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Whittier Law School recognizes that work and family obligations limit some students’ ability to participate in a traditional full-time day law program. To accommodate such students, Whittier Law School offers a part-time day program. Students normally complete the part-time day program in four years. Part-time students must enroll in eight to eleven credit hours each semester. Many take additional credit hours during summer term. Part-time day program classes generally meet two or three days a week.

Required Curriculum

First-Year Required Courses Units
Contracts I & II 6
Lawyering Skills 1 & 2 (Formerly Legal Writing I & II) 4
Torts I & II 6
Criminal Law 3
Second-Year Required Courses Units
Civil Procedure 4
Constitutional Law I & II 6
Real Property I & II 6
(Legal Methods I)* 1
(Legal Methods II)* 1
Remaining Required Courses Units
Business Associations 4
Professional Responsibility 3
Lawyering Skills 3 (Formerly Professional Skills I) 2
Evidence 4
Criminal Procedure 3
Legal Analysis Workshop** 3
Lawyering Skills 4 (Formerly Professional Skills II)** 2

*Rising 2L students who completed their first year with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.92 will be pre-enrolled in Legal Methods I for the Fall semester and Legal Methods II for the Spring semester. This is a year-long class but if students demonstrate a sufficient level of writing and test-taking skills by the end of the of the first semester, they will be able to grade out of the second semester. The criteria is listed in the course syllabus.

**PT students should take these courses in their final year. Students should take Evidence and Criminal Procedure before Legal Analysis Workshop.

Note: The following elective courses are not required, but are highly recommended.

  • Community Property
  • UCCI
  • Remedies
  • Legal Analysis Strategies
  • Wills and Trusts

Note: Most part-time students take courses during one or two summer sessions.