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Part-Time Academics

Part-time students attend classes Monday through Thursday between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., with occasional sessions on Saturday.

The less demanding schedule caters to students who work full-time or have other obligations as well as those who have been out of school for an extended period and want to re-engage at a slower pace. Students must earn at least 84 units of course credit, including 39 units in required core courses, within a four-year period. Classes during summer sessions add increased flexibility to the schedule. By participating in summer sessions, part-time students may accelerate coursework after the first year and earn a JD in three and a half years or, if GPA requirements are met, may transfer to the full-time division and complete the JD program in three years.

USF's core courses, which are concentrated in the first two years of the part-time program, provide students the fundamental skills and basic knowledge needed to successfully practice any area of law. In the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis course, students begin to master writing and speaking skills required of legal professionals.

Part-time, full-time, and international students are integrated in elective courses. Elective courses are available in the day or evening and allow students to develop specialized skills and pursue career objectives. USF offers certificate programs in business law, intellectual property and technology law, international and comparative law, and public interest law, in addition to numerous elective clusters.

For more details regarding the part-time curriculum please click here.