A glimpse of what it’s like to pursue a part time law degree

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By Bree A. Vculek, The George Washington University Law School

Welcome to a day in the life of a law student – a part-time law student. I am often asked, “how do you do it all?” and “what does a day in your life look like?” I’m here to clarify that I definitely don’t “do it all,” but I am happy to provide a glimpse of what it’s like to pursue a part-time law degree.

Let me start with the obvious. Law school is challenging. No matter how you go about it. Adding a full-time job, a family to care for, and/or entrepreneurship changes the game plan significantly. Part-time students typically take one fewer class per semester than traditional full-time students and the program runs eight semesters plus one summer session.

Without further ado, my schedule: 

6 a.m. – My quarantine puppy and I head out for a 2-mile outdoor run/walk to the nearest wooded park, to get some exercise and fresh air. This sets the tone for my “day in the life of a law student.” Nature and movement are so therapeutic. I often stream BARBRI 2L/3L Mastery lectures and/or one of my favorite podcasts.


7 a.m. – I break my morning fast with fresh fruit, meditation and journaling. I also take this time to squeeze in any additional reading assignments in preparation for evening class.

8 a.m. – Time to kick off my workday. I do it remotely in biotechnology business development. My days are quite dynamic, but often include a mix of internal marketing and sales meetings, and external client development discussions.

12 p.m. – During my lunch break, I make time for movement. My favorite exercise includes a mix of yoga and Pilates. Then I strive to mindfully enjoy lunch, which often includes a salad. If any time remains, I finish any last reading assignments.

5 p.m. – I try to finish workday by 5 p.m. and go for another walk. I also like to review my notes and case briefs prior to class.

6 p.m. – Class starts. We are completely virtual this semester at The George Washington University Law School, which alleviates any commuting that would usually be required.

9 p.m. – Class ends around now. I then take time to organize my class notes and add relevant information to my outlines. 

11 p.m. – If there’s any remaining time in my day, I spend it preparing for the next day. This often includes finishing any work and/or reading, preparing my clothes, clean the kitchen, etc.

12 a.m. – I really try to be in bed by midnight!

Want to learn more about what it’s really like to pursue a part-time law degree? Check out this post: Five Ways to Succeed as a Part-Time Law Student.

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