Certificates in Civil Law and Common Law

The College of Law offers a program granting a Certificate in Civil Law and a Certificate in Common Law. This unique certification program is based upon Loyola’s dual common law and civil law curricula and encourages substantial study of the two dominant Western legal systems. A student choosing to complete the requirements for the certificate acquire an understanding of the conceptual framework of each legal system. In an era of increasing recognition of the international marketplace, an individual with this understanding is well-equipped to deal with legal issues from the perspective of the two legal systems that prevail throughout much of the world.

Students who desire to obtain either certificate should notify the assistant dean of admissions no later than May of their first year.

Certificate in Civil Law—Requirements for Common Law Students

Common law students are eligible to receive the Certificate in Civil Law Studies at graduation upon the successful completion of all requirements for common law students plus three additional courses:

Course Hours
LCIV L706 Civil Law Property I 3 hrs.
LCIV L710 Conventional Obligations I 3 hrs.

One of the following courses:

LCIV L715 Successions
LCIV L725 Sales and Leases
LCIV L900 Civil Law of Persons
LCIV L920 Louisiana Donations and Trusts
LCIV L930 Community Property
LCIV L940 Security Rights

 

3 hrs.
3 hrs.
3 hrs.
3 hrs.
3 hrs.
3 hrs.

In addition, in order to be eligible to receive the certificate, a student must satisfy the “Perspective Course” requirement by taking Western Legal Tradition (3 hrs.—LAW L803), Comparative Law (3 hrs.—LAW L881), Comparative Law Seminar (3 hrs.—LAW L816), or Comparative Legal Systems (3 hrs.—LAW G814).

Certificate in Common Law—Requirements for Civil Law Students

Civil law students are eligible to receive the Certificate in Common Law Studies at graduation upon the successful completion of all requirements for civil law students plus three additional courses:

Course Hours
LCOM L710 Common Law Property II 3 hrs
LCOM L920 Commercial Transactions 3 hrs.

One of the following courses:

LCOM L701 Contracts II
LCOM L705 Common Law Property I
LCOM L715 Trusts and Estates
LCOM L921 Secured Transactions

 

3 hrs.
3 hrs.
3 hrs.
            3 hrs.

In addition, in order to be eligible to receive the certificate, a student must satisfy the “Perspective Course” requirement by taking Western Legal Tradition (3 hrs.—LAW L803), Comparative Law (3 hrs.—LAW L881), Comparative Law Seminar (3 hrs.—LAW L816), or Comparative Legal Systems (3 hrs.—LAW G814). 

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