Seattle University School of Law offers the only part-time law 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 students will choose courses that are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Students will also be able to take daytime classes should their schedules permit.
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, both in and out of class. 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 Research and Writing
Legal Research and Writing
Introduction to Practice
How to Apply
The application process is the same for full- and part-time prospective students. You must possess a bachelor's degree and register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The test is offered four times annually: September/October, December, February, and June. If you wish to be considered for the part-time program, we recommend that applicants take the LSAT no later than February of the year they wish to enroll. You may request registration materials for the LSAT by visiting www.lsac.org or calling (215) 968.1001. A complete application must include:
- A completed application for admission and a $60 application fee;
- A typed personal statement telling us about yourself and your reasons for seeking a law degree;
- A valid LSAT score; and
- 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. We encourage students interested in the part-time program to apply early due to limited class size.
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. Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $43,500 for 30 credits ($1,450 per credit). Other non-tuition costs (books, room and board, transportation, and other living expenses) average about $24,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.398.4200.