Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

General Info

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. Gaspardo, 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: counseling students; directing of Study Law Abroad Programs in Rome and China assisting with the London Advocacy Program and Spring Break programs abroad; and assisting with administrative operations 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 Loyola’s summer abroad programs continuously since 1991.


To register (available October 2017) fill out the application form online and mail the nonrefundable application fee for each program to which you apply ($600 for Rome) to the address indicated. The application fee will be credited toward your activity fee.

Registration via LOCUS on-line is February 22-April 2, 2018. Students must register for four (4) credit hours in Rome. A non-refundable deposit of $600 is required at the time of application submission. All tuition, fees and housing costs for the program must be paid in full by April 2, 2018.

Space is limited, apply early. Only 50 students will be accepted into the Rome Program.

Please note: Except in the event of the cancellation of the 2018 program or of any particular course, no tuition can be refunded after April 2, 2018 for the Rome program. 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 countries where programs are held will govern program cancellation.


Any student in good standing at Loyola University Chicago School of Law who has successfully completed at least one year of legal study is eligible to participate.

Last year our Rome Program enrolled 21 students.

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 also fully accredited by the ABA. 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.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid may be available from the school financial aid office.

Loyola Chicago students should contact the Financial Aid Office of Loyola University at 773-508-3376

For Loyola Chicago students:

  1. Check LOCUS to see if you have borrowed all of your GradPLUS eligibility for the year. If not, you may borrow the remainder of that eligibility and up to the total cost of attendance for your program. If yes, you may request more GradPLUS up to the cost of attendance for the program.
  2. Once you have registered for the summer classes, you can proceed to apply for funding.
  3. To borrow any amount of additional GradPLUS funding, visit studentloans.gov and "Request Direct Plus Loan" when you are ready to take out the funding. (Remember, interest is accruing on these loans as soon as they are disbursed to you)
  4. Enter the amount you would like to borrow. (Note: The school will only grant the maximum amount for the budget provided).
  5. The University's Financial Aid Office will process the loan, and notify you via email once the loan has been certified. This process can take between 5-10 business days from the time your credit check is approved, and another 3 business days to disburse to your account.

Follow up: For additional inquiries or status checks, you may contact the University Financial Aid Office at lufinaid@luc.edu. Please provide your ID number, and mention you are a law student requesting aid for the specific summer program(s) you will be enrolled in for the summer.

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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 late-April and will fill orders from outside Chicago promptly by mail. Loyola University Book Store; 26 E. Pearson Street; Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 915-7420 


Students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to their Study Law Abroad program location(s), including transportation from the airport to the campus. For travel around Europe, train travel between cities is a convenient mode of transportation. Many students opt to purchase a European Rail Pass through a travel agency in the U.S. before departing for Italy.


The Rome Campus is not accessible for use by people who use wheelchairs or who are visually impaired. The snack bar, classrooms, and other rooms can be reached only by stairs. Public facilities in Rome and transportation are generally not accessible to people with disabilities.

Optional Travel

The Rome Program allows ample time for students to take advantage of a variety of travel destinations, such as Florence, Naples/Pompeii, or Venice. Students who choose to travel on weekends will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and related costs while away from campus.


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 to secure the passport. All students must submit a copy of their passport to Dean Gaspardo by April 2, 2018.