Loyola's JD Day Program is a full-time, three-year program. Classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., allowing students flexibility. Students can participate in a variety of exciting extracurricular activities sponsored by student groups and administrative departments at Loyola.
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.
First Year Curriculum
- Civil Procedure
- First Year Elective
- Criminal Law
- Legal Research & Writing
Upper Division Required Courses
- Constitutional Law
- Ethical Lawyering
- Upper Division Writing Requirement
- Pro Bono Graduation Requirement
First year students are placed into one of four sections denoted as D1, D2, D3, and D4. Each section is comprised of 60-80 students depending on the size of the entering class. Incoming first year students will have a designated schedule for the entire year. After the first year, day students can select and enroll in their preferred courses to accommodate their personal schedules. Please note E1 pertains to the Evening program.