Loyola University Chicago

Registrar

School of Law

Graduation Requirements

A student shall be eligible for the degree of Juris Doctor upon satisfying the following requirements:

  • All students must successfully complete a minimum of eighty-six (86) credit units, 74 of which must be graded credits.
  • All students must satisfy residency requirements. These requirements are designed to comply with Standards of the American Bar Association and ensure that students have had sufficient exposure to the knowledge, skills and values of the legal profession. At the same time, they are designed to equalize tuition costs to the extent possible.
  • All students must successfully complete the required curriculum.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Students must complete their course of study for the JD degree no later than 84 months after commencing law study at the School of Law or at a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit.
  • Students are required to schedule a Graduation Interview with the Law Registrar to review credentials and apply for graduation.

Full-time: A student in the full-time division can achieve the required time in residence in the following way:

  • Completion of 6 full-time semesters [12–17 credits per semester]
  • 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: A student in the part-time division can achieve the required time in residence in these ways:

  • Eight Semesters: A student in the part-time division can meet the residency requirement upon the completion of eight part-time semesters [8–12 credits per semester]
  • 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 a minimum of eleven academic credits over two or more summer sessions. Students in the part-time division who wish to accelerate their graduation in this way should consult with the Registrar to make sure that they will be able to meet all degree and tuition requirements under the accelerated program.
  • Additional credits earned in one academic year or summer session will not permit a student to take fewer than the minimum credit hours per semester thereafter.

Transferring Divisions: Students who transfer divisions can satisfy residency requirement in the following ways. A student may not transfer divisions in their final semester of law school.

  • 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. If permitted, a student who transfers from the full-time division to the part-time division must comply with the academic schedule determined by the Dean’s Office. Students in this category may not graduate in fewer than seven semesters (excluding summers).
  • A student in the part-time divisionwho transfers, after approval from the Dean's Office, to the full-time division:
    • Before the third semester and graduates in three years (six semesters) must complete a minimum of eight hours of summer courses.
    • Before the fourth semester and graduates in three years (six semesters) must complete a minimum of eleven hours of summer courses.
    • Before the fifth semester and graduates in three years (six semesters) must complete a minimum of fifteen hours of summer courses over two summers.
    • Additional credits earned in one academic year or summer session will not permit a student to take fewer than the minimum credit hours per semester thereafter.

Employment Limit—A student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve credit hours.

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