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.
Entering JD Deadlines
|March 1||-Recommended FAFSA Deadline
-Deadline for specialized scholarship and fellowship applications
|April 15||-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
|June 1||-Second seat deposit deadline ($500 nonrefundable payment online)|
|August 1||-Final transcript from degree-granting institution showing degree conferral date must be submitted to LSAC
-Immunization Requirements must be complete
Entering Student Checklists
- May Checklist
This 1st checklist will provide you with a list of initial tasks to be completed prior to your enrollment.
- July Checklist
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 first 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. Information about accepting your award and applying for loans will be sent by email from the Financial Aid Office.
Biographical Information Form
Complete the required form by August 1.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
New COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement: As of April 2021, Loyola University Chicago is requiring all Loyola students enrolled in classes for the fall to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All students are now required to upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards by Friday, August 6. If you have already been vaccinated, please upload your vaccination card as soon as possible. For questions about the vaccine requirement, please email email@example.com. For more information about the new requirement, see Vaccine Information.
Class Schedule and Registration Information
In July, you will receive an assigned class schedule and section assignment from the JD Admission and Scholarships Office. You will be required to register yourself for classes through the University’s LOCUS system.
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.
Orientation programming will take place from August 9-August 13. Programming is hybrid, with both a mix of required, online programming, and optional in-person events. For online programming, there will be a combination of pre-recorded and live Zoom sessions and webinars. In-person events include the chance to visit campus and meet classmates. All required programming Monday, August 9-Wednesday, August 11 will be 100% virtual. Please note that the orientation schedule is not yet final, as we await further guidance from the University. You will be provided a final schedule closer to the beginning of Orientation. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Dean Giselle Santibanez-Bania, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tentative Orientation Schedule
- A Civil Action Study Guide
- Community Book Discussion Groups Registration (optional): Join Loyola faculty, alumni, upperclass students, and your 1L classmates on Tuesday, August 10 from 5:00-6:30pm for informal, small-group conversations about the required summer book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt. This optional discussion provides an opportunity to explore how the research, policies, and experiences described in the book relate to your personal and professional journey as a law student. This event is highly recommended, and you will receive extra credit in your Professional Identity Formation course for participating. Come with your thoughts, ideas, and questions. We hope you can participate! Register by Monday, August 2.