The Spring Start Program provides students with a flexible scheduling option, up to 15 credit hours, that will permit an early start, with either a shorter time to graduation or a more relaxed pace for the program, depending on how students schedule the remainder of their education. Applications must be complete by November 1 to be considered for Spring Start. 

Enrollment and Eligibility

Students interested in participating in Spring Start must apply to the Law School by November 1. Two seat deposits of $250, due by November 25, are required for enrollment. Note: International students are not eligible for the Spring Start Program.


The Spring Start Program begins with a mandatory orientation program, which provides an overview of law school academic strategies, an introduction to resources in the law school, and an orientation to administrative aspects of law school (policies and resources).

To give you an idea of the course load, the 2018 Spring Start students took the following:

  • Constitutional Law – 4 credit hours (graduation requirement)
  • Civil Procedure I – 3 credit hours (graduation requirement)
  • Lawyering Skills I – 3 credit hours (graduation requirement)

Spring start students work with our Dean of Students to select their courses. In addition to the required first year courses, students have the option to take 1-2 additional courses from an approved course list. Just as in the first semester of law school, students will primarily be working on mastering the analytical skills of legal method and learning some foundational doctrinal concepts.

Financial Information

Financial aid will be available. For the spring term, you will need to fill out or add our school code to the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year (You will also need to fill out the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year for fall courses). Our school code is 002518. For questions regarding financial aid, please contact Linda Lawrence at 816-235-1236 or

Tuition is charged per credit hour and depends on the number of classes a student takes. For current tuition rates, please visit the Cashiers and Collections website.

Important Dates to Remember

September 1: Spring Start application is available

November 1: Application deadline for students interested in Spring Start

November 25: $500 seat deposit deadline for Spring Start

January 14-18: Mandatory Spring Start orientation

January 22: First day of Spring Start classes

If you have questions about the Spring Start Program, please contact Admissions at or 816-235-1644.