Flexible Time Enrollment Option
Students who have family, financial, or health circumstances that make a regular, full-time schedule more difficult can consider a part-time course of study under UC Law's Flexible Time Enrollment Option. Students may complete the JD degree in 8 semesters over 4 years instead of the normal schedule of 6 semesters over 3 years. Under special circumstances, students may take longer than 8 semesters to complete the degree. Students work closely with an academic advisor in order to develop an individualized curriculum that allows them to meet their educational goals. With assistance from their advisor, students select classes from the wide variety of classes available to all JD students. These classes usually meet between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with some classes extending into the early evening hours. Students should be aware that they will need to arrange their schedules to attend certain required courses when the school schedules them in order to meet graduation requirements.
Flex-time students will average about 11 or 12 credits each semester, but this may vary based on a student’s needs. For example, some semesters a student may take 8 credits and other semesters a student may take 15 credits depending on the student’s other obligations at any given time. Students may opt to accelerate their academic progress by supplementing their regular studies during the academic year with independent research projects during some summer sessions.