Weekend JD makes law school possible for busy state rep and party official
With two demanding jobs—Illinois state representative for the 26th district and executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois—Christian Mitchell needed an ultra-flexible program when he decided to study law. “In addition to the six months the Illinois General Assembly is in daily legislative session in Springfield, there’s a ton of reading, drafting, and constituent work, which would have made a traditional evening program impossible,” he says. “Loyola’s innovative Weekend JD program is the only way I could have made law school work.”
LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP: Besides being attracted to the Weekend JD’s flexibility, “I chose Loyola because its legacy of training future leaders is peerless in Chicago,” Mitchell says. “One of my mentors, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, is an alum. So is the former managing partner of Winston and Strawn. So are the legislative leaders of both chambers of the General Assembly.”
FAVORITE PROFS: Dean Michael Kaufman and Professor Nadia Sawicki were the first two professors Mitchell had in the weekend program—“and they both made an indelible impression on me,” he says. “Dean Kaufman’s energy and ability to make details exciting and memorable is incredible. Professor Sawicki is brilliant, tough, and sets the standard for loving the law and taking it seriously.