In the full-time day program, Loyola offers two curricula leading to the juris doctor degree:
The requirement for the degree of juris doctor is 90 credit hours of work earned in the College of Law over a period of at least three academic years.
The curriculum for full-time students covers a period of six semesters of resident study. Full-time students will not be permitted to schedule more than 16 hours of law work in any semester without special permission from the associate dean of academic affairs of the College of Law. ABA Accreditation Standard 304(e) prohibits students from enrolling in more than 20 percent of the credits needed for graduation in one semester. Full-time first-year students must schedule 16 hours in the first semester and 15 hours in the second semester. The normal time frame for completion of the juris doctor degree is three academic years. Students are forewarned that this is a minimum time frame and the program may not be completed by acceleration in two and one half years.
The part-time evening program offers one curricula track: civil law.
The curriculum for part-time students covers a period of usually four academic years plus one or two summer sessions. By attending three summer sessions and taking full loads each semester, it is possible to accumulate sufficient hours to graduate in three and one half years.
Part-time students may register for more than 12 hours by signing the ABA pledge or with the permission of the Petitions Committee. All first-year part-time students are required to schedule 11 hours in the first semester and 10 in the second semester. Legal Profession must be completed and scheduled during the second year. Anyone who begins in the part-time program must stay with that program in the first year.
Loyola College of Law has two major areas of specialization: International Law and Public Interest Law
The international program is supported by five features:
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.
Other areas of significant emphasis are admiralty, taxation, corporate law and environmental law.
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.
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.
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