"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
Part-Time Evening Program
Seattle University School of Law offers the only part-time JD Program in Washington State. The program is geared toward working professionals and those with family or other daytime obligations.
The curriculum has recently been changed to improve access for those who are balancing multiple commitments. In the first and second years, classes are held just three nights a week. Thereafter, part-time evening students typically choose courses scheduled Mondays through Thursdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. Students may also take daytime classes should their schedules permit. Most students complete the program in four years, but those who take classes year-round can obtain their JD in just three and a half years.
Our part-time students boast superb academic records, impressive career credentials, and a range of work and life experiences that enrich the life of the law school. Among our alumni are senior partners at law firms, executive officers at major Northwest corporations, academics, and political officials.
The First-Year Schedule
The following is a sample part-time evening course schedule:
Legal Writing I
Legal Research and Writing
Legal Writing II
Introduction to Practice
How to Apply
The application process is the same for full and part-time applicants. You must possess a bachelor's degree and submit a valid Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. The LSAT is offered four times annually: September/October, December, February, and June through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). We recommend that part-time program applicants take the LSAT no later than February of the year they wish to enroll. All application materials must be submitted through LSAC. A complete JD Program application includes:
- A completed application form and a $60 application fee paid to LSAC;
- A two-page personal statement telling us about yourself and your reasons for seeking a law degree;
- Copies of all undergraduate transcripts. Applicants may also submit graduate transcripts (if any);
- A valid LSAT score;
- A minimum of two (we will accept a maximum of three) letters of recommendation; and
- A current résumé.
The Admission Office observes a March 1 priority deadline, but accepts applications thereafter contingent on available seats remaining. Due to limited class size, we encourage students interested in the part-time program to apply as early as possible.
Tuition and Financial Aid
While first-year tuition is identical for all students, payment schedules vary depending on the number of credits you take per term. For example, full-time tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $44,970 for 30 credits ($1,499 per credit). Other non-tuition costs (books, room and board, transportation, and other living expenses) average about $25,000 per nine-month academic year. All part-time applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards, a separate application is not required.
The School of Law is pleased to partner with employers offering employee tuition reimbursement programs. To participate, accepted students should provide a copy of their employer's reimbursement policy, indicating reimbursement percentage, to the Law School Business Office.
Several part-time evening program alumni have volunteered to answer your questions about our program. Here are their names, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and professional affiliations. We encourage you to contact them.
Jeff Cockrum '09
Cheryl Farrish '09
Jason Casebolt '10
Zachary Davies '09
Tammy Larson-White '10
Matthew Kunz '10
Learn More About Seattle University School of Law
To receive detailed information about our part-time program, or to meet with an Admission Officer, call or e-mail to make an appointment. Applicants are also encouraged to schedule a visit to observe a part-time evening class.
For answers to questions about admission, please contact email@example.com or 206.398.4200.