Student Spotlight: Pete Kalenik, Creating safer communities

3L Pete Kalenik is earning a joint degree in law and public policy while balancing a full-time workload as a Chicago police officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army Reserve. A recipient of the William F. and Kathleen Hynes Scholarship, Kalenik says receiving scholarship aid “provided me the freedom to continue serving our country, our communities, and Chicago’s citizens.”

EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES: “I absolutely love Loyola’s student body,” Kalenik says. “Its diversity helps us grapple with the most current, complex, and controversial legal issues in America.”

A CLASS THAT CHANGED HIS CAREER COURSE: Kalenik’s favorite course has been National Security Law. “Applying constitutional theory to the intersection of international relations and modern warfare has impacted my military career,” says Kalenik, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago before entering law school. “After more than 10 years of service as an enlisted paratrooper, National Security Law has motivated me to become a commissioned officer in the Illinois National Guard.”

HONING HANDS-ON SKILLS: Kalenik is taking full advantage of Loyola’s experiential learning opportunities. He has served as a judicial extern in the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Chancery Division and is currently enrolled in Federal Litigation Practice, under the supervision of the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall of the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois.

BUILDING BRIDGES: Prior to his law enforcement career, Kalenik taught and lived on Chicago’s Southside, as an AmeriCorps volunteer, while earning a master’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University. “As a Loyola Street Law instructor, I was able to educate students in the same community that I patrol as a police officer, which according to the Chicago Sun-Times is the most violent police beat in the city,” Kalenik says. “That experience allowed me to build bridges between the community and the Chicago Police Department, which previously, did not exist.”

DESCRIBING LOYOLA: Asked which words best describe his time at Loyola, Kalenik said, “We all serve.’”

NEXT STEPS: After graduation, Kalenik will enter Officer Candidate School in the Illinois National Guard and continued serving the Chicago Police Department as a Field Training Officer, responsible for instilling a sense of justice in Chicago’s newest police officers. “I will use my legal education to advocate for policies that make our families safer, while embodying the authentic leadership that Chicago desperately needs. As we all know, actions speak louder than words,” he says.

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Student Spotlight: Amber Carpenter, Exploring different practice paths

Second-year Loyola law student Amber Carpenter is a Philip H. Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy, president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and a member of the Loyola Consumer Law Review. “What I like best about Loyola is the many opportunities it’s given me,” she says.

ON CHOOSING LOYOLA: Carpenter realized how much she valued Chicago-area family and friends during her four years at the University of Iowa, where she earned a BS degree in biology. She focused her law school search on Chicago. “When I came to Loyola for my first visit, I absolutely fell in love,” she says. “The friendly and helpful atmosphere gave me the family environment I was looking for in a law school.”

PI LAW/IP LAW: Carpenter’s areas of interest include public interest law and intellectual property law. “A career in public interest law will allow me to continue to fight for justice, and intellectual property combines my interest and background in science with the law,” she says.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN ADVOCACY: Last fall, Carpenter competed at Georgetown Law’s White Collar Crime Invitational, where her team advanced to semifinals. “Through my Corboy fellowship, I’ve sharpened my public speaking skills, learned the fundamentals of trial advocacy, and benefited from hands-on experience with the Federal Rules of Evidence,” she says.

CREATING A NETWORK: Loyola connectedCarpenter with the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP), a nonprofit that supports women of color through law school. “With the help of this program, I was able to secure a summer associate position at Marshall Gerstein LLP, a Chicago IP firm,” Carpenter says. Through her work with BLSA, “I now have a network of black lawyers throughout the country and have strengthened my own leadership skills,” she adds.

FAVORITE PROF: “You can see the passion Professor Cynthia Ho has for the law through her lesson plans and lectures,” Carpenter says. “She meets with her students to get to know them, and has taken personal time out of her schedule to ensure I understood certain topics—she’s guided me toward a career in IP.”

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Student Spotlight: Pilar Mendez, A passion for health law and policy

Pilar Mendez, a 1L at Loyola University Chicago, wants to use the law as a tool to become a better advocate and policymaker.

