FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the part-time program at Willamette Law.

  1. Can I apply to both the full-time and part-time programs at the same time?
  2. If I am enrolled into the part-time program, can I choose to move into the full-time program?
  3. How many credits do I need to take each semester?
  4. How long can I take to complete the program?
  5. Can I work while enrolled in the part-time program? If so, is there a limit to the hours I may work each week?
  6. Can I pick and choose my classes as a part-time student?
  7. What are the requirements for graduation?
  8. Are there any classes offered in the evening?
  9. Am I eligible for scholarships and financial aid?

1. Can I apply to both the full-time and part-time programs at the same time?

Yes. An applicant may indicate their interest in both programs via an addendum to the application. When offered admission, the applicant will need to select the preferred program.


2. If I am enrolled into the part-time program, can I choose to move into the full-time program?

A part-time student who has successfully completed all required first-year courses, and who is in good academic standing may request to change their program status. All requests shall be considered on a case-by-case basis and are granted at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.


3. How many credits do I need to take each semester?

Part-time students may take up to 9 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in at least 5 credit hours to be eligible for financial aid.


4. How long can I take to complete the program?

Part-time students must complete all degree requirements for graduation within 7 years following enrollment. It may be possible to complete the program in 4 years by supplementing classes in the summer.


5. Can I work while enrolled in the part-time program? If so, is there a limit to the hours I may work each week?

Part-time students are permitted to work in their first year and throughout their part-time program enrollment. There is not a limit to the number of hours you may work. However, all students, full-time and part-time, must adhere to the mandatory student attendance policy.


6. Can I pick and choose my classes as a part-time student?

Part-time students work with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs to select classes each term. The 1L curriculum must be completed within two years following enrollment. All 1L courses have more than one section so there is room for some flexibility in scheduling, though part-time students should expect to have classes every day (Monday-Friday) in the mornings or afternoons.


7. What are the requirements for graduation?

Part-time students must successfully complete 90 semester credit hours as well as successfully meet all other graduation requirements applicable to full-time students pursuant to the most current edition of the Willamette University College of Law Student Handbook.


8. Are there any classes offered in the evening?

Currently, all first-year classes are offered in the day time only, Monday through Friday.


9. Am I eligible for scholarships and financial aid?

Applicants for admission through the part-time program will automatically be considered for all merit-based scholarships, which are awarded on a prorated basis. Estimated expenses for the part-time program are disclosed on the Tuition and Financial Aid section of the Admission Office website. Students must enroll in at least 5 credit hours per semester to be eligible for financial aid.