María Pabón López, Dean
Hello and welcome to the Loyola College of Law. If you’ve had the chance to browse our website you’re probably already familiar with many benefits of pursuing your law degree at Loyola. There’s our civil and common law programs, our nationally recognized Skills program, our commitment to justice, our international programs, our renowned faculty. The list could go on and on. But I want to share some things you won’t read anywhere else. Why I think this is such a special place and why I’m proud to serve as Dean.
If you read every page on this website, the one thing you won’t read is us claiming to be one of the country’s biggest law schools. Being the biggest has never been one of our goals. We want to be the right-sized school for students looking for a more personal approach to their education. The manageable size of the college allows our dedicated faculty and staff to take an active role in each student’s education, giving them the time and attention they need.
While our school may not be the biggest, our programs are as diverse and vast as many other law schools around the country. These intensive and rigorous programs carry weight in the legal community as evidenced by the esteemed Loyola alumni that have gone on to do great things. Federal judges, district attorneys, mayors, legislators, corporate attorneys, law firm partners, non-profit activists—they all got their start at Loyola.
Lastly, I can’t forget about New Orleans. Having lived around the world and traveled extensively, I can say this without hesitation: New Orleans is one of the world’s most original, vibrant, eclectic, warm, soulful cities in the world. In addition to being a destination for music, food, history and culture, it’s also a region shaped by maritime, oil & gas, environmental and several other types of law. In the years since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a magnet for young, innovative, socially conscious business professionals looking for career opportunities and the chance to make a difference. I know that you’ll find it to be a wonderful place to live and learn.
I hope that you spend some time browsing our website so you can get to know us even better. If you think Loyola could be a fit, we will be excited to learn more about you.
María Pabón López
Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law