Law school takes a lot of time and effort to complete, so before you apply you need to consider how much time you can devote to your education. Due to a huge increase in students applying to law school, many schools are offering part-time and evening classes, but you need to know what exactly those classes entail.
These part-time classes are usually created to accommodate for the fact that the day classes are overflowing. That being said, the part-time day classes and evening programs also allow more students into law school who might not have otherwise been accepted. However, you need to find out if these part-time day classes are actually part-time. Many law schools offer these programs, but they only have one fewer class than the full-time students need to take. It’s hard to imagine this being part-time. If you are going to try and balance a job while attending law school part-time you will have hard time. Not only are you going to have to be in class for hours every day, but you will also need to be completing hours of homework and reading. If your law school offers part-time with only one fewer class, chances are you will either have to drop law school or the job. This is especially true because you need to achieve top marks in first year law school. Without complete dedication, you will not be prepared.
As talked about in another article, there are also competitions to get into a law journal in your first year. Not all law schools allow for part-time law school students to compete, or there will be a much smaller amount of students accepted. If your law school only offers one less class for the part-time than the full-time, you may not want to waste your money on being part-time. Instead, make law school worth it’s while. Do not miss out on the opportunities during your first year. You need law firms to see you, to see your potential. Going to school part-time will hinder your chances of getting in with a big law firm.