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.
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.