Juris Doctor

All JD students must complete the following requirements to graduate:

  • A minimum of six semesters in residence
  • 90 academic hours with at least a 2.0 or C average (see details below)
  • Eight skills curriculum credits
  • Satisfy all finanical obligations to the Law School and the University

As part of the 90 academic hours needed to graduate, JD students must complete the following:

Full Time Students

First Year

Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
LCIV L710—Conventional Obligations I or LCOM L700Contracts I
3
LCIV L711—Conventional Obligations II or LCOM L701—Contracts II
3
LAW L705—Torts I
3
LAW L710—Torts II
2
LAW L725—Civil Procedure I
3
LAW L730—Civil Procedure II
3
LCIV L706—Civil Law Property I or LCOM L705—Common Law Property I
3
LCIV L707—Civil Law Property II or LCOM L710—Common Law Property II
3
LAW L735—Criminal Law
2
LAW L765—Moot Court*
2
LAW L715—Legal Research and Writing
2
LAW L770—The Legal Profession
2
Total Hours
16
Total Hours
15

*Those students in the bottom quarter of the class after the first semester enroll in LAW L766 Principles of Legal Analysis instead of LAW L765 Moot Court. Those students enroll in Moot Court in the second semester of their junior year.

Second Year

Fall Semester Hours Spring semester Hours
LAW L750—Constitutional Law
4
LAW L740—Constitutional
Criminal Procedure
3
LCIV L715—Successions or
LCOM L715—Trusts and Estates
3
LAW L746—Introduction to Business Organizations
4
LAW L760—Evidence
3
LCIV L725—Sales and Leases
3
    LCIVL920 Louisiana Donations and Trust 3
Elective or Civil Law “Pool” Courses
5 or 6
Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses
5 or 6
Total Hours
15 or 16
Total Hours
15 or 16

Third Year

Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
LAW L781—Law and Poverty
2
Electives
14 to 16
Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses
14 to 16
   
Total Hours      

Civil law students must also take at least one of the three “pool” courses listed below. These are:

Course Hours
LCIV L900 Civil Law of Persons 3
LCIV L930 Community Property 3
LCIV L940 Security Rights 3

As a matter of sequencing, we recommend that Civil Law of Persons and/or Louisiana Donations and Trusts be taken in the second year and that Community Property and/or Security Rights be taken in the third year.

In addition to the required and “pool” courses listed above, students must take one of six courses emphasizing philosophical or historical perspectives on law and a course satisfying the writing requirement. These courses and the courses that satisfy the writing requirement are set forth in the Writing Requirement and Perspectives sections. Furthermore, students must satisfy the requirements of the skills training program in order to graduate. All freshman students are required to schedule and complete the full academic load listed for their respective curricula during the first year of study.

Students are cautioned to register for required courses in the years and semesters listed on this and the following page. Failing to do so may create a scheduling conflict in a subsequent semester which could delay graduation.

For those students entering Loyola from the fall of 2010 onward and who are in the bottom quarter of their class after the first year, the following additional courses are required:

Civil Law:

LCIVL921 Louisiana Secured Transactions
LCIVL940 Security Rights

Common Law:

LCOML920 Commercial Transactions
LCOML921 Secured Transactions

For those students entering Loyola from the fall of 2010 onward and who are in the bottom quarter of their class after the junior year, they must enroll in LAW L767 Consolidated Legal Analysis in their senior year.

Part Time Students

First Year

Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
LCIV L710—Conventional Obligations I
3
LCIV L711—Conventional Obligations II
3
LAW L705—Torts I
3
LAW L710—Torts II
2
LCIV L706—Civil Law Property I
3
LAW L765—Moot Court*
2
LAW L715—Legal Research and Writing
2
LCIV L707—Civil Law Property II
3
Total Hours
11
Total Hours
10

*Those students in the bottom quarter of the class after the first semester enroll in LAW L766 Principles of Legal Analysis instead of LAW L765 Moot Court. Those students enroll in Moot Court in the second semester of their sophomore year.

Second and Third Year

Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
LAW L750—Constitutional Law 4 LAW L740—Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3
LCIVL715—Succcessions 3 LCIVL725—Sales and Leases 3

LAW L735—Criminal Law

2 LCIVL920—Louisiana Donations and Trust

LAW L770—The Legal Profession* (Second Year) or

Elective (Third Year)

 

 

2

Electives or Civil Law "Pool" Courses 4 or 5
Total Hours 11 Total Hours 10 or 11

Second and Third Year

Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
LAW L760—Evidence 3 LAW L746—Introduction to Business Organizations 4
LAW L725—Civil Procedure I 3 LAW L730—Civil Procedure II 3

LAW L770—The Legal Profession* (Second Year)

2 Elective 3 or 4
Elective or
Civil Law "Pool" Courses
3 or 5    
Total Hours 11 or 12 Total Hours 10 or 11

*LAW L770, The Legal Profession, offered each year, must be taken by second-year students. The other second-year courses alternate from one year to the next.

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
Electives or Civil Law “Pool”
Courses
11 LAW L781—Law and Poverty 2
    Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses 9
Total Hours 11 Total Hours 11

To earn the 90 credit hours required for graduation, students in the part-time curriculum must earn additional hours by attending summer sessions or by obtaining permission to schedule more than 12 hours during fall or spring semesters.

Civil law students must also take at least one of the three “pool” courses listed below. These are:

LCIV L900 Civil Law of Persons
LCIV L930 Community Property
LCIV L940 Security Rights
3 hrs.
3 hrs.
3 hrs.

As a matter of sequencing, we recommend that Civil Law of Persons and/or Louisiana Donations and Trusts be taken in the second year and that Community Property and/or Security Rights be taken in the third year.

In addition to the required and “pool” courses listed above, students must take one of six courses emphasizing philosophical or historical perspectives on law and a course satisfying the writing requirement. These courses and the courses that satisfy the writing requirement are found below.  Furthermore, students must satisfy the requirements of the skills training program in order to graduate. All freshman students are required to schedule and complete the full academic load listed for their respective curricula during the first year of study.

Students are cautioned to register for required courses in the years and semesters listed in this bulletin. Failing to do so may create a scheduling conflict in a subsequent semester which could delay graduation.

For those students entering Loyola from the fall of 2010 onward and who are in the bottom quarter of their class after the first year, LCIVL940 Security Rights is also required.

For those students entering Loyola from the fall of 2010 onward and who are in the bottom quarter of their class after the junior year, they must enroll in LAW L767 Consolidated Legal Analysis in their senior year.

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