Mendez holds a BS in public health from New York University and an MPH in global health p0licy from The George Washington University. “Given my public health and policy background, it’s beneficial to my career to better understand how the law works so that I can write effective legislation,” she says. “Learning the business and transactional side of health care is critical to this process.”

The fact that Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy was ranked #1 in the country in 2017 by Law Street Media and #6 in the country by U.S. News & World Report helped to solidify Mendez’s decision to attend law school at Loyola.

Experiencing racial disparities
Born in Hawaii and raised in both Honolulu and New York City, Mendez plans to concentrate her area of study on the intersection of health law and public interest law. Drawing upon her personal experiences of public health systems, she hopes to keep pursuing her passion for understanding and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health.

After experiencing persistent asthma attacks as a child, Mendez felt that her race negatively impacted her ability to receive equitable, quality care.  “The doctors treated my family with indifference—as if to imply that what they were doing to care for me was not in my best interest health wise,” she says. “It turned out that the actual location of our home caused my respiratory issues, and after we moved back to Hawaii, I never saw an inhaler again.”

Bridging the health care gap
Mendez decided early on that she wanted to use her education to find opportunities to bridge the health care gap so that everyone who sought medical assistance could receive a positive patient experience. She completed several health care internships during her undergraduate studies and was bitten by the policy bug in Washington, DC, after she began working for the U.S. Department of Human Services Office of Minority Health. There, she was surrounded by people equally committed to finding community-driven solutions that translated research into policy.

Life as a law student
Mendez is the recipient of a competitive health law fellowship with the Beazley Institute, as well as a merit scholarship that she says has been helpful in financing her legal education. While her first-year studies have kept her busy, she participates in activities outside the classroom as a section member of Loyola’s Health Law Society and a BARBRI student representative.

Asked if she has a favorite professor, Mendez declines to name just one. “Honestly, I learned so much from each of my professors this past semester,” she says. “But it was amazing to be a student in Dean Nina Appel’s last Torts course before she retired—we learned a lot about medical negligence, malpractice, and the effects of tort reform, which became an area of law I find interesting.”

She continues, “I love the fact that everyone at Loyola is so supportive and wants me to do well. The professors are extremely approachable and well-connected. In fact, I’ve received emails from faculty members who’ve offered to put me in contact with practitioners in the community or forwarded information about health care-related programs I might want to attend, just because they know I’m passionate about this area of study.”

Focus on the future
What’s ahead for Mendez? “As a lawyer, I hope to one day join the ranks of the few Hispanic women working on Capitol Hill who are creating a more cohesive and comprehensive vision of what it means to be healthy in America,” she says. “Linking social justice issues with policy to reduce health disparities will help shape our national agenda. It’s exciting to think about being a part of that.”

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Loyola appoints inaugural Reithal Professors of Law

Six distinguished legal scholars who are experts in their fields have been named Georgia Reithal Professors of Law at Loyola University Chicago. The inaugural professorships were established at the School of Law from a generous bequest left by Illinois attorney and Loyola law alumna Georgia J. Reithal (JD ’78) to support and further develop impactful research and scholarship that promote and enhance access to justice.

Reithal attended Loyola’s part-time evening Juris Doctor program and worked for most of her career as a labor attorney with Ameritech. She also participated in pro bono services that provided free legal representation to immigrants.

“We’re grateful to Georgia Reithal for this generous gift that will encourage, recognize, and celebrate our extraordinary law faculty scholars for their work to transform the ways in which law and regulation can better foster human happiness and well-being,” said Michael Kaufman, dean of the School of Law. “Her legacy will live on for years to come.”

