Part-Time J.D. Scheduling Options

Chicago-Kent College of Law offers a flexible scheduling option for first-year evening division students. Evening students have the option of following a traditional four-nights-per-week schedule during the academic year, or may opt to take advantage of the summer session before the first year to ease the transition to law school and reduce the course load to three nights per week during the fall semester.

Evening students in the first year typically take 11 credit hours per semester, scheduled four nights per week. After the first year, evening students typically take eight to 11 credits per semester and attend classes three or four nights per week, depending upon their course selections. Part-time students can finish their degree requirements in four years, particularly if they take classes during one summer session.

A brief description of each scheduling option appears below with links to sample schedules. If you have questions about any of these options, please contact the Office of Admissions at 312.906.5020 or

Option 1: Traditional Evening Schedule

Under the traditional schedule, part-time students take 11 credit hours per semester during the first year and attend class four nights per week. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday evenings.

Download the sample schedule for option 1

Option 2: Summer Start with Traditional Spring Schedule

Under this option, students enroll in one doctrinal class during the summer session preceding the start of the regular academic year, take a reduced course load during the fall semester, and follow a traditional four nights per week schedule during the spring semester. Students are not required to take courses during the summer following the first year, but may opt to take elective courses.

Download the sample schedule for option 2

Unique Scheduling Needs

Students with unique scheduling needs may request permission to enroll in one course in the day division and take the remaining courses in the evening division. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and, due to scheduling restrictions, only a limited number of requests may be granted each year.