As bad as it is for full-time 4Ts, the part-timers have it much worse, IMHO.Most of them are told to continue to take classes in the Summer. It's presumed that they already have full-time jobs, which is why they can't attend full-time.Typically a part-timer takes 9 hours in the Fall and Spring and 6 hours in the Summer. So, a total or 24 hours per year. If they need 90 hours to graduate, this lets them graduate in 4 years. So, unless they want to stretch out law school for 5 or 6 years, they need the Summer classes.As bad as the law employment market is for full-time 4Ts, it's got to be insane for part-timers. This is something I'd strongly advise somebody to do full-time or forget it. The only folks I know who are part-timers either already have a good job, and/or they were terrible applicants and were provisionally admitted as part-timers for a year.
Can you show one source of evidence that an employer anywhere has ever asked if the applicant went full or part time?
Wouldn't going part time basicly increase odds of higher GPA vs everything else in their life being the same but twice the course load?
Do you honestly think an employer is more concerned about the GPA or the # of years it took to graduate?
Quote from: justanothersucker on November 22, 2011, 10:19:00 PMCan you show one source of evidence that an employer anywhere has ever asked if the applicant went full or part time?It's on your CV and your transcript. They know. Trust me, they know.Quote from: justanothersucker on November 22, 2011, 10:19:00 PMWouldn't going part time basicly increase odds of higher GPA vs everything else in their life being the same but twice the course load? Not generally. Part-timers usually have jobs. They have a disproportionate number of provisional students. In theory you could go part-time and get a better GPA, but why would a student capable of getting a better GPA want to go part-time? The point is to graduate and get a job, not to take longer than normal to massage your GPA.Quote from: justanothersucker on November 22, 2011, 10:19:00 PMDo you honestly think an employer is more concerned about the GPA or the # of years it took to graduate?You've never interviewed, have you? You'll see. Employers want a full-time student with a high GPA. That's what they're after. Being part-time automatically puts you in a lesser strata. Throw in the fact that you won't have Summer employment, a part-time legal job during the school year, and probably no law review or even moot court and the difference between a full-timer with a high gpa and a part-timer with a high gpa is stark.You can pitch a fit about this all you want. Part timers are at a severe disadvantage when it comes time to find work. I honestly don't care if you believe me or not. You'll see.
At my school I have known many part-timers that worked during summer and the school year. You could work 20-30 hours a week during summer and the school year while taking 3 classes or so I know many students that did this. Many of the full-time first year students simply take the night classes so they can work during the day and I have seen no real difference in treatment, status, etc. I have been in many classes with part-time students at night and worked alongside one in an internship and we were treated equally. I had no idea the person was a evening student until they told me they couldn't register until a certain date, but that was the only disadvantage I noticed having to wait a week to register for classes. Otherwise they are completely equal and are even allowed to enroll in the full-time day classes if they are open, which the day classes often are. So no difference at all at least at my school.
As for the side issues. PTs don't put "J.D., part-time" on their resume, right? Even if it's on the CV and transcript, I've never heard of employers specifically looking down on part-timers. But if this is true that is very disappointing.
I still can't imagine most schools put part time or full time on their degrees though.