JD - Full-Time
The JD program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers an academic experience grounded in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, intellectual openness, and service to others. Our mission is to educate diverse, talented students to be responsible leaders in a rapidly changing, interdependent world, to prepare graduates who will be ethical advocates for justice and the rule of law.
In your first year at Loyola, you’ll work closely with our highly regarded faculty to learn the art of legal analysis and foundations of the American legal system. In the spring semester, you may choose from a wide array of elective courses to begin your journey toward specialization.
Prepared for Practice
Employers are increasingly demanding practice-ready law graduates, and Loyola is among a few law schools that ensure all students gain hands-on experience. Our students complete at least six credit hours in externships, comprehensive simulation courses, clinics, or practica. Every student will have the opportunity to serve clients in a real practice setting before graduation. You’ll learn to apply substantive law to real-life situations and have a solid advantage when you seek employment.
Complementing the substantive learning you’ll do in the classroom, Loyola’s cocurricular offerings provide opportunities to discover your particular talents and further hone your skills in advocacy and legal writing.
Use Your Knowledge to Help Others
A commitment to social justice and underserved members of society is part of Loyola’s Jesuit tradition. Our community of individuals from diverse faith backgrounds share a passion for turning their knowledge to service. Annually, more than two-thirds of the student body participate in public service activities. Loyola offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to ease the educational debt burden for its recent graduates who are engaged in full-time public service employment.
Graduates of Loyola University Chicago School of Law will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values at a level sufficient to commence the practice of law:
Graduates will know and understand substantive and procedural law including the influence of the administrative state, political institutions, and other academic disciplines.
Graduates will be able to:
- utilize skills derived from participation in supervised live-client experience, externships, or litigation and transactional practice simulations, such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, fact development and analysis, trial practice, document drafting, and collaborative work;
- determine their clients needs and objectives
- determine relevant facts,
- conduct legal research,
- analyze and apply relevant legal principles,
- find solutions to legal problems, and
- communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
Formation Graduates will have a solid foundation that will prepare them to use their knowledge and skills to promote truth, justice, and the rule of law. They will be able to integrate professional values and exercise ethically responsible judgment in their legal practice and their work within the legal system. They will understand the rules, ethics, and values of the legal profession, such as honesty, civility, work-ethic, and the significance of a commitment to one’s clients and to the legal system. They will understand the importance of using their knowledge and skills in the service to those less fortunate and in need of legal assistance.
A World-class City
A leading center of law, commerce, and government, Chicago offers unlimited opportunities for you to advance your professional goals. Chicago is home to many of the nation’s top trial and transactional lawyers, and the city’s juvenile law system is one of the largest in the country. You’ll make important connections with professional colleagues—as well as with the many Loyola law alumni who’ve stayed on to become the city’s leading lawyers.