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The Evening Part-Time JD program at New England Law | Boston offers flexible classes and hands-on learning in a uniquely supportive environment.

Evening part-time law program in Boston

Going to law school during the day full time may not be practical for everyone. What if you have a full-time job, family, or other responsibilities that make devoting three full years to classes and study impossible? We have a solution—our Evening Part-Time law school program for working professionals or those who need a nighttime option. 

New England Law is the only school in Boston with part-time law school programs in both the day and night. Our Evening Part-Time Program allows you to keep your day job and attend classes at night. Admission procedures, requirements, and academic expectations are identical for New England Law’s Day and Evening Part-Time Programs. We are committed to maintaining the same faculty for both programs, so our full-time faculty members regularly teach in both. 

Overview of the Evening Part-Time Program

When you attend law school part time, you will be enrolled in a four-year program. After completing the first two years of required coursework, you will have the option to take Evening Program courses offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (and sometimes Tuesdays) between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Many evening students also choose to register for courses held between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Evening Experience

Although the Full-Time and Evening Part-Time Programs are academically consistent, the experience of evening students is distinct. Evening law school students are often older than their day-time counterparts; they may have families; and many already have professional careers. These commonalities generate camaraderie and friendship. Evening Program students take nearly all of their courses with the same classmates for the first two years, so personal bonds develop that often result in carpooling, weekend study sessions, and other practical assistance. Professors maintain flexible office hours to accommodate students’ schedules, and the New England Law Clinical Program works to fit clinics to students’ individual needs. In addition, Thursday evening (the end of the Evening Part-Time school week) has become a traditional time for Evening Program students to socialize and unwind.

Course Schedule

Evening Part-Time Program: First Year Required Courses
Fall Term
Credits
Spring Term
Credits
Civil Procedure I
3
Civil Procedure II
3
Contracts I
2
Contracts II
3
Torts
4
Criminal Law
3
Legal Research and Writing I
2
Legal Research and Writing II
2
Total Credits
11
Total Credits
11
Evening Part-Time Program: Second Year Required Courses and Electives
Fall Term
Credits
Spring Term
Credits
Property I
2
Property II
3
Constitutional Law
4
Criminal Procedure I
3
Legal Research and Writing III
2
Electives
3–6
Evidence
3


Total Credits
11
Total Credits
9–12
Evening Part-Time Program: Third Year Required Courses and Electives
Fall Term
Credits
Spring Term
Credits
Law & Ethics of Lawyering
3
Electives
9–12
Electives
6–9


Total Credits
9–12
Total Credits
9–12
Evening Part-Time Program: Fourth Year Required Courses and Electives
Fall Term
Credits
Spring Term
Credits
Electives
9–12
Electives
6–9 
    Advanced Legal Analysis*
Total Credits  9–12  Total Credits  9–12 

* This course is only required for students graduating in May 2020 or later.

In order to graduate, students must also satisfy an Experiential Education Requirement. To do this, a student must take one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least six credit hours from the combined approved list of clinical, simulation, and practice courses. The faculty strongly recommends that at least one of these courses be a clinical course, and the requirement may be satisfied by taking all six credit hours in clinical courses. To be approved as an Experiential Education Requirement course, the course must require a student to give substantial attention to developing legal practice skills though active participation in real or simulated law practice experiences. 

Flexible Scheduling Options

We understand that going to law school part time requires flexibility. If our Evening Part-Time Program is not the right fit for you, New England Law also offers several other law school part-time programs, in addition to our full-time law program.

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