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College of Law announces reorganization

November 11, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law is reorganizing two of its offices to allow students more opportunities to work beyond the classroom setting and gain practical, hands-on experience.

The Office of Career Services will be renamed the Career Development and Law Practice Center, and the Office of Law Skills will now be known as the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning. Within the new structure, skills and practical experience that second- and third-year law students are learning will begin to be incorporated into the new departments’ curricula and offerings for all law students, including first-year law students.

These changes, effective immediately, will reflect an experiential-based curriculum and will work in conjunction with the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, which allows law students the opportunity to represent indigent clients under the supervision of experienced attorneys. With these changes, all law students will be able to take advantage of experience-based opportunities to learn and find legal employment.

The recent opening of the new College of Law Broadway Building, which houses the Law Clinic and the Career Development and Law Practice Center, served as a catalyst for the college to make changes to provide all students the ability to gain practical knowledge and hands-on legal experience. Dean María Pabón López, J.D., said it is imperative in the ever-changing and competitive world of law, that students gain this experience and first-hand exposure so that they have a closer understanding of their clients and the issues affecting them.

“The need for these two areas of the College of Law to be more responsible for the educational growth and outcome of law students at Loyola has never been more essential,” said López. “I am grateful to the staff that has brought us to this point and now believe that changes to these departments will serve as an important step in the clinical and academic success of our graduates. This transition will now allow everyone to be on the same page working towards a common goal of preparing students for a career in law based on first-hand experiential learning.”

With these changes, López has announced the appointment of Stephanie Jumonville, J.D. '86, current associate dean of students in the College of Law, to serve as interim director of the Career Development and Law Practice Center, and Laila Hlass, J.D., staff attorney in the law clinic, to serve as interim director of the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning. A national search for permanent directors for each department has begun.

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