Students in the Akron Law Part-time Program

Part-time program

With an online option, our part-time program is ideal for working professionals and those with family obligations

Benefits

Akron Law’s part time program is designed for working professionals and those with family obligations, who bring unique life experiences to the classroom. Many part-time law students are able to pursue full-time careers while earning their J.D. in as little as three and a half years. Our part time students receive all the same benefits as full time students while maintaining their current careers or other obligations. 

Akron Law’s part-time program is ranked by U.S. News & World Report (2020) as the 37th best in the country, which is the highest rank among Ohio law schools.

Curriculum

The part-time curriculum is designed as a four-year program, but some students are able to earn their degree in three and one-half academic years. Classes are held in the evenings to accommodate a working professional’s daytime commitments. Many part-time program students also take advantage of weekend, summer and intersession classes to complete their degree on a more accelerated timetable.

A part time load is 5 to 10 credit hours each fall and spring semester. And while the first-year curriculum within each track is standard, there are some adjustments that we may be able to make during the first year. Students can adjust much more freely after the second year once those core required courses are completed. 

Blended online J.D. program

Part-time students can take advantage of our Blended Online J.D. program, which makes it possible to complete the first two years of the program with only two nights of in-person instruction per week. During these first two years, the remaining courses can be taken on your computer each week at a time that fits your schedule — in the morning before work, in the evening after work, or over the weekend.

Sample schedule

  Monday Wednesday Asynchronous online
First Year - Fall Torts
Civil Procedure
Torts
Civil Procedure
Legal Analysis, Writing & Research I
First Year – Spring Contracts
Civil Procedure
Contracts
Civil Procedure
Legal Analysis, Writing & Research II
Optional Summer     Advanced Legal Research
Second Year - Fall Property
Evidence
Property
Evidence
Constitutional Law I
Second Year - Spring Legislation & Regulation Criminal Law Constitutional Law II
Legal Drafting

During the final one-and-a-half or two years of your J.D. studies, depending on your area of concentration and the electives you choose, you may not always be able to limit your on-campus courses to two nights per week. However, scheduling weekend, summer and intersession classes can provide additional flexibility.

The asynchronous courses in the Blended Online program are designed in weekly modules that consist of recorded interactive lectures, multiple assessments, discussion boards, and course readings. Our faculty members work with a dedicated e-learning instructional designer to create their online courses. They are required to comply with key standards for online education such as Quality Matters and the ABA’s credit hour and assessment rules.

Courses currently offered at Akron Law in the Blended Online J.D. Program are

  • Legal Analysis,
  • Research and Writing I and II;
  • Constitutional Law I and II;
  • Legal Drafting;
  • UCC Secured Transactions;
  • Family Law;
  • Remedies;
  • UCC Sales; and
  • Technology in Law.  
Specialized studies
  • Business,
  • Criminal,
  • Health,
  • Intellectual Property & Technology,
  • International,
  • Litigation,
  • Public Interest, and
  • Taxation 

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Questions?

Please contact Emma K.F. Schulze, Director of Admissions, at efranklin@uakron.edu or 330-972-6364, if you have questions.


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