Memphis Law offers a part-time program which enables students to enroll in fewer hours
than full-time students. This is not an evening program - part-time students attend
classes during the day with full-time students. Students are not able to choose the
day and time of courses.
By attending classes during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, part-time students
will normally graduate in four and one-half years. Graduation requirements in the
part-time program are the same as the full-time program. A part-time student is required
to enroll in 8 to 11 hours each semester, for a total of 90 law hours. Part-time students
may not request a transfer to the full-time program until they have completed the
The applicant may check the "part-time" box on the application or, after an offer
of admission is received, the applicant can submit (by mail or e-mail) a written request
to attend part-time. Only 10% of the entering class of 150 may enroll part-time. All
applicants interested in attending part-time should submit an additional statement
discussing why they are unable to enroll full-time. Decisions on part-time admission
typically are finalized in mid-July.
First-Year Curriculum and Course of Study
The first-year curriculum for the part-time program consists of 19 hours in torts,
civil procedure, legal methods, and criminal law.
Upper-Level Curriculum and Course of Study
The second-year curriculum for the full-time program consists of 24 hours of required
courses in federal income taxation, business organizations, federal constitutional
law, criminal procedure, the law of evidence, the law of secured transactions, and
the law of decedents' estates. Most students also enroll in Professional Responsibility
during their second year. Students in the part-time program take the same courses
as full-time students in roughly the same sequence.
Students, whether full-time or part-time, are required to successfully complete an
advanced research and writing project in a seminar setting of 12 to 14 students. The
seminar course permits students to refine and advance their legal research and writing
skills, and provides an opportunity to work under the close supervision of a faculty
Students also are required to complete an upper-level skills course. This requirement
may be satisfied with a variety of courses, including Trial Advocacy, Legal Drafting
or a legal clinic.