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School of Law Bridge Program offers unique opportunities

We are pleased to announce that Loyola University Chicago School of Law has established a comprehensive array of educational, financial, and professional opportunities to help students and 2020 graduates to navigate the troubled waters caused by the coronavirus public health crisis. We invite you to consider the Bridge Program opportunities that work for you.

For JD students graduating in 2020

Comprehensive Bridge Career Services Programs

In addition to the one-on-one counseling and career search strategy services provided, the Office of Career Service offers opportunities to find gainful employment during this difficult period. These special opportunities include micro internships and apprenticeship programs:

Micro Internships

  • Micro internships are discrete, short-term projects that can be completed remotely, such as completing research memos, drafting and reviewing discovery, creating trainings for new regulations, creating online content for websites, social media pages, reviewing contracts, and so on.

Apprenticeship Program in COVID-19 response industries

  • Programs may involve compliance, cyber security, banking/finance, workers compensation, employment law, health law, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, family law, and cannabis law.

Check the Pearson site for additional information. Use the “type of job” filter to find “Micro-Internships” and “Apprenticeships.”

Bridge Scholarships for 2020 Graduates Seeking an LLM Degree

The law school offers several LLM degrees and will make the following LLM degrees available as part of the Bridge Program: Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management (online); Business Law (on campus); Child and Family Law (online); Health Law (online or on campus); Rule of Law for Development (online); Tax Law (on campus); Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (on campus); and the LLM in International Law with a Certificate Focus Option (on campus). For information about each degree, please consult our website.

All of these degrees are career enhancing, and each can be completed in one academic year. Under the Bridge Scholarship Program, students who have graduated with a JD degree or an International LLM from our law school in 2020 and are accepted into one of the affiliated LLM bridge programs will receive a Bridge scholarship that represents a 50% reduction in the per-credit-hour tuition based on the current 2020-21 LLM credit-hour tuition rates. To complete the LLM degrees, students typically need to complete 24-27 credit hours depending on the program. Interested students can submit an accelerated application form and learn more at one of our upcoming information sessions. Join via Zoom on May 13 at 12 pm Central time. The application deadline is August 1, 2020.

FAQs

Bridge Scholarships for 2020 Graduates Seeking Additional Focused Study

Students may wish to continue their studies in a number of areas, including completing coursework for certain certificate programs, pursuing supervised research, or taking additional skill-enhancing courses before beginning their practice. The Bridge Program provides students who have graduated from our law school in 2020 a Bridge scholarship that represents a 50% reduction in the per credit-hour tuition based on the current 2020-21 LLM credit-hour tuition rates for those students interested in continuing additional focused coursework. Students graduating in 2020 will also be eligible to take up to 12 credits per semester in any course that they believe would be valuable to them (space permitting and if relevant; class prerequisites must be fulfilled) in the two-year period following their graduation at the discounted tuition rate. Check out more information about available options and the application process.

 

Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowships

This public interest fellowship will enable recipients to receive up to $1,000 per month for six months working part time in a public interest organization. If you are interested in receiving more information on the application process, please complete this form by May 29, 2020.

The Graduate Research Fellowship

These fellowships enable students graduating in 2020 to receive compensation for performing research on behalf of a faculty member. Graduates may approach faculty members with whom they have made a connection to determine whether work for that faculty member would be appropriate. If the fellowship is approved, graduates and faculty members will work together to set up requirements and expectations. In addition, the law school will disseminate information about faculty members seeking research in particular areas.

View Application Form

The Graduate Research Fellowship for Employment Law/Human Resources: Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Focused

This fellowship will enable a JD student graduating in 2020 to receive compensation for performing research on behalf of Assistant Dean Gough and with certain approved host organizations. This fellowship will enable the fellow to receive up to $1,000 per month for a period of six months from the start date of the fellowship. If you are interested in receiving more information on the application process, please complete this form by May 29, 2020.

Clinical Fellowships

Placements are available for six-month, part-time positions for $1,000 per month with the following clinical programs. Application information will soon be posted on Pearson. If you are interested in receiving more information on the application process, please complete this form by May 29, 2020.

