College of Law > Academics > JD Program > Part-time JD Program
DePaul’s part-time JD program gives you flexibility and options in planning your legal education. You can choose from a variety of certificates. With the ability to select both day and evening classes after your first year, you can build a schedule that aligns with your work and life commitments.
Students, faculty and alumni highlight the advantages of the part-time program. DePaul Law focuses on ensuring that flexibility, convenience, affordability, career advancement opportunities and a caring community are available to all students -- especially to those in the part-time program.
DePaul Law Student 2L (Class of 2020) Manager, National Futures Association
"DePaul and my company made it possible for me to pursue my interest in the law and still work full time with the flexibility of a part-time J.D. program -- blocks from where I work - and a generous reimbursement package."
Associate Director Legal Analysis, Research & Communication Senior Professional Lecturer (Intellectual Property)
"What is helpful about the part-time program for these students is that a J.D. can either enhance their existing careers by enabling new opportunities in the same company or opening new doors."
JD '02 Litigation & Practice Support Manager, AmLaw 10 Law Firm
"My DePaul law degree has allowed me to advance in my career by defining and refining the skills that have made me successful in this growing field, which is a combination of legal knowledge and technical skills."
"I love the part-time program because it allows me to become really involved in the DePaul community. I am able to join lots of student events and programs that are available here... I can also consult my professors on anything that I need to. For me, that's just ideal."
DePaul Law Student 3L (Class of 2019)Law Clerk, Cohon Raizes & Regal Regal LLP.
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JD is earned in four years by taking 9-12 hours per semester.
Convenient 1L schedule, meeting Monday-Thursday beginning at 5:50pm.
All classes offered in convenient downtown location in the heart of the loop.
Same renowned full-time faculty also teach in the evening.
Access to the full range of student activities offered at the law school.
Sample First-Year Schedule
First-year part-time students take 10 credit hours per semester. The semester in which required courses are offered and completed may vary.
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