Loyola University Chicago School of Law
|Loyola University Chicago School of Law|
|Dean||David N. Yellen|
|Location||Chicago, Illinois, US|
|USNWR ranking||67th (U.S. News Rankings 2012)|
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the law school of the Loyola University Chicago, in Illinois. Established in 1909, by the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic order of the Jesuits, the School of Law is located in downtown Chicago, within walking distance of the Water Tower (only surviving downtown building of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire), the John Hancock Center (one of the tallest buildings in the United States), Holy Name Cathedral and the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue. Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers degrees and combined degree programs, including the S.J.D., the equivalent of the Doctorate Degree in Law. Loyola University Chicago and its Water Tower campus also holds art exhibitions and other cultural events.
Admission to Loyola is competitive. The Fall 2011 entering class had a median GPA of 3.37, a median LSAT of 160. The July 2010 Illinois Bar Exam pass rate for first-time test takers was 89%.US News Rankings 2012 ranked it 67th out of 201 ABA approved law schools.
The School of Law currently occupies the Corboy Law Center at 25 East Pearson Street. The Law School previously occupied Maguire Hall, at One East Pearson, but switched buildings with the Loyola University School of Business Administration in the fall of 2005. Each day, its student body of over 1,000 congregates at the Water Tower Campus to be taught by full-time and part-time professors who are also the leading jurists of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. Students are also involved in over thirty student organizations and six distinguished law publications: Annals of Health Law, Children’s Legal Rights Journal, Consumer Law Review, International Law Review, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and Public Interest Law Reporter.
Since July 2005, David N. Yellen has been Dean and Professor of Law. Having previously served as the dean of Hofstra University School of Law, Dean Yellen previously taught at Villanova University and Cornell Law School. He was also counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
There are fourteen major degree programs offered at the School of Law: doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.), master of laws (LL.M.) in either business law, child and family law, health law or tax law. Students may pursue a master of jurisprudence (M.J.) in either business law, child and family law or health law. There are two major doctoral degrees: doctor of juridical sciences in health law and policy (S.J.D.) which is the highest degree any attorney may obtain in the United States and the doctor of laws (D.Law). Dual degree programs are offered with the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work (J.D./M.S.W. and M.J./M.S.W.), Department of Political Science (J.D./M.A.), Graduate School of Education (J.D./M.A. in International Comparative Law and Education) and the Graduate School of Business (J.D./M.B.A.).
The Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
In 1993, the APA Law Student Association of the South Texas College of Law founded the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition. Currently, the competition is administered by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA") Law Foundation and the NAPABA Judicial Council. Judge Thomas Tang was a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys and an ardent supporter of NAPABA and the moot court competition. This moot court competition was established in an effort to continue Judge Tang's legacy. From 1977 until his death in 1995, he served on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The format of the competition divides the country into six (6) regions: central, northeast, southeast, southwest, west, and northwest. The top two (2) teams from each region advance to the national competition that is held simultaneously with the NAPABA National Convention. The convention sites have included but are not limited to: Hawaii; New York City; Scottsdale, Arizona; Washington D.C.; Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
- James Milton Burns, United States Federal Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
- Joseph Carroll, founding director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and founding director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)
- David H. Coar, United States Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Suzanne B. Conlon, United States Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Philip H. Corboy, one of the nation's leading personal injury and aviation litigation attorneys; named in The National Law Journal's Profiles in Power (in five of six publications) and The Best Lawyers in America (every year since inception)
- Tom Dart (1987), Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois
- Joyce Karlin Fahey, former federal prosecutor, Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, and two-term mayor of Manhattan Beach, California
- John Phil Gilbert, United States Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- William Thomas Hart, United States Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Neil Hartigan, former Illinois Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, and a judge of the Illinois Appellate Court
- Henry Hyde, U.S. Congressman (1975 - 2007)
- Daniel Hynes, Comptroller of Illinois
- Virginia Mary Kendall, United States Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois
- Michael Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois
- Frank James McGarr, United States Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Mary Ann G. McMorrow, former chief justice, Supreme Court of Illinois
- Michael Quigley, US Congressman from Illinois' 5th District
- Edith S. Sampson (LL.M.), alternate U.S. delegate to the United Nations, member of the UN's Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, member of the U.S. Commission for UNESCO, U.S. representative to NATO, first black woman to be elected as a judge in the United States
- Robert R. Thomas, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois
- Corinne Wood, the first female Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (1999 - 2003)
- Howard Thomas Markey, the first chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Thomas P. Sullivan, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (July 19, 1977 to April 30, 1981)
- Dan K. Webb, Chairman & Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
- John Harris, Rod Blagojevich Chief of Staff