Loyola University Chicago

JD Admissions

School of Law

Part-Time JD Program

The part-time division for the JD program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law allows students to earn the Juris Doctor (JD) degree in four years of part-time study by going during the evening. This division is particularly appropriate when professional, financial, and other considerations which would not allow attention to classes required of students enrolled full time. All courses in this division are offered Monday through Thursday.

Normal Course Load

The first year of the program consists of required courses. The part-time evening lecture classes are normally held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Legal Writing is held on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings.  Typically, classes do not start before 6:00 p.m. and will go no later than 9:00 p.m.

Students continue taking required courses during the second year, although they will also begin enrolling in elective courses. Eighty six credits are required for graduation, and part-time students normally enroll for eight to twelve hours each semester.

Required Course Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester
Torts (4)
Civil Procedure (4)
Legal Writing (2)
Total Credit Hours: 10

Spring Semester
Criminal Law (3)
Legal Writing (2)
Total Credit Hours: 9

Second Year

Fall Semester
Property (4) 
Advocacy (2)
Elective (not required) (2-3)
Total Credit Hours: 9-10

Spring Semester
Constitutional Law(4)
Perspective Elective (2-3)
Elective (not required) (2-3)
Total Credit Hours: 8-10

Other Required Courses

Professional Responsibility (4)
Course(s) designated "Skills" (2)

In addition, the faculty highly recommends that students enroll in the following core foundational courses as soon as practical in their law studies:

  • Administrative Law (3)
  • Business Organizations (4)
  • Evidence (4)
  • Federal Income Tax (3)

 For planning beyond the first year there are Power Point tutorials available to part-time students. Example of tutorial for 2Ls. Additionally, there are curriculum counseling advisors available for additional guidance.


Full-time members of the faculty teach the required courses in the part-time program. This ensures consistency in the educational process and makes it easy for students to meet with faculty individually. Legal Writing is taught by adjunct faculty members, who may be practicing attorneys or retired judges. Many seminars are taught by specialists from private practice and government. 

Transfer of Division

If a student wishes to accelerate the program to graduate in fewer than four years, they are eligible to transfer to the full-time program after completion of the first year of study. This action requires the written permission of the dean of students and the financial aid office. The decision transfer is approved with the understanding that students will complete the second year required courses in the original day or evening section. However, they are permitted to enroll in elective courses such that the total number of enrolled hours is at least twelve, which is the minimum for full-time status. To graduate within three years, taking classes over the summer will be necessary. Summer classes are offered during the evening only. Students may also opt to participate in a summer study abroad program. Any student contemplating such changes in division must conform to ABA and Loyola University Chicago School of Law requirements.  


The Office of Career Services is open until 7:00 p.m. while school is in session on Wednesdays and Thursdays and provides many resources specifically for part-time students online. The Law Library is open until 12:00 a.m.  Sunday through Thursday and until 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday during the school year. It has extended hours during examination periods.   


Part-time students have access to the full range of student activities at the law school. Part-time representatives are appointed to the Student Bar Association. They are also involved in other areas of academic and extracurricular life, as participants in moot court competitions, as staff members on the various scholarly publications, and as members of the Student Bar Association.  

Transportation & Parking

The Loyola University Chicago School of Law is located on the corner of Pearson Street and Wabash Avenue, near the Magnificent Mile. The closest CTA El station to the law school is a Red Line stop, located at Chicago and State streets, roughly one block west and one block south of the law school. Several city bus lines run along State Street and Michigan Avenue and stop within blocks of the law school. For further information regarding service, please go to www.yourcta.com.

Although there is no University parking, there are a number of garages which offer a discount when the ticket is validated.  For a list of garages in the area which validate, please click here.

Loyola Shuttle

The Loyola Intercampus Shuttle is a supplemental transportation service available for current Loyola University Chicago students, faculty, and staff.  A valid Loyola ID is requiredand must be shown to ride the shuttle.  U-Pass or Drivers License are not accepted.  Service operates on weekdays only, when classes are in session during the academic year (Fall/Spring only).

At the Water Tower Campus, the line for the shuttle forms along the east wall of the Corboy Law Center lobby.

  • Shuttle buses run a continuous loop between the Lake Shore Campus (LSC) and the Water Tower Campus (WTC), at approximately 20-minute intervals, Monday through Friday, starting at 7:00 a.m. The final shuttle buses depart both campuses at 12:00 a.m. There is no shuttle service on Saturday or Sunday.
  • There is an evening trip to Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center from the Water Tower Campus at 9:05 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year.

Financial Aid

Part-time students may borrow through the Federal Stafford Loan Program. The Direct Stafford Loan Program provides long-term, low interest loans up to a maximum of $20,500 in combined subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Repayment begins six months after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrollment. The interest rate for Stafford loans is fixed, not to exceed 6.8 percent. To apply for a Stafford loan you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at www.fafsa.gov.  Application deadlines are established to ensure timely processing of loans requests. Contact the financial aid office for detailed processing information.

Merit scholarships are available to part-time students.  The Faculty Committee on Admission will determine who receives these scholarships and how much they will receive.  Information about scholarships and fellowships are publicized during the spring semester.  Federal Work Study is also available to part-time students.

Office of Admission and Financial Assistance
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
25 East Pearson
Room 1208
Chicago IL 60611
Tel: 312-915-7170
Fax: 312-915-7906