The following Loyola faculty members have been appointed Georgia Reithal Professors of Law:

  • John Breen, JD, focuses his research on jurisprudence, law and religion, and the Catholic social tradition, and perspectives of law and justice.  He is currently at work on a book on the history of Catholic legal education in the United States.
  • John Bronsteen, JD, applies the findings of hedonic psychology to civil settlement, criminal punishment, and regulatory decision-making. His articles have been published in top journals across the country, including the philosophy journal Utilitas.
  • Samuel Brunson, JD, writes about theways the federal income tax affects discrete groups of taxpayers, with special focuses on investors and families. In addition, he researches and writes about issues with the administration of the tax law.
  • Jordan Paradise, JD, researches and publishes on the intersection of law, science, and technology.  Her primary focus is in the life science realm, examining legal and policy issues in the development and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and innovations in medicine.
  • Matthew Sag, JD, focuses his research on the intersection of law and technology and law and economics. He is a well-known expert on copyright law whose articles have been cited in Federal Court cases and in briefs to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Nadia Sawicki, MBE, JD, focuses her research on health law and bioethics, with particular emphasis on the accommodation of personal and professional beliefs in a pluralistic society, tort law’s role in protecting patients from physical and dignitary harm, and state actions that interfere with health care providers’ best medical judgment.

The faculty scholars will assume the title of Georgia Reithal Professor of Law effective immediately.

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Spring Break in Law School

Hi all! Spring break: does it cease to exist after undergrad? NO! I’m settling back in from my spring break trip to California and will be sharing with you my tips to having a successful, stress-free law-school break. Initially, I was nervous to take so much time off from school, but I am glad I did. The warm weather and beautiful beaches were just what I needed to recharge my batteries. Although I brought school books along and had some studying to do, I was able to work it into my trip schedule and take advantage of everything Cali had to offer.

Planning Ahead
If you know you enjoy traveling during spring break, begin planning early. I love traveling and knew that by March I would want to get away from the cold Chicago weather, so in November I started researching places to go. Once I decided on California, I began tentatively planning everything, so I would have a rough estimate of the price. As a student-on-a-budget, I looked for deals on activities and constantly monitored flight prices.

I waited until December/January to buy my flights, because that is when my second semester professors released their syllabi. (I knew that if I had any huge projects due during or right after spring break, I wouldn’t want to go on a trip.) Once I was sure there were no major assignments due, I bought my flights and began the count down to break!

The weekend before I left, I worked hard to get my homework done, giving priority to classes with the biggest books so I wouldn’t have to bring them along. I knew I wouldn’t get it all done before I left, so I made sure carve out a couple of hours each day in California to do school-work. I planned to wake up early and get 2 hours of work done right away. That way, the rest of the day was left for fun.

In Paradise
My trip was AMAZING, I was able to do so many fun activities. It was nice to have most of the day to work on recharging my batteries. The morning homework sessions worked out great! Although admittedly I slept through a couple of sessions, I was able to get some assignments taken care of. It felt good to check things off my “to-do” list and set me up well for my first week back in school. I would recommend taking this approach to spring break, because it allows you to have a completely guilt free trip: you’re not only enjoying yourself, but also getting your assignments done!

About to ride horses through the Hollywood Hills!

Any Regrets?
If I could do it all over, I would only change one thing. Because I was so anxious to take full advantage of my week off school, I stayed in California as long as I could. I scheduled my flight to arrive back in Chicago at 11:00pm on Sunday, leaving me very little time to recuperate (I have a 10:30 am Monday class). I found that this stressed me out. The last day I just wanted to make it to the airport and didn’t take advantage of my remaining time. I think that if I had returned Saturday and left Sunday as a “buffer” day, I would have felt much better. That being said, everything worked out, so if you’re a daredevil: Sunday night return flights are do-able.

Break Away!     
If you enjoy traveling and have the means to do so, don’t let law school stop you. It is absolutely possible to be a responsible student while laying on a beach miles and miles away from campus. At the end of the day, it’s important to focus not only on your grades, but on your mental health as well!

Thanks for reading this week’s blog! If you have any questions about taking vacations during school, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Until next time—

Maria

Maria Black is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To see all posts written by her search the Maria B. category on the right hand side.

Questions for Maria? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Maria” and she will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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Alumni Spotlight: Janea Hawkins, JD ’13

Janea Hawkins, JD ’13 was recently highlighted in the Washington Lawyer. “Hawkins would be the first in her family to enter law school, attending Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She was drawn to the school for its public interest focus and strong alumni base, and she enjoyed the supportive, tight-knit feel of the school’s community.” For the full article please click here.

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Loyola University Chicago Law + IP = The Perfect Match for Me

Hi all! This week we’re starting with the basics as I narrate how my decision to go to Loyola lead to my interest in intellectual property (IP).

