Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Residency and Course Load Requirements

Eighty-six (86) credit units are required for the degree of Doctor of Law (J.D.), 74 of which must be graded (not pass/fail or credit/no credit). The required program in the full-time division extends over 6 full-time semesters. The required program in the part-time division extends over 8 part-time semesters, or the equivalent. Students must complete their course of study for the J.D. degree no later than 84 months after commencing law study at the law school or at a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit.

Full-time: No student in the full-time division may take fewer than 12 hours.  ABA Standards limit full-time students at Loyola to a maximum of 17 credit hours per semester. A student in the full-time division must complete six semesters in which he or she enrolls in a minimum of 12 academic credits. Students in the full-time division may not advance the date of their graduation by taking classes during the summer session. Additional credits earned in one academic year or summer session will not permit a student in the full-time division to take fewer than the minimum credit hours (12) per semester thereafter.

Part-time: No student in the part-time division may take fewer than 8 hours per semester, or more than 12 hours per semester. Additional credits earned in one academic year or summer session will not permit a student in the part-time division to take fewer than the minimum credit hours per semester thereafter.

A student in the part-time division can achieve the required time in residence in either of two ways:

  • Eight Semesters: A student in the part-time division can meet the residency requirement upon the completion of eight semesters.
  • Seven Semesters and at least two summer sessions: A student in the part-time division can meet the residency requirement upon the completion of seven part time semesters and at least a total of 8 academic credits over two or more summer sessions. Students in the part-time division who wish to accelerate their graduation should consult with the Registrar to make sure that they will be able to meet all degree and tuition requirements under the accelerated program.

 

Transferring Divisions: A student may not transfer divisions for the final semester. If approved to do so by the Office of the Dean, a student in the part-time division may transfer to the full time division under the following conditions:

  • A student in the part-time division who seeks to transfer to the full-time division before the third semester and graduate in three years (six semesters) must complete a minimum of six hours of summer courses.
  • A student in the part-time division who seeks to transfer to the full-time division before the fourth semester and graduate in three years (six semesters) must complete a minimum of eight hours of summer courses.
  • A student in the part-time division who seeks to transfer to the full-time division before the fifth semester and graduate in three years (six semesters) must complete a minimum of twelve hours of summer courses over two summers.
  • Full-time students who seek to transfer to the part-time division must meet with a member of the Dean's Office to discuss the conditions upon which a transfer will be approved.

 

Dean's Permission: In exceptional circumstances, a student may apply in writing to the Dean or his/her delegate for permission to take fewer than the required semester hours.

Summer - All students may register for a maximum of eight credit hours during a summer session.