May 13 2012
Hope For Hardworking Attorneys-To-Be: Five of the World’s Best Part-Time Law Programs
While there are students who can attend full-time law programs, many individuals are unable to do so due to family responsibilities, job commitments and the like. If you are in this situation, you can still attend law school by enrolling in one of the many part-time law programs now available.
Located in Philadelphia, PA, Temple University, also known as the James E. Beasley School of Law, sees 63.7 percent of their graduating class employed before they graduate. With an application fee of $60.00 for part-time students and part-time tuition of $15,958.00, Temple University ranks among the best schools for trial advocacy. Students are given the opportunity to work in clinical programs with clients who are experiencing family and health problems. They can also join organizations such as the Temple Environmental Law Society and the Brehon Law Society, and can study in countries such as China, Japan, Rome, Israel and Switzerland. The median salary for new employees in the public sector is $43,000.00; in the private sector, $80,000.00.
Founded in 1890, Georgetown University is located in Washington D.C. Its students work in 15 clinics in Washington D.C. and have the ability to complete research projects in 20 different law clinics. The application fee for part-time students is $85.00 and the tuition is $33,500.00. At graduation, 92 percent of their students are employed; the public sector starting salary is $55,929.00 and the salary for those working in the private sector is $160,000.00.
Brooklyn Law School
The Brooklyn Law School is located in New York City. It was founded in 1901 and is a top ranked school that is particularly noted for its part-time law program. Part-time tuition costs $33,074.00 per year with no application fee. A part-time student can complete the law program in only four years. It offers hands on training at several clinics, with the opportunity to join 40 different professional organizations. With 65.9% of their students working at the time of graduation, those working in the public sector earn about $60,250.00 and those working in the private sector earn about $117,500.
George Washington University
George Washington University offers extensive hands-on learning programs to help both full-time and part-time students gain experience practicing law. George Washington University runs at least 5 research programs and 15 clinics. The deadline for applying to attend this college is March 31. Part-time application fees are $80.00 and tuition is $35,376.00. Over half of the students are employed when they graduate. Current private sector salaries are $160,000.00, while public sector salaries are around $62,000.00
Fordham University of Law
With 77.8 percent of its students employed at the time of graduation, Fordham offers both day and evening programs for their part-time students. It has 15 legal clinics for hands-on learning, and even offers a summer program for those who wish to study in Ghana. The tuition for part-time students is $36,056.00, with an application fee of $70.00. Fordham University students earn approximately $53,000.00 in the public sector and $160,000.00 in the private sector. Fordham University of Law is located in New York City.
Each of these part-time law programs works to place their graduates in jobs as public and private attorneys with great starting salaries. Their success rate is phenomenal. Completing a law program as a part-time student will certainly not be easy, but if you are willing to put in the work, you can find earning a degree through one of these programs to be extremely rewarding.