Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Experiential Learning

Prepared for practice

Employers are increasingly demanding practice-ready law graduates and Loyola is dedicated to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Our students complete at least six credit hours through the externship program, comprehensive simulation courses, clinics, or practica. Through these programs, students have the opportunity to serve clients in a real practice setting before graduation. Students will learn to apply substantive law to real-life situations and have a solid advantage when seeking employment.

Experiential Learning Electives - A minimum of 6 Experiential Learning credits are required after the first year. Students satisfy this requirement through a combination of Comprehensive Simulation courses and Live-Client Experiences. At least 3 credits of the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement must be completed through one or more of the following Live-Client Experience courses:

  1. an intensive field placement through Loyola’s Externship Program,
  2. through participation in one of Loyola’s clinics, or
  3. through an approved practicum project.

Students may not satisfy the Experiential Learning requirement by taking a class that is also taken to satisfy the “Skill” requirement or the “Perspective Elective” requirement.

If you have any questions about the Experiential Learning requirement, please contact Josie M. Gough. If you have questions about curriculum planning, please contact Giselle Santibanez-Bania or Lindsey Johnson.

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