  • Business Law Clinic: Seeking one post-graduate public interest fellow. The fellow would assist the Business Law Clinic (BLC) faculty and director(s) with a variety of small business and nonprofit client legal matters and with the logistics of student/client meetings, interviews, and drafting sessions.
  • Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC): Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Post-Graduate Human Trafficking Fellow will perform work that addresses labor and sex trafficking and exploitation of children, both locally and globally, and will develop and identify strategies to ensure the prevention of child trafficking and protection of survivors. The Post-Graduate Immigrant Justice and Children Fellow will perform work that addresses the rights of migrant children and families in the US immigration system. This includes organizing community outreach activities and using a broad range of strategies, including public advocacy and policy-related research, to advance the interests of immigrant youth and families.
  • Civitas ChildLaw Clinic: Seeking one post-graduate public interest fellow. The Civitas ChildLaw Clinic represents children in a variety of settings, focusing primarily on child protection (abuse and neglect) and high-conflict child custody disputes. Other areas of practice include education, immigration, delinquency, and international child abduction. The fellow would assist the ChildLaw Clinic faculty with their cases. It is anticipated the fellow would help with every aspect of representation for the Clinic’s child clients, including fact investigation, contacts with clients and collaterals, preparation for court, and handling a variety of routine and contested hearings.
  • Community Law Center and Veterans Practicum: Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Community Law Center serves clients in family law matters whose main source of income is public assistance or SSI as well as those classified as the "working poor," who are struggling to meet their obligations. The Veterans Practicum, a subsection of the Community Law Center, aims to represent Chicagoland veterans and their families in similar civil litigation in partnership with the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network. Cases handled by the clinic include, but are not limited to, landlord/tenant disputes, clients petitioning for guardianship of disabled adults, representing minors as the Guardian ad Litem, as well as a myriad of family law-related matters involving veteran clients.
  • Education Law Practicum: : Seeking one post-graduate public interest fellow. The fellow will support representation in education law cases, including school discipline, special education, and school bullying cases. Work will include phone and in-person intake, conducting outreach and know-your-rights trainings, review of school records, legal research, drafting of legal memos and documents, and representation at suspension review hearings, expulsion hearings, due process hearings, or other legal proceedings.
  • Health Justice Project: Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The fellows will work to develop a new medical-legal partnership (MLP) in Maywood, Illinois, in collaboration with Loyola Medicine and the Stritch School of Medicine. The fellows will collaborate with the MLP Maywood VISTA Coordinator, Schweitzer Fellow, and HJP faculty to develop relationships with the Loyola Medicine community health and well-being staff, health sciences faculty, and health care providers at the Maywood Family Health Center; engage in outreach and training for health care providers and patients; develop internal and external resources and materials; establish referral and information exchange protocols; and provide direct services to low-income patients and their community.
  • Legislation and Policy Clinic and ChildLaw Policy Institute: Seeking up to two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Legislation and Policy Clinic and ChildLaw Policy Institute spearhead policy and legislative development, analysis, advocacy, and implementation focused on underserved and underrepresented children and families. The fellows will conduct research on legislation and public policy on topics that may include child welfare, education, and juvenile justice. Responsibilities include drafting memoranda and other materials designed to make research accessible to a wide range of stakeholders, and representing the Clinic in several coalitions focused on advocacy efforts. Priority will be given to candidates who have previously taken the Legislation & Policy Clinic or who have other prior legislative experience.
  • Tax Law Clinic: Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Federal Tax Clinic represents low-income individuals as a Low-Income Tax Clinic (LITC) as defined in IRS Publication 3319 who are seeking legal assistance concerning a dispute or potential dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. Fellows typically work with several clients under the supervision of the director. The work involves direct representation of an individual before the Internal Revenue Service and may involve preparation of a case docketed before the U.S. Tax Court.

Law Library Services

All 2020 School of Law graduates will have full access to the Law Library’s reference and circulation services, including checking out books and requesting articles and other sources through interlibrary loan. Graduates also will have approximately six months of post-graduation access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw. In addition, those who enroll in classes or perform research for law professors under the School of Law’s Bridge Program will retain additional access to those databases throughout their time in the Bridge Program. The Law Library will work with those who participate in post-graduate public interest fellowships to identify special access opportunities or alternatives for their legal research needs. For more information, visit Continuing Access to Law Library Resources.

For LLMs in US International Law and US Law graduating in 2020

Comprehensive Bridge Career Services Programs

In addition to the one-on-one counseling and career search strategy services provided, the Office of Career Service offers opportunities to find gainful employment during this difficult period. These special opportunities include micro internships and apprenticeship programs:

Micro Internships

  • Micro internships are discrete, short-term projects that can be completed remotely, such as completing research memos, drafting and reviewing discovery, creating trainings for new regulations, creating online content for websites, social media pages, reviewing contracts, and so on.

Apprenticeship Program in COVID-19 response industries

  • Programs may involve compliance, cyber security, banking/finance, workers compensation, employment law, health law, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, family law, and cannabis law.

Check the Pearson site for additional information. Use the “type of job” filter to find “Micro-Internships” and “Apprenticeships.”

