Flex-JD (Flexible Part-Time Law Degree)

Scalia Law, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as having the 5th best part-time program in the nation (ranked 2nd among part-time public-law programs), began offering the Flex-JD Program in Fall 2021. Envisioned for working professionals and reflecting how higher education has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, Flex-JD is a part-time program, combining remote, hybrid and in-person learning options to ensure maximum flexibility for students. Those who enroll in this program can expect to earn their Juris Doctor degree in four years, and will benefit from increased scheduling customization and lessened commute time to the Law School’s campus in Arlington VA.

Program Highlights

  • For the first two years, students only need to attend at least two nights on campus a week.
  • Required classes have been shifted to spread out the credit load across the first two years.
  • During the third and fourth years, Flex-JD students may continue to come to campus as few as two nights weekly, while hybrid, online, winter and summer terms will provide students with maximum scheduling flexibility.
  • Elective courses are available in multiple formats, day and night. Note that students who decide to concentrate in a specific subject area may limit their scheduling flexibility by doing so.

Program Benefits

  • Quality: Our part-time program is ranked #5 in the country by U.S. News and World Reports.
  • Flexibility: By limiting the need to be on campus and having remote and hybrid learning options available to them, Flex-JD students have more flexibility with their schedule.
  • Accessibility: This program makes it easier for working students and students who live outside of Arlington, VA to attend Scalia Law School as they only need to commute to campus two nights per week.
  • In-State Tuition: The school offers in-state tuition to Flex-JD students who work in public interest.*

Hear from Our Flex-JD Part-Time Students


Attending GMU Law School’s night program while working at the U.S. Department of Treasury has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The law school has made me better at my current job by sharpening my writing and giving me new insight into my work at a regulatory agency...

Perhaps more importantly, my relationships with professors at GMU have been vital to my success, and I never would have obtained a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit without the help of professors at GMU...

For aspiring law students who are looking to work while staying in school while receiving a top notch, affordable education that will open doors into the most competitive and desirable areas of the legal profession, GMU Law School is a great choice.

Kevin Bell, ‘21
Part-time student

I’m glad that the school is working to reinvigorate the part time program. It really has been an enriching experience, and I can’t imagine that I would have received a better legal education — or had more opportunities post-graduation — had I gone to any other school. And — largely because of the excellent teachers and my accomplished classmates — I enjoyed it! I would love for coming generations of students to have the same experience.

Laura Ruppalt, ‘21
Part-time student

*Flex-JD students must submit the Flex-JD Public Interest Discount application to Scalia Law School before a decision is rendered. Flex-JD students cannot apply for the Public Interest Discount after a decision is rendered on their application.