Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Lea Krivinskas Shepard

PHOTO: Natalie Battaglia“The part-time JD program—one of the first of its kind in the country—will open up doors for students who might not otherwise be able to commit to a traditional law school schedule,” says associate law professor Lea Krivinskas Shepard.

Lea Krivinskas Shepard

Professor Lea Shepard’s teaching and research interests include bankruptcy, consumer law and credit, and financial institutions. Her recent scholarship, which has appeared in top law journals, addresses rescission under the Truth in Lending Act, debtor imprisonment, and the credit counseling industry.

What do you like best about teaching Contract Law?
Contract Law is at the foundation of our legal system, and it traverses many practice areas.  It's fascinating learning about a topic that affects the agreements we regularly enter into with employers, neighbors, creditors, debtors, and merchants.

What are the advantages of a Weekend JD program?
The Weekend JD program--one of the first of its kind in the country--will open up doors for students who might not otherwise be able to commit to a traditional law school schedule because of work, family, or geographic constraints.

Why did you decide to teach rather than practice?
To quote the late Coach John Wooden (who in turn was quoting a poem by Glennice Harmon), "They ask me why I teach, and I reply, 'Where could I find more splendid company?'"

What makes Loyola a warm and welcoming community?
Both the faculty and student body are composed of very friendly, unassuming individuals, which makes Loyola a particularly enjoyable place to work and study. 

Who is your favorite lawyer?
Senator Elizabeth Warren has been a particularly influential mentor to me.  I am continually inspired by her work ethic and her application of the law to teaching, to research, and now to policy.

What good advice to you have for first-year law students?
Even if you're shy, take the time to get to know your fellow classmates, particularly in the beginning of your first semester.  The relationships you form in law school will serve you well throughout your legal career.  Also, try to get to know at least one faculty member pretty well.  Go to office hours, and chat with us after class.  We want to meet you, get to know you, and help you succeed!

Meet some of our exceptional faculty

Weekend JD program courses will be taught by members of Loyola’s full-time faculty, who are accomplished scholars and nationally recognized leaders in their fields.

Civil Procedure

Michael Kaufman

Dean and Professor of Law

“I love seeing the incredible joy in my students when they experience an a-ha moment.”


Nadia Sawicki

Professor of Law

“Our shared goal is to ensure that every Loyola student has the tools needed to succeed.”

Criminal Law

John Bronsteen

Professor of Law

“If you want to understand how well laws are working, you need to understand how they affect people.”

Contract Law

Lea K. Shepard

Associate Professor of Law

“To quote the late Coach John Wooden: ‘They ask me why I teach, and I reply, Where could I find more splendid company?’ ”