On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

Next week is one of our busiest weeks on the road. We will have three different admissions staff members out meeting with students in the Midwest and Upstate New York. We will be splitting the blog post up in two parts by region. You can always see a full list of events for the rest of 2017 by viewing our 2017-2018 Recruitment Calendar on our website. 

First, up our we will be heading to some of our Midwest favorites next week.

Bascom Hill. On, Wisconsin!

Wisconsin Law School Expo
Monday, September 25, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Union South, Varsity Hall (2nd Floor)
1308 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715

Memorial Union, UW-Madison

Iowa Law Expo
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge
125 N Madison St
Iowa City, IA 52245

The Illinois Fighting Illini

University of Illinois Law School Fair
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Illini Union
Illini Rooms A, B and C and the South Lounge
1401 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801

Indiana University Law Day**
Thursday, September 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Memorial Union
Indiana University, 900 E 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
**Dean Bloomquist will be on Insiders’ Guide to Law School Admissions Panel from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM in Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union.

University of Michigan Law Day
Friday, September 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Michigan Union, 2nd floor
530 S State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow!
The JD Admission Staff

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On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

Toronto Skyline

We would like to invite you to visit our table at the LSAC Toronto Forum on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto ON, Canada M5V 1J9. We will be at Table #304. Loyola will have both a JD and LLM representative at our table.

There is no admission fee to attend LSAC forums. If you have not done so, you will need to register.

In addition to chatting with law schools. There are workshops for students to attend also, a full schedule is listed below.

Workshop Schedule
11:00 am–noon Diversity Information Panel
noon–1:00 pm   Forum 101 & The Application Process
1:00 pm–2:00 pm Canadian Lawyers Pursuing Graduate Studies in North America
2:00 pm–3:00 pm National Committee on Accreditation Workshop
3:00 pm–4:00 pm About the LSAT
4:00 pm–5:00 pm Diversity Information Panel
5:00 pm–6:00 pm What Do Lawyers Do?

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On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

Alaska! Loyola University Chicago School of Law will be at WCC Alaska Law Fairs this year. We hope to see you at either of the events below.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
11:00am – 2:00pm
Wood Center
505 S Chandelar Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775

University of Alaska Anchorage 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
11:00am – 2:00pm
UAA Student Union
3211 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508

We will also be in Washington DC at the end of the week.

Mid-Atlantic Pre-Law Conference
Friday, September 15, 2017
Registration: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Tips on Writing Compelling Personal Statements: 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
The Life of a Law Student: 11:00 a.m. -1 1:50 a.m.
Navigating the Admissions Process: 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Networking Mixer: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Law Fair: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m .
Armour J. Blackburn University Center
Howard University
2397 6th St NW
Washington DC, 20059

We are looking forward to all events and cannot wait to meet you.

The JD Admission Staff

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On the Road Again || The JD Admission Staff

Every fall Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s JD Admission staff travels all over the United States meeting with prospective students interested in attending law school. Our first events this fall are the University of Kansas Law Day, MINK Law Day, & Kansas State University Law Fair. Not from Kansas? Our 2017-2018 Recruitment Calendar is updated and includes all the law fairs and forums we will be attending for the rest of 2017. Check it out and see when we will be near you!

Kansas State University

The details for all events next week are below:

KU Pre-Law Day
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kansas Union Ballroom, 5th Floor
Lawrence, KS 66045

MINK Law Day
Thursday, September 07, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66211

Kansas State University Law Fair
Friday, September 08, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
K-State Student Union
918 North 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our law school, the curriculum, the student population, the city of Chicago, specialty areas, etc., as well as questions about the admission process.

We look forward to meeting you!

The JD Admission Staff

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Loyola law: A next step for many educators

In a list of emerging authorities in education law, Loyola University Chicago’s Education Law and Policy Institute—a component of the law school’s nationally regarded Civitas ChildLaw Center—would be front and center.

