Louisville Law offers a part-time schedule for students who are unable to attend law school on a full-time schedule. The schedule offers a reduced course load, with part-time first-year students taking three or four courses per semester rather than the usual five. As a result, part-time students typically complete the JD program in four to five years.
Part-time students must have flexible availability, especially those who plan to pursue full-time employment simultaneously. All first-year classes are taught on weekdays during the day, and when necessary, course faculty may hold make-up sessions at different times than classes would normally meet. In addition, many programs designed for students’ academic and career success — some of which are mandatory — take place outside of scheduled class time, including study groups, professional development workshops and student life events.
Tuition for part-time students is charged by the credit hour rather than by the term. For students first enrolling in Fall 2020, the current tuition rate is $1,156 per credit hour for Kentucky residents and $1,406 per credit hour for nonresidents. Students may choose to switch from part-time to full-time status after their first year of study.
Three course sequences are required for part-time first-year students:
- Contracts I (Fall) » Contracts II (Spring)
- Lawyering Skills I (Fall) » Lawyering Skills II (Spring)
Torts I (Fall) » Torts II (Spring)
If desired, one additional course sequence of the following two may be taken with permission from the Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management:
- Criminal Law (Fall) » Civil Procedure I (Spring)
- Property I (Fall) » Property II (Spring)