Extended (Part-Time) Schedule
Attend law school part-time for four years (48 months).
Students who must work while attending law school typically use this schedule. There are three courses (9 credits) each term for the first and second years, with students attending class three days per week. During the third and fourth years, students take six credits each term. This schedule is also offered on weekends.
- Term 1: Introduction to Law, Contracts I, Torts I, Criminal Law
- Term 2: ARC Skills Seminars (recommended), Contracts II, Torts II, Civil Procedure I
- Term 3: Research & Writing, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure II
- Term 4: Property I, Constitutional Law I, Evidence
- Term 5: Property II, Constitutional Law II, Business Organizations
- Term 6: Personal and Professional Responsibility, Secured Transactions, Choice of one: Pretrial Skills, Sales, or Administrative Law
- Term 7: Taxation, Electives
- Term 8: Wills, Estates & Trusts, Electives
- Term 9: Remedies, Electives
- Term 10: Advanced Writing, Practice Bar Exam (recommended), Electives
- Term 11: Bar Preparation Course (recommended) or take in last term on campus, Electives
- Term 12: Bar Preparation Course (recommended), Electives
J.D. Program Options
Attend part-time for three years (36 months). Designed to offer a manageable schedule for both working and nonworking students.
Complete your entire legal education through weekend classes. Classes start in September at the Lansing campus.
Attend law school part-time for four years (48 months). If you must work while attending law school, consider using this schedule.
Attend full-time for almost three years (32 months), attending classes two terms per year and one term off per year. Take summers off for legal internships.
Attend classes five days per week for two years (24 months). An intensive, full-time program if you are confident you can manage five classes (15 credits) per term.
Attend law school part-time for five years (60 months). Students who must work full-time or have significant other time commitments while attending law school typically use this schedule.
Every student completes 90 credit hours, including 66 credit hours of required substantive and skills-based courses, plus 24 credit hours of elective course concentrations.
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