There are a number of tasks to complete prior to enrolling at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Important Dates for Admitted Students
|-Recommended FAFSA submission
|-Deadline for specialized scholarship and fellowship applications
|-First seat deposit deadline ($250 nonrefundable payment online)
You may elect to pay a one-time $700 nonrefundable seat deposit by this date. If so, your deposit responsibilities will be met
|-Second seat deposit deadline ($500 nonrefundable payment online)
|-Final transcript from degree-granting institution showing degree conferral date must be submitted to LSAC
-Immunization Requirements must be complete
|-Mandatory Orientation for Full-time JD students
|-First day of fall semester classes for Full-time JD students
|-Mandatory Orientation for Weekend JD students
|-First day of fall semester classes for Weekend JD students
Entering Student Checklists
- May Checklist (available mid-May)
This 1st checklist will provide you with a list of initial tasks to be completed prior to your enrollment.
- July Checklist (available mid-July)
This 2nd checklist will provide you with a list of tasks to be completed prior to your enrollment.
Entering Student Requirements
LOCUS is the University's main student information system. Your LOCUS account information will be sent by email from the JD Admission and Scholarships Office before the first seat deposit deadline. You will need to set up your LOCUS account and reset your initial password. You can update your current address in LOCUS beginning August 1. Prior to August 1, please update your address using the Update Contact Information form.
Your Loyola email account information will be sent by email from the JD Admission and Scholarships Office after the second seat deposit deadline. Please begin checking your Loyola email for updates from the University on a regular basis.
Financial Aid Awards
Your financial aid award will be posted in LOCUS starting in late spring. Information about accepting your award and applying for loans will be sent by email from the Financial Aid Office. Please review your to-do list within the Tasks tile in LOCUS for more information. If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com.
Biographical Information Form
Complete the required form by August 1. (available in June)
Official Final Transcripts Requirement
Final transcript(s) from your degree-granting institution(s) showing degree conferral date must sent to LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) by August 1.
The American Bar Association (ABA) requires that all incoming students submit a final undergraduate transcript showing a degree conferral date. Students whose final official transcripts from their degree-granting institutions are not received by the deadline, will be unable to attend orientation and may be withdrawn from fall semester classes.
If you have completed all baccalaureate degree requirements, but your degree will not be conferred until after August 1, please notify the JD Admission and Scholarships Office at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to request an extension. Documentation from your undergraduate institution will be required.
All final transcripts must be sent through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Note: the transcript submitted with your initial application via CAS will only satisfy this requirement if you had already graduated and the transcript indicates your degree conferral date. Additionally, if you requested your transcript from your undergraduate institution with your final grades but before your degree/degree date was posted, this will not fulfill the transcript requirement.
Continuing Duty to Disclose
As an admitted student, you have a continuing responsibility, prior to enrollment and throughout your legal education, to disclose matters that may affect your answers to questions asked in the Character and Fitness portion of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law application for admission. Please contact the JD Admission and Scholarships Office at email@example.com to make any amendments to your application.
Qualifications 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. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The State of Illinois requires that all incoming students enrolled in 7 or more credit hours must show proof of immunity to certain diseases. Students must complete a two-step process. Please complete this process as soon as you are able to do so, and no later than August 1. You should first enter your immunization information into LOCUS. Then, you must submit this form or turn in a form from your medical provider. Completed forms should be submitted to the Loyola University Chicago Wellness Center.
Loyola University Chicago highly recommends the COVID-19 primary vaccination and boosters. For more information, see Vaccine Information.
Class Schedule and Registration Information
The JD Admission Office assigns incoming students to first-year class sections. Schedules are sent by email in mid-July.You will be required to register yourself for classes through the University’s LOCUS system.
Full-time classes in the first year are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday. Doctrinal classes generally take place between 9:00AM and 5:00PM. Professional Identity Formation is typically scheduled between 5:00PM and 7:00PM and some Legal Writing I & II classes may meet as late as 7:00PM-9:00PM. Doctrinal classes typically meet twice per week, while other first-year courses generally meet once per week.
In-person classes for Weekend JD students meet approximately every other weekend: Saturdays from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sundays from 8:30AM to 4:00PM. All online course components are offered through Sakai, a highly interactive, collaborative online learning environment
Refund Direct Deposit Profile
If you have applied and have been approved for federal loans for the academic year, to receive a refund, after tuition has been paid, you will need to set up a Refund Direct Deposit Profile in LOCUS by August 1. Refunds are typically available beginning 10 days prior to the start of school.
Loyola generates electronic bills (E-Bills) for entering JD students. If you have completed the loan application process and your LOCUS account indicates that funds will be arriving prior to the start of school, you will not be assessed a late fee. Loyola offers several payment plans for those who will be covering some portion of their tuition out-of-pocket. As a reminder, your seat deposit will be applied to your fall semester tuition.
Student Health Insurance
All law students are required to show proof of health insurance. You will automatically be charged for Loyola's health insurance unless you are covered by another insurance plan. If you have your own insurance coverage, or are covered by a parent or spouse’s plan, you may waive out of Loyola’s Student Health Insurance by providing proof of other coverage. You will need to complete the waiver through LOCUS, once you have registered for classes. The deadline to complete this process is October 1. Students accepting Loyola’s Student Health Insurance may choose the “fast-track” enrollment option once they have an insurance charge on their student account. Fast-tracking confirms that you have accepted Loyola’s Student Health Insurance coverage, activates your enrollment into the plan, and allows an insurance card to be generated within 7- 10 business days.
The Rambler Card is Loyola's official ID card and identifies all members of the Loyola community. Once you receive your Loyola username and password, you can submit a photo for your Rambler Card via Loyola’s OnLine Card Office or the GET app (available at no charge for iOS and Android). Please review the criteria outlined on the website before submitting an image by August 1. There will be designated times during Orientation week to pick up your Rambler Card.
Save the date for Mandatory JD Program Orientation
Full-time students: Wednesday, August 14 through Friday, August 16, 2024 (Attendance on all days is required); Weekend JD students: Friday, August 23, 2024.