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Weekend (Part-Time) Schedule

Classes are scheduled mornings and afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays, and last for 3 hours each.

Students have the option to complete their entire legal education taking classes only on the weekend. Weekend classes start in September at the Lansing campus and May at the Auburn Hills and Tampa Bay campuses. Below is one typical schedule you might take in the weekend program. But you have many options. Email us at for more information on scheduling options. 

First Year

Term 1: Introduction to Law, Contracts I, Property I, Torts I, Criminal Law
Term 2: ARC Skills Seminars (recommended), Contracts II, Property II, Torts II, Civil Procedure I
Term 3: Personal and Professional Responsibility, Research & Writing, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure II

Second Year

Term 4: Constitutional Law I, Taxation, Evidence
Term 5: Constitutional Law II, Wills, Estates & Trusts, Business Organizations
Term 6: Secured Transactions, Remedies, Choice of one: Pretrial Skills, Sales, or Administrative Law

Third Year

Term 7: Advanced Writing, Electives
Term 8: Practice Bar Exam (recommended), Electives
Term 9: Bar Preparation Course (recommended), Electives

J.D. Program Options

Standard (Part-Time) Schedule »

Attend part-time for three years (36 months). Designed to offer a manageable schedule for both working and nonworking students.

Weekend (Part-Time) Schedule »

Complete your entire legal education through weekend classes. Classes start in September at the Lansing campus and May at the Auburn Hills and Tampa Bay campuses.

Extended (Part-Time) Schedule »

Attend law school part-time for four years (48 months). If you must work while attending law school, consider using this schedule.

Terms-Off (Full-Time) 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.

Accelerated (Full-Time) Schedule »

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.

Five Year Extended (Part-Time) Schedule »

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.

Juris Doctor Curriculum »

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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