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Loyola University New Orleans School of Law ranks in the top 20 public interest law schools in the country

Loyola press release - July 17, 2001

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans School of Law was ranked as one of the top 20 public interest law schools nationwide, according to a study by the National Jurist magazine. Loyola was the only school in the Deep South to make the list.

The National Jurist, the widest-circulated publication for law students, selected for its January 2001 issue the 20 universities that are leading to improve public interest law offerings. Loyola achieved a higher ranking than all other law schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina. Others on the list include Yale, Harvard, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Columbia and several other Catholic schools.

The National Jurist examined four areas to develop the ranking: financial support or loan forgiveness for students who pursue public interests careers; institutional support in the value of public interest law; the school’s efforts to develop students skills and experience; and efforts to place students in public interest jobs after graduation.

According to William Quigley, director of Loyola’s Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and the Loyola Law Clinic, Loyola offers several initiatives to encourage students to concentrate on careers in public service. Chief among those is a loan forgiveness program for graduates who earn $40,000 or less. The school’s public interest summer internship program, poverty law/pro bono requirement, and selection of a student pro bono coordinator were particular elements that led to Loyola’s high ranking in the survey.

"Loyola law school has demonstrated a steadily increasing commitment to public service which is consistent with the philosophy of Jesuit education. This is a great honor for Loyola and helps us show that our mission of excellence in education and service is really meaningful," Quigley emphasized.