Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the oldest university in the City of Chicago. The school of law admitted its first class in 1908 and has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1925. Loyola University Chicago is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the United States.
Jean M. Gasparado, B.S., Wisconsin; M.B.A., J.D., Loyola-Chicago. Dean Gaspardo served in the capacity of Director of Student Services for Loyola from 1993 - 1999, and as assistant dean from 1999 to the present. Her current responsibilities as Dean of Students and Law Programs include: Director of Study Law Abroad Programs in Rome, China and European Legal Institutions; and assisting with the general administration of the law school. Dean Gaspardo has an extensive background in small business and world travel. She speaks fluent Italian and can also communicate in Spanish and French. Dean Gaspardo has accompanied the summer abroad program continuously since 1991.
To register, on or after November 25, fill out the application form online and mail the non-refundable deposit for each program to which you apply ($650 for China) to the address indicated. The deposit will be credited toward your activity fee.
In addition, after completion of your first semester, non-Loyola University Chicago students should direct their registrar to mail a Letter of Good Standing to the same address stating that you have successfully completed at least your first semester course work with a 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed or are currently enrolled in the second semester of first year law school.
Registration via LOCUS on-line is February 27- March 13, 2014. Students must register for four (4) credit hours for China. A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application, no later than March 10, 2014. All tuition, fees and housing costs for the program must be paid in full by April 1, 2014.
Space is limited, apply early. Only 24 students will be accepted into the China Program. The program often fills up before the application deadline of March 10, 2014.
Please note: Except in the event of the cancellation of the program or of any particular course, no tuition can be refunded after March 28, 2014. Students who withdraw from a course after that date cannot receive a refund of tuition. ABA Standards on U.S. State Department Consular Information regarding "Areas of Instability" and Travel Warnings in those counties where programs are held will govern program cancellation. Should the program be canceled for any reason, Loyola will promptly notify all enrolled students of the cancellation and will refund within 20 days all payments received. Further, Loyola will diligently put forth its best effort to find another program in which the students can enroll.
Any student in good standing at an ABA accredited United States or Canadian law school who has successfully completed at least one year of legal study is eligible to participate. Last year our China Program enrolled 24 students, all 24 of whom were from Loyola Chicago.
Credit & Grades
The Study Law Abroad Program is offered as part of the fully accredited curriculum of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The program is fully accredited by the ABA as an approved foreign summer program. Participating non-Loyola students are responsible for securing approval of their own school to transfer credit. Grades for courses will be earned and awarded in increments of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F; grades will be determined by a written examination and/or paper(s) at the discretion of the instructor.
Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student's home school. It is unlikely that participation in foreign summer programs may be used to accelerate graduation. A student interested in acceleration of graduation should discuss this issue with his/her school officials in light of ABA Standard 305, Interpretation 4.
Non-Loyola Students are responsible for requesting a transcript of grades, which will be available in early October by filling out an online form at http://transcriptrequest.luc.edu/alumni/pages/jsp/.
Be sure to provide your name, address, last 4 digits of your social security number, reference to Study Law Abroad Program and the program location and year.
Financial Aid may be available from your school financial aid office. Loyola Chicago students should contact the Financial Aid Office of Loyola University Chicago School of Law at (312) 915-7170. Non-Loyola Chicago students should contact the financial aid office of the school which is granting your degree (home school). The home school is responsible for financial aid processing.
Please submit a request to your financial aid department for funding for the program, unless you have another source of funds. You should go on-line to complete your FAFSA for 2014. The Loyola Financial Aid Department has authorized funding for the programs as listed below*. You will want to share this list with your financial aid advisor if you are not a Loyola Chicago student.
February 24, 2014: Loan application is due at the Loyola Admission and Financial Aid Office. Late applications, at best, generate late funding (post-departure).
February 24, 2014: Loan application is due at the home school's (degree granting) Financial Aid Office. Late applications, at best, generate late funding (post-departure).
March 10, 2014: Consortium Agreement (to be obtained from home school) is due at Loyola Admission and Financial Aid Office. Late Consortium Agreements will impede your home school Financial Aid Office from timely processing your loan, at best resulting in late funding.
Send the Consortium Agreement to:
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Financial Aid Office
25 E. Pearson, Suite 1208
Chicago, IL 60611
*Estimated Program Budget to Calculate Student Loan Eligibility
|Program Activity Fee||$650|
|Transportation & Visa ($140), Food, Books, Personal||$4320|
Please Note: The fees for transportation, visa, food, books, and personal expenses are approved for financial aid and are NOT payable to Loyola. For more information, please see the financial aid information.
After registering, students will be responsible for obtaining the required course materials. Students should contact the Loyola University Bookstore to obtain the course materials in the United States and should bring them abroad. The bookstore will stock all assigned materials by mid-April and will fill orders from outside Chicago promptly by mail: Loyola University Book Store, 26 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 915-7421.
Students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to their Study Law Abroad program location. Many airlines, domestic and foreign, fly to these places.
The Beijing Center Campus is not accessible for use by people who use wheelchairs or who are visually impaired. The cafeteria and snack bar, classrooms, and most dormitory rooms can be reached only by stairs. Public facilities and transportation are generally not accessible to people with disabilities.
Passports & Visas
Each student in the program should have a valid passport. Students are responsible for obtaining their own passports. Allow at least two months processing time in securing a passport. All students must submit a copy of their passport and Visa to Dean Gaspardo by April 1, 2014. Students will be responsible for obtaining a Visa from the nearest Chinese Consulate. Please note that the Visa application requires a passport valid for approximately 6 months after the program concludes and takes approximately 2 weeks to process. Enrolled students will receive further information regarding the Visa application process. Please visit http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/default.htm for more information.