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Experiential Learning

Serving the Community While Preparing to Practice

The Loyola College of Law is well known for its commitment to building practice-ready lawyers.  

In your first year, you’ll build your core legal skills in our Lawyering curriculum. You’ll learn to read a case file, analyze facts, research and draft legal documents like memos, motions, and briefs. Our Lawyering classes are small, creating lots of opportunities for feedback and collaborative work with your professors and classmates.

As you move through your law school experience, Loyola offers several ways for you to develop your legal skills, work with real clients, and explore different career opportunities.   

The Stuart H. Smith Center Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice is ranked 31st among over 200 ABA-ranked law schools by U.S. News and World Report. Through the Law Clinic, you will have the chance to represent real clients in nine different fields of practice including immigration, family law, and criminal defense.

Our experiential offerings also include the Environmental Law & Policy Lab, the Entrepreneurship Project, and the Human Rights Advocacy Project.  These courses will allow you to develop your writing and advocacy skills while serving people and organizations in the New Orleans community and around the country.  Loyola also offers a number of courses with an experiential component to help you develop your practice skills in a more traditional class environment.

Our curricular offerings are also supplemented by an extensive Externship program, through which you can spend a semester working for a legal employer in your area of professional interest. Over the last several years, Loyola students have received over 100 different externship placements.

All Loyola students also participate in the Skills curriculum, to develop the core competencies in areas like negotiation and office management that you’ll need after graduation.