"The Part-Time Program is filled with many students who are working professionals, starting a second career, or returning to school after raising children. This professional diversity offered an array of perspectives that led to lively classroom discussion. There is something to be said for real-life experience."
Tammy White '10
Prosecuting attorney, Kent, Washington
Seattle University School of Law lets you choose the program that's right for you. In addition to our Full-Time Program, we offer the state's only Part-Time Program for working professionals. You can choose to start your studies in the summer or fall and can take classes during the day or in the evening. Accelerate your education by taking classes year-round and earn your degree in two-and-a-half years.
Also, as apart of our holistic admission process, our Access Admission Program is available to students who don't meet traditional admission criteria but show great promise for success in law school.
Part-Time Evening Program
The Part-Time Evening program is designed for working students or those with other personal daytime obligations, and is the only such program in Washington State. The program commences in June with a single course, Criminal Law. The course load over the fall and spring terms is three classes each semester for a total of 17 or 19 credits. Classes convene at 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the fall and spring semesters.
Part-Time Day Program
This program begins in the summer with a single course. The course load over the fall and spring terms is four classes for a total of 22 credits. The final first-year course is completed the second summer. Classes convene between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Because we offer classes year-round, you can choose to reduce your time in law school by attending full-time through the academic year and taking summer courses.
Recognizing that traditional admission criteria are sometimes inadequate predictors of success in law school, SU Law admits a number of students each year through the Access Admission process. Individuals considered for the Access Admission Program are members of historically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups or individuals whose capabilities may not be accurately reflected by traditional numerical indicators.
Applications for this program must be COMPLETE by February 1. Admission is highly competitive; for each candidate admitted, at least 10 others are denied. Enrollment is limited to 10 percent of each incoming class.
Access Admission students begin their studies each June, taking a substantive first-year course and participating in intensive writing seminars and sessions on exam taking and study skills. Under the auspices of our Academic Resource Center, a faculty supervisor, legal writing faculty, and other support staff offer guidance for these students during the summer and throughout law school.
Full-Time Summer Entry
All entering full-time students may choose to begin their studies in June by completing a single Criminal Law class during a six week summer term, thereby reducing their fall course load. Classes are offered at convenient times for those working during the summer. If you're new to the region, summer is the perfect time to settle into life in the Emerald City!
In addition to reducing your fall class load, you will have the opportunity to lay a solid foundation for your legal studies. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) supports students in developing critical legal skills and knowledge for success in the first year of law school and beyond. During weekly Criminal Law labs, students work collaboratively to develop skills to read and interpret legal text, articulate and synthesize rules and policy, and engage in effective legal analysis. To complement the labs, ARC staff facilitate weekly workshops that focus on general skills development. By the end of the summer, students not only gain the ability to understand and apply the law, but they also know how to generalize these skills for their fall courses.
Full-Time Fall Entry
Students who begin studies in the fall take 15 credits in the fall term and 15 credits in the spring term to complete their first-year legal studies over the traditional nine-month period. Classes typically convene between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.