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What will I learn?

There's more to a legal education than mastering “black letter” law.

LOYOLA'S JURIS DOCTOR (JD) PROGRAM combines the academic rigor you expect with the practical experience you'll need to rise above the competition. Working with our nationally-recognized faculty, you'll learn to effectively apply the law to real-world scenarios. As a Loyola graduate, you'll be prepared for practice from day one, ready to meet (and exceed) the demands of prospective clients and employers.


Upon graduation with a JD degree from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to commence the ethical practice of law:


You will be proficient in substantive and procedural law, including the influence of the administrative state, political institutions, and other academic disciplines.


You will be able to:

  • Utilize skills derived from participation in supervised live-client experiences, externships, or litigation and transactional practice simulations, such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, fact development and analysis, problem solving, design thinking, trial practice, document drafting, and collaborative work
  • Determine your clients' needs and objectives
  • Determine relevant facts and understand their relevance to your client's legal position
  • Conduct legal research
  • Analyze and apply relevant legal principles
  • Find solutions to legal problems
  • Communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing


You will have a solid foundation that will prepare you to use your knowledge and skills to promote truth, justice, and the rule of law. You will be able to:

  • Integrate professional values
  • Exercise ethically responsible judgment in your legal practice and your work within the legal system
  • Understand the rules, ethics, and values of the legal profession, such as honesty, civility and work-ethic
  • Know the significance of a commitment to your clients and to the legal system
  • Understand the importance of using your knowledge and skills in the service to those less fortunate and in need of legal assistance

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (86 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$50,690.00 per year
USD $25,345 per semester for 12 to 17 hours
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


School of Law

Corboy Law Center,

25 E. Pearson,



60611, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The Graduate School welcomes applications from international students who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.

For international students

All candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or the foreign equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling. All undergraduate majors are eligible to apply.

English language requirements:

  • The command of the English language, both written and spoken is critical for success in law school, the suggested TOEFL score for Loyola University Chicago School of Law is 650, if the test is taken in the paper form; 280, if it is taken via computer; and, 114, if it is taken in the new iBT version. Consideration of other factors in each application for admission may allow the committee to deviate from this recommend set of scores. The results of the TOEFL must come directly from ETS (the administrator of the TOEFL).
  • 9. The IELTS Academic test may be substituted for the TOEFL examination on a case by case basis. The minimum score for consideration is 7 for the JD program.

MARCH 1: Priority application deadline
MAY 1: Final application deadline

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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