For more than 100 years, Loyola Law has been the only law school in New Orleans to offer working professionals and nontraditional students the opportunity to earn a law degree in the evening. From recent graduates to retirees, empty nesters to new parents, our part-time students hail from diverse backgrounds, making the classroom a dynamic experience for both professors and students.
Our Evening Program is designed with your work-life balance in mind. Discover how earning a Loyola Law degree can help you achieve your life goals.
Spend your evenings growing.
Have you been putting off your dream of law school? Whether you've always had dreams of becoming a first-class litigator, looking to advance in your current profession, or fixing your sights on pivoting to a new career, a Loyola legal education will be a smart investment. Come here to build the skills you need to move yourself forward.
The part-time evening division is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of working professionals. Evening classes meet Monday through Thursday between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. A part-time evening student's typical class load is 12 credits per semester. The program is designed to be earned in four years, but can be accelerated for completion in three-and-a-half years.
Required curriculum for first-year part-time evening division students:
There are no short cuts for evening students--they have the same educational requirements as full-time day students, including skills classes and experiential coursework. Evening students learn from the same esteemed faculty as day students and are fully supported by our experienced Academic Success Program faculty. Our faculty are champions of justice, incredible litigators, and accomplished experts in their fields who will guide you toward the start of your legal career and inspire you every day.
You don't stop at 5pm. Neither do we.
The College of Law is committed to the specific needs of Evening Program professionals. Student services, including Wellness Services, the Career Development Office, and the Law Library, host extended hours to accommodate the schedules of working students. Opportunities are available for evening students to be members of Law Review, other law school journals, and Moot Court. Evening students even have the opportunity to participate in student life, including meaningful roles in student organizations. They are also eligible for scholarships and other academic awards.
Current students have 24-hour access to the Clinic Building and the Broadway Activities Center. Campus police provide safety escorts to students 24-hours a day.
At Loyola, we pride ourselves on giving our students every possible resource they need to be successful in school, in their job search, bar exam preparation, and in their career.
Consider the options ahead of you.
Louisiana is the only mixed jurisdiction in the United States. This means that Louisiana utilizes both English Common Law and European Civil Law. Under Civil Law, disputes in the private sector (e.g. property issues) are resolved primarily through codified statutes, such as the Louisiana Civil Code or Revised Statutes. Under Common Law, disputes in the public sector (e.g. criminal law) are resolved primarily through legal precedents created by judicial decisions over time. All federal courts and the other 49 states follow the English Common Law legal system.
At Loyola students can choose to focus their studies on a Civil Law curriculum or a Common Law curriculum, depending on where they intend to practice. Typically, students that plan on remaining in Louisiana or moving abroad to Civil Law countries choose the Civil Law track; students that plan to practice outside of Louisiana, but remain within the United States, choose the Common Law track.
The Evening Program follows the Civil Law track. Day and part-time day students may elect to follow the Civil Law track or Common Law track. Students are not limited to study in the day or evening division. Evening students may take classes during the day and vice versa. Irrespective of the chosen track, Loyola Law graduates earn a Juris Doctor, the educational credential needed to qualify for the bar in any state.
In addition to the Juris Doctor degree, all Loyola Law students have the option to pursue one of three joint degrees: JD/MBA, JD/MPA, or JD/MURP. Evening students who wish to develop specialized expertise in a particular area may pursue a certificate in one of eight areas of law.
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Admission to Loyola's College of Law is competitive for all programs and is based upon the applicant’s academic, professional, and personal record. To be considered for admission, all candidates must demonstrate that all undergraduate degree work will be completed prior to law studies. Application requirements include:
- A complete application through lsac.org (Law School Admissions Council).
- A valid Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score.
- A complete Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report which includes all post-secondary transcripts.
- A personal statement.
- A resume.
- Two letters of recommendation (limit of three).
The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 is August 1, 2019. Please review the College of Law's application requirements before submitting your application.