Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

FAQ

Do I need a law degree?
Candidates for an LLM degree must possess a JD degree or the equivalent first degree in law from a University outside the United States. Applicants for the online LLM degree should also have 2 years of law practice and/or work experience in the Competition or Consumer law field.

Do I have to be a member of the Bar?
While most LLM candidates are members of the Bar, it is only required for those who received their JD degree in the United States from a non-ABA accredited institution.

Can I practice law with the LLM degree?
No, LLM graduates cannot practice law nor sit for the bar examination with this degree. If you have received a law degree from outside the United States and are thinking about becoming an attorney licensed to practice in the United States, we suggest you thoroughly research attending law school to get a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The admissions process for the JD program at Loyola is completely separate from that for the LLM program. Further, you should be aware that the American Bar Association guidelines forbid LLM courses taken online to be applied towards a JD degree.  Because each country may have their own rules with respect to on-line graduate education, students outside the United States are strongly encouraged to carefully review the consumer disclosure statement for the Global Competition Law program availablehere.

What are the application deadlines?
The online LLM program begins both in late August and in January. Applications are accepted year round and strongly encouraged on or before June 1st for the fall term or October 1st for the spring term along with all supporting materials.

Fall Term

  1. Application Deadline: July 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)
  2. Term Begins: late August
  3. Term Ends: early December

Spring Term

  1. Application Deadline: October 1st for each year (for application and all supporting materials)
  2. Term Begins: mid January
  3. Term Ends: early May

What is required to be submitted with the LLM application?
LLM applicants must submit: a resume, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants who are admitted to practice law must be in good standing in all jurisdictions in which they are a member of the bar.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other entrance exam required?
No, the LLM degree programs do not require a GRE or other entrance examination. Note there is an exception for international students, who may be required to submit TOEFL scores.

The Admissions Committee will closely review your academic performance as reflected in your academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities that you attended. The official academic records should list results of all course work taken as well as results of yearly or comprehensive exams.

Loyola requires applicants with foreign education credentialsto provide a certified translation and an official evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).  For LL.M. applicants, credentials may be evaluated either through ECE or the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

Who are my classmates?
The LLM program is comprised of attorneys with practice experience and/or experience in the competition and consumer law fields. Our program seeks to attract attorneys with varying backgrounds, including those with experience in the competition and/or consumer aspects of private practice, corporations, government enforcement, academia, and non-governmental organizations. Some have had only limited experience with competition and consumer law matters; other attorneys in the LLM program may possess more extensive experience in the fields.  Loyola’s LLM program attracts a diverse student population.

Does Loyola provide financial assistance?
All LLM students who are United States citizens are eligible for federal loan programs. Contact Loyola’s Financial Aid Office for more information.  In order to make the program affordable for students from emerging and developing economies, scholarships of up to 70% will be available to students from jurisdictions qualifying as emerging or developing markets according to the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. See details athttp://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2013/01/weodata/groups.htm.

How do I apply?
Please complete the application on our website and follow the instructions therein. The Loyola Admissions Committee meets frequently so you can expect prompt notice of your status. We look forward to your application!

How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree?
We advise students to expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week attending classes, listening to lectures, reading, completing homework assignments, etc.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?
Due to the unique nature of our online degrees, transfer credits are generally not accepted.

Is the program accredited?
Loyola University Chicago is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools while Loyola University Chicago School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Will my diploma be from Loyola University?
Yes, your degree is granted by Loyola, taught by Loyola professors, and the curriculum is based on the degrees that Loyola has been offering to students at our Chicago campus since 1986.

Do I need my own computer?
Yes, you need a computer with a modem and reliable access to the Internet. Upon entering the program, students participate in an extensive orientation to the technology and the Sakai classroom where student-centered tech support is readily available. However, once students are familiar with the user-friendly system, they generally have few technical problems.

How do I communicate with my professors?
At Loyola, students tend to have as much—or perhaps more—individual contact with their professors as they would at many fixed-facility schools. Weekly on-line “office hours”, emails, and periodic telephone conferences are all part of the Loyola experience.  Institute staff will be available during normal office hours (United States Central Time Zone) to assist with communications with Law School and University offices.