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. First-year students are considered for admission only in the fall semester; there is no mid-year admission. Students admitted to the fall entering class may elect to begin their studies early through the optional summer start program. Summer start students take Criminal Law during the summer term, which typically begins in late May. Information about the optional summer start is sent to all admitted students in March.
In their first year, full-time students take a total of 30 credits. After the first year, full-time students normally take 12 to 16 credit hours per semester and complete their degree requirements in three years. In accordance with American Bar Association standards, full-time students are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week and are discouraged from seeking employment during their 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.
Part-time students take a total of 22 credits in their 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.