Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

JD - Part-Time

Introducing Loyola’s Weekend JD program

Imagine a part-time JD program that fits into your busy schedule. That combines on-campus classes with online course components. And that features nationally renowned professors in a world-class city. Now, imagine that program meeting just 14 weekends a year. That’s Loyola’s new Weekend JD program—thoughtfully designed to turn your law school ambitions into reality.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. undergraduate institution or its foreign equivalent and the LSAT are required. The LSAT is offered four times a year in October, December, February and June. For more information and to register, visit LSAC.org.
There is no application fee. To apply online, click here.
Yes, you will have access to a full range of career resources.
The admission requirements are the same for both divisions.
For the Fall 2016 entering class, the range was:
LSAT - 25th% = 154, 50th% = 157, 75th% = 160
GPA - 25th% = 3.02, 50th% = 3.30, 75th% = 3.53
Complementing the classroom experience, the Weekend JD curriculum will also utilize online components. You will use Loyola’s cutting-edge online learning management system to complete assignments, listen to lectures, and communicate with your professors.
Applications for the Weekend JD program will be accepted beginning October 1. The priority deadline is April 1 and the final application deadline is July 1.
In addition to federal loans, students may qualify for Loyola institutional aid including merit and need-based scholarships, and fellowships. Visit Financial Aid to learn more.
2016-17 tuition for the part-time program is $34,178. In order to complete the degree, students may need to take more than 12 credit hours in some terms and/or take summer or intersession courses, which may result in increased tuition for some terms.
Yes, you will receive assistance securing on-campus housing or accommodations in a variety of hotels near campus.

A part-time program, a full-time focus on you

The Weekend JD program is designed to reinforce the school’s mission, challenge students to learn creatively and think critically, and prepare them to meet the legal profession’s constantly evolving needs. In-person classes meet every other weekend: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m.–1:45p.m. View a sample weekend course schedule here.

Fall 2016

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Semester 1: Fall 2016

Legal Writing I focuses on analyzing and applying legal authorities to particular fact situations. Through a series of legal memoranda writing assignments, students develop their analytical and writing skills.
Civil Procedure provides an introduction to and analysis of the concepts and doctrines that govern the procedure followed in civil litigation.
Torts introduces the substantive law governing compensation for injuries to property and to the person, including negligence, malpractice, intentional wrongs, strict and products liability, and invasions of personal integrity.

Semester 2: Spring 2017

Legal Writing II builds on the basic writing, analysis, and research skills learned in Legal Writing I and introduces persuasive writing skills.
Contracts provides an analysis of the formation, transfer, and termination of contract rights and duties, and the legal and equitable remedies available upon breach of contract.
Criminal Law utilizes primarily statutes to examine principles that apply to many crimes, explaining the elements of specific crimes, and explores theories of punishment.

Semester 3

Advocacy focuses on persuasive written and oral communication skills which are necessary for critical analysis and the competent representation of all clients.
Property is a study of interests in land and personal property emphasizing the modern law of donative transfers, estates and future interests, co-tenancy, conveyancing, and land title assurance.
Administrative Law examines the rules by which federal administrative agencies operate, including the source of administrative authority and procedures governing the exercise of that authority.

Federal Income Tax introduces and analyzes the basic concepts underlying the law of federal income taxation, including gross income, identification of the taxpayer, deductions, timing of income, and characterization and recognition.

Semester 4

Constitutional Law is an introduction to the United States Constitution. Subjects include the role of the United States Supreme Court, federalism, and separation of powers.
Business Organizations focuses on the law governing the organization and functioning of corporations and other business entities.

Evidence provides an evaluation of the rules used to present information to a fact finder in a trial with a focus on the rules of relevancy, the rules governing witnesses, and the rules against hearsay.
Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.
Students can choose from an elective course that examines perspectives on the law and justice. All students must complete a perspective elective before graduation.

