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The J.D. program is an 88-hour curriculum culminating in the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. Students at UNT Dallas College of Law have two options for pursuing their degree in law: full-time program or part-time program. The full-time program is designed for students who plan to devote nearly all of their time to the study of law. The part-time program is especially suited for students who plan to work during law school. Applicants can designate in their application whether they are applying to the full-time program, the part-time program, or to both. Both programs begin in the fall semester of each year. Admission in the spring or summer is not offered. Eligibility for admission to the J.D. program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
|Full-Time Program||Part-Time Program|
|Generally three years to complete degree||Generally four years to complete degree|
|15 hours per semester (average)||6-11 hours per semester (average)|
|Under ABA rules, employment is limited to no more than 20 hours per week.||No limit on employment while enrolled part-time.|
The UNT Dallas College of Law seeks students with the desire and ability to become excellent legal professionals. The College of Law also seeks to enroll a diverse student body with a variety of perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints that will enhance the education of all its students.
To evaluate these qualities, we will review and consider all components of the applicant’s file: academic record, LSAT score, personal statement, resume, letter(s) of recommendation, evaluations, and an optional interview. The review takes into account factors such as the applicant’s background, honors and achievements, service to others, communication skills, talents relevant to the practice of law, hardships overcome, advanced degrees, work experience, leadership, and diversity. (Diversity includes racial and ethnic diversity as well as other differences, such as age, socio-economic background, educational and professional backgrounds, and military service or law enforcement experience.)
In reviewing the applicant’s academic record, considerations include the level of course work completed as an undergraduate, performance in courses involving critical and analytical thinking, demonstrated written and oral communication abilities, and trends in grades received throughout college.
As to the LSAT, the College of Law does not have a minimum LSAT requirement. We agree with the Law School Admission Council’s Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices: “LSAT scores provide at best a partial measure of an applicant’s ability and should be considered in relation to the total range of information available about a prospective law student. Thus, the LSAT score should be used as only one of several criteria for evaluation and should not be given undue weight.”