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Loyola University Chicago School of Law

The curriculum leading to the J.D. degree enables students to develop not only the knowledge of substantive law but also the professional skills and values that are essential for the responsible practice of law. A required core curriculum and electives provide students with opportunities for concentration in their areas of interest as well as other courses that will enrich their educational experience. The J.D. curriculum also prepares law graduates for practice in a world that is global and multicultural, and dependent on technology. The school's role in the larger university setting also allows its students to explore the function and impact of other disciplines on the legal system. The full-time J.D. program can be completed in three academic years; the part-time program takes longer. A part-time student in good standing may apply to transfer to the full-time program after the first year and complete the degree requirements within three years. Full-time students are permitted to take elective courses in the evening, and part-time students may take elective courses in the day. After the first year, a student may transfer from one division of the School of Law to another with the dean's permission. A division transfer is permitted only once in a student's law school career. Juris Doctor program contains an innovative curriculum designed to prepare graduates to practice law in any American jurisdiction.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 854
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.12 - 3.57
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 89.15%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83.39%
Tuition $40,582

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About Loyola University Chicago School of Law

The curriculum leading to the J.D. degree enables students to develop not only the knowledge of substantive law but also the professional skills and values that are essential for the responsible practice of law. A required core curriculum and electives provide students with opportunities for concentration in their areas of interest as well as other courses that will enrich their educational experience. The J.D. curriculum also prepares law graduates for practice in a world that is global and multicultural, and dependent on technology. The school's role in the larger university setting also allows its students to explore the function and impact of other disciplines on the legal system. The full-time J.D. program can be completed in three academic years; the part-time program takes longer. A part-time student in good standing may apply to transfer to the full-time program after the first year and complete the degree requirements within three years. Full-time students are permitted to take elective courses in the evening, and part-time students may take elective courses in the day. After the first year, a student may transfer from one division of the School of Law to another with the dean's permission. A division transfer is permitted only once in a student's law school career. Juris Doctor program contains an innovative curriculum designed to prepare graduates to practice law in any American jurisdiction.

Reviews

Loyola University—Chicago’s School of Law provides a “great well-rounded educa­tion” in a “very friendly and welcoming environment” from its location in “one of the most beautiful city blocks in Chicago.” Founded in 1909 by the Society of Jesus, the school’s “Jesuit values…permeate everything that goes on at the school.” “The best thing about Loyola is that for a competitive law school that boasts many of Chicago’s most well-known litigators, the personality of the institution is welcoming,” a 2L says. This “extremely friendly” atmosphere receives endless praise from Loyola students. “I have heard horror stories of law schools that pit the students against each other,” a 1L explains, “[but] it isn’t like that at Loyola.” “The Loyola name is highly respected in the Chicago area,” and the “very good” and “very engaged” alumni “help Loyola Law stu­dents and will often hire them.”“Loyola’s facilities are excellent,” including the “beautiful,” “large and spacious” classrooms that provide “great views of the city which make studying not seem as bad.” The law school is located in a “new, state-of-the-art” building, but students point out that “the undergrads share the building with the law students.” The “abysmal” law library is actually “out done by [the] undergraduate library” and “could stand to be re-done.” However, the “library staff is excellent.” Students also complain that “the cost of tuition is quite high.” “I am very worried about getting a job after school that will allow me to pay off my debt,” one student admits. Students have praise for the school’s “amazing” staff and faculty nearly across the board. “The staff is great!” says one student, while another declares “the administration is unlike any I’ve ever experienced.” “I have been extremely impressed by the level of attention to detail the Loyola professors and non-academic staff place on managing the legal program,” a happy 1L says. The “always available” professors will “talk and say hello in the hallways.” While some say the professors have a “very broad range” of qual­ity, most “really challenge you” and “are more like friends/mentors.” Loyola “offers a wide variety of practical, hands on courses” as well as “great panels, symposiums, and networking events.” The administration and faculty “really encourage getting outside experience while in school.” Thus, “many students participate in externships” or find other opportunities in Chicago. “I have had a great experience at Loyola thus far and can’t say enough good things about it,” a 3L proudly says.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 4

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 282

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 117

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MSW, JD/MA Political Science, 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 222
Full-Time Faculty 65
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 15
Part-Time Faculty 142
Faculty Gender 48% Male
51% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 48% Male
52% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 70%
Multi-racial 3%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,582 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,950 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $55,532 $40,582

Financial Aid

62% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$59,364 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Loyola University Chicago School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 157 - 160
LSAT Part-Time 151 - 157
LSAT Total 156 - 160

Loyola University Chicago School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.15 - 3.58
Part-Time 2.91 - 3.35
Total 3.12 - 3.57

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 89%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 89%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 30
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 63 28%
Firm Sized 11-25 16 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 9 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 18 8%
Business Industry 53 23%
Government 17 8%
Public Interest 16 7%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 3 1%
Academia 8 4%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 28 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 13 5%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MI 2%
CA 4%
IL 81%
International 0%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Loyola University Chicago School of Law include:

  • Robert Thomas - Illinois Supreme Court Justice
  • Michael Madigan - Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
  • John Cullerton - Illinois Senate President
  • Laurel Bellows - President American Bar Association (2012)
  • Lisa Madigan - Illinois Attorney General

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