Semester 5

Professional Responsibility focuses on ethical questions in the practice of law, and examines the basic premises underlying the lawyer-client relationship and the duties assumed by the members of the legal profession.
Administrative Law examines the rules by which federal administrative agencies operate, including the source of administrative authority and procedures governing the exercise of that authority.

Federal Income Tax introduces and analyzes the basic concepts underlying the law of federal income taxation, including gross income, identification of the taxpayer, deductions, timing of income, and characterization and recognition.
Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.

Semester 6

Experiential learning classes enable students to perform their legal knowledge, skills and values in a real or simulated practice setting with intense, ongoing law school supervision and assessment. Examples include live-client clinics, judicial or non-judicial externships, practica, or comprehensive simulations.
Business Organizations focuses on the law governing the organization and functioning of corporations and other business entities.

Evidence provides an evaluation of the rules used to present information to a fact finder in a trial with a focus on the rules of relevancy, the rules governing witnesses, and the rules against hearsay.
Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.

Semester 7

Experiential Learning classes enable students to perform their legal knowledge, skills and values in a real or simulated practice setting with intense, ongoing law school supervision and assessment. Examples include live-client clinics, judicial or non-judicial externships, practica, or comprehensive simulations.
Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.

Degree Requirements:To earn a JD degree, you must complete 86 credit hours of coursework. This will require coursework from flexible course options in addition to the curriculum listed above. You may choose to take courses during the summer terms following semesters two, four, six and/or take additional credit hours during semesters four through seven.

Flexible Course Options:In addition to an array of electives, many flexible course options will be available, including independent study, intersession courses, and fully online courses (as many as 15 credit hours of fully online coursework after completion of third semester).

Meet students from Loyola’s inaugural Weekend JD class

Students enrolled in our Weekend JD program bring a wealth of experience and perspectives.

Kechia Lewis

Chicago, IL

“The weekend option is invaluable. The ability to wake up refreshed with a full tank of energy on the weekends has been great.”

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Shemario Winfrey

Atlanta, GA

“I was attracted to Loyola’s Weekend JD program because of the school’s reputation, the quality of the education, and the dedication of the faculty and staff…”

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Amina Jaffer-Mohsin

Oak Brook, IL

“I love the fact that the program is every other weekend so I can pace myself and juggle everything with enough days in between…”

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Tagen Vaughn

Sheboygan Falls, WI

“I feel like there is a strong community here that will help me achieve my goal…”

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Meet some of our exceptional faculty

Weekend JD program courses will be taught by members of Loyola’s full-time faculty, who are accomplished scholars and nationally recognized leaders in their fields.

Civil Procedure

Michael Kaufman

Dean and Professor of Law

“I love seeing the incredible joy in my students when they experience an a-ha moment.”

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Torts

Nadia Sawicki

Professor of Law

“Our shared goal is to ensure that every Loyola student has the tools needed to succeed.”

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Criminal Law

John Bronsteen

Professor of Law

“If you want to understand how well laws are working, you need to understand how they affect people.”

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Contract Law

Lea K. Shepard

Associate Professor of Law

“To quote the late Coach John Wooden: ‘They ask me why I teach, and I reply, Where could I find more splendid company?’ ”

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By the numbers

7

Number of weekends your classes will meet at Loyola each semester

#11

Loyola’s part-time JD program is ranked #11 in the country by US News & World Report, top in Chicago and Midwest.

89%

Percentage of Loyola JD graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation

Hear from our outstanding alumni

Graduates of the School of Law’s part-time JD program have achieved remarkable success serving in government agencies, as state and federal judges, and as trial lawyers across the country. Students enrolled in the Weekend JD program will receive the same extraordinary opportunity to benefit from a quality legal education at Loyola.

“Loyola’s part-time night law school program gave me a chance to obtain a law degree, and still support my family with a full time job. Without Loyola’s part-time program, I would not have had a chance to have a legal career as a trial attorney.”
— Dan K. Webb (JD ’70), Co-Chairman, Winston & Strawn