Established more than a century ago, the Evening Program at LMU Loyola Law School in Los Angeles has been consistently ranked the No. 1 part-time program in the West by U.S. News & World Report. And for good reason: its professors include nationally renowned full-time faculty and adjunct professors who practice law or sit on a judicial bench by day and teach by night; its students include a diverse array of professionals who bring their unique backgrounds to bear in discussions; and its curriculum blends a unique mix of instruction with experiential training. It is geared toward students who either work full-time or who find the Evening Program more conducive to their schedules or lifestyles.
In fall 2022, Loyola’s faculty will reboot the Evening Program to feature a hybrid schedule that requires an on-campus commitment of just one night a week (Mondays, most weeks of the semester) and one night virtually (Wednesdays). Evening students, like full-time students, have the opportunity to participate in the various extracurricular activities and student organizations on campus. That includes writing onto one of the law school’s prestigious law reviews. Alumni of the Evening Division are among the most successful and prominent members of the legal profession – ascending to high ranks in business, government and the judiciary. The Evening hybrid program can be completed in 3.5-4 years and includes at least two summer sessions.
LMU Loyola Law School’s hybrid Evening program is an American Bar Association (ABA) approved J.D. program. Please note some law schools may not accept transfer credits from distance education programs. In addition, students applying to the hybrid Evening program are encouraged to check with the jurisdictions in which they may seek admission to the bar to ensure that graduating from this program will make them eligible to take the bar exam and be admitted to the bar in those jurisdictions. Additional information on ABA-approved distance education J.D. programs can be found here.
Breadth and Depth
The Loyola curriculum offers a breadth of class choice and depth of concentration in several areas of legal interest. Required classes cover the foundations of law, exposing students to different types of law and providing a foundation to pass the bar. With 325 elective courses - from Bioethics to Immigrant Advocacy - to choose from, students can explore areas of legal interest, starting their first year.
The Loyola curriculum is organized around Concentration programs for several major practice fields. These "law majors" allow students to pursue focused study in a chosen field - both intellectual study and practical learning - including one semester of simulation or live-client experience. The Concentration programs equip students with a comprehensive understanding of a practice area. Students will receive training needed to work dynamically in their chosen field. Since employers look to hire new associates who are more practice-ready, Loyola's Concentration programs groom students for today's job market.
For a less structured approach to study in other areas of the law, Loyola has developed Integrated Courses of Study to provide students with guidance in course selection, and practical experiences available to prepare them in areas such as health care law, law and the political process, family law, and others.
Legal Research & Writing
Upper-Division (Required Courses)
Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Pro Bono Graduation Requirement
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