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.

The practicum courses are part of the experiential learning curriculum at Loyola as required by ABA Standard 303. A practicum is a seminar course focused on a discrete area of law that provides students with the option of acquiring experiential learning credit either through a live client experience (LCE) in a field placement or a comprehensive simulation (CS). Practicum courses allow the student to focus on practical skills, ethical considerations, professionalism doctrine and theory associated with specific practice areas and the development of core competencies. Practicum courses are available to students after completion of their first year course work.   A practicum differs from a live-client clinic or a field placement through our externship program in three distinct ways: 1) the weekly seminar is grounded in doctrinal law tied to a specific area of practice; 2) the clients served remain attached to the agency where the student is completing the field placement work; and 3) some practicums may not have a live client experience component and as such will not satisfy the law school’s 3 credit LCE requirement.

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: