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. Gasparado, B.S., Wisconsin; M.B.A., J.D., 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 of Study Law Abroad Programs in Rome, China and European Legal Institutions; 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 (available October 2014), fill out the application form online and mail the non-refundable deposit for each program to which you apply ($650 for China) to the address indicated. The deposit will be credited toward your activity fee.
In addition, after completion of your first semester, non-Loyola University Chicago students should direct their registrar to mail a Letter of Good Standing to the same address stating that you have successfully completed at least your first semester course work with a 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed or are currently enrolled in the second semester of first year law school.
Registration via LOCUS on-line is February 25- March 15, 2015. Students must register for four (4) credit hours for China. A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application, no later than March 2, 2015. All tuition, fees and housing costs for the program must be paid in full by April 1, 2015.
Space is limited, apply early. Only 24 students will be accepted into the China Program. The program often fills up before the application deadline of March 2, 2015.
Please note: Except in the event of the cancellation of the program or of any particular course, no tuition can be refunded after April 3, 2015. Students who withdraw from a course after that date cannot receive a refund of tuition. ABA Standards on U.S. State Department Consular Information regarding "Areas of Instability" and Travel Warnings in those counties where programs are held will govern program cancellation. 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. Further, Loyola will diligently put forth its best effort to find another program in which the students can enroll.
Any student in good standing at an ABA accredited United States or Canadian law school who has successfully completed at least one year of legal study is eligible to participate. Last year our China Program enrolled 14 students, all of whom were from Loyola Chicago.
Credit & Grades
The Study Law Abroad Program is offered as part of the fully accredited curriculum of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The program is fully accredited by the ABA as an approved foreign summer program. Participating non-Loyola students are responsible for securing approval of their own school to transfer credit. 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.
Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student's home school. 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.
Non-Loyola Students are responsible for requesting a transcript of grades for their work in the China program. Transcripts will be available in early October by sending a written request for transcript to:
Loyola University Chicago
Records and Registration
820 N. Michigan Avenue, Room 504
Chicago, IL 60611
OR, an online request by going to the following website form: http://transcriptrequest.luc.edu/alumni/pages/jsp/
Be sure to provide your name, address, last 4 digits of your social security number, reference to Study Law Abroad Program and the program location and year.
Financial Aid is available from Federal Student Loan programs. It is strongly recommended that loan applications be completed by February 26, 2015 for timely processing.
For Loyola Chicago students:
- Check LOCUS to see if you have borrowed all of your GradPLUS eligibility for the year. If not, you may borrow the remainder of that eligibility and up to the total cost of attendance for your program. If yes, you may request more GradPLUS up to the cost of attendance for the program.
- Once you have registered for the summer classes, you can proceed to apply for funding.
- 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)
- Enter the amount you would like to borrow. (Note: The school will only grant the maximum amount for the budget provided).
- The University's Financial Aid Office will process the loan, and notify you via email once the loan has been certified. This process can take between 5-10 business days from the time your credit check is approved, and another 3 business days to disburse to your account.
Follow up: For additional inquiries or status checks, you may contact the University Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your ID number, and mention you are a law student requesting aid for the specific summer program(s) you will be enrolled in for the summer.
The Non-Loyola Chicago students should contact the financial aid office of the school which is granting your degree (home school). The home school is responsible for financial aid processing.
Please submit a request to your financial aid department for funding for the program, unless you have another source of funds. The authorized funding for the programs is listed below. You will want to share this list with your financial aid advisor if you are not a Loyola Chicago student.
February 26, 2015: Loan application is due at the home school's (degree granting) Financial Aid
Office. Late applications, at best, generate late funding (post-departure).
March 9, 2015: Consortium Agreement (to be obtained from home school) is due at Loyola
Admission and Financial Aid Office. Late Consortium Agreements will impede your home school’s Financial Aid Office from timely processing your loan, at best resulting in late funding.
Send Consortium Agreement to: email@example.com
*Estimated Program Budget to Calculate Student Loan Eligibility
Program Tuition (4 credits)
Program Activity Fee
Transportation & Visa ($140), Food, Books, Personal
Please Note: The fees for transportation, visa, food, books, and personal expenses are approved for financial aid and are NOT payable to Loyola. For more information, please see the financial aid information.
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 60611. (312) 915-7421.
Students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to their Study Law Abroad program location. Many airlines, domestic and foreign, fly to these places.
The Beijing Center Campus is not accessible for use by people who use wheelchairs or who are visually impaired. The cafeteria and snack bar, classrooms, and most dormitory rooms can be reached only by stairs. Public facilities and transportation are generally not accessible to people with disabilities.
Passports & Visas
Each student in the program should have a valid passport. Students are responsible for obtaining their own passports. Allow at least two months processing time in securing a passport. All students must submit a copy of their passport and Visa to Dean Gaspardo by April 1, 2015. Students will be responsible for obtaining a Visa from the nearest Chinese Consulate. 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.