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Why Going Part Time Might Make More Sense

Part Time Law SchoolPart-time law school programs have a stigma attached to them. People think they’re inferior to full-time programs because a lot of the courses are taught by adjunct professors, their students tend to be nontraditional and, really, who wants to go to class at night?

It’s too bad, because some of the best jurists in our country’s history earned their J.D.s by studying the law part time.

Warren Burger, the 15th chief justice of the United States, studied the law part time at a small law school in Minnesota. If it’s good enough for a chief justice of the SCOTUS, it might be good enough for you—and a really smart decision, too. Here’s why:

Adjunct professors might be better than full-time professors

Who do you think is more in tune with what’s really happening in courtrooms, people who spend their days in Ivory Towers or people who spend their days grinding it out in courtrooms?

Adjunct professors are connected to the profession. They see—day in and day out—what’s going on with judges, juries and mediators. And because they’re willing to spend their nights teaching for relatively little money, you know they love the law and want to share their practical wisdom with students.

You can learn a lot from your adjuncts.

Real-world experience matters

Going part time allows you to keep your day job, gain real-world experience and learn the ins and outs of navigating office politics.

This goes a long way toward making you a better lawyer—and more employable.

Law firms are inherently political, so the sooner you can recognize who runs what (and start “playing the game”) the sooner you’ll be able to make partner. And employers like hiring people who’ve been in the workforce because clients like people who know what it’s like to work for a living.

Money

Speaking of work, if you can keep your full-time job and study the law, you’ll be able to pay off more of your tuition while you’re in law school. Paying off student loans can weigh you down, having less debt to pay off is worth its weight in gold.

 

About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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