1L, 2L, 3L: Students in law school are not called
freshman, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. They are called
first-year, second-year, and third-year students (note: law
school generally lasts three years- see below). The slang
term replaces “year” with the letter ‘L’ (e.g, first-year
student is also a ‘1L’).
Law school is usually a three-year program. However, some
schools, like the UMKC School of Law, offer part-time
programs. The UMKC Flex Program allows students to take 8 or
9 credits per semester (compared to an average full-time
class load of 14-16 credit hours). They must complete the
required 91 hours within 5 years. Part-time programs are
rare, and are usually only offered by urban law schools.