At Bowen – Full-time and Part-time Divisions

Do I have to apply for only one division?
No. Bowen’s application allows you to indicate a first and second choice.

I’m admitted to the full-time division, but I think I need to work. Can I switch to the part-time division?
Students are admitted to a specific division and may only switch divisions before enrollment with permission from the Chair of the Admissions Committee. If the division is full, permission will not be granted. Students interested in switching divisions should contact the Admissions Office for more information. All students are free to switch divisions upon completion of their first year of study. The size of the full-time division is limited by our classroom size.

I’m admitted to the part-time division, but I would rather attend the full-time division. Can I switch?
Students are admitted to a specific division and may only switch divisions before enrollment with permission from the Chair of the Admissions Committee. If the division is full, permission will not be granted. Students interested in switching divisions should contact the Admissions Office for more information. All students are free to switch divisions upon completion of their first year of study. The size of the full-time division is limited by our classroom size.

How long does it take to graduate in either division?
It is possible to graduate from the full-time division in two and a half years by attending summers. Most people graduate after three years. Most people graduate from the part-time division in four years, although a few take five years. The American Bar Association does not permit students to take longer than six years to obtain a J.D. degree.  A student who attends part-time the first year and switches to full-time the second year may still graduate within three years by attending summer school.

What is the class schedule like in either division?
Typically first-year full-time students have classes Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:45 a.m. and spaced throughout the day until around 3 or 4 p.m. You will have study time between classes. First-year night students attend three nights per week and have class from approximately 6 to 9 p.m.

Do different professors teach in the evening division?
No. Our full-time professors typically each teach one day and one evening course every semester. Adjunct professors, who are attorneys and judges, teach in both divisions. All required courses and most bar courses are taught by our full-time professors.

Is it easier to be admitted to the part-time division?
No. Both divisions have the same qualifications for admissions and have approximately the same average LSAT score and GPA. The full-time division fills faster because there is more demand for it.