Akron Law offers students a great deal of flexibility in the way they complete law school. Full-time and part-time students have exactly the same opportunities, but there are some differences in the ways in which full-time and part-time students complete law school. The table below summarizes the similarities and differences between the full-time and part-time programs.

 

Full-Time

Part-Time

Credits Required for Graduation 88 88
Credit Hour Load 12 to 16 credits each fall and spring semester, summer optional 8 to 10 credits each fall and spring semester
5 credits 1st summer
3 to 6 credits subsequent summers
Class Schedules Courses are offered at various times Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:35 p.m.

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Part-time evening students take classes 3-4 nights per week, usually from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night.

Part-time day students take classes at various times Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:35 p.m.

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Graduation Traditional: 3 years
Early-out: 2 ½ years
Traditional: 4 years
Early-out: 3 ½ years
Extended: 5-6 years

Note that students who start part-time can graduate in 3 years if they transfer to full-time study after the first year and attend during summer sessions.
Faculty Full-time faculty teach required courses and electives Full-time faculty teach required courses and electives

PLUS many highly specialized electives are taught by adjunct professors and are available for all students to take during evening hours

Law Review Eligibility Yes Yes
Organization Leadership/Membership Yes Yes
Clinical Program Eligibility Yes Yes
Placement Assistance by Career Planning Yes - November 1 or later of first year (in accordance with NALP guidelines) Yes - From first day of law school
Eligible to try out for Competition Teams (Moot Court, Mock Trial) Yes Yes
Age of Entering Students Generally averages 24-26 Generally averages 26-28
Dean’s Office Accessibility 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during fall and spring semesters

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during summers

Evening appointments available

8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during fall and spring semesters

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during summers

Evening appointments available

Law Library Hours Late night hours - Click here for details Late night hours - Click here for details
Employment Policy May not work during first year fall and spring semesters

May work full time during winter and summer breaks–not recommended to work more than 40 hours per week if enrolled in summer or intersession classes

May work up to 20 hours per week during 2nd and 3rd year fall and spring semesters
May work full-time year-round, unless otherwise stated in the admission letter; not recommended to work more than 40 hours per week
Scholarships Eligible to be considered for entering and upper-division scholarships Eligible to be considered for entering and upper-division scholarships