Earliest possible completion is 2.5 yrs from now with summer classes. 3 years without summer classes. At Georgetown, PT students take 8-11 credits. Special permission/circumstances are required for 12 credits. Georgetown PT is not like the PT at Matthies' law school. This information has been verified by the Director of Admissions at Georgetown.
For what it is worth, and since this is GULC it may be different, but PT students tend to carry a stigma (deserved or not) because although they ultimately complete the same degree they are not put under the same pressure. I know there are going to be a lot of people who disagree, but they take an average of 9 credits a semester compared to 15. The PT students only had 2 exams and LRW 1st semester here at my school. I understand some work and have other commitments, but a lot do not and they were afforded the same amount of time to prepare for 2 finals that we were given for 4. Career services even gave a presentation talking about how unless you need to go PT you shouldn't because employers will want to know why you choose PT. But, again, because you are looking at GULC it may be different and may not have the same effect or stigma attached.
I actually was in a similar boat. I discussed this with numerous professors, counselors, G-town students, and attorney (where I work). Georgetown seems to be somewhat of an outlier because of its size. With close to 700 students in the pt/ft program per graduating class it can be exponentially difficult to stand out to the faculty and while Georgetown can open a lot of doors, the doors can be difficult to discover because of the information gap. In addition you are foregoing your chance to participate in OCI this summer.I don't know what your career goals are but if you are aiming for a clerkship after graduation then you may find it difficult to procure even an interview as you may have a difficult time developing strong enough relationships with professors. I personally refuse to make these sacrifices to join a part time program. I withdrew from GULC part time and requested to be reconsidered for ft only and they granted this request.
Some thoughts...(1) GULC PT has worked to create basically an internal job market in and around DC of select positions that want to hire GULC PT students. Many of these jobs pay $50k or more, meaning more than you might otherwise make after you graduate with a Tier 3 or Tier 4 law degree.(2) Even assuming there is a "stigma" insofar as snobbery of certain full-time students, who cares? If employers don't care, you shouldn't either.(3) The PT choice affects your life for an extra year, whereas the GULC choice affects your professional life forever.(4) PT at GULC is not an add-on created to appease working people. It's the original point of the school, to educate the "men of the government," and the full-time program is the afterthought.(5) Assuming no scholarship and no personal funding to pay for your own expenses in DC, PT is certainly the better option financially.Just my tuppence. I think there certainly should be a stigma attached to any 22-year-old who is not working at all and effectively gaming the system, but those who are working while keeping up the course load, journal and sometimes even a clinic should certainly be respected at least as much as any other GULC student.
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