"'Whom are you?' said he, for he had been to night school." - George Ade, Bang! Bang!, "The Steel Box"
Of the 175 ABA-accredited law schools in this country, less than a quarter have part-time (late afternoon or evening) study programs leading to a JD degree. Generally, the schools that offer such programs are in the middle or on the lower end of the prestige scale and have less stringent admissions standards than the better schools. Still, for any number of reasons, a substantial number of law students in this country are enrolled in part-time school programs
, and this book would not be complete without offering some advice to students in that situation.
Although the authors strongly recommend that any aspiring law student attempt to enroll in the full-time program of the best law school she can, there are a number of types of students who opt for part-time law study. Perhaps the student has a successful career and a well-paying job along with a family to support; in some cases, not enough financial aid will be available to enable the student to quit her present job and study full time. Perhaps the student wants to learn about the law to advance her present career without leaving her company's employment and does not wish to change careers following graduation from law school. Perhaps the student is an athlete in training, or for some other reason cannot study full time during the day. Or maybe the student simply prefers studying at night, the company of generally older, more mature students, and/or the lesser workload of a four-year part-time law school program. Whatever the reason a student is attending law school part time, however, there are a few pieces of sound advice to keep in mind.
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