first semester. Those who have participated in the Summer Academic Success Program will meet on Thursday nights. 

    Part-time evening students are required to take nine or 10 hours of class each week during the first two years, with the first summer required. In order to graduate in four years, evening students must take five or six hours of class during each of two summers and nine hours of class each of the four regular semesters after the first two years.

    Part-Time Day Division 
    The part-time day division is designed for individuals who work evenings or nights, those who might be stay-at-home parents, or others who might have been away from the classroom environment for a while and want to ease back into the educational experience. Students in this program will take approximately nine hours per semester. The part-time day division follows the traditional, full-time class schedule, with a reduced course load.  

    The program will take students four to five years to complete, depending upon whether they take summer courses. While most required courses and many of the elective courses tested on the bar exam will fall between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm, some courses will fall outside of this time block.

    Graduation Requirements
    Requirements for the receipt of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Capital University Law School requires the following (see the student handbook for additional, detailed information):
                1.) Successful completion of 89 credit hours;
                2.) Cummulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0; and
                3.) Successful completion of all required courses as outlined in the student handbook.