Juris Doctor

All JD 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, JD 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

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

LAW L735Criminal Law

3

LCIV L706—Civil Law Property I or

LCOM L705—Common Law Property

3

LAW L715—Lawyering I

3

LAW L765—Lawyering II*

3

Total Hours

15

Total Hours

14

*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 junior year.

For those students entering Loyola from the fall of 2015 onward and who are in the bottom quarter 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

Common Law
LCOM L920 Commercial Transactions
And one of the following courses below:
LCOM L800 Family Law
LCOM L921 Secured Transactions
LAW L810 Negotiable Instruments
LAW L812 Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy
LAW L823 First Amendment
LAW L836 Real Estate Transactions
LAW L842 Courts in a Federal System
LAW L955 Advanced Constitutional Law - 14th Amendment
LAW L980 Income Taxation

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—Wills, Trusts, and Estates

3

LAW L746—Business Organizations I

3

LAW L760—Evidence

3

LCIV L725—Sales and Leases or

 Elective (for Common Law curriculum)

3

LCIV L707—Civil Law Property II or

 Elective (for Common Law curriculum)

3

LCIV L920—Louisiana Donations and Trust or

 Elective (for Common Law curriculum)

3

LAW L770—Lawyering III *

3

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

3 or 4

Total Hours

16

Total Hours

15 or 16

*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.

Third Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Law and Poverty Requirement

2

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses.

14 to 16

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

12 to 14

 

 

Total Hours

14 to 16

 

14 to 16

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

Course

Hours

LCIV L900Civil Law of Persons

3

LCIV L935LA Code of Civil Procedure

3

LCIV L930Community Property

3

LCIV L940Security Rights

3

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.

Part Time Students (Evening) 

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

LCIV L707—Civil Law Property II

3

LAW L715—Lawyering I

3

LAW L765—Lawyering II*

3

Total Hours

12

Total Hours

11

*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 students entering Loyola from the fall of 2015 onward and who are in the bottom quarter 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

Common Law
LCOM L920 Commercial Transactions
And one of the following courses below:
LCOM L800 Family Law
LCOM L921 Secured Transactions
LAW L810 Negotiable Instruments
LAW L812 Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy
LAW L823 First Amendment
LAW L836 Real Estate Transactions
LAW L842 Courts in a Federal System
LAW L955 Advanced Constitutional Law - 14th Amendment
LAW L980 Income Taxation

Second and Third Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L750—Constitutional Law

4

LAW L740—Constitutional Criminal Procedure

3

LCIV L715—Successions

3

LCIV L725—Sales and Leases

3

LAW L735—Criminal Law

3

LCIV L920—Louisiana Donations and Trust

Electives

2

LAW L770—Lawyering III* (Second Year) or

Elective (Third Year)

2 or 3

Total Hours

12

Total Hours

11 or 12

Second and Third Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L760—Evidence

3

LAW L767—Business Organizations

3

LAW L725—Civil Procedure I

3

LAW L730—Civil Procedure II

3

Elective or

Civil Law "Pool" Courses

5 or 6

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

 

 

Elective or

Civil Law "Pool" Course

2 or 3

Total Hours

11 or 12

Total Hours

11 or 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

Law and Poverty Requirement

2

 

 

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

7 or 10

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.

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.

Part Time Students (Day) 

First Year

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 I or

LCOM L705 Common Law Property

3

LAW L735 Criminal Law

3

LAW L710 Torts II

3

LAW L715 Lawyering I

3

LAW L765 Lawyering II*

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.

Civil Law
LCIV L935 Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
LCIV L940 Security Rights

Common Law
LCOM L920 Commercial Transactions
And one of the following courses below:
LCOM L800 Family Law
LCOM L921 Secured Transactions
LAW L810 Negotiable Instruments
LAW L812 Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy
LAW L823 First Amendment
LAW L836 Real Estate Transactions
LAW L842 Courts in a Federal System
LAW L955 Advanced Constitutional Law - 14th Amendment
LAW L980 Income Taxation

The following are suggestions.

Second and Third Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L750 Constitutional Law

4

LAW L740 Constitutional Criminal Procedure

3

LCIV L707 Civil Law Property II or

LCOM L715 Wills, Trusts, and Estates

3

LCIV L920 Civil Law Donations & Trusts

3

LAW L725 Civil Procedure I

3

LAW L730 Civil Procedure II

3

LAW L770 Lawyering III* or Elective

2 or 3

LCIV L725 Sales and Leases
Elective for Common Law Students

2 or 3

Total Hours:

12 or 13

Total Hours: 

11 or 12

*Students are warned that they must have completed this course to participate in clinic.

Second and Third Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

LAW L760—Evidence

3

LAW L767—Business Organizations

3

LCIV L715—Successions

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

11 or 12

Total Hours

11 or 12

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

Law and Poverty Requirement

2

 

 

Electives or Civil Law “Pool” Courses

7 or 10

Total Hours

9-12

Total Hours

9-12

Civil law students must 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.

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.