Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Curriculum Guidelines

Scheduling Requirements

The following material is an overview of requirements and considerations for the first year of law school curriculum and for upper-level planning as well.

First-Year Students

In their first year, students enrolled in  the Full-Time JD program are required to take substantive courses that provide the essential building blocks for the study and practice of law. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to take one Perspective Elective course in the spring of their first year.

 

First Year: Fall Semester

Civil Procedure (4)

Property (4)

Torts (4)

Legal Writing (2)

First Year: Spring Semester

Constitutional Law (4)

Contracts (4)

Criminal Law (3)

Legal Writing (2)

Perspective Elective (2 or 3)

Second Year: Fall Semester

Advocacy (2)

Requirements to be completed prior to graduation

Professional Responsibility (3)

Course(s) designated "Skills" (2)

Course(s) designated "Experiential" (2 or 6)**

Students enrolled in the Weekend JD program have the same required curriculum as full-time students, but take those courses over a more extended period of time. Weekend JD students are eligible for elective coursework after completing their first year.

First Year: Fall Semester

Civil Procedure (4)

Torts (4)

Legal Writing (2)

First Year: Spring Semester

Contracts (4)

Criminal Law (3)

Legal Writing (2)

Second  Year: Fall Semester

Property (4)

Advocacy (2)

Second Year: Spring Semester

Constitutional Law (4)

Requirements to be completed prior to graduation

Professional Responsibility (3)

Course(s) designated "Skills" (2)

Course(s) designated "Perspective" Elective (2 or 3)

Course(s) designated "Experiential" (2 or 6)**

*JD students who are in the bottom 15 percent of their class after their second, third, or fourth semester of law school will be required to complete 2 credits in a designated “BAR SKILLS” class in order to graduate. Those students who entered law school before the fall of 2014 are exempt from this requirement.

**Students who entered the School of Law before the Fall of 2014 must complete at least two credits of a Perspective Elective (Per Elec), Skills, and Experiential Learning. Moreover, the faculty also highly recommends that all students complete an additional experiential learning course beyond that already required for graduation.

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.”) 

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.

The faculty also highly recommends that students enroll in the following core foundational courses as soon as practical in their law studies:

  • Administrative Law (3)
  • Business Organizations (4)
  • Evidence (4)
  • Federal Income Tax (3)