JD Concentrations & Courses of Study
Loyola Law School's curriculum is rich and diverse, with a broad array of faculty members recognized as national leaders in their respective fields. To help students navigate the vast offerings, Concentration Programs and Courses of Study were developed.
What are the benefits of the Concentrations?
The Concentrations combine rigorous intellectual training with in-depth clinical and experiential (practical) learning components, which gives graduates the specialized skills and knowledge in their chosen field.
Clinical Professor Gary Craig explains the Concentration program more simply. "While it is not the best comparison to make, a Concentration is similar to a major in undergraduate studies, in that a student with a specific interest in a field can do focused study in that field. A major difference though, is that students who graduate law school with a Concentration will have the same degree as those without a Concentration, a juris will be viable in any area of law in which they wish to practice." Each Concentration is advised by a faculty member who specializes in the field, and has a required curriculum that has been specially tailored to equip graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the subject. Concentration programs are available to both day and evening division students.
- Gain expertise and hands-on knowledge
Extensive course work will provide a strong academic and theoretical base. Students will also gain hands-on experience by participating in at least one experiential opportunity, such as a clinic, externship, practicum, or simulation course in their field.
The Concentration program is another way the law school connects its students with local experts in that particular field. Many members of the legal community, including our alumni, will participate in the Concentration program. Each Concentration will sponsor workshops, alumni receptions, lectures, and panel presentations featuring practitioners.
This innovative curriculum signals to employers that Loyola students will provide immediate value and will be able to perform effectively as soon as they enter the legal profession. Associate Dean Cindy Archer adds, "More and more firms today are moving away from the old model of employment. Even a few years ago, a student could graduate law school and expect on-the-job training from their hiring firm. Employers now are looking to hire new associates who are practice ready. Loyola's Concentrations are just another way we are preparing our students for today's job market."
Each Concentration has an adviser, a faculty expert in the field, who meets with students individually and counsels them on their coursework, practical experience and potential career paths.
Students earn recognition on their transcripts for completing these intensive programs and will also be eligible to earn honors at graduation based on their performance.
Students who are interested in applying and registering for a Concentration may do so beginning in the spring semester of their first year if they are day students or in the fall semester of their second year if they are evening students.
Courses of Study provide a means for students to organize class selection, find faculty members with expertise, become informed about experiential opportunities, and connect with alumni in the relevant area.
Courses of Study are more informal than the established Concentrations - there are no requirements for any particular Course of Study, and they will not be designated as such on Loyola transcripts. But like Concentrations, Courses of Study help students supplement the required JD curriculum by highlighting courses and experiential opportunities that allow students to gain more in-depth educational and practical experience in a particular legal field. In addition, each Course of Study has a faculty adviser who is available to provide course advising, career counseling, and facilitate networking with alumni and other practitioners.
For more information on the Concentrations and Courses of Study, please contact Professor Craig at Gary.Craig@lls.edu.