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 Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides support and tools for success for all law students.

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 part-time program 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:

First Summer
Criminal Law
Second Summer
Optional coursework
First Fall
Civil Procedure
Torts I
Legal Writing I
Second Fall
Property
Contracts I
Legal Research and Writing
First Spring
Constitutional Law
Torts II
Legal Writing II
Second Spring
Professional Responsibility
Contracts 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:

  1. A completed application form and a $65 application fee paid to LSAC;
  2. A two-page personal statement telling us about yourself and your reasons for seeking a law degree;
  3. Copies of all undergraduate transcripts. Applicants may also submit graduate transcripts (if any);
  4. A valid LSAT score;
  5. A minimum of two (we will accept a maximum of three) letters of recommendation; and
  6. A current résumé.

Deadlines

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.

Employer Reimbursements

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.

Resources

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
(360) 943. 1171 ext. 7
J_cockrum55@yahoo.com
Achieve Consulting Team
Olympia, Washington

Cheryl Farrish '09
(206) 838.2500
cfarrish@certalaw.com
CERTA LAW GROUP
Seattle, Washington

Jason Casebolt '10
(425) 312-4693
jason@caseboltlawfirm.com
The Casebolt Law Firm, PLLC
Mill Creek, Washington

Zachary Davies '09
(206) 275.1010
zachd@schweetlaw.com
Schweet Linde & Coulson, PLLC
Seattle, Washington

Tammy Larson-White '10
(253) 856.5774
twhite@kentwa.gov
City of Kent
Prosecutor

Matthew Kunz '10
(206) 632.0085
mattgkunz@gmail.com
Law Office of Matthew Kunz
Seattle, Washington

Learn More About Seattle University School of Law

For more information about our part-time program, or to meet with an Admission Officer, please contact lawadmis@seattleu.edu or 206.398.4200. Applicants are also encouraged to schedule a visit to observe a first-year part-time evening class.