STUDENT PROFILE Nicole Bieganski

Weekend Warrior

Paralegal Nicole Bieganski tackles the Weekend JD program while working full time

Hailing from South Bend, Indiana, Nicole Bieganski works as a corporate paralegal during the week and attends Loyola’s Weekend JD program on the weekends.

Why Loyola? I chose Loyola because of its innovative, unparalleled Weekend JD Program. I’m a corporate paralegal at a business consulting firm, and I knew I’d need to continue working full time while attending law school. Loyola offered a top-15, part-time program designed for people just like me. Choosing Loyola was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Area of interests: My interests are broad, but I love the process of legal writing. I’m also interested in real estate and immigration matters and hope to make each part of my practice in some way. 


“I have felt the support of my classmates, professors, and the Loyola administration each and every day.”

Loyola support: My favorite part of being a Loyola student is being part of a supportive, kind community. Within the Weekend JD program, we’ve all chosen to do something that sometimes seems a little crazy to others (working full time while attending law school on weekends), and I have felt the support of my classmates, professors, and the Loyola administration each and every day.

Favorite professors: Professor Sawicki helped me gain a foundational understanding of how the law works. I loved Professor Haney’s approach to contracts and appreciated Professor Perea’s historical insights about the structure of the Constitution. Professor Dehn for Criminal Procedure has the most engaging teaching style.      

Extra-curricular activities: I’m a staff member of the student-run Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. I often cook meals for the homeless with a church near the law school, and recently I was part of a free immigration screening clinic to help area residents on their paths to citizenship.

On becoming a lawyer: Being a lawyer gives you an enormous and broad power to help. Once you have a legal education and a law license, you have a general skill set and analytical mindset that you can apply to any subject matter. I love how seriously Loyola takes this aspect of being a lawyer; it honors its Jesuit mission by teaching its students to be advocates in service of others.


Imagine a part-time JD program that fits into your busy schedule. A program that features nationally renowned professors in a world-class city. Now, imagine that program meeting just every other weekend. This is Loyola’s Weekend (part-time) JD program—thoughtfully designed to turn your law school ambitions into reality. Learn More