“I think there’s increasing recognition that we’re a go-to place for curriculum and resources on education law,” says Miranda Johnson, the institute’s director.

Olive Collins

That’s true for Olive Collins, a first-year student who pursued law school after teaching elementary school students for nine years, starting in the Los Angeles area and then in Oak Park, Illinois. She left teaching because the administrative and testing burdens were making her and her students fall out of love with school.

“I looked at several Chicago law schools, as well as some schools in California,” explains Collins, who plans a new career in education law or policy. “Instantly, I had this feeling Loyola was the right place.

“Few schools have a focus on child law, and then there was this education law component,” Collins continues. “When I was introduced to Miranda Johnson and Michael Kaufman, now dean of the School of Law, things came into focus. The faculty is so well connected that I thought they’d be really helpful when I was looking for a job. Those two things together made it a no-brainer.”

A recognized leader

The School of Law has long been at the forefront of programs related to children’s law and policy. “The ChildLaw Center goes back nearly 25 years, and addressing the legal needs of children in poverty is central to its mission,” says Johnson. “The center’s work has focused on child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law, and over the past 10 years, there’s been a recognition that children’s educational needs should also be part of the overall emphasis.”

The Education Law and Policy Institute was launched in 2006 to address those needs. “The institute provides a means to connect the ChildLaw Center’s work on education with its other initiatives involving direct representation of children and policy reforms that benefit children,” says Johnson.

Since it opened, the institute has drawn more and more attention from students and the broader education law community. “Students’ interest in working on education issues stems in part from the increased visibility of education law within the center’s programming,” says Johnson.

The most visible programming event may be Loyola’s “Education Law: A Year in Review,” which was held for the fourth straight year in June. The half-day symposium on education law draws about 125 students, practitioners, and other stakeholders in the field.

Three years ago, the institute also supported law students’ creation of a project focused on reducing school suspensions and expulsions—and their adverse impacts on vulnerable students. The ChildLaw Clinic had already been providing representation to students and parents in school expulsion and special education cases.

“But there were no attorneys in Chicago consistently representing students who had been suspended,” says Johnson. “When a student is suspended, it’s a time to address concerns proactively, before the student faces expulsion. Our law students recognized that gap, and they’ve now served more than 40 families with children who’ve been suspended.”

Educators are responding

Loyola has a track record of attracting former teachers with an interest in studying law. “Many former teachers pursue child law and education law coursework,” Johnson says, “with the aim of having careers in education law or working on education policy when they leave.”

John Anders

That’s true not just for Collins but for many other students as well. John Anders, a second-year, part-time student, chose Loyola because it’s the only school in the area that offers extensive courses in education law—and it allows him to continue teaching in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood while he pursues his law degree.

Cassandra Black has been the director of student services at Mount Prospect District 57 for the past five years and previously was a middle school assistant principal and school psychologist. In her current role, she oversees the district’s special education services, social emotional learning, and health services and works as the district’s homeless liaison.

“When I worked in high schools, I started to see that not all students loved school the way I did; they didn’t feel academically or socially successful,” says Black. “I became very interested in making school a place where students felt successful and connected. I also started looking at how I could make systematic change in our schools. By focusing on education law, I’ll have an even greater opportunity to work with school districts on policies and procedures that support best practices.”

These educators can help significantly shape children’s futures, Johnson says. “Teachers and other educators have a unique insight into issues related to children, poverty, and educational policy,” she says. “I think they’re attracted to Loyola because of its commitment to social justice and its outstanding national reputation in children’s law and policy. Loyola’s niche in education law and policy is quite distinct from what other institutions are able to offer.”

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Loyola grad lands prestigious fellowship

After sitting for the Illinois bar exam in July, Loyola University Chicago law graduate Louis Gomes (BA ’14, JD ’17) will travel to Africa and Europe to spend time with family and celebrate the completion of law school before he embarks on a new journey—the practice of law. In late August, Gomes, who came to Loyola as an undergraduate from Paris, France, will return to Chicago to begin a prestigious legal fellowship with GE Transportation, a division of the General Electric Company.

