Evening J.D. Program

Part-Time Evening J.D. Curriculum

All students must earn a minimum of 87 hours to complete the J.D. degree. Students in the part-time evening program take the same required courses as full-time students. One of the many advantages of earning an SMU J.D. is that students have a broad range of upper-level elective courses that give them the flexibility to tailor an individual course of study. Many of these classes are small – over one-half of upper-level courses have fewer than 25 students enrolled. The curriculum is designed so that evening students can earn a law degree in four years. For degree requirements, see J.D. curriculum requirements. We also offer periodic evening program information sessions.

Year One

Fall 11 hours
Contracts I 2 hours
Torts I 3 hours
Civil Procedure I 3 hours
Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy I 3 hours
Spring 10 hours
Contracts II 3 hours
Torts II 2 hours
Civil Procedure II 2 hours
Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy II 3 hours

Year Two

Fall 10-11 hours
Property I 2 hours
Criminal Law I 3 hours
Electives 5-6 hours
Spring 10-11 hours
Property II 3 hours
Constitutional Law 2 hours
Electives  5-6 hours

Years Three and Four

Upper Division Required Courses:
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Edited Writing Seminar
  • General Writing Course
  • Professional Skills Course
Areas of Upper Division Electives Include:
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business/Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment/Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Internet and E-Commerce Law
  • International Law
  • Litigation/Trial Advocacy
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
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