Why I chose Loyola University Chicago School of Law

While choosing law schools, I focused on the present and the future. I was looking for a school that I would enjoy attending every day, one with inspiring people that would make the trying times bearable. However, I was also thinking about my future career and finding a school that would set me up for success. At Loyola, I found the perfect hybrid.

Loyola was the first school I visited. I attended an admitted student day and was able to meet faculty and students. Everyone was eager to share their experiences and answer my questions, it made me feel at home. After every subsequent school tour, I found myself comparing the experience with my time at Loyola. In the meantime, I kept researching law schools, focusing on ones that had strong alumni-relations and job placement statistics. When it came time to make my decision, Loyola was the school that passed my balancing test and I made the decision to become a Rambler.

I am now in my second semester at Loyola and can confidentially say I made the right decision. I enjoy my classes and professors and am challenged to push myself every day. Additionally, I was blown away at how attentive and helpful my class tutors were. However, these were things I expected when I decided to attend the school. Loyola has exceeded my expectations, because it introduced me to the wonderful world of IP.

Early Exposure to IP

Like many new law students, I had no idea what area of law I wanted to pursue when I enrolled. My plan was to take a variety of classes (after the generally mandatory first year curriculum at all law schools) and pursue whichever one I liked the most. What worried me was that with that strategy, finding my “thing” would take a long time. Thankfully, one email from Loyola put me on the right track.

During the summer before I began school, I received an email from Loyola about their specialized legal writing programs. Through this program, students can get exposure to different areas of the law (like IP, as well as child law, health law, and public interest). At the time I had never heard of IP, so before applying I did some research, and I liked what I saw. I applied, was accepted, and am in my second semester of legal writing, fascinated by IP.

Loyola’s specialized legal writing program is unique and offers students a sneak peak into areas of law that most 1Ls don’t get exposure to. In my IP legal writing class, I have written patent and copyright legal memorandums and am currently working on a trademark trial brief. In addition, the problems are designated to be accessible for 1Ls without prior knowledge of IP, and without any prior scientific or other background. Because of this early exposure, I realized I truly enjoyed IP. I decided I wanted to learn more and chose to enroll in a second semester elective (another cool part of Loyola is taking a 1L elective!) that focused on patents, called: Global Access to Medicine: A Patent Perspective. In this small discussion-based class, we are learning about how patent protection on drugs impacts global access to affordable medicine.  These classes have been a great way to put a spin on “run-of-the-mill” 1L classes. Furthermore, at the job interviews I’ve had so far, every interviewer has expressed how impressed they are that I have had so much exposure to IP as a 1L.

Supportive Faculty and Endless Opportunities

As a first-generation law student, I was worried about not having the resources to make important decisions concerning my future in the law. Thankfully, at Loyola I have found unwavering support and valuable resources to help me make the right decisions for my career. All of my professors have expressed willingness to go beyond the classroom and help students navigate law school. Furthermore, when it comes to my future in IP, Loyola’s intellectual property team has been one of the most valuable parts of my experiences at school.

Specifically, Professor Cynthia Ho, who leads Loyola’s intellectual property program, has been an amazing resource since the first day I met her. She is supportive, well-connected, and dedicated to her students. Professor Ho not only answers my every law-school related question, but also forwards countless opportunities to me so I can further my IP exposure in the real world. These opportunities have included speed mentoring events, IP specific lectures, and IP conferences easily accessible within Chicago. These experiences have connected me to the IP world, and have been a refreshing way to learn more about intellectual property outside the classroom.

What can Law School do for You?

Choosing a law school is a very personal decision. I did a lot of research and visited every school I could before I made my choice. I urge you to do your research, visit schools. And once you have chosen a school, take chances. If I had not taken on the challenge of enrolling in a specialized legal writing class, I would have yet to be exposed to intellectual property, an area of law I can’t get enough of.

Thank you for reading this week’s blog post! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any law school or IP related questions. Until next time—

Maria

Maria Black is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To see all posts written by her search the Maria B. category on the right hand side.

