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Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Loyola University Chicago to Offer Innovative
Weekend JD Program

Combining a Flexible Blend of Classroom and Online Learning
for Busy Professionals

CHICAGO, December 7, 2015 Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law has redesigned its part-time Juris Doctor (JD) degree program to provide a more flexible weekend format, consisting of classes over 14 weekends a year that mix campus-based and online learning.

The new program, which will be offered beginning fall 2016, addresses the demands of today’s busy professionals, whose work and family circumstances might otherwise preclude them from pursuing a law degree. Students will receive Loyola’s rigorous, high-quality legal education in courses that meet on seven weekends each semester, rather than in the evenings. Up to one-third of the instruction in each course will be taught through distance learning, which will allow the reduced in-class time to be used more creatively.

“Combining an outstanding weekend experience with online learning is an ideal format that will make law school more convenient and accessible to students who work,” says David N. Yellen, dean of the School of Law. “While different in structure than our full-time JD program, the new program will be every bit as excellent, and will benefit a broader and more geographically diverse group of aspiring lawyers who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend law school.”

With seven online degree programs, Loyola has become the top law school in the country for online legal education. The weekend JD program will feature the same curriculum and faculty as the full-time program. Students will gain hands-on training by completing the school’s experiential learning requirement, and will have opportunities to participate in student-run journals and organizations, and special weekend programming. In addition, students will receive individual academic support and career counseling from the law school administration and be exposed to Loyola’s strong alumni network of more than 11,000 JD graduates.

Loyola’s Water Tower Campus is located off North Michigan Avenue in the heart of the city, which gives students access to many government agencies, law firms, and recognized experts in the legal field. It is also steps from some of Chicago’s best shopping, dining, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

Applications for fall 2016 enrollment in the new weekend JD program are now being accepted. To learn more, visit LUC.edu/WeekendJD.

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, child and family law, rule of law for development, tax law, and international law for foreign lawyers, as well as online programs in business, global competition law, and health law. In addition, the school offers online Master of Jurisprudence programs for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, health law, and global competition law. The school also offers two on-campus doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw). To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/law or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaLaw.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates 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 11 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, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 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.




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