Juris Doctor

All J.D. students must complete the following requirements to graduate:

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

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

For a comprehensive list of courses to graduate, please visit the Academic Affairs website for graduation self-audit forms

 

Full Time Students

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.

First Year (Required Classes in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LCIV L710 — Conventional Obligations I
or
LCOM L700 Contracts I

3

LCIV L711 — Conventional Obligations II
or
LCOM L701 — Contracts II

3

LAW L705 — Torts I

3

LCIV L706 — Civil Law Property
or
LCOM L705 — Common Law Property

4

LAW L725 — Civil Procedure I

3

LAW L730 — Civil Procedure II

2

LAW L715 — Lawyering I

3

LAW L765 — Lawyering II

3

LAW L735 Criminal Law

3

Elective *
or

LAW L766 Principles of Legal Analysis **

2-3

Total Hours

15

Total Hours

14-15

* The 1L elective will not be counted toward the 1L class rank. The GPA would be included at the end of the 2L fall semester.

** Those students in the bottom quarter of the class after the first semester, whether they have incompletes or not, enroll in LAW L766 Principles of Legal Analysis instead of an elective. Those students in the bottom 26-33% will have the option of taking Principles of Legal Analysis as their elective.

For those civil law students entering Loyola from the fall of 2021 onward and who are in the bottom quarter (25%) of their class after the first year, the following additional courses are required:

Civil Law

LCIV L935 Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure

LCIV L940 Security Rights

For those common law students entering Loyola from the fall of 2021 onward and who are in the bottom half (50%) of their class after the first year, the following additional courses are required:

Common Law

LCOM L920 Commercial Transactions

And one of the following courses below:

LAW L823 First Amendment
LAW L836 Real Estate Transactions
LAW L955 Advanced Constitutional Law – 14th Amendment

 

Second Year (Required Classes in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L750 — Constitutional Law

4

LAW L740 — Constitutional
Criminal Procedure

3

LAW L760 — Evidence

3

LAW L746 — Business Organizations I

3

LCIV L725 — Sales and Leases (civil)

3

LAW L770 — Lawyering III *

3

Electives or Required Civil/Common "Pool Courses"

4-6 (civil)
7-9 (com)

Electives or Required Civil/Common "Pool Courses"

5-7

Total Hours

14-16

Total Hours

14-16

LAW L770, Lawyering III, offered each year, must be taken by second-year students.  Additionally, students are warned that they must have completed this course to participate in clinic.

For those students entering Loyola from the fall of 2021 onward and who are in the bottom half of their class after the junior year, whether they have incompletes or not, must enroll in LCIV L949 Civil Law Bar Exam Preparation I (civil law students) or LCOM L949 or LCOM L950 Common Law Bar Exam Preparation I or II (common law students) in their senior year.

 

Third Year (Required Classes in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LCIV L715 – Successions and Donations (civil)

3

LCIV 920 – Probate and Trusts (civil)

2

LCIV L940 – Security Rights (civil)

3

LCIV L935 – Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure (civil)

3

Electives and Bar Prep if Required

8-10 (civil) 14-16 (com)

LAW L710 – Torts II

2

Electives and Bar Prep if Required

7-9 (civil)
12-14 (com)

Total Hours

14-16

Total Hours

14-16


Civil law students must also take at least one of the four “pool” courses listed below.

Course

Hours

LCIV L900 – Civil Law of Persons

3

LCIV L935 – LA Code of Civil Procedure

3

LCIV L930 – Community Property

3

LCIV L940 – Security Rights

3

 

Part Time Students (Day) 

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.

First Year (Required Classes in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LCIV L710 - Conventional Obligations I

or

LCOM L700 - Contracts I

3

LCIV L711 - Conventional Obligations II

or

LCOM L701 - Contracts II

3

LAW L705 - Torts I

3

LCIV L706 - Civil Law Property

or

LCOM L705 - Common Law Property

4

LAW L735 - Criminal Law

3

LAW L710 - Torts II

2

LAW L715 - Lawyering I

3

LAW L765 - Lawyering II * or
 

LAW L766 Principles of Legal Analysis **

3

Total Hours:

12

Total Hours:

12

* Those students in the bottom quarter of the class after the first semester, whether they have incompletes or not, enroll in LAW L766 Principles of Legal Analysis instead of LAW L765 Lawyering II.  Those students enroll in Lawyering II in the second semester of their sophomore year.