Questions for Maria? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Maria” and she will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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Alumni Spotlight: Catharine Debelle, JD ’17

Advocating for others
Recent Loyola law graduate Catharine Debelle (JD ’17) reflects upon her rewarding experience working with Loyola’s Health Justice Project.

On a cold Chicago morning in January, Maria (not her real name), a 24-year-old women from Champaign, Illinois, was awarded guardianship of her two younger siblings, a 10-year old girl and a 14-year old boy. The ruling came after Cook County Probate Court Judge Susan Kennedy Sullivan questioned Maria about her ability to take on the great responsibility of caring for her siblings, questioned her brother and sister about how they were doing in school, and asked the eager family members who filled the courtroom if they objected to Maria becoming the legal guardian of the two minors. The moment was touching and emotional.

Gaining experience
“I applied to work as a student attorney in Loyola’s Health Justice Project to strengthen my skills representing clients in court,” said Catharine Debelle (JD ’17) a former student clinician who earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago this past December. “It was an invaluable experience to work under the supervision of a clinical professor during my last semester of law school to represent Maria. I had represented clients in the past, but never on a case that I managed by myself from start to finish.”

Maria and her siblings lost their mother to a terminal illness two years ago. Since their mother’s death, no one had come forward to obtain custody or guardianship of the young children.

“Maria was a courageous young woman who is five years my junior, but we’ve got so much in common. Both of us have experienced profound loss in our lives but have moved on to grow and thrive in very different ways,” said Debelle.

Learning the process
Maria was referred to the Health Justice Project by medical providers at Erie Family Health Center after they discovered that her younger siblings had no legal guardian to consent to their medical care. The Health Justice Project partners with Erie, a federally-qualified health center that provides services to people in poverty, and LAF, Chicago’s largest provider of legal services to the poor, to identify and resolve social and legal issues that negatively affect the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. As a student attorney with the Health Justice Project, Debelle was assigned to investigate Maria’s case and the guardianship process, and to work on her behalf to obtain the necessary documentation to file for guardianship of her siblings.

Positive outcomes
“Over the course of representation, I grew close with Maria, the children, and Maria’s father and step-mother,” said Debelle. “It’s a special feeling when your clients have confidence in your abilities as both a lawyer and a professional and begin to trust you. The research, meetings, case notes, and preparation, were all about Maria. Going to court was exciting, but the most rewarding part of my experience was helping my client to succeed. Maria is now the proud and empowered legal guardian of her brother and sister—and I am a wiser person and one step closer to becoming a pretty darn good lawyer.”

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Study locally, act globally

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Study locally, act globally

One of the things Alison Davis likes about working internationally is that it’s spontaneous—if you’re interested in getting experience abroad, you need to be flexible while trusting your instincts.

“Work just pops up,” says the third-year law student. “An organization might say, ‘We need somebody now, and you know the language and have the skills.’ A few weeks later, you’re doing the work.” The work Davis found herself performing this summer was consulting on an Ebola and Lassa fever prevention project in Benin. She’d traveled there to join her husband, who’s working in the West African country. Once on the ground, Davis put out feelers to local contacts and those she’d made earlier working for the Peace Corps and the United States government in Burkina Faso and Guinea. In short order, she had the job.

Davis and her colleagues focused on finding the best way to get border patrol agents, health care providers, and community leaders better prepared to quickly respond to health care emergencies in developing countries.

“It put into perspective the realities of global health security initiatives,” she explains. “People crossing the border who might have Ebola or Lassa fever could affect an entire country. It illustrates the urgency for countries to have an effective health care infrastructure because without it, entire villages can perish, and that can happen within months or even weeks.”

Protecting children’s rights

When her summer project ended, Davis wasn’t back at Loyola for very long before heading abroad again. In October, she traveled to Geneva with Katherine Kaufka Walts, the director of Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC), to present the center’s research on child labor trafficking to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

After applying for a University graduate student scholarship with CHRC during her second year of law school, Davis landed a position under Kaufka Walts’s supervision researching the treatment of trafficking victims when they serve as victim-witnesses in criminal justice proceedings. The research served as the foundation for one of several recommendations to the UN committee, which is how Davis came to participate in the closed, confidential presentation. Her role included fielding questions from committee members. “We weren’t just representing children, but also organizations and experts in the field whose research we included in our report— people who’ve been dedicating their lives to the issues we were able to speak on,” says Davis. “There’s a lot of weight to that.”

