Part-time evening division students typically complete law school in four years (as opposed to three years in the full-time program). The Part-time evening division is only available for those who start in the Fall semester.
The parameters for admission to Barry Law are the same for full-time day and part-time evening programs. Occasionally, the full-time program may fill up and students may only be invited to the part-time program as a result. All part-time students may switch to full-time after completing the first year courses and vice versa. This switch must be discussed with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
Students listen to a lecture in class. Part Time Evening division students comprise about 1/3rd of the student body and meet Monday through Thursday evenings.
Evening division classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings between approximately 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to accommodate working adults and others who are unavailable during the day. Students generally take 8 to 10 credit hours per semester (except summer, which is optional). Thus, part-time students enjoy three days off per week. In contrast, full-time students attend classes five days a week within an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. timeframe and take 13 to 15 credit hours per semester.
Part-time students are eligible for merit-based scholarships based on LSAT and undergraduate grade point average. Other factors like work experience and community service are also considered.
Part-time students are taught by the same faculty and will be offered the same opportunities for office hours, social events, speaking engagements, and student organizations as the full-time day division students. Additionally, a separate evening Orientation is planned for part-time students to accommodate those working full-time during the day.
Part-time students may work as many hours per week as desired; in contrast, full-time day students may not work more than 20 hours per week per ABA Standards.
Part-time students have the same opportunity to obtain the Federal Stafford Loan of $20,500 per academic year. Part-time tuition is generally 25% less than full-time tuition due to the reduced course load. Private loans are also available for evening students.