Full-Time and Part-Time Enrollment

What to expect

Expect to spend an average of 2 to 3 hours per credit studying outside of class.

A total of 86 credits are required for graduation. All students must complete their degree within six years of initial enrollment.

William Mitchell does not limit the number of hours a student may work. However, law school’s demands are significant. Therefore, William Mitchell’s faculty caution full-time law students against working outside of the law school more than 20 hours a week during the academic year. If you plan to work more than 20 hours a week, you should consider attending William Mitchell part time.

After you complete your core courses in your first year, you can switch between full or part-time, day or evening classes.

Mitchell is the only law school in the country to offer flexible scheduling that includes full-time, part-time, and hybrid enrollment options. You can take classes during the day or in the evening, attend full- or part-time, and craft a schedule that works for you.

Many of Minnesota’s top legal professionals attended law school part time at Mitchell, including the former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, partners at the state’s largest law firms, and leaders of multinational businesses.

Full time

Full-time students take four day classes each semester for 14 credits. Classes meet Monday through Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. Full-time students typically complete the degree in three years.

Part time

Part-time students take three classes each semester for 10 or 11 credits. You can choose to take classes during the day or in the evening. If you choose the evening schedule, your classes will meet at 6 pm three nights a week (and an occasional fourth night) Monday through Thursday.  You’ll have every Friday and your weekends free.

Most part-time students complete the degree in four years.

At Mitchell, you have the ability to move freely between full-time and part-time enrollment as often as you want at each semester break.  For example, you have the ability to begin part-time in the fall semester of your first year, thereby easing the transition to law school, and then accelerate the program by enrolling full-time later, as early as spring semester of your first year.


After your first year, you’ll make your own schedule, going full- or part-time, studying during the day or in the evening, and earning your degree on a timeline that meets your needs and goals.

View sample first-year schedules