Part-Time Option for Students Entering Fall 2015 and Beyond

Note: Some changes to the part-time option have been incorporated for students who enroll in 2015 and beyond. For current students who enrolled in 2014 or earlier, see details here.

For students beginning their studies after the fall of 2014, Marquette University Law School will continue to offer a wide variety of evening classes for both part-time and full-time students.  But as part of an effort to better focus its resources, the Law School no longer offers an evening-only part-time option.  That is, to fulfill all their graduation requirements, part-time students who enroll beginning in the fall 2015 semester will have to take at least some day classes—including the traditional “first-year courses”—to receive a J.D. from Marquette Law School.


At Marquette, part-time students may complete the 90 credits required for the J.D. degree in as many as six years or, with summer attendance, as few as four. Admission and graduation requirements are identical for part-time and full-time students, making it possible to convert from part-time to full-time status. A minimum of two courses (at least six credits) must be taken each semester.

Part-time students should plan to attend parts of at least two days/evenings per week, depending in particular upon the pace at which they seek to move through the program.

Part-time students have until the end of their second spring semester to complete the course requirements of a full-time first-year (1L) student.

Entering part-time students take two 1L courses in each of their first fall and spring semesters.  They must take two of the following three courses in their first fall semester: Criminal Law (3 credits), Torts (4 credits), or Contracts (4 credits).

In their first spring semester, part-time students take two of the following three courses as scheduled: Constitutional Law (4 credits), Property (4 credits), or Civil Procedure (4 credits).


In their second fall and spring semesters, part-time students take Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 1 & 2, plus any 1L courses not taken in the first part-time year. For planning purposes, please note that Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 1 & 2 MUST be taken in consecutive semesters.

During these two semesters that part-time students may add more courses to their schedule.

By the end of their second spring semester, all part-time students will have completed the same courses required of a full-time 1L student.


In addition to the required 1L courses, students must complete the following requirements for graduation: The Law Governing Lawyers; Evidence; Trusts and Estates; an advanced legal research course; a process elective; a perspectives course; a public law course; a seminar; and a workshop. In selecting electives, students have the opportunity to choose from among fifteen specialized course streams:

Business and Commercial Law
Civil Litigation
Criminal Law
Dispute Resolution
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Estate Planning
Family Law
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
International Law
Public Law
Real Estate Law
Sports Law


Additional Information - Schedule a Visit

For additional information about the part-time option, for financial aid questions, or to schedule a visit, contact the Law School's Office of Admissions (414-288-6767).

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