I'm just looking to learn about Part-Time law programs in general. Some questions to get the conversation going:
- Why did you choose PT over FT?
- What are the pros/cons of being PT over FT?
- Do PT students receive the same considerations in scholarships as FT students?
- Can you still participate in law review, clinics, study abroad opportunities, research and other law school activities as a PT?
Thanks so much! Looking to apply either this year or next, but I live in DC and want to consider the option of keeping my job while attending law school.
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I did PT at GW and loved it. I decided to choose PT because I was working at a boutique law firm as a legal assistant and wanted to continue working while in school (I eventually became a law clerk at the same firm while I was in school). GW has a big evening program and does a great job integrating the evening students into the school at large. PT students do receive the same considerations in scholarships as FT students, and there are some evening-student-specific endowed scholarships (I received one of those). You can participate in almost everything (journals, research, moot court, other clubs) to the extent your schedule allows. I was a member of Law Review and the Moot Court Board as a PT student. All club/activity meetings are scheduled in the evenings, and presidents/editors are very understanding if you can't make a meeting due to a class or work conflict. The only thing you can't do at GW as an evening student is clinics if you have a day job. Due to the nature of clinics, and the fact that you're often working with clients during normal business hours, I could never do a clinic because it conflicted with my day job. If you're only working part-time at a job while in law school, you may be able to make a clinic work with your schedule.
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