FACULTY PROFILE Josie Gough (BA ’74, MEd ’78, JD ’78)

Josie Gough is a Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Social Justice and Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. She also directs Loyola’s Experiential Learning program, where she collaborates with members of the judiciary, government agencies, public interest organizations, and Chicago-based corporations to provide externship placements for students. Gough also counsels Loyola law students in all aspects of experiential learning, including professionalism, as they transition from student to attorney. Gough has served as a member of Loyola’s Law Alumni Board of Governors and Dean’s Diversity Council. She is the 2010 recipient of the Black Law Students Association’s Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Service Award.

What do you like best about working with students at Loyola?

I have the honor of getting to know our students as individuals first and as future lawyers and business professionals second. As a result, I am able to build a level of trust that allows me to assist them as they transition to the practice of law or return to the business world. Knowing that our students leave us with practical legal skills and a value system based on kindness, respect, and integrity makes me so very proud. Simply stated, what I like best about Loyola is our students.  

How has legal education changed since you were a law student?

The obvious answers have to do with cost of a legal education, technology, and how we practice law today.

There is more emphasis today on our ability to educate the “whole lawyer.” We help our students develop the professional characteristics that are critical to effectively serving their clients and their communities.

We are constantly developing opportunities to model behavior in and outside of the classroom that allow our students to become culturally competent in their approach to their colleagues and future clients. Professional identity formation is front of mind as we teach and lead our students.

Why is it important for students to gain practical hands-on training?

It is critical that law students have the opportunity to work with judges, lawyers, and other business professionals that partner with Loyola through the various experiential learning offerings that are available to them to gain practical skills training beyond the classroom.  Hands-on experience has proven to be extremely beneficial to our students and graduates seeking employment.  

What are the qualities of a good lawyers?

Good lawyers are flexible and open to opportunities for self-improvement and re-invention.  They know how to pivot.  They are trustworthy and understand the importance of confidentiality.  They are attentive and respectful listeners.  They apply compassion and sensitivity to problem solving, promptly respond to the needs of their clients and colleagues, and know when to seek advice.  They honor their professional commitments.  Good lawyers exhibit integrity and kindness, and are trustworthy and humble.

What makes Loyola law students stand out in the legal community?

Our students stand out in the legal and business community because their word is their bond.  Our students are impressive because they have learned to work smart, they pay attention to detail, and we encourage them to be intellectually curious and creative.  You can depend on our students; they feel it is their duty not to let you down.

As a triple Rambler, describe Loyola in three words.

Faith. Foundation. Family.

Experiential learning is just one way Loyola education is unique. With several study abroad options, a variety of student organizations and competitions, and strong career and academic success services, Loyola provides a supportive community to help you excel. Let’s get started with the application process.