Each year the GE Transportation Diversity & Inclusion Legal Fellowship Program offers a 3L from a Chicago-area law school a unique, one-year paid post-graduation position that involves learning from and working with the GE Transportation legal team, which is comprised of approximately 40 attorneys globally.  Work opportunities include training from both GE and the five major Chicago law firms that have partnered with GE Transportation to support the Program, as well as substantive legal work for a global business in a variety of areas including commercial transactions, software, litigation, labor & employment, and compliance. If the fellow performs successfully, he or she has the opportunity to interview with the five partner firms for an associate position that commences after the fellowship ends.

“We are thrilled that the fellowship is providing meaningful opportunities to diverse law students, while also providing advantages to both the GE Transportation legal team and the law firm pipeline.  We are very excited to have Louis join us at the end of the summer,” says Linda L. Miller (JD ’91), Global Chief Litigation & Product Safety Counsel for GE Transportation, who will work closely with Gomes.

Gomes is the third Chicago law graduate, and the first from Loyola, to receive the highly competitive GE Transportation fellowship. The first two post-graduate fellows received multiple offers for permanent placement at top Chicago law firms. The first fellow joined Sidley & Austin as an associate, and the second will begin at Jones Day this fall.

“I am very excited to start working with GE Transportation in the fall. The fellowship appropriately reflects GE’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive global work environment—the perfect place to begin my legal career,” says Gomes.

The program is open to current third-year law students in Chicago who are in good academic standing. Strong consideration will be given to applicants who can add to the diversity of thought within the GE Transportation legal department. For more information, contact Loyola’s Office of Career Services.

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Student Spotlight: Andrea Calvert, Intellectual Property

I entered Loyola in the Fall of 2015 with one goal: pursue IP law to protect companies in the fashion and luxury goods industry. At the time, I was aware that I was hardly the cookie cutter law student. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, I studied English and Art History, and I channeled my energy into gaining practical work experience. I wrote press releases and marketing material for companies in the luxury bridal industry, assuming that upon graduation, I would continue to shape my career around these particular experiences.

However, two months following graduation from the University of Michigan, I re-examined my passions, strengths, and options. While I continued to be fascinated by the fashion and luxury goods industry, I wanted a more comprehensive understanding of the industry, and I craved a solution-based position. With the rise in gray market and counterfeit goods, along with “legal” copies of designs, I saw many talented designers struggle to protect the fruit of their labor. I didn’t just want to write about it – I wanted to change it. Writing helped shape brand identity and brought awareness to certain issues, but I shifted gears and sought protection of the industry instead. I applied and was hired as a legal assistant for a metro-Detroit based Intellectual Property law firm. My work there introduced me to the strategic world of brand protection. Everything seemed to click, as I discovered how copyrights, trademarks, and design patents were essential to protect brand images I helped to create in my previous positions.

While I could have targeted the heart of the fashion industry in New York or Los Angeles, or selected a school whose sole purpose was to churn out IP attorneys, I focused my sights on Chicago. I chose Loyola for the unique offering of courses and experiences tailored to develop practical skills, the passionate professors who are willing to help each student develop their own unique story, and the impressive network of alumni whose enthusiasm is fueled by the drive and success of current students.

Loyola offers three exceptionally invaluable IP courses – the IP legal writing course (1L), Professor Ho’s IP Survey course (2L), and the IP Colloquium (2L or 3L). 1L schedules are, for the most part, identical to that of the students sitting to your left and to your right. In applying for post-1L summer jobs, the IP legal writing course provided me with a writing sample that was unique; it was tailored to issues relevant to IP practitioners. This writing sample was a particular point of interest when I interviewed for a 1L summer position at Jockey International, Inc.. The fact that I had coursework that was specifically geared towards IP (and Career Services’ quick responses in looking over my application!) helped me land an in-house legal internship at Jockey that continued as a part-time position into 2L.

