Loyola University Chicago

Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy

School of Law


What is an LLM in Health Law?

The LLM is a post-JD master’s degree program for attorneys who wish to develop or enhance an expertise in health law.

Do I need a law degree?
Candidates for an LLM degree must possess a JD degree or its equivalent. LLM applicants who received their JD degree from a non-ABA accredited institution must be admitted to practice law in their state and/or country to qualify for LLM admission.

Do I have to be a member of the Bar?
While most LLM candidates are members of the Bar, it is only required for those who received their JD degree from a non-ABA accredited institution.

Should I apply for the online or campus-based program?
Loyola is pleased to offer the LLM in Health Law degree to attorneys wishing to study on-campus or online. Applicants for the online LLM degree should have 3 years of law practice and/or work experience in the health care field. The online program offers three starts each year, in January, May, or September. The campus program offers only a fall start. On a special case-by-case basis, an applicant to the campus LLM program may be permitted to start the program in the spring term with permission from the faculty.  

What are the application deadlines?
The campus-based LLM program begins each fall in late August. The application deadline is July 1. Campus applicants may also be permitted to begin in January with special permission from the faculty and admissions committee.  

The online LLM program begins three times each year:

  1. Fall Term
    Application Deadline: August 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)
    Term Begins: Early September
    Term Ends: Mid December

  2. Spring Term
    Application Deadline: December 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)
    Term Begins: Early January
    Term Ends: Mid April

  3. Summer Term
    Application Deadline: April 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)
    Term Begins: Early May
    Term Ends: Mid August

What is required to be submitted with the LLM application?
LLM applicants must submit: a resume, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants who are admitted to practice law must be in good standing in all jurisdictions in which they are a member of the bar.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other entrance exam required?
No, the LLM degree programs do not require a GRE or other entrance examination. Note there is an exception for international students, who may be required to submit TOEFL scores.

Who are my classmates?
The LLM program is comprised of attorneys with practice experience and/or experience in the health care industry. Our program has traditionally attracted attorneys with varying backgrounds, including those with experience in corporate transactional law, litigation, government, and public aid work. Some have had only limited experience with health law matters; other attorneys in the LLM program may possess experience in the health care field, including backgrounds in insurance, pharmaceuticals, nursing, and other health care industry professions. Loyola’s LLM program attracts a diverse student population.

Does Loyola provide financial assistance?
All LLM students are eligible for federal loan programs. Contact Loyola’s Financial Aid Office for more information. Additionally, Loyola offers an LLM fellowship to 1-2 campus students each year based on merit.

How do I apply?
Please complete the application on our website follow the instructions therein. The Loyola Admissions Committee meets frequently so you can expect prompt notice of your status. We look forward to your application!



How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree?
We advise students to expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week attending classes, listening to lectures, reading, completing homework assignments, etc. A note for the MJ students: Those with clinical health science master’s programs who have also received the MJ degree in our residential program have found that the MJ is more akin to attending law school than graduate school.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?
Due to the unique nature of our online degrees, transfer credits are generally not accepted. Applicants or students seeking exceptions to this rule should contact contact HealthLawOnline@luc.edu.

Is the program accredited?

Loyola University Chicago is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools while Loyola University Chicago School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. 

Do I need my own computer?

Yes, you need a computer with a modem and reliable access to the Internet. Upon entering the school, students participate in an extensive orientation to the technology and the Concord classroom where student-centered tech support is readily available. However, once students are familiar with the user-friendly system, they generally have few technical problems.

How do I communicate with my professors?
At Loyola, students tend to have as much—or perhaps more—individual contact with their professors as they would at many fixed-facility schools. Weekly seminars, emails, and periodic telephone conferences are all part of the Loyola experience. The Email Us function within the school provides a convenient and ever-ready method of communication to deans, professors, and administrative services.