Bridge Scholarships for 2020 Graduates Seeking an LLM Degree

The law school offers several LLM degrees and will make the following LLM degrees available as part of the Bridge Program: Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management (online); Business Law (on campus); Child and Family Law (online); Health Law (online or on campus); Rule of Law for Development (online); Tax Law (on campus); Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (on campus); and the LLM in International Law with a Certificate Focus Option (on campus). For information about each degree, please consult our website.

All of these degrees are career enhancing, and each can be completed in one academic year. Under the Bridge Scholarship Program, students who have graduated with a JD degree or an International LLM from our law school in 2020 and are accepted into one of the affiliated LLM bridge programs will receive a Bridge scholarship that represents a 50% reduction in the per-credit-hour tuition based on the current 2020-21 LLM credit-hour tuition rates. To complete the LLM degrees, students typically need to complete 24-27 credit hours depending on the program. Interested students can submit an accelerated application form and learn more at one of our upcoming information sessions. Join via Zoom on May 13 at 12 pm Central time. The application deadline is August 1, 2020.

 

Bridge Scholarships for 2020 Graduates Seeking Additional Focused Study

Students may wish to continue their studies in a number of areas, including completing coursework for certain certificate programs, pursuing supervised research, or taking additional skill-enhancing courses before beginning their practice. The Bridge Program provides students who have graduated from our law school in 2020 a Bridge scholarship that represents a 50% reduction in the per credit-hour tuition based on the current 2020-21 LLM credit-hour tuition rates for those students interested in continuing additional focused coursework. Students graduating in 2020 will also be eligible to take up to 12 credits per semester in any course that they believe would be valuable to them (space permitting and if relevant; class prerequisites must be fulfilled) in the two-year period following their graduation at the discounted tuition rate. Check out more information about available options and the application process.

 

The Graduate Research Fellowship

These fellowships enable students graduating in 2020 to receive compensation for performing research on behalf of a faculty member. Graduates may approach faculty members with whom they have made a connection to determine whether work for that faculty member would be appropriate. If the fellowship is approved, graduates and faculty members will work together to set up requirements and expectations. In addition, the law school will disseminate information about faculty members seeking research in particular areas.

View Application Form

Clinical Fellowships

Placements are available for six-month, part-time positions for $1,000 per month with the following clinical programs. Application information will soon be posted on Pearson. If you are interested in receiving more information on the application process, please complete this form by May 29, 2020.

  • Business Law Clinic: Seeking one post-graduate public interest fellow. The fellow would assist the Business Law Clinic (BLC) faculty and director(s) with a variety of small business and nonprofit client legal matters and with the logistics of student/client meetings, interviews, and drafting sessions.
  • Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC): Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Post-Graduate Human Trafficking Fellow will perform work that addresses labor and sex trafficking and exploitation of children, both locally and globally, and will develop and identify strategies to ensure the prevention of child trafficking and protection of survivors. The Post-Graduate Immigrant Justice and Children Fellow will perform work that addresses the rights of migrant children and families in the US immigration system. This includes organizing community outreach activities and using a broad range of strategies, including public advocacy and policy-related research, to advance the interests of immigrant youth and families.
  • Civitas ChildLaw Clinic: Seeking one post-graduate public interest fellow. The Civitas ChildLaw Clinic represents children in a variety of settings, focusing primarily on child protection (abuse and neglect) and high-conflict child custody disputes. Other areas of practice include education, immigration, delinquency, and international child abduction. The fellow would assist the ChildLaw Clinic faculty with their cases. It is anticipated the fellow would help with every aspect of representation for the Clinic’s child clients, including fact investigation, contacts with clients and collaterals, preparation for court, and handling a variety of routine and contested hearings.
  • Community Law Center and Veterans Practicum: Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Community Law Center serves clients in family law matters whose main source of income is public assistance or SSI as well as those classified as the "working poor," who are struggling to meet their obligations. The Veterans Practicum, a subsection of the Community Law Center, aims to represent Chicagoland veterans and their families in similar civil litigation in partnership with the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network. Cases handled by the clinic include, but are not limited to, landlord/tenant disputes, clients petitioning for guardianship of disabled adults, representing minors as the Guardian ad Litem, as well as a myriad of family law-related matters involving veteran clients.
  • Education Law Practicum: : Seeking one post-graduate public interest fellow. The fellow will support representation in education law cases, including school discipline, special education, and school bullying cases. Work will include phone and in-person intake, conducting outreach and know-your-rights trainings, review of school records, legal research, drafting of legal memos and documents, and representation at suspension review hearings, expulsion hearings, due process hearings, or other legal proceedings.
  • Health Justice Project: Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The fellows will work to develop a new medical-legal partnership (MLP) in Maywood, Illinois, in collaboration with Loyola Medicine and the Stritch School of Medicine. The fellows will collaborate with the MLP Maywood VISTA Coordinator, Schweitzer Fellow, and HJP faculty to develop relationships with the Loyola Medicine community health and well-being staff, health sciences faculty, and health care providers at the Maywood Family Health Center; engage in outreach and training for health care providers and patients; develop internal and external resources and materials; establish referral and information exchange protocols; and provide direct services to low-income patients and their community.
  • Legislation and Policy Clinic and ChildLaw Policy Institute: Seeking up to two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Legislation and Policy Clinic and ChildLaw Policy Institute spearhead policy and legislative development, analysis, advocacy, and implementation focused on underserved and underrepresented children and families. The fellows will conduct research on legislation and public policy on topics that may include child welfare, education, and juvenile justice. Responsibilities include drafting memoranda and other materials designed to make research accessible to a wide range of stakeholders, and representing the Clinic in several coalitions focused on advocacy efforts. Priority will be given to candidates who have previously taken the Legislation & Policy Clinic or who have other prior legislative experience.
  • Tax Law Clinic: Seeking two post-graduate public interest fellows. The Federal Tax Clinic represents low-income individuals as a Low-Income Tax Clinic (LITC) as defined in IRS Publication 3319 who are seeking legal assistance concerning a dispute or potential dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. Fellows typically work with several clients under the supervision of the director. The work involves direct representation of an individual before the Internal Revenue Service and may involve preparation of a case docketed before the U.S. Tax Court.

