JD Part-Time Program

Key Program Features

  • Nationally ranked, four-year part-time JD Program (fully ABA-accredited)
  • Ability to work full-time or part-time and take classes in the evenings
  • Courses offered Monday – Thursday evenings beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Flexibility to take both day and evening courses after your first year of study
  • Option to take summer courses to expedite the completion of the degree

Program Timeline

  • Enrollment is in the fall semester only, with classes typically beginning in the third week of August.
  • USD School of Law accepts June LSAT scores.
  • Day courses are available to part-time students after the first year.

Application and Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree or U.S. equivalent prior to matriculation and possess a valid LSAT score.
  • Applicants must submit an electronic application via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and subscribe to LSAC's CAS Service. The required components of our application include our standard application, a two to three page personal statement and a current resume. Applicants have the option to submit up to two letters of recommendation.
  • Full details of the degree requirements may be found in the USD School of Law Academic Rules in the Student Handbook.

First-Year Part-Time Curriculum

  • Contracts – 4 credits
  • Criminal Law – 4 credits
  • Property – 4 credits
  • Torts – 4 credits
  • Lawyering Skills – 1 to 3 credits

Sample First-Year Semester Schedule

Fall Semester
Mondays
Torts (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m.
Lawyering Skills (2 credits) 8 to 9:15 p.m.
Tuesdays
Criminal Law (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m.
Wednesdays
Torts (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m.
Lawyering Skills (2 credits) 8 to 9:15 p.m.
Thursdays
Criminal Law (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m.

Spring Semester
Mondays
Contracts (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m
Tuesdays
Property (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m
Wednesdays
Contracts (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m
Lawyering Skills (1 credit) 8 to 9:15 p.m..
Thursdays
Property (4 credits) 6 to 7:50 p.m

Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships

  • The University of San Diego School of Law awards merit scholarships to admitted, part-time JD students based on the merits of the applicant's scholastic and professional experience as demonstrated by the contents of the applicant's admissions file.
  • No additional application is necessary to be considered for scholarship. Your application for admission is your merit based scholarship application.
  • Students are considered for additional scholarships after their first year based on law school performance. Continuing students can also apply to for our alumni endowed scholarships.

Please visit our Financial Aid page for tuition, fee and financial aid information.

Contact:

JD Admissions
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4528
Fax: (619) 260-2218

Hours

M-Th: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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