rockthelaw wrote:nygrrrl wrote:H. E. Pennypacker wrote:well the PT professors are the same at the FT ones, plus you wouldn't have to work during the day. PT is cheaper and since you take one less class per semester, you get to put more effort into each class. They say first year is the hardest so I actually like the idea of taking the 1L a littler slower and making sure I build a solid GPA.
I love how you think, H.E.
I think this idea makes sense in theory, but I'm not sure how it would play out. I want to be able to focus solely on law school as well, but I would feel that if I were only attending classes part-time, that I should have a part-time job, internship, or something else as well. I'm also not sure how employers view part-time students who are only taking classes. That's not to say that it's a good idea to focus solely on schol and wreck the curve for everybody else. I'm just not sure how any and all employers would view that, be they biglaw, midlaw, government, etc. Anyone have some insight?
As a 0L, my insight is limited, but for what it's worth:
Employers will know that you attended a PT program simply by looking at your transcript and noting only 12 or less credits were taken in a semester. This is not necessarily going to stigmatize you.
However, when choosing to attend a PT program, keep in the back of your mind that during a callback interview, you will be asked: Why did you choose to attend law school as a part-time student?
Do you have a good answer? And when I say good answer, I mean, you need to put yourself in the employer's shoes. An employer is looking to hire someone who will maximize profit at his or her place of business. If the answer is, to really make sure I have the time to get A's, you might be in trouble. If you're in a rock band and you need your Fridays to play gigs, or if you ski competitively and need long weekends to attend competitions, or if you're gaining experiences as a paralegal, or if you're prosecuting patents as an agent... these might all be good reasons and stories that will add to your interview. The list certainly doesn't stop here - these are just examples.
I'm not here to judge what you do with the time you would save by not going FT. Your employer is, though. Make sure your reasons would not reflect negatively on you if judged by a partner at a law firm. Just my 2 cents.
edit: PT is not cheaper. If you transfer to FT after your 1L year, you'll make up the tuition over the summer. If you take your courses over a 4-year span (my plan), PT becomes more expensive because of the additional year paying COL expenses in NYC without your presumed BigLaw lawyer salary.