Law Library Services

All 2020 School of Law graduates will have full access to the Law Library’s reference and circulation services, including checking out books and requesting articles and other sources through interlibrary loan. Graduates also will have approximately six months of post-graduation access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw. In addition, those who enroll in classes or perform research for law professors under the School of Law’s Bridge Program will retain additional access to those databases throughout their time in the Bridge Program. The Law Library will work with those who participate in post-graduate public interest fellowships to identify special access opportunities or alternatives for their legal research needs. For more information, visit Continuing Access to Law Library Resources.

For PROLAW MJ and LLM cohort and all other LLM students graduating in 2020

Bridge Scholarships for 2020 Graduates Seeking Additional Focused Study

Graduates may wish to continue their studies in a number of areas, including completing coursework for certain certificate programs, pursuing supervised research, or taking additional skill-enhancing courses before beginning their practice. The Bridge Program provides students who have graduated from our law school in an LLM or PROLAW program in 2020 a Bridge scholarship that represents a 50% reduction in the per credit-hour tuition based on the current 2020-21 LLM or MJ credit-hour tuition rates for those students interested in continuing additional focused coursework. Students graduating in 2020 will also be eligible to take up to 12 credits per semester in any course that they believe would be valuable to them (space permitting and if relevant; class prerequisites must be fulfilled) in the two-year period following their graduation at the discounted tuition rate. PROLAW MJ students should choose the "Focused Area Study MJ" program option. LLM students must specifiy their area of interest on the application. Check out more information about available options and the application process.

The Graduate Research Fellowship

These fellowships enable students graduating in 2020 to receive compensation for performing research on behalf of a faculty member. Graduates may approach faculty members with whom they have made a connection to determine whether work for that faculty member would be appropriate. If the fellowship is approved, graduates and faculty members will work together to set up requirements and expectations. In addition, the law school will disseminate information about faculty members seeking research in particular areas.

View Application Form

Law Library Services

All 2020 School of Law graduates will have full access to the Law Library’s reference and circulation services, including checking out books and requesting articles and other sources through interlibrary loan. Graduates also will have approximately six months of post-graduation access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw. In addition, those who enroll in classes or perform research for law professors under the School of Law’s Bridge Program will retain additional access to those databases throughout their time in the Bridge Program. The Law Library will work with those who participate in post-graduate public interest fellowships to identify special access opportunities or alternatives for their legal research needs. For more information, visit Continuing Access to Law Library Resources.

For Continuing JD students

Comprehensive Bridge Career Services Programs

In addition to the one-on-one counseling and career search strategy services provided, the Office of Career Service offers opportunities to find gainful employment during this difficult period. These special opportunities include micro internships:

Micro Internships

  • Micro internships are discrete, short-term projects that can be completed remotely, such as completing research memos, drafting and reviewing discovery, creating trainings for new regulations, creating online content for websites, social media pages, reviewing contracts, and so on.

Check the Pearson site for additional information. Use the “type of job” filter to find “Micro-Internships.”