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Orientation & Fall Semester FAQs

Q. Will Loyola College of Law be open?

A. Yes!  We are planning to be together again on our campus this fall, consistent with city and state directives.


Q. What about Orientation?

A. Orientation will take place as scheduled on August 18th, 19th, and 20th. All sessions will be held online. Lots more details to come, but expect a mix of larger sessions to introduce you to our campus and curriculum, and smaller breakout sessions where you’ll get to know us and each other.  You’ll need a computer, webcam, and internet access to participate fully this semester; if you need financial assistance in securing those items, please the Office of Financial Aid can offer guidance.


Q. Will I have online courses?

A. Yes. We’re working hard to ensure that we get as much time in-person together as our spaces will safely allow.  Small classes will meet in large rooms to allow for social distancing.  Larger courses may be split into two, so you come to class in shifts.   We’re upgrading our classroom technology, so that students at home can interact with professors and classmates.  And some courses will be fully online, using new technology to make them interactive and engaging, and to build our connection and community. 


Q.  When does the semester end?

A. The on-ground part of your courses will end before Thanksgiving.   The final week of classes will be online with the exam period to follow.  For those of you who live farther away, it will save you the expense of two trips home and reduce the risk of transmission in our community that might come from holiday travel.   


Q. I am particularly vulnerable to COVID - can I still attend law school this fall?

A. Yes.  We know that some of you are personally vulnerable or live with family who are.  Some of you live in other states and the pandemic is making travel to New Orleans challenging. Some of you are parents whose children’s school schedules are likely to be disrupted.  We understand.   All on-ground classes will be live-streamed and technology enabled, so that you can participate remotely when necessary.  We’ll be ready to welcome you in person when you’re ready.


Q. Do I have to have my own computer?

A. Yes.  Technology is going to be an important part of our fall semester, so it is crucial that you have a computer, a webcam, and internet access.  Laptop reimbursement loans are available if you need to purchase a computer and webcam. 

Hardware, software, and internet requirements are:

Hardware/Software Requirement
Webcam Standard
Microphone Standard
Hard Drive Space 1 GB Free HDD Space
Memory (RAM) 4 GB
CPU Processor 2.0 GHz Intel i3 processor or equivalent
Mac Operating System 10.13, 10.14, or 10.15
Windows OS

10 (Version 1803, 1809, 1903, or 1909)

32- and 64-bit

Internet Speed/Bandwidth Min 2.5 Mbps upload speed