Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Established 1908
School type Private
Dean Michael J. Kaufman (Interim)
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
41°53′50″N 87°37′38″W / 41.8973°N 87.6271°W / 41.8973; -87.6271Coordinates: 41°53′50″N 87°37′38″W / 41.8973°N 87.6271°W / 41.8973; -87.6271
Enrollment 869
USNWR ranking 72nd (U.S. News Rankings 2016)
Website www.luc.edu/law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the law school of the Loyola University Chicago, in Illinois. Established in 1909, by the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic order of the Jesuits, the School of Law is located in downtown Chicago. Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers degrees and combined degree programs, including the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.). Loyola University Chicago and its Water Tower campus also holds art exhibitions and other cultural events.

Admission to Loyola is somewhat competitive. The school has a 54% acceptance rate.[1] The Fall 2015 entering class had a GPA range of 25th% = 3.07, 50th% = 3.34, 75th% = 3.55, and a LSAT range of 25th% = 155, 50th% = 158, 75th% = 160.[2] The July 2015 Illinois Bar Exam pass rate for first-time test takers was 80%.[3] The US News Rankings 2016 ranked Loyola 72nd out of 205 ABA approved law schools.

According to Loyola's 2015 ABA-required disclosures, 50.9% of the Class of 2015 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage required employment ten months after graduation.[4]


There are fourteen major degree programs offered at the School of Law: doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.), master of laws (LL.M.) in either business law, child and family law, health law or tax law. Students may pursue a master of jurisprudence (M.J.) in either business law, child and family law or health law. There are two major doctoral degrees: doctor of juridical sciences in health law and policy (S.J.D.) which is the highest degree any attorney may obtain in the United States and the doctor of laws (D.Law). Dual degree programs are offered with the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work (J.D./M.S.W. and M.J./M.S.W.), Department of Political Science (J.D./M.A.), Graduate School of Education (J.D./M.A. in International Comparative Law and Education) and the Graduate School of Business (J.D./M.B.A.).


According to Loyola's official 2015 ABA-required disclosures, 50.9% of the Class of 2015 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage required employment ten months after graduation.[4] Loyola's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 29.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2015 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job ten months after graduation.[5]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Loyola for the 2014-2015 academic year is $68,026.[6] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $237,478.[7]

Student body

The School of Law currently occupies the Corboy Law Center at 25 East Pearson Street. The Law School previously occupied Maguire Hall, at One East Pearson, but switched buildings with the Loyola University School of Business Administration in the fall of 2005. Each day, its student body of over 1,000 congregates at the Water Tower Campus to receive instruction from full-time and part-time professors, who are the leading jurists of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. Students are involved in over thirty student organizations and six distinguished law publications: Annals of Health Law, Children’s Legal Rights Journal, Consumer Law Review, International Law Review, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and Public Interest Law Reporter.


From July 2005 until May 2016, David N. Yellen served as Dean and Professor of Law. His tenure as Dean ended at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, when he became President of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Having previously served as the dean of Hofstra University School of Law, Dean Yellen previously taught at Villanova University and Cornell Law School. He was also counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Upon Dean Yellen's departure from the School of Law, esteemed Loyola Law Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Michael J. Kaufman assumed the role of interim Dean.

The Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition

In 1993, the APA Law Student Association of the South Texas College of Law founded the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition. The competition is administered by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA") Law Foundation and the NAPABA Judicial Council. Judge Thomas Tang was a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys and an ardent supporter of NAPABA and the moot court competition. This moot court competition was established to continue Judge Tang's legacy. From 1977 until his death in 1995, he served on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The format of the competition divides the country into six regions: central, northeast, southeast, southwest, west, and northwest. The top two teams from each region advance to the national competition that is held simultaneously with the NAPABA National Convention. The convention sites have included, but are not limited to Hawaii, New York City, Scottsdale, Arizona, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, Georgia, Dallas, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Notable alumni


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  2. "Admission FAQ: Loyola University Chicago". Loyola University Chicago - School of Law - JD Admissions. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  3. http://luc.edu/media/lucedu/law/admission/admittedstudents/pdfs/2015-2016%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
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  12. Schwieterman, Joseph P.; Caspall, Dana M.; Heron, Jane (2006-01-01). The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago. Lake Claremont Press. ISBN 9781893121263.
  13. Tajanko, Darius. "Board of Commissioners of Cook County - File #: 14-0179". cook-county.legistar.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.

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