FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
School of Law
Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago Adopts Enhanced Real-World Training for Law Students
Every Law Student Will Benefit from Multiple Skills-Oriented Learning Experiences
CHICAGO, December 17, 2013—Loyola University Chicago has adopted a new model curriculum to provide an opportunity for every law student to gain valuable work experience in a professional legal setting under the supervision of a lawyer or judge before graduation.
Beginning in 2014, all students enrolled at the School of Law will complete at least two experiential learning opportunities during their legal education. Students must complete at least one live client clinical course or an externship. The second part of the requirement may be satisfied by another clinic or externship, or by enrolling in a simulation-based class.
“With this development in our experiential learning programming, we can ensure that every law student at Loyola will receive real-world training under appropriate supervision,” said David Yellen, dean of the School of Law. “Legal education is moving towards the medical school model of rigorous hands-on training. We are not quite there yet, but we are establishing this important baseline so that each of our students will gain real-life lawyering experiences that will help prepare them for the practice of law.”
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for more than 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, public interest law, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, business law, child and family law, health law, rule of law for development, and tax law. In addition, the school offers the online Master of Jurisprudence for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, and health law, as well as two doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw).
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.