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Juris Doctor

Juris doctor students complete 90 academic hours in civil law or common law.

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.

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.

Attendance and Enrollment Standards


ABA Standard 308(a) requires law schools to “adopt, publish, and adhere to sound academic standards, including those for regular class attendance, good standing, academic integrity, graduation, and dismissal.” Pursuant to Standard 308(a) the College of Law requires regular and punctual class attendance.  No student will be given credit for work done in any course in which he or she has failed to attend at least 80 percent of the scheduled classes.


Students enrolled in 13 hours or more are expected to devote substantially all working hours to the study of law. Students may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours.  Students working 20 or more hours per week are limited to 12 credit hours per semester.

Five-Year Rule

Students must complete the juris doctor requirements in five calendar years.

Enrollment in Other Courses within the University

Students registered in the College of Law will not be permitted to register for courses in any other college of the University without special permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Permission will be granted only to upper-class students in special instances. Except for those students enrolled in the joint degree programs, no student will be permitted to take more than three hours of work in another University program.

Enrollment at Other Law Schools

The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs may grant permission to take courses at another ABA approved law school when compelling reasons are demonstrated.

Summer School

A limited number of courses are offered each summer in an eight-week domestic session. Additionally, the College of Law hosts several summer abroad programs in which students can earn academic credit.  


Areas of Specialization

Loyola College of Law has two major areas of specialization: International Law and Public Interest Law

International Law

The international program has five components:

Public Interest Law

Loyola's commitment to public interest activities and scholarship is best exemplified by the Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center, established in 1985. The Center is a major community service component of the Loyola College of Law that enables Loyola University to expand its legal education and public service activities both within and beyond the boundaries of the greater metropolitan New Orleans area. The Center supports the primary public interest activities which are the Loyola Law Clinic, Summer Internship programs with the Louisiana Legal Services Corporations, a distinguished speaker series which brings in nationally recognized professionals working within the field of public interest and poverty law, the loan forgiveness program for Loyola graduates who provide civil legal services to the poor, and the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, a scholarly student publication dedicated to poverty law issues. In addition students may obtain a certificate in Social Justice.

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 in several niche areas of study. Certificates are awarded to students who have completed all requirements for graduation with additional course work in the following areas.