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the full extent possible and integrate them into the law school.” The school has one application only for admission. Whether a student wants to go part-time or full-time is not a factor in whether they are admitted. There’s no discrimination against part-timers, while some schools do set quotas for the number of part-time students. “We treat them in exactly the same way,” McGovern said. “We have a single orientation for both kinds of students and we hold it for two days — Friday and Saturday — which makes it better for part-time students. Once they’re enrolled, they take part-time required courses in first year that are taught by the same faculty members.” The school also holds extended hours in the financial aid and career resources offices to be accessible to part-timers. At many schools, an evening student liaison serves on the student bar association board. “We try to run as many special programs as we can in the evenings, so that part-time students can participate,” said William Powers of John Marshall. “We also videotape them so that students can watch them online.” The University of Baltimore School of Law has a staffer in the administration office until 7 p.m. to help evening students with issues, said associate dean John Lynch. The school also has a Community Development Clinic where students can help clients with tax and legislative issues in the evenings. This is so students can get clinic experience without making weekday appearances in court. “We do simulated courtroom appearances for evening students instead, as well as mock trials,” Lynch said.
How to pick a part-time law school
As a potential part-timer, your choice can be restricted by where you work and live. If you already have a job, you’re more likely to pick a school that’s convenient than one with a better ranking that is farther away. It’s tough to pick up and move to a new city for a part-time law school and find a new job there as well.
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