Kaufka Walts believes Davis’s experience was unique because it allowed Davis to participate in an event that included the world’s experts on children’s rights. “It’s an exceptional opportunity to work on the critical, cutting-edge issue of child trafficking,” she says. “It was also invaluable in that it involved interdisciplinary research, exposure, and engagement with professionals across various disciplines, such as lawyers and social workers, and across sectors, such as nongovernmental organizations, public entities, and faith-based organizations,” adds Kaufka Walts.

“I think it gave Alison a really comprehensive perspective. When it comes to applied, real-world experience, it’s important for students to understand how their work impacts people in the field.”

Role in a war crimes trial

Another student benefiting from hands-on international experience during the summer months was Teresa Dettloff. The 3L worked as a legal intern for UN prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands. There, she found herself doing research for the final trial brief in the case of Ratko Mladic, a former Serbian general accused of war crimes.

Dettloff was able to observe court proceedings, but the bulk of her work involved digging up research to support the prosecutors’ arguments in the nearly 2,000-page brief. She also worked on a witness credibility project, evaluating whether accounts of witnesses for the defense from the military and prominent families could be trusted. “Being part of a trial that big, I left feeling like I’d done something really important,” states Dettloff, who’d like to make a career of doing international work and finds the contacts she made invaluable. “I met people from all over the world with all types of backgrounds, including people who are prosecutors in their home jurisdictions but for the last six years have been working for this tribunal. It opens so many doors.”

How did Dettloff land that great gig? She tracked the UN’s online job postings for months. In the meantime, she built her credentials by working with Professor James Thuo Gathii, Loyola’s Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law, for whom she’d served as a research assistant since her first year of law school. She also worked closely with Professor John Dehn to draft a paper on various aspects of international military law.

“That was probably an important factor—to develop a writing sample tied to the potential job,” she says. “Professor Gathii also wrote me a letter of recommendation and connected me with other Loyola students who’d worked in this field.”

Dettloff has advice for other students with dreams of making a difference globally: Go for it. “I didn’t think I had a shot at getting this job,” she says. “Apply for jobs you’re interested in. The worst that could happen is that you don’t get the job.”

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Fall 2018 Applicants- Special Scholarship and Fellowship Deadline is Today

Our March 1 deadline for special scholarships and fellowships is today. Take a moment to review the list and apply!

  • The Kenneth Adreani Scholarship of the Joseph W. Bernstein Scholarship Fund: Through the generosity of the Feinberg Foundation, a scholarship has been established to assist a full-time entering JD law student.
  • Circle of Advocates Scholarship of the Joseph W. Bernstein Scholarship Fund: This fund was created in 2001 by the Circle of Advocates group to assist full-time JD students in pursuing their legal education. The criteria for the scholarship is that the student have achievements in the areas of debate moot court or mock trial and have demonstrated financial need.
  • Judge William J. Campbell Public Interest Scholarship: This $4,000 renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an entering full-time JD student with proven public interest experience.
  • Mark/Charlene Novak Scholarship: For a student showing achievements in their academic and extra-curricular activities, financial need, and being a member of a trade union, or the son/daughter of a member of a trade union.
  • Martin J. Healy, Jr. Scholarship: A scholarship for a full-time JD student who is the first in their family to receive a college degree.
  • Parrillo CPS Scholarship Fund: Given to an entering student who demonstrated exceptional academic performance. The recipient must also have attended a Chicago Public School for at least two years.
  • Child and Family Law Fellowship: Eight to ten fellowships are awarded annually to full-time entering JD students through a competitive selection process.
  • Health Law Fellowship: The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers fellowships to entering students who are interested in health law.
  • Intellectual Property Fellowship: In addition to a monetary scholarship received as IP fellows, recipients are admitted to the specialized IP Legal Writing Section; this provides students with the unusual opportunity to learn about IP during their first year of law school.
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