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What to Expect

To earn a juris doctor, students must complete 89 credit hours and satisfy all degree requirements.

Full-Time Program

Students in the full-time program of study comprise two-thirds of the total Law School enrollment. Each year, an entering class of approximately 160 full-time students are admitted and divided into two cohorts. Classes for full-time students are usually scheduled between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, some may fall outside of this time block, Monday through Friday. Students attend class for three to four hours each day. For each hour in class, students average three hours of reading, briefing, and outlining course materials outside of class.

Part-time day and evening programs

Capital’s evening division accommodates students who have daytime commitments and must attend class after 6 p.m. Most required courses for the evening division are offered between 6-10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Part-time evening students must take 9-10 credit hours each semester during the first two years, with enrollment required the first summer. To graduate in four years, evening students must take five to six credit hours during each of two summers and nine hours of class each of the four regular semesters in the third and fourth years.

The part-time day division is for students who work evenings, are stay-at-home parents or who have been away from the classroom environment for some time and want to ease back into the educational experience. Part-time day students take approximately nine credit hours per semester.

The part-time day program takes four to five years to complete, depending on whether students attend summer courses. While most required courses and many of the elective courses tested on the Ohio Bar Exam are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., some courses will fall outside of this time block.

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