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Juris Doctor

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is a bridge.

A bridge between those committed to justice and the communities that need them. Between a group of strong, dedicated men and women and the experts who can shape them into lawyers. Between a world that's ready for change and the ones who are going to change it.  Whether our students use their law degrees to create new companies or access public benefits for low-income clients, the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law prepares students to practice law with excellence anywhere in the world.

Full-time students

The full-time day program has two curricular tracks:

  • Civil law, geared for students who will practice in Louisiana or other civil law or mixed tradition jurisdictions.

  • Common law, geared for students who are likely to practice in other states or other common law jurisdictions.

Juris doctor students complete 90 academic hours in civil law or common law. The full-time curriculum is sequenced over a period of six semesters of resident study; this is a minimum time frame, and the program may not be completed by acceleration in two and one half years.  Full-time first-year students will be scheduled by the administration in required foundational courses totaling 15 hours in the first semester and 14 hours in the second semester. 

Part-time students

The part-time evening program offers one curricular track: civil law.
The part-time day program offers a common law or civil law track.

The part-time curriculum is sequenced over a period of eight semesters of resident study.

Part-time first-year students will be scheduled by the administration in required foundational courses totaling 12 hours in the first semester and 11 hours in the second semester. Any student who begins in the part-time program must remain in that program for the first academic year.

Areas of Specialization

Loyola College of Law has three major areas of specialization: Public Interest Law, Environmental Law, and International Law.

Public Interest Law

Loyola offers students many opportunities throughout their law school career to gain practical experience, while serving the legal needs of low-income members of our community.  The Law Clinic offers third-year law students the opportunity to represent real clients under the close supervision of expert clinic faculty.   Student practitioners choose from nine different practice areas where they represent clients in federal, state, administrative, and immigration courts under clinic faculty supervision.  In addition, the College of Law hosts the Environmental Law and Policy Lab, the Human Rights Project, the Entrepreneurship Project, and the Street Law program, all of which gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the law while working on behalf of the people and organizations in our community.  Students who wish to demonstrate their commitment to public interest lawyering may pursue the Certificate in Social Justice.

The College of Law also offers paid internships for students to work in civil legal services and in criminal defense.  After graduation, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program provides direct financial assistance toward loan repayment for graduates engaged in qualified social justice lawyering.  Loyola also offers an increasing number of fellowships to help our graduates transition into public interest careers, including the Incubator Program, which support students as they launch a solo practice, the Grads for Justice Program, which supports recent grads with financial support for full-time, short-term employment with a legal services office as they await results from the Louisiana Bar Examination, and the Social Justice Fellowship, which provides one year of funding for a recent Loyola grad to work in one of the six offices of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

Environmental Law

Loyola recently received an A- ranking from preLaw magazine in recognition of our growing environmental law curriculum.  The Center for Environmental Law & Land Use at the College of Law hosts the Law and Policy Lab through which students, working with skilled practitioners, represent non-profit or community clients on environmental issues related to climate change, endangered species protection, urban agriculture, oil and gas drilling, and more.  Students may also compete on our award-winning environmental law moot court team and join the Environmental Law Society.  Our Environmental certificate allows interested students to develop more specialized knowledge in preparation for joining the practice.  The Center supports students in finding and funding summer internships in the field and post-graduate opportunities.

International Law

Louisiana’s legal system is unique in that it combines elements of both the common law system used in most of the United States, in Great Britain, and many English-speaking countries, and the civil law system used in Europe and most of the rest of the world.  With its unique dual curricula, Loyola prepares students to practice locally, nationally, and globally.    Students interested in international careers can pursue a Certificate in International Legal Studies, and can build upon their classroom experience through studying abroad in the summer. Faculty are also in dialogue with their international colleagues through participation in exchanges between Loyola and foreign law schools.  Through the Human Rights Project, students can learn to use international human rights law in their client advocacy.  And Loyola students compete annually in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Combined Degree Programs

Applicants for the combined degree programs must apply separately to the College of Law and the partnering school, either Loyola University's College of Business or the University of New Orleans College of Urban and Public Affairs.

To obtain the combined degrees, each program is reduced by nine semester hours as each accepts, as part of its requirements, nine semester hours from the other program. If you have questions, please contact the College of Law's Admissions Office at (504) 861-5575.

Certificate Programs

The College of Law offers certificates to students wishing to develop specialized expertise in a particular area of law. Certificates are awarded to students who have completed all requirements for graduation with additional course work in the following areas.