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Part-Time Programs (Day and Evening)

There are several part-time programs at New England Law, designed to fit students’ various needs and schedules.

Our primary part-time offerings are the Evening Part-Time Program and Day Part-Time Program. (We also offer the highly selective Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers.)

Admission procedures, requirements, academic expectations, and faculty are identical for both the Evening and Day Part-Time Programs. In general, the Day Part-Time course schedule is the same as that of the Evening students; the main difference is the Day Part-Time Program takes place during the day, of course.

Like full-time students, part-time students can have a concentration and develop expertise in an array of legal fields. They also have many opportunities to gain practical experience through our 16 clinics and three academic centers; however, access to many clinics depends on availability during hours when courts are open (see “Clinics” section below).

Below you’ll find a brief overview of what the Evening and Day Part-Time Programs entail.

Evening Part-Time Program

Although the Evening Part-Time Program is academically consistent with the Day Part-Time Program, the experience of evening students is distinct.

Evening students are often somewhat older than their day-time counterparts, they may have families, and many already have professional careers. These commonalities generate camaraderie and friendship. Each class takes nearly all of its courses together for the first two years as well, so personal bonds develop that often result in practical assistance, such as carpooling and weekend study sessions. In addition, Thursday night has become a traditional time for evening program students to get together to socialize and unwind.

Evening students find the support of the faculty and administration is as crucial to a successful experience as the fellowship of their peers. Our professors maintain flexible office hours and make special accommodations to be available on the evening students' schedules. The clinical program makes accommodations as well, and student-serving administrative offices stay open on some weekday evenings when classes meet.

Curriculum Overview

The Evening Part-time Program lasts four years. Most required courses are taken during the first and second years, and 86 credits are required for graduation.

Most first- and second-years classes are held between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.

First-Year Evening Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts I 2 Contracts II 3
Legal Research and Writing I 2 Legal Research and Writing II 2
Torts 4 Criminal Law 3
  11   11

Second-Year Evening Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Property I 2 Property II 3
Constitutional Law 4 Criminal Procedure I 3
Legal Research and Writing III 2 Electives 3-6
Evidence 3    
  11   9-12

Third-Year Evening Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Law & Ethics of Lawyering* 3 Electives 9-12
Electives 6-9    
  9-12   9-12

Fourth-Year Evening Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Electives 9-12 Electives 9-12


* Evening part-time students may choose to take Law & Ethics of Lawyering in the spring of their second year.

Student Bar Association Evening Representatives

To ensure evening law students are represented, the Student Bar Association has an evening program chairperson and vice chairperson who serve with the SBA president and vice president as officers. Although evening students may have less time to participate in school activities than their day program counterparts, the SBA tries to include them whenever possible.

Day Part-Time Program

Our Part-Time Day Program is comprised of only a small number of students. They work alongside full-time students in class and study groups, and they are involved in the many student organizations at New England Law. They simply complete law school on a longer schedule.

Curriculum Overview

The Day Part-Time Program lasts four years. Most required courses are taken during the first and second years, and 86 credits are required for graduation.

Day part-time students are enrolled in the same daytime classes as full-time students; they can also elect to take evening classes if they wish to keep their schedules similar to students’ in the part-time evening program.

First Year Part Time Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts I 3 Contracts II 2
Legal Research and Writing I 2 Legal Research and Writing II 2
Torts 4 Criminal Law 3
  12   10

Second Year Part Time Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Property I 3 Property II 2
Constitutional Law** 4 Criminal Procedure I 3
Legal Research and Writing III 2 Elective(s) 1-4
Evidence 3 Law & Ethics of Lawyering 3
  12   9-12

**Day Part-Time students may choose to take Constitutional Law in the fall of their second year during the evening or in the spring of their second year during the day.

Third Year Part Time Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Electives 9-12 Electives 9-12

Fourth Year Part Time Program Required Courses

Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits
Electives 9-12 Electives 9-12

Program Details Relevant to Both Evening and Day Part-Time Students

Tuition and Fees

The Evening and Day Part-Time Programs have the same tuition, fees, and cost structure.

Please review our Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Clinics

All clinics are open to evening and other part-time students; in fact, 40 percent of the part-time students in the Class of 2017 had at least one clinic/externship experience. Some clinics also have lower credit sections available only to evening and other part-time students.

Though not all clinic placements will fit the schedule of each evening student (as courts and government offices are only open during the day), every effort is made to ensure part-time students get the clinical experiences that fit their goals. In addition, courses that teach practical skills, like trial preparation, are specifically taught in the evening.

You’ll find our clinic FAQs here, and you can email clinic director Professor Engler for more information.

Taking Classes in the Other Program

Students are permitted to take elective courses in the other part-time program each semester, pending space availability and without special approval. They may take additional courses with approval. This enables evening students to take day courses as their schedules permit and vice versa.

Changing Programs

Part-time students can apply to transfer into the full-time day program (or another part-time program). A transfer request form must be submitted by March 15 prior to the academic year for which transfer is sought.