Part-Time Evening Program

Seattle University School of Law offers the only part-time JD Program in Washington state. This four-year program, ranked No. 21 in the nation, is geared toward working professionals and those with family or other daytime obligations.

In the first and second years, classes are held just three nights a week. Thereafter, students typically choose courses on Mondays through Thursdays beginning after 5:30 p.m., and may take daytime classes when their schedules permit. Most students complete the program in four years, but those who take classes year-round can finish one semester early. 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 life experiences that enrich the life of the law school. Among our part-time alumni are law firm partners, executives at major 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
Property
Contracts I
Legal Writing I
Second Fall
Civil Procedure
Torts I
Legal Writing II
First Spring
Contracts II
Professional Responsibility
Legal Writing I
Second Spring
Constitutional Law
Torts II
Elective

How to Apply

The application process is the same for full and part-time applicants. Candidates must register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and submit all application materials (see below) via LSAC.

Starting this year, Seattle U Law will accept either LSAT or GRE General Test scores. The LSAT is offered at various times throughout the year through LSAC. Visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for GRE testing information. We recommend that part-time program applicants take the LSAT or GRE no later than January of the year they wish to enroll.

A complete JD Program application includes:

  1. A completed application form and a $65 application fee (the fee is waived through February 1);
  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 should also submit graduate transcripts, if any;
  4. A valid LSAT or GRE General Test 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 on a space-available basis. Due to limited class size, we advise part-time candidates to apply as early as possible. To encourage early applications, our $65 application fee is automatically waived for those who apply by February 1!

Tuition and Financial Aid

While the per-credit cost is identical for all students, annual tuition varies, based on the number of credits taken per term. For example, full-time tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $48,330 for 30 credits ($1,611 per credit), and $37,053 for part-time students (who typically take 23 credits). Other costs (books, room and board, transportation, and other living expenses) average about $27,000 per nine-month academic year. 

All part-time applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards, no separate application is required.

Employer Reimbursements

The School of Law is pleased to partner with employers offering employee tuition reimbursement programs. To participate, admitted 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) 388.1395
zach@resslertesh.com
Ressler & Tesh, 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. See the class visit schedule here