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U.S. News Plans Part-Time Law Program Rankings for April

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Robert Morse reports on the new features of the 2009 U.S. News Law School rankings, Finishing Up the New Grad School Rankings

We also plan to publish our first-ever ranking of part-time J.D. law programs. This new ranking will evaluate the approximately 87 American Bar Association fully accredited law schools that offer a part-time law program. U.S. News has defined a part-time J.D. program as a law school that has a separate admission process for part-time law students and specific part-time J.D. program curriculum offerings.

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  1. PT-LawMom says:

    It's about time that they recognized that there are so many part-time programs and that it is both a legitimate and in-demand type of law school program. Now if only the ABA would switch to virtual law school. ;)

  2. lukegilman says:

    It would probably just award virtual law degrees, but hey, you could probably make some real money that way in Second Life. ;-)

    My only concern about separate rankings is that they run the risk of diverging the evening and full-time programs when in an ideal world they converge. The two tracks should be interchangeable. Overall I think UHLC does an excellent job of this. I know several students who started in the full-time program and switched to part-time to take advantage of job opportunities. Of course a significant number who start in the evening program switch to full-time. It is and should be a lifestyle choice. A major test of the rankings should be the parity of the programs in resources and opportunities available. The differences should focus on evening-specific criteria such as accessibility – are tenured professors used to teach both sections? do student and career services accommodate part-time schedules? are the same career opportunities available to evening students in terms of OCI? are the extra-curricular activities such as moot court and mock trial accessible?

    The history of evening law programs is an interesting and undeveloped one. More at my previous post this summer Why is Admission Based on Anything but GPA and LSAT, "Gaming" Law School Admissions?

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