TheCaptain wrote:So from what I'm gathering here, there really isn't much of a downside to doing PT. What about competing for jobs against FT students? Is it more difficult to do Law Review or gain other honors as a PT student? Are you ranked against only other PT students, or against everyone?
Well, the part time program is really designed for people who work and therefore cannot do the traditional daytime full time law school thing. So the assumed downside is that you're working 40 hours a week in addition to going to school at night. In reality, it seems like the class is pretty evenly split between people who don't work, work part time, and work full time. Obviously, those with lighter commitments have an advantage.
But taking the whole work thing out of it...
The downsides are:
1. It takes 4 years instead of 3, and therefore costs more (both in actual dollars and in opportunity cost).
2. You are in class during a lot of the networking events that take place in the evening.
3. Employers will probably ask why you went part time. If you have a good answer, then I don't think it will hurt, but if your answer is "it seemed waaay easier than going full time" you're probably in trouble