how is it different from the full-time program? are the classes only at night? do you take less classes during the semester? does it impact your financial aid (ie - ineligible for some awards since pt v. ft)? is it impossible to transfer to ft status later?
i'm asking because i got deferred for ft, and since gulc is one of my top choices, will consider going pt if it will increase my chances of getting admitted.
any thoughts/answers anyone?
I have a friend who is a 1L at GULC in the PT program. He went to GULC with the idea of transferring into the FT after a year. He was also under the impression that it isn't too difficult to transfer over to the FT after his first year.
As for class schedule - you take one less class per semester the first year (if you trasnfer over to FT after 1L, you can take two classes over the summer to catch up). All your classes are in the evening. I've heard that if you aren't working and you can dedicate a ton of time to your studies that you'll come out with pretty good grades and when you transfer over to FT your class rank will be pretty good. As for financial aid - you can go to their website and read the 40+ page financial aid guidebook. It says that your financial is adjusted for the fewer credits you have to take per semester and you might get less money for living expenses because it's assumed that you have a job for that.
It sounds like he is really enjoying it. SO much so that he convinced me to do the same thing. I'm starting PT next fall and hope to transfer into FT after 1L. Hopefully all goes according to plan. If not, it will only take an extra year and my degree won't have an asterics on it indicating PT. So either way I graduate from a T14. Some people might say that it's the easy way to get into a T14 or it's the cheap way to do it, but who cares. Let the elitists complain about it all they want.
Anyway, I'm obviously biased as far as the PT thing goes. GULC was my first choice ans as soon as I got my acceptance letter I withdrew all my other applications. Their international law program is fantastic and I love DC (I went to gtown as an undergrad). Anyway, good luck with everything.