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Two Nights a Week, Four Years to Graduation

By Loyola University on Wed, 06/08/2022 - 09:06

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law streamlines schedules for students in its Evening Law Program, as a way of helping post-traditional students change and adapt new careers

(New Orleans, La. – June 7, 2022) Post-pandemic, Loyola University News Orleans continues to make getting a law degree more doable for working adults and parents. In their latest move to widen opportunities for the post-traditional market, the College of Law makes it simpler for working adults to attend the Evening Law program – and graduate in four years.

“Driving this change is our desire to make this part-time program workable for more people to pursue their law degrees - while maintaining the academic excellence of a Jesuit education,” said Dean Madeleine Landrieu, J.D. ’88, H ‘05. “Loyola Law began as an evening program that provided opportunities for working individuals and traditional students to pursue a professional law degree. This program is part of our mission.”

Starting this fall, students in the Evening Law program will come to campus two nights a week for three courses a semester, with an additional 90 minutes of asynchronous (online) courses.  They will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings spring and fall. To complete the program within the prescribed four years, students are also expected to attend two classes each summer.

“Students can enjoy maximum flexibility without sacrificing the academic rigor and personalized attention we’re proud to offer every Loyola student,” said Kimberly Jones, Associate Dean of Law Admissions, outlining the benefits of the Evening Law program:

  • Earn your J.D. in four years on a part-time schedule 
  • In-person learning only twice a week in the evenings
  • Asynchronous online courses available over the summer 
  • Career services and academic support for evening students 

The change is just one more way that the College of Law is expanding opportunities for post-traditional students hoping to change careers, Jones said.  Last spring, the College of Law became the first law school in Louisiana to accept both GRE scores and LSAT scores, expanding opportunities to applicants from diverse backgrounds - from banking,  finance, healthcare, journalism, the sciences, engineering, and more - who may want to return to school to earn their JD.

Evening students will pursue a similar curriculum to that of day students, including skills classes and experiential coursework, and enjoy academic advising, career services, and social events designed to create a sense of community and connection, she said. Loyola Law graduates earn a juris doctor, the educational credential needed to qualify for the bar in any state. 

Like day students, they will have the opportunity to participate in Law Review and other law journals, as well as the Trial Advocacy Program and other programs in the Advocacy Center, student organizations and more. Scholarships are available.

The deadline to apply for the Evening Law program this fall is August 1. For more information, contact the Office of Law Admissions at ladmit@loyno.edu or 504-861-5575 or use this QR CODE to visit the university website.