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Weekend JD

Imagine a part-time JD program that fits into your busy schedule.

A program combining on-campus classes with one of the leading providers of online legal education in the country. A program that features nationally renowned professors in a world-class city. Now, imagine that program meeting just 14 weekends a year. This is Loyola’s Weekend (part-time) JD program—thoughtfully designed to turn your law school ambitions into reality.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with a JD degree from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary for your professional success:

Knowledge

You will be proficient in substantive and procedural law, including the influence of the administrative state, political institutions, and other academic disciplines.

Skills

You will be able to:

  • Utilize skills derived from participation in supervised live-client experiences, externships, or litigation and transactional practice simulations, such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, fact development and analysis, problem solving, design thinking, trial practice, document drafting, and collaborative work
  • Determine your clients' needs and objectives
  • Determine relevant facts and understand their relevance to your client's legal position
  • Conduct legal research
  • Analyze and apply relevant legal principles
  • Find solutions to legal problems
  • Communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

Professional Values

You will have a solid foundation that will prepare you to use your knowledge and skills to promote truth, justice, and the rule of law. You will be able to:

  • Integrate professional values
  • Exercise ethically responsible judgment in your legal practice and your work within the legal system
  • Understand the rules, ethics, and values of the legal profession, such as honesty, civility and work-ethic
  • Know the significance of a commitment to your clients and to the legal system
  • Understand the importance of using your knowledge and skills in the service to those less fortunate
    and in need of legal assistance

By the numbers

7

NUMBER OF WEEKENDS YOUR CLASSES WILL MEET AT LOYOLA EACH SEMESTER

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LOYOLA'S PART-TIME PROGRAM IS RANKED #14 IN THE COUNTRY BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT, TOP IN CHICAGO AND MIDWEST

85%

OF LOYOLA JD GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED WITHIN 9 MONTHS OF GRADUATION

Curriculum

The core Weekend JD curriculum blends classroom instruction with online learning. In-person classes meet every other weekend: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. All online course components are offered through Sakai, a highly interactive, collaborative online learning environment.

First Year Fall Semester

Legal Writing (2 credits)

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 (4 credits)

Civil Procedure provides an introduction to and analysis of the concepts and doctrines that govern the procedure followed in civil litigation.

Torts (4 credits)

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.

First Year Spring Semester

Legal Writing II (2 credits)

Legal Writing II builds on the basic writing, analysis, and research skills learned in Legal Writing I and introduces persuasive writing skills.

Contracts (4 credits)

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 (3 credits)

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 (2 credits)

Advocacy focuses on persuasive written and oral communication skills which are necessary for critical analysis and the competent representation of all clients.

Property (4 credits)

Property is the 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 or Federal Income Tax (3 credits)

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 (4 credits)

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 or Evidence (4 credits)

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.

Optional Elective (2 credits)

Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.

Perspective Elective (2-3 credits)

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 (3 credits)

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 or Federal Income Tax (3 credits)

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.

Elective Courses (3-6 credits)

Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.

Semester 6

Experiential Learning (3 credits)

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 or Evidence (4 credits)

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.

Elective Courses (3-5 credits)

Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.

Semester 7

Experiential Learning (3 credits)

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.

Elective Courses (6-8 credits)

Students can choose an elective from nearly two dozen courses, which are offered on a rotating basis.

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).

Degree Requirements

To earn a JD degree, you must complete 86 credit hours of coursework. A minimum of 6 credit hours of experiential learning are required. Your first year coursework provides a strong, structured foundation. During the next two years you will tailor your courses, experiential learning, and course delivery to meet your goals and interests. Visit our Registrar for a complete list of degree requirements, academic calendars, and registration process. You may access full course descriptions through our student information system through guest access.

Admission

Juris Doctor (JD) applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT registration can be completed through the LSAC website. The test is offered six times each year.

  • October 1: Application for admission opens
  • March 1: Specialized scholarship and fellowship deadline
  • April 1: Priority application deadline
  • June 1: Final application deadline

Outcomes

Graduates of the School of Law’s Weekend 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.

David Grady

Student

“The technology Loyola utilizes allows students to study at times that fit their busy schedules.”

Alexandrya Black

Student

“As a wife and mother with a full-time career, attending law school did not seem possible for me, but Loyola’s Weekend JD program opened an exciting door.”

Ebru Basaran-Shull

Student

“This program gives me the opportunity to have a JD degree, continue on with my career, and maintain balance in my personal life.”

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.

Diane Geraghty

Faculty

“There are so many things that I love about teaching at Loyola, but at the top of my list is the ability to help shape the professional lives of future leaders of our profession.”

Matt Sag

Faculty

“My advice is to stop thinking about narrow silos defined by particular areas of law and start thinking about what kind of clients you want to work with, what kind of work you want to do, and what kind of industry you want to be part of.”

John Dehn

Faculty

“Many students come to Loyola for its social justice focus—to do something larger than themselves and make the world a better place.”

Tuition and Fees

The School of Law and Loyola's Office of Student Financial Assistance are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their legal education at Loyola affordable.

FAQs

How do I register for the LSAT?

LSAT registration can be completed on the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) website . The exam is offered four (4) times a year: June, October, December, and February. Your score is active for five years with LSAC.

Will I have access to Career Services?

Yes, you will have access to a full range of career resources provide by Loyola’s outstanding Office of Career Service.

Is it easier to be admitted into the Weekend JD program than the Full-time Day division?

The admission requirements are the same for both divisions.

What are the LSAT/GPA ranges for admission to Loyola?

For the Fall 2017 entering class, the range was:
LSAT - 25th% = 154, 50th% = 158, 75th% = 160
GPA - 25th% = 3.09, 50th% = 3.30, 75th% = 3.64

How will the online component of each course be structured?

Each course is divided into learning modules. You will work through all courses simultaneously on a suggested study pace. The curriculum is accessible 24-7, giving you the ability to schedule your studies at a time and place convenient to you. And you'll use a cutting-edge online learning management system to complete assignments, listen to lectures, and communicate with your professors.

For students traveling to campus from out of state, what lodging options are available?

Students can reside at Baumhart Hall, a fully furnished apartment-style dorm, located across the street from the Corboy Law Center and steps from CTA bus and El stops. Or, we will supply you with additional assistance in securing accommodations in a variety of hotels near campus.

What are the requirements for admission to the bar?

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. You are encouraged to determine the specific requirements by contacting any jurisdiction in which you intend to seek admission. The National Conference of Bar Examiners offers contact information for all relevant agencies.