Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

School of Law

General Info

Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the oldest university in the City of Chicago. The school of law admitted its first class in 1908 and has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1925. Loyola University Chicago is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the United States.


Jean M. Gaspardo, BS, Wisconsin; MBA, JD, Loyola-Chicago. Dean Gaspardo served in the capacity of Director of Student Services for Loyola from 1993–1999, and as assistant dean from 1999 to the present. Her current responsibilities as Dean of Students and Law Programs include: counseling students; directing the Study Law Abroad Programs in Rome and China; assisting with the London Advocacy Program and Spring Break programs abroad; and assisting with administrative operations of the law school. Dean Gaspardo has an extensive background in small business and world travel. She speaks fluent Italian and can also communicate in Spanish and French. Dean Gaspardo has accompanied Loyola’s summer abroad programs continuously since 1991.


To register, fill out the application form online (available November 2015) and mail the non-refundable application fee of $450 to the address indicated below. The application fee will be credited toward your activity fee.

Study Law Abroad Programs
Attention: Dean Gaspardo/Giselle Santibanez-Bania
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 East Pearson Street—Room 1227/ 1240
Chicago, IL 60611

In addition, you are eligible to attend the program after successful completion of your first semester with a 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale), have enrolled for 3 credits in Introduction to Chinese Law, #177, and have completed or are currently enrolled in the second semester of first year law school.

A non-refundable deposit of $450 is required at the time of application submission. All tuition, fees, and housing costs for the program must be paid in full by April 1, 2016, unless you are approved for Financial Aid.

Space is limited, apply early. Only 25 students will be accepted into the China Program.

Please note: Except in the event of the cancellation of the 2016 program or of any particular course, no tuition can be refunded after April 4, 2016. Students who withdraw from a course after that date cannot receive a refund of tuition.

ABA standards on US State Department Consular Information regarding “Areas of Instability” and Travel Warnings in those counties where programs are held will govern program cancellation. If, prior to the commencement of the program OR during the course of the program, a US State Department Travel Warning or Alert covering program dates and destinations is issued for the country [China] in which the program will be or is being conducted, all registrants/students will be notified promptly and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program, in compliance with Criterion VII.C.2.a. and Criterion VII.C.2.b. Should the program be canceled for any reason, Loyola will promptly notify all enrolled students of the cancellation and will refund within 20 days all payments received.


Any student in good standing at an ABA accredited United States or Canadian law school that has successfully completed at least one year of legal study is eligible to participate. Last year, our China Program enrolled 9 students, all 9 of whom were from Loyola Chicago.

Credit & Grades

The 2016 Study Law Abroad Program is offered as part of the fully accredited curriculum of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Grades for courses will be earned and awarded in increments of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F; grades will be determined by a written examination and/or paper(s) at the discretion of the instructor.

It is unlikely that participation in foreign summer programs may be used to accelerate graduation. A student interested in acceleration of graduation should discuss this issue with his/her school officials in light of ABA Standard 305, Interpretation 4.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid may be available from the financial aid office for Federal Student Loan programs. Loyola Chicago students should contact the Financial Aid Office of Loyola University Chicago at 773.508.7704. It is strongly recommended that loan applications be completed by February 23, 2016 for timely processing, including completion of FAFSA form on-line.

For Loyola Chicago Students:

  1. Check LOCUS to see if you have borrowed all of your GradPLUS eligibility for the year. If not, you may borrow the remainder of the eligibility and up to the total cost of attendance for your abroad program. If yes, you may request more GradPLUS up to the cost of attendance for the program.
  2. Once you have registered for the summer classes, you can proceed to apply for funding.
  3. To borrow any amount of additional GradPLUS funding, visit  studentloans.gov and “Request Direct Plus Loan” when you are ready to take out the funding.  (Remember, interest is accruing on these loans as soon as they are disbursed to you).
  4. Enter the amount you would like to borrow. (Note: The school will only grant the maximum amount for the budget provided—$4000).
  5. The University’s Financial Aid Office will process the loan, and notify you via e-mail once the loan has been certified. This process can take between 5-10 business days to disburse to your account.

Follow up: For additional inquiries or status checks, you may contact the University Financial Aid Office at lufinaid@luc.edu. Please provide your ID number, and mention you are a law student requesting aid for the specific summer program [China] in which you will be enrolled for the summer.

February 23, 2016: Loan application is due at the Loyola Admission and Financial Aid Office. Late applications, at best, generate late funding (post-departure). FAFSA due.

Program Budget Approved for Financial Aid

Estimated Direct & Indirect Program Costs to Calculate Student Loan Eligibility (The following is subject to fluctuation based on then current value of dollar.)
Program Tuition (4 credits) $0
Program Activity Fee $450
Program Housing $550
Transportation (includes $140 Visa fee) $2,300
Food $300
Books $30
Personal $370
Estimated Total $4,000

Please Note: The fees for transportation, visa, food, books, and personal expenses are approved for financial aid and are NOT payable to Loyola.


After registering, students will be responsible for obtaining the required course materials. Students should contact the Loyola University Bookstore to obtain the course materials in the United States and should bring them abroad. The bookstore will stock all assigned materials by mid-April and will fill orders from outside Chicago promptly by mail: Loyola University Book Store, 26 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60610. 312.915.7421.


Students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to Beijing.


The Beijing is not accessible for use by people who use wheelchairs or who are visually impaired. Public facilities in China and transportation are generally not accessible to people with disabilities.

Optional Travel

The Beijing Program allows ample time for students to take advantage of a variety of travel destinations. Students who choose to travel on weekends will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and related costs while away from Beijing.

Passports & Visas

Each student in the program should have a valid passport good through October 2016. Students are responsible for obtaining their own passports. Allow at least two months processing time to secure a passport. All students must submit a copy of their passport and Visa to Dean Gaspardo by April 1, 2016. Students will be responsible for obtaining a Visa from the nearest Chinese Consulate [1 E. Erie, Suite 500 in Chicago.] Please note that the Visa application requires a passport valid for approximately 6 months after the program concludes and takes approximately 2 weeks to process. Enrolled students will receive further information regarding the Visa application process. Please visit http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/default.htm for more information.