For those civil law students entering Loyola from the fall of 2021 onward and who are in the bottom quarter (25%) of their class after the first year, the following additional courses are required:

Civil Law

LCIV L935 Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure

LCIV L940 Security Rights

For those common law students entering Loyola from the fall of 2021 onward and who are in the bottom fifty percent (50%) percent of their class after the first year, the following additional courses are required:

Common Law

LCOM L920 Commercial Transactions

And one of the following courses below:

LAW L823 First Amendment
LAW L836 Real Estate Transactions
LAW L955 Advanced Constitutional Law - 14th Amendment


The following are suggested schedules for your second and third years of law school.

 

Second and Third Years (Required Classes in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L750 - Constitutional Law

4

LAW L740 - Constitutional Criminal Procedure

3

LCIV L715 - Successions and Donations (civil)

3

LCIV L920 - Probate and Trusts (civil)

2

 

LAW L725 - Civil Procedure I 

 

3

LAW L730 - Civil Procedure II

2

 

2 or 3

Electives for Common and Civil Law Students

4 or 5

Total Hours:

12 or 13

Total Hours: 

11 or 12

Students are warned that they must have completed LAW L770, Lawyering III, to participate in clinic.

 

Second and Third Years (Required Classes in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L760 — Evidence

3

LAW L746 — Business Organizations I

3

LCIV L725 — Sales and Leases (civil)

3

LAW L770 — Lawyering III * (Second Year) or Elective (Third Year)

3

Civil Law "Pool" Course or Elective

2 or 3

Civil Law "Pool" Course or Elective

2 or 3

Civil Law "Pool" Course or Elective

2 or 3

Civil Law "Pool" Course or Elective

2 or 3

Total Hours

10-12

Total Hours

10-12

LAW L770, Lawyering III, offered each year, must be taken by second-year students. The other second-year courses alternate from one year to the next.  Additionally, students are warned that they must have completed this course to participate in clinic.

For those students entering Loyola from the fall of 2021 onward and who are in the bottom half of their class after the junior year, whether they have incompletes or not, must enroll in LCIV L949 Civil Law Bar Exam Preparation I (civil law students) or LCOM L949 or LCOM L950 Common Law Bar Exam Preparation I or II (common law students) in their senior year.

 

Fourth Year 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

  9-12

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

   9 or 12

Total Hours

 9-12

Total Hours

     9-12


Civil law students must take at least one of the four “pool” courses listed below.

Course

Hours

LCIV L900 – Civil Law of Persons

3

LCIV L935 – LA Code of Civil Procedure

3

LCIV L930 – Community Property

3

LCIV L940 – Security Rights

3

 

Part Time Students (Evening) 

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.

Second and Third Year (Required Courses in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L750 —Constitutional Law

    4

LAW L740—Constitutional Criminal Procedure

    3

LCIV L715—Successions and Donations (civil)

    3

LCIV L725—Sales and Leases (civil)

    3

LAW L735—Criminal Law

    3

LCIV L920—Probate and Trusts (civil)

    2 

Elective

2 or 3

LAW L770—Lawyering III * (Second Year) or

Elective (Third Year)

 2 or 3

Total Hours

12 or     13

Total Hours

 10 or      11

*LAW L770, Lawyering III, offered each year, must be taken by second-year students. The other second-year courses alternate from one year to the next.  Additionally, students are warned that they must have completed this course to participate in clinic.

Second and Third Year (Required Courses in Bold)

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L760—Evidence

    3

LAW L746—Business Organizations I

    3

LAW L725—Civil Procedure I

    3

LAW L730—Civil Procedure II

    2

Electives or Civil Law "Pool" Course(s)

5 or 6

LAW L770—Lawyering III * (Second Year) or

Elective (Third Year)

    3 

 

 

Elective or Civil Law "Pool" Course

2 or 3

Total Hours

11 or    12

Total Hours

9-12

LAW L770, Lawyering III, offered each year, must be taken by second-year students. The other second-year courses alternate from one year to the next.  Additionally, students are warned that they must have completed this course to participate in clinic.

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, whether they have incompletes or not, they must enroll in LCIV L949 Civil Law Bar Exam Preparation I or LCOM L949 Common Law Bar Exam Preparation I in their senior year.

 

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

 Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

  9-12

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

   9 or 12

Total Hours

 9-12

Total Hours

    9-12


Civil law students must also take at least one of the four “pool” courses listed below.

LCIV L900 Civil Law of Persons

LCIV L935 LA Code of Civil Procedure

LCIV L930 Community Property

LCIV L940 Security Rights

3 hrs.

3 hrs.

3 hrs.

3 hrs.