J.D. admissions

Wayne State University Law School admits and enrolls students who will excel academically, meet high standards of professional excellence and integrity, and will become active and distinguished members of the legal community.

Every application receives careful, individualized attention by the Admissions Office and our faculty Admissions Committee. A variety of factors are taken into consideration. Typically, only about 40 percent of applicants are offered admission.

Wayne Law doesn't have an application fee and our Admissions team is here to support you every step of the way, from online and in-person workshops to one-on-one meetings and personalized tours. 

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Programs

  • Full-time day program

    The first-year day program is a full-time, two-semester program that begins only in the fall. Students must take all required first-year courses, totaling 30 credit hours (15 credit hours per semester). 

    Courses: 

    • Civil Procedure A
    • Civil Procedure B
    • Constitutional Law I 
    • Contracts A
    • Contracts B
    • Criminal Law
    • Property
    • Torts
    • Legal Research and Writing
  • Part-time evening program

    The Law School offers a part-time program that enables students to complete their J.D. requirements in four to six years. The first-year evening curriculum is mandatory and consists of the following courses, totaling 16 credits:

    • Civil Procedure A
    • Civil Procedure B
    • Contracts A
    • Contracts B
    • Legal Research and Writing

    In the second year of the evening program, students take the following courses, totaling 14 credits:

    • Constitutional Law I
    • Criminal Law
    • Property 
    • Torts

    Second-year evening students also may choose electives. Evening classes generally begin at 6:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A number of courses are offered starting at 4 or 4:35 p.m. for easy accessibility for both day and evening students. Class size is generally smaller in evening courses.

  • Full-time combined day and evening program

    The combined day and evening program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to complete law school in three years, but who prefer to take as many classes as possible in the evening. The program may be elected by any applicant. 

    In the combined program, first-year students must take the following courses: 

    Evening

    • Civil Procedure A
    • Civil Procedure B
    • Contracts A
    • Contracts B
    • Legal Research and Writing

    Day

    During the day, students must take one or both of the following courses each semester: 

    Fall

    • Criminal Law
    • Torts

    Winter

    • Constitutional Law I
    • Property

    During the second year of the combined program, students must take in the evening any of the required courses not taken during the first year. 

    Students in the combined program who complete all five courses open to them in both the fall and winter semester will have 30 credits at the end of the first year, allowing them to complete their degree in three years by maintaining a full-time schedule during their second and third years.