Programs of Study
This program is designed for students who are prepared to devote their entire time to the study of law. A law student who pursues this program cannot be employed full-time. The rules of the American Bar Association and the USD School of Law stipulate that a full-time student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week. This program generally requires three full academic years in residence. In general, classes are scheduled Monday through Friday.
This program is designed primarily for law students who are employed and cannot attend day classes. Four years of evening study are generally required to complete the degree. In general, classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. Additional classes may be scheduled as needed. After completing the first year of the part-time program, students may take day classes or request to transfer to full-time status.
A seven-week summer program for continuing students is offered on-campus. The summer session is open to students of USD and other law schools. Completing summer sessions gives students the option of a lighter class load during a subsequent semester.