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Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers

New England Law offers a Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers (formerly the Special Part-Time Program) for individuals with family-care responsibilities who are unable to attend law school as full-time day or part-time evening students. The program allows students to arrange schedules that are more compatible with their family responsibilities.

The program is highly selective and only admits a small number of students each year. Therefore, applicants must establish that it would be a severe hardship for them to enroll in our standard day or evening programs. Applicants to the program must have excellent qualifications and the maturity to handle an independent law school experience.

Accepted students can design a personalized schedule with the direction of the program’s faculty coordinator. Each student is allowed up to six years to complete his or her studies.

To graduate, a student must complete the minimum of 86 credits and 120 weeks in residence required of all New England Law students. Students may combine day and evening courses and may switch between academic programs if their schedules allow and the transfer request is approved.

Tuition and Fees

Most students carry approximately the same course load as traditional part-time students (both day and evening). As a result, they pay the same tuition and fees. If a student carries fewer than eight credits, then the tuition may be reduced pro rata, but the basic fees are not reduced. Students in the Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers are not eligible for merit scholarships that are awarded to incoming first year students.


Students in the Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers will be given an “equivalency rank.” That will be the student’s rank while in school and his or her final rank. The equivalency rank will apply as soon as a student enters the program, and will continue to apply even if the student subsequently enters the day or evening program.

These students will be eligible for the following academic awards for semesters or years in which they carried a minimum of nine credits: Dean’s List, New England Scholar, and American Jurisprudence prizes.

Students will also be eligible for honors at commencement (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude).