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JD Part-Time Program

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Overview

Whether you are looking to begin an exciting journey into the legal profession or simply to advance your current career, Quinnipiac Law’s part-time JD program can help you reimagine — and realize — professional possibilities in any number of fields, including corporate law, private practice, judicial or public interest law.

Program Overview

A top-tier legal education paced for you

Whether you are a corporate professional, firefighter, police officer, teacher, paralegal or a busy parent, Quinnipiac’s part-time JD program is designed for those with the ambition to pursue a legal career, but who may also have work and family commitments or additional responsibilities. The part-time JD offers the same high-quality ABA-approved curriculum as our full-time JD program taught by the same highly experienced full-time faculty, ensuring that you receive the same rigorous preparation and commitment to practical learning.

As a part-time student, you are part of a highly supportive, collegial law school community that enables you to form close relationships and build strong professional networks. Merit scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available, and you’ll have the same access to all career development and support services offered in the law school. Additionally, student-run organizations, service work opportunities in communities both near and far and resources that provide meaningful, hands-on experience.

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Open opportunities

Part-time students are an active part of the law community. Here, part-time law student Joey-Lynn Darius, JD ‘20, left, works with Bethany Russo, JD ‘20, in the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal office.

By The Numbers

90%


Employment Rate

Students employed within 10 months of graduation (Class of 2018)

82%


Connecticut Bar Pass Rate

First-time test takers (July 2018) compared to the corresponding state average of 70%

11:1


Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes enhance classroom discussion and perspective sharing

$7 million


Scholarships & Grants

The amount we awarded in merit scholarships and grants in 2018

Part-time Curriculum

Part-time students generally attend the School of Law for four years, including one or two summer sessions, and are required to complete 86 credits. Students who study part-time may take courses during the day, or the evening, if space is available.

All part-time students are required to take the prescribed program of required courses listed below and four of the six core electives. In addition, students must take the course in Lawyers' Professional Responsibility and satisfy the experiential learning requirement and the advanced writing requirement.

Part-Time Juris Doctor Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
LAWS 101 Civil Procedure I 2
LAWS 103 Contracts I 2
LAWS 107 Torts 4
LAWS 111 Legal Skills I 2
 Credits10
Spring Semester
LAWS 102 Civil Procedure II 3
LAWS 104 Contracts II 4
LAWS 112 Legal Skills II 2
 Credits9
Second Year
Fall Semester
LAWS 105 Property 4
LAWS 113 Criminal Law 3
Core Elective 1 4
 Credits11
Spring Semester
LAWS 110 Constitutional Law 4
Core Elective 1 4
Experiential Course 3 3
 Credits11
Summer Semester
Core Elective / General Elective 2 3
 Credits3
Third Year
Fall Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Experiential Course 3 2
General Electives 4
 Credits10
Spring Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Experiential Course 3 2
General Electives 4
 Credits10
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Core Elective 1 3
Experiential Course 3 2
General Electives 6
 Credits11
Spring Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Generals Electives 7
 Credits11
 Total Credits86
1

Part-time students must take 2 core electives by the end of the second year. Fewer core elective credits in the second year can be taken if one or more core electives in the summer between the first and second years have been completed.

Core electives are:

LAWS*114 - Administrative Law - 3 credits. 

LAWS*205 - Business Organizations - 4 credits. 

LAWS*305 - Federal Income Tax - 4 credits. 

LAWS*307 - Trusts & Estates - 3 credits. 

LAWS*311 - Evidence - 3 credits.

LAWS*323 - Commercial Law - 4 credits. 

Students must take a total of four core electives. One of the four must be Federal Income Tax or Commercial Law. 

2

Taking at least one summer course over the course of study will be necessary to reach the required 86 credits needed for graduation by the end of your fourth year.

3

Experiential Learning Requirement (applicable to students matriculating Fall 2016 or later) Each student must also satisfactorily complete “one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least 6 credits,” as provided by current ABA Standard 303(a)(3) and related provisions. Certain courses are always designated as “experiential courses” that will satisfy the requirement. They are: all law clinics except Advanced Clinic; all externships including Field Placement II; Introduction to Representing Clients; Negotiation; Trial Practice and Advanced Trial Practice. Other courses that may satisfy this requirement, depending on the design choices that the particular professor makes, include: Advanced Family Law II: Courtroom Advocacy, Advanced Juvenile Law: Delinquency Proceedings, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy Lab, Commercial Transactions Workshop, Estate Planning and Drafting, Financial Planning: Principles and Taxation, Judicial Clerkship Seminar, Land Use Practicum, Representation in Mediation, and Visual Persuasion in the Law. (This list is subject to revision; each semester the registrar will designate which courses taught the following semester will satisfy the requirement.) Any paper(s) written in connection with a course or courses used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement may be used to satisfy no more than three of the four papers required to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. 

Additional course details


Please refer to the School of Law academic catalog for more information.

Full-time options


Part-time students have the option of switching to the full-time program after their first year so they can graduate in three years. To learn more, visit our full-time program page.

Admission Requirements

We’d love to meet you

From the moment you express interest in applying, you will discover what it means to become part of the Quinnipiac School of Law community.  Our approachable admissions staff will answer any questions you have and will help guide you through the process of applying and navigating your financial aid.

Unclear about the path between your education and a possible career? We‘ll put you in touch with our faculty — even before you are admitted. You‘ll be impressed with how much time and attention they‘ll share with you.

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