Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

Part-time (Evening) Program

We invite you to join us for a life-changing experience that fits your life’s schedule.

IU McKinney  Law has sometimes been called “the school that never sleeps.”  We offer the flexibility of pursing a J.D. degree either full time or part time, and many students switch tracks after their core courses (first-year curriculum) have been completed.

Graduates of our part-time division have gone on to serve as:

  • company presidents
  • state Supreme Court Justices
  • judges of lower courts
  • state senators and representatives
  • partners in law firms
  • U.S. Ambassador
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Congressional Representative
  • United States Vice President
Frequently asked questions about the part-time program:

How long will it take to earn my JD as a part-time student?

The part-time evening program takes four years to complete. A first year part-time evening student must take 10 credit hours first semester and 10 credit hours second semester. There is also a 3 credit hour summer class which runs from mid May through mid July.

Students can choose the amount of credit hours they take after the fi rst year, but a law student must graduate within 84 months from their start date.

What kind of time commitment can I expect as a part-time student?

First year part-time evening classes are five nights a week, Monday through Friday from approximately 5:30-7:30. As a general rule, a student studies 3 hours for every hour they sit in class. Part-time evening students attend class 2 hours each evening and they can count on approximately 6 hours of study for each evening’s class.

Is the part-time program available as a weekend-only or an online option?

No. The JD degree is not available as a distance education program. Required courses, with the exception of Professional Responsibility, are not offered as weekend classes. There are a few electives that are offered on Saturdays.

Do you offer a part-time day program?

No. Our part-time program was designed as an evening program for adults balancing their professional or home life with school. As such, all required core curriculum classes for first year part-time students must be taken in the evening.

However, once you’ve completed your core classes you may schedule your electives during the day while maintaining your part-time enrollment status.

Is it possible to switch to full-time?

Yes. Often situations change and students find they are able to attend classes on a full-time basis. You may switch to the full-time division beginning your second fall semester, by adding electives during the day, as long as you complete your required core curriculum classes in the evening.

Am I allowed to participate in Moot Court/Law Review/Study Abroad/Externships/etc?

Yes. All of these opportunities are available to both full-time and part-time students. However, part-time students may find participating in externships difficult due to scheduling conflicts, as most externships require attendance during the day when part-time students may be at work.

Are scholarship opportunities available to part-time students?

Yes. Incoming part-time students are eligible to receive merit-based awards. Part-time students may also receive consideration for any privately-funded scholarships for which they meet eligibility requirements.

Am I going to get the same quality of instruction as the full-time (day) students?

Absolutely! Our professors alternate between teaching first year day and evening courses, and many professors teach electives to both day and evening sections. You can be assured that the education you receive as a part-time student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is the same high quality as the full-time students receive.

Is the application process different if you are applying to the part time evening program?

No. All applicants, whether they are applying for the part-time or full-time program, must submit the standard application electronically through the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service ( Applications are accepted from September to March for priority consideration. Applications after March 1 are accepted on a space-available basis.

Contact us with questions or to make an appointment to visit: or call us at 317-274-2459.
We look forward to hearing from you!