Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning courses enable students to perform their legal knowledge, skills and values in a real or simulated practice setting with intense, ongoing law school supervision and assessment.  J.D. students must complete at least 6 credits of Experiential Learning.  Please note the specific requirements below.

There are two categories of Experiential Learning courses through which students may fulfill this 6 credit requirement.

1. Live Client Experience courses

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. (Live Client Experience courses are designated in the registration materials as “LCE”)

a) An intensive field placement in Loyola’s Externship Program;

b) Participation in one of Loyola’s seven clinics (The Loyola Community Law Center, The Child and Family Law Clinic, The ChildLaw Legislation and Policy Clinic, The Federal Tax Clinic, The Business Law Clinic, The Health Justice Project, or Life After Innocence), or

c) An approved practicum project.

2. Comprehensive Simulation courses

A Comprehensive Simulation course is one in which the entire course is structured around hypothetical legal situations. Only 3 credit hours of the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement may be completed through Comprehensive Simulation courses. (Comprehensive Simulation courses are designated in the registration materials as “CS.”)

A current list of Comprehensive Simulation courses is set forth below: