|Rev. Lawrence W. Moore, S.J. Interim Dean
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Welcome to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. I congratulate you for being accepted into the College of Law. I find my inspiration in how to describe the College of Law from scripture, specifically Matthew 13:52, where is found the wise “head of the household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
The College of Law has done for a long time some things well. Loyola had one of the earliest law clinics in the country; it was one of the first law schools to institute a skills program. Both the Law Clinic and the Skills Program have grown and improved over the years. Six years ago the faculty approved a guided curriculum for students who might not otherwise pass the bar exam. That program has improved significantly the pass rates for those who take advantage of it.
The College of Law allows you to specialize in eight different certificate programs. Two years ago the faculty adopted an expanded program in first year writing and moot court. The credit hours were increased to allow for additional foundational skills to be taught. Just in May 2016, the faculty approved an experiential requirement of nine credit hours so that graduates will be better prepared to practice law from the start.
The faculty is busily preparing learning outcomes for each required course to ensure that the skills and knowledge that the faculty wants graduates to have will be covered in one or more courses. I am excited about some old programs that have been refreshed. I look forward to seeing the new initiatives in experiential learning and learning outcomes develop and be implemented.
Like the opening lines from A Tale of Two Cities, it can also be said about legal education: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I invite you to be part of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law as we work together through challenging but exciting times in legal education and in the legal profession.