College of Arts & Sciences
A liberal arts education forms a broad academic foundation for independent thought, critical analysis, and lifelong learning. In other words, preparing you for your first career and your next.
USF offers a full menu of JD programs — full-time, part-time, and several joint-degrees — that invite you to tailor your education to meet your career goals. Whatever program you choose, you will build a solid foundation in both legal theory and professional skills to hit the ground running as a lawyer.
The traditional Full-Time JD Program requires three years of study. First-year students are divided into two sections and follow a required core curriculum concentrated in the first and second years. In order to begin to tailor their education early on, our students may choose an elective course as early as their first year. The Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis class is taught in sections of approximately 20 students to ensure the highest level of interactive study. The rigorous curriculum, coupled with the demands of class preparation, library research, writing assignments, and co-curricular and student activities, creates a demanding schedule for full-time students. As such, American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation standards limit full-time law students to no more than 20 hours of employment per week during the academic year.
The four-year Part-Time JD Program offers the same rigorous education, supportive community, and co-curricular opportunities as the full-time program, but with increased flexibility that allows for work, caretaking, and other responsibilities. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., with occasional sessions on Friday and Saturday. Evening classes during summer sessions add flexibility to the schedule. A part-time student may accelerate coursework after the first year and earn a JD in three and a half years or may transfer to the full-time division.
I chose the USF School of Law because it conveys a unique sense of community that wasn't apparent elsewhere. Other universities solicited principally on statistics or standing, but USF complemented its attributes with helpful faculty who were eager to engage with potential students.
RYAN RADEMACHER '18