During 2L, Professor Ho’s IP survey course (Fall 2016) not only provided me with additional tools to assist in my position at Jockey, but also provided the necessary foundation for the school’s IP Colloquium (Spring 2017). The IP Colloquium enables students to think outside the box. We read academic papers and were given free reign to question renowned IP scholars as they presented us with their own observations and innovative perspectives on issues surrounding IP.

In addition to unique course offerings, Loyola sets itself apart in its ability to develop each student’s personal “story” through opportunities for practical experience, and extends a network of alumni that is willing to invest in the next generation of law students. Professor Ho, Director of Loyola’s IP program, encourages student-alumni interaction through IP networking events hosted at Loyola, and also dedicates her time to connect students to outside events they might be interested in.

Prospective students should understand that Loyola’s IP Department is fueled by passionate, knowledgeable professors who will challenge you intellectually, know you by name, sit down and engage in genuine conversation that runs well past your meeting time, and are willing to connect you to their professional network at the drop of a hat. The passion of Loyola’s professors is what keeps students motivated and focused on their end goals when they’re blinded by the stress of finals, learning how to juggle schoolwork, or overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of their to-do lists. Loyola provides the resources needed for a successful career in IP and more. I am greatly looking forward to leveraging these skills as part of my Summer Associate position at an IP firm in downtown Chicago this summer, one that focuses on clients in the fashion, travel and luxury goods industries.

If you have any questions about Loyola, please feel free to email me at acalvert2@luc.edu.

Andrea Calvert

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Loyola Offers a JD/MEd in Law & Education Policy

Loyola’s School of Law and School of Education are now offering a dual JD/MEd in Law and Education Policy.  This dual degree program provides students with skills and training in both the law and domestic education policy issues.  The program brings together Loyola’s expertise in education policy studies with its specialized expertise in education law and the legal rights of children. More information on the JD/MEd is available here

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School of Law Faculty Blogs – Cynthia Ho

Professor Cynthia Ho’s blog “Inside Views: TRIPS Flexibilities Under Threat From Investment Disputes: A Closer Look At Canada’s “Win” Against Eli Lilly” was posted last week on Intellectual Property Watch. It was reposted this week on TechDirt and has made quite an impact on social media.

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Student Spotlight: Tagen Vaughn, Weekend JD


Tagen Vaughn
Sheboygan Falls, WI

BA in Communications
University of Colorado at Boulder

Sr. Manager of Contracts and Legal Operations at Sargento Foods Inc.

Why did you decide to attend Loyola’s Weekend JD program?
I have wanted to pursue a JD in order to grow in my career, but working full time and being a wife and a mom to two young children made it seem almost impossible.  When I found the Weekend JD program at Loyola, I was thrilled.  The program is manageable with my busy schedule, and Loyola is a highly respected university with a very good reputation.

What do you like best about the program?
Honestly, it is hard to say.  I have had such an amazing experience so far.  It is obvious that a lot of time and effort went into the development of this program.  It is extremely organized and the professors are top notch.  The classes are long, but they keep me interested; I actually find myself looking forward to the next class.

What do you plan to do with your law degree?
My goal is to be a general counsel for an organization.

What advice can you give prospective students interested in applying to Loyola’s Weekend JD program?
Be brave and go for it!  There is a tremendous amount of support at Loyola.  From the deans to the professors, to my classmates—I feel like there is a strong community here that will help me achieve my goal in spite of all of the other things I am juggling in life!

In five words or less, describe Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Academic excellence surrounded by community

Additional information
I love spending time with my family.  My husband and I and our two boys (ages 4 and 6) are always on the go trying new things.  I thoroughly enjoy cooking and photography, and I hope someday to publish a children’s book for my boys.



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