The College of Law offers certificates to students wishing to develop specialized expertise in a particular area of law.
The College of Law offers a program granting a Certificate in Civil Law and a Certificate in Common Law. This unique certification program is based upon Loyola’s dual common law and civil law curricula and encourages substantial study of the two dominant Western legal systems. A student choosing to complete the requirements for the certificate acquire an understanding of the conceptual framework of each legal system. In an era of increasing recognition of the international marketplace, an individual with this understanding is well-equipped to deal with legal issues from the perspective of the two legal systems that prevail throughout much of the world.
The Civil and Common Law certificates have been discontinued as of the fall 2021 semester.
Students in their second and third year may elect to specialize in environmental law, earning a Certificate in Environmental Law. Students who have met the certificate requirements by the time of graduation will have this distinction noted on their transcripts and receive a certificate.
This certificate program is designed to recognize students who commit themselves to this fascinating and challenging area of study. But it is also intended to leave room to take other important core courses. We strongly believe that one must first be a good lawyer before one can become an effective environmental lawyer.
Students may elect to concentrate in the area of Health Law and earn a Certificate in Health Law upon graduation. To receive the Certificate in Health Law, a candidate, who has taken the required course of Business Organizations, must also successfully complete twelve additional hours of course work, as described in the Certificate Requirements.
For more information, please contact Professor Ann Koppel.
Loyola Law’s Certificate in Immigration and Citizenship Law and Practice develops professional practice skills by emphasizing experiential learning in the core academic courses and by requiring two semesters of immigration clinic. Students who earn the certificate have completed coursework that provides a foundation for practice in the areas of immigration law, asylum and refugee law, and citizenship and naturalization law.
This certificate program furthers the law school’s core mission of working for social justice and enables students who are committed to public interest work to have their commitment and work honored at graduation by earning the certificate. The program strives to meet the need for immigration expertise in the local, state and national community.
Graduates of the Immigration and Citizenship certificate program include Mary Kate Richardson, Class of 2018, who served as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Legal Services (RAICES) Family Detention program; Allison Sickle, Class of 2018, selected to serve a two year clerkship with the New Orleans Immigration Court; Maria Deguzman, Class of 2016, US Navy JAG Corps; and Kaitlin Locascio, Class of 2016, Catholic Charities Immigration Services New Orleans.
Certificate students who work for an immigrant defense non-profit during the summer are eligible for College of Law summer stipends. Students interested in applying for the grants should contact Diana Mercer in Career Services by early spring of the year in which the student seeks financial support for summer public interest work. Students are encouraged to apply to immigrant defense nonprofits in their home state or city, but should check with Career Services to make sure that the placement is consistent with College of Law funding requirements.
For more information, please contact:
M. Isabel Medina
Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
The Certificate in International Legal Studies is designed to help prepare law students for professional careers in the emerging global economy. A student choosing to complete the requirements for this certificate will acquire an understanding of the conceptual framework of the international legal order, and will receive a special certificate at graduation.
Students are eligible to receive the certificate upon the successful completion of all requirements for graduation in either the civil law curriculum or the common law curriculum and LAW L878 International Law plus 9 credit hours from the following list of electives. Students must maintain an average of "B" or better in all classes taken to satisfy the course requirements for the certificate. Students must obtain at least a graduating G.P.A. of 2.5.
The College of Law offers a Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship certificate to meet the increased demand in the job market for trained lawyers who advise entrepreneurs. Law students completing the certificate can also graduate equipped with the skills needed to become entrepreneurs themselves.
The coursework required for the certificate provides training on both business creation and technology issues. On the business side, students complete both Business Organizations (LAW L746) and the Business Planning Seminar (LAW L867). In the seminar, students learn each step required to create a business from the initial conception to final incorporation. Students are also encouraged to join the Entrepreneurship Project (LAW L880), which allows students to earn credit while advising local start-ups with their legal and business needs.
On the technology side, students earning the certificate take Intellectual Property (LAW L801) and the Law & Technology Seminar (LAW L967). The seminar provides students with an overview of relevant modern digital technologies and legal doctrines. Students will obtain an overview of both network and application technologies. The course will also cover the intersection of these technologies with relevant aspects of intellectual property law, privacy law, Internet law, business law and communications law.
Students can also participate in the Technology and Legal Innovation Clinic (LAW L897). In this clinic, students design and implement technology projects aimed at assisting legal practitioners and increasing access to justice. Students learn to write software code and work with data and then put these skills into practice to solve real-world legal problems.
The College of Law complements the certificate program with a regular roster of speakers including entrepreneurs, 501(c)(3) organizations that focus on supporting entrepreneurial activity, governmental agencies and departments that focus on economic development, and members of the local technology community.
The Social Justice Certificate Program aims to recognize and enhance Loyola’s core mission of advancing social justice and pursuing academic excellence through the Jesuit ideals. Through hands-on experience and focused academic study, students will be better positioned to effectively advocate for social justice in non-profit and government settings, as well as provide a strong signal of a student’s commitment to social justice to fellowship programs and future employers. The experiential component requires that students complete the equivalent of one academic year of supervised legal work addressing the needs of the poor and marginalized. The doctrinal component focuses on the legal and policy frameworks that structure rights and access for the poor and marginalized.
Social Justice Certificate faculty members are committed to assisting students interested in public service. The Certificate Program will also contribute to our rich community of public service here at Loyola Law through partnerships with faculty, staff, and students.
Students in their second and third year may elect to specialize in tax law, earning a Certificate in Tax Law. Students who have met the certificate requirements by the time of graduation will have this distinction noted on their transcripts and receive a certificate.
This certificate program is designed for students who commit themselves to intense study of the law of taxation, are willing to spend hours assisting low-income taxpayers in preparing individual income tax returns and will be engaged in solving problems that a practicing tax attorney would see in private or governmental practice.