Part-Time Program

Brandeis School of Law offers a part-time program for candidates who are unable to attend law school on a full-time schedule. The program offers a slightly reduced course load, with courses offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Candidates for the part-time program must have flexible schedules, especially those who plan to work full time, and many programs designed for students’ academic and professional success take place outside of scheduled class time. Part-time students will want to take advantage of both Structured Study Groups and informal study groups, professional development workshops, student life events and more.  When necessary, faculty members may schedule make-up sessions at times other than regular class meeting times.

Students may switch from the part-time program to the full-time program after their first semester of study.

Program Facts

  • Courses per semester: Three to four, depending on your schedule
  • Program length: Four or five years
  • Summer courses: Summer courses are available on a limited basis. Generally, part time students take one or two summer courses after the first year.
  • Tuition
    Per hour: $1,122 (resident) or $2,093 (non-resident)

Example First-Year  Part-Time Schedule

Fall Semester
Lawyering Skills Required 3 hours
Contracts I Required 3 hours
Torts I Required 3 hours
Total Hours: 9 
Criminal Law or Property I* Optional 3 hours
Spring Semester
Lawyering Skills Required 3 hours
Contracts II Required 3 hours
Torts II Required 3 hours
Total Hours: 9 
Civil Procedure I or Property II * Optional 3 hours

* Part-time students may take Criminal Law during the fall semester and Civil Procedure I during the spring semester OR Property I and II in fall and spring with permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Services.

Generally, it is recommended that law students study three hours outside of class for every one hour of class time. Part-time students enrolled in four courses should expect to study at least 30 hours per week.