Preparing Students to Provide Value on Day One
Loyola Law School's curriculum is rich and diverse, with a broad array of faculty members recognized as national leaders in their respective fields. To help students navigate the vast offerings, Concentration Programs and Courses of Study were developed.
The Concentrations combine rigorous intellectual training with in-depth clinical and experiential (practical) learning components, which gives graduates the specialized skills and knowledge in their chosen field.
Clinical Professor Gary Craig explains the Concentration program more simply. "While it is not the best comparison to make, a Concentration is similar to a major in undergraduate studies, in that a student with a specific interest in a field can do focused study in that field. A major difference though, is that students who graduate law school with a Concentration will have the same degree as those without a Concentration, a juris doctor, that will be viable in any area of law in which they wish to practice." Each Concentration is advised by a faculty member who specializes in the field, and has a required curriculum that has been specially tailored to equip graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the subject. Concentration programs will be available to both day and evening division students.
What are the benefits of the Concentrations?
- Gain expertise and hands-on knowledge
Extensive course work will provide a strong academic and theoretical base. Students will also gain hands-on experience by participating in at least one semester-long simulation or live-client experience in their field.
The Concentration program is another way the law school connects its students with local experts in that particular field. Many members of the legal community and our large alumni base specifically, will participate in the Concentration program. Each Concentration will conduct focused speaking receptions featuring working practitioners. Some of the Concentrations will have either a judge or lawyer in residence who will host on-campus workshops, lectures and moot court trials. There will also be exclusive networking opportunities, like alumni receptions that will be available only to Concentration students.
This innovative curriculum signals to employers that Loyola students will provide immediate value and will be able to perform effectively as soon as they enter the legal profession. Professor Archer adds, "More and more firms today are moving away from the old model of employment. Even a few years ago, a student could graduate law school and expect on-the-job training from their hiring firm. Employers are now looking to hire new associates that are more practice ready. Loyola's Concentrations are just another way we are preparing our students for today's job market."
Each Concentration has an adviser, a faculty expert in their field, who meets with individual students at least one time every semester. Advisers will counsel students through their coursework, practical experience and potential career paths.
Students earn recognition on their transcripts for completing these intensive programs and will also be eligible to earn honors at graduation based on their performance.
Students who are interested in applying and registering for a Concentration should do so by the first semester of their second year if they are day students or by the first semester of their third year if they are evening students.
Courses of Study provide a means for students to organize class selection, find faculty members with expertise, become informed about experiential opportunities and connect with alumni in the relevant area.
Courses of Study are more informal than the established Concentrations - there are no requirements for any particular Course of Study, and they will not be designated as such on Loyola transcripts. Instead, they supplement the more formal Concentrations by helping students with particular subject-matter, methodological or jurisprudential interests structure their path through law school and into their future careers.
For more information on the Concentrations and Courses of Study, please contact Professor Craig at Gary.Craig@lls.edu.
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