Full-time and Part-time Divisions
Chicago-Kent offers full-time day, part-time day, and part-time evening divisions. Entrance requirements are the same for all divisions, and the full-time faculty teaches in all three. You must indicate on your application the division for which you wish to be considered.
In accordance with Law School policy, students who take more than 13 credits in a semester are not permitted to work more than 20 hours a week. Full-time students are discouraged from working in their first year. First-year students who find it necessary to work more than 20 hours per week must enroll in either the part-time day or evening division. Upper-level students who find it necessary to work more than 20 hours a week must limit their course load to no more than 13 credits.
Full-time students take a total of 30 credits in the first year. After the first year, full-time students normally take 12 to 16 credit hours per semester and complete their degree requirements in three years.
Part-time students take a total of 22 credits in the first year. After the first year, part-time students normally take 8 to 11 credit hours per semester and complete their degree requirements in four years, including one summer session. The majority of part-time students are enrolled in the evening division. Part-time evening division classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:25 PM; however, evening students do not attend all of those hours every night.
Chicago-Kent's evening J.D. program is geared toward working professionals seeking a highly selective, competitive course of part-time study. First-year evening students have the option of following a traditional four nights per week schedule during the academic year, or may opt to take advantage of the summer sessions before and after the first year to ease the transition to law school and reduce the course load to three nights per week during the first academic year.
The law school also reserves a limited number of seats in the day division for part-time students. Enrollment in the part-time day division is limited, and seats are reserved primarily for students whose personal circumstances prevent them from attending the part-time evening division. Part-time day division students attend courses with students enrolled in the full-time day division.
Students may apply to transfer from one division to another after the end of their first academic year.