Why Loyola University Chicago School of Law
1. Our Mission
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is a student-focused law center inspired by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, intellectual openness, and service to others. Our mission is to educate diverse, talented students to be responsible leaders in a rapidly changing, interdependent world, to prepare graduates who will be ethical advocates for justice and the rule of law, and to contribute to a deeper understanding of law and legal institutions through a commitment to research, scholarship and public service. (Adopted by the law faculty, 2002)
2. Our Faculty
The School of Law places top priority on faculty-student interaction, superior teaching, and valuable classroom experience. Most of Loyola’s faculty members have had substantial experience in private practice or in government prior to their teaching careers. Some continue to pursue legal practice on behalf of the public good. Through their extensive research and publishing, Loyola’s professors weigh in on current legal issues and continually contribute to shaping the law.
The School of Law’s innovative, broad-based curriculum draws on the interdisciplinary strengths of the larger University to train tomorrow’s lawyers to be counselors, planners, mediators, arbitrators, judges, policymakers, and litigators. The School of Law offers dynamic, pioneering programs in health law, child and family law, advocacy, business and tax law, international law, and foreign study. Many of these initiatives have garnered national attention. The curriculum leading to the JD degree enables students to develop not only the knowledge of substantive law but also the professional skills and values that are essential for the responsible practice of law.
4. The Students
Students at Loyola School of Law represent diverse cultures, backgrounds, and interests and hold undergraduate degrees from more than 150 colleges and universities. They bring a wide range of experiences to the classroom. They form a community of dedicated individuals, supporting each other in study groups and in their involvement in the student organizations on campus and volunteer work in the city of Chicago.
Loyola prides itself on the active participation of its alumni in the School of Law, who reside and practice in every state and in more than 20 countries around the world. Loyola graduates excel in all areas of the law and currently hold distinguished positions within state and federal judiciaries; law firms and companies; higher education; local, state, and national government; and public service. Loyola graduates continue to be involved with students through their support of scholarships, career service programs, mentoring, and teaching. A large percentage of alumni participate in the Law Alumni Association, which sponsors social and educational activities that create a dynamic professional network.
Our clinical programs focus on various areas of law including, child and family law, business law, community law, and tax law. Inspired by the Jesuit philosophy that promotes service to others, Loyola School of Law encourages students to contribute to society while gaining vital practical experiences. Many Loyola programs link students to volunteer activities and to future careers in public service.
7. Intellectual Challenges
There are many opportunities outside the classroom for Loyola students to further their legal knowledge and hone essential skills. There are many opportunities to participate on teams for mock trials, moot court, and other student competitions, which provide excellent experience for students preparing for a career in law. Each year, students compete in nearly 25 regional, national, and international competitions.
Loyola students can develop essential research and writing skills through participation on one of our six different publications, each with its own focus.
The School of Law has over 30 organizations provide forums for the exchange of ideas and information. Such organizations support law students of specific ethnicities, religions, gender, sexual orientation, and social and civic interests, as well as professional development and advancement.
8. Our Centers and Institutes
The Career Services staff works one-on-one with students to assess their career goals, explore many prospects, and make the transition from school to a professional career. They offer on-campus employer interviews and recruitment programs, as well as other programming, including panels and receptions with practicing attorneys and alumni and workshops on resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job search strategies. These programs, in conjunction with the clinical and externship programs, provide students with opportunities to develop solid skills and network within the legal community.
10. Location, Location, Location
As one of the nation's leading centers of law, commerce, and government, Chicago offers unlimited opportunities for law students to enrich their academic pursuits. The School of Law’s location off North Michigan Avenue gives students immediate access to Chicago’s leading law firms, as well as research, cultural and not-for-profit institutions, corporations and government agencies.
Chicago is home to many of the nation's top trial lawyers and the city's juvenile law system is one of the largest in the country. Long before graduation, students can make important connections with professional colleagues and Loyola law alumni, through seminars and events, externships, clinical programs, and other extracurricular activities.