Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
|Loyola University College of Law|
|Dean||María Pabón López|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana, USA|
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is a private law school in New Orleans, Louisiana affiliated with Loyola University New Orleans. Loyola's law school opened in 1914 and is now located on the Broadway Campus of the University in the historic Audubon Park District of the city. The College of Law is one of only fourteen Jesuit law schools in the United States. It is also one of only a few law schools in the nation to offer curricula in both Civil Law and Common Law. The school releases several academic journals, most notable of which is the Loyola Law Review.
The College of Law was founded as the School of Law as one of the earliest academic departments of Loyola University New Orleans, chartered in 1912. The first session of the School of Law occurred on October 5, 1914; it originally held classes only in the evening and was located downtown at the College of the Immaculate Conception, now known as Jesuit High School. The School of Law was then moved uptown to the St. Charles Avenue campus of Loyola in 1915. In 1925, the law school opened a day division to better serve the needs of its students, as the coursework was expanded to a four-year program. In 1931, the law school became a member of the American Bar Association and became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1934. In 1986, the law school moved from the main campus to its current location on the Broadway Campus, only a few blocks away (located on the west side of the Audubon Park).
The School of Law was renamed the College of Law with the passage of the PATHWAYS Plan on May 19, 2006. In 2007, the law school completed a new four-story 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) addition to its current building, which increased the number of classrooms, office space and library space.
According to the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 ABA data, only 48.6% of graduates obtained full-time, long term, bar admission required positions (i.e., jobs as lawyers), 9 months after graduation, ranking 139th out of 197 law schools.
The school is known for its success in national and international moot court competitions. The College houses the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, a legal research and education center; William P. Quigley is the current Director.
The school's Sports and Entertainment Law Society provides students interested in legal careers in music, film, and sports with unique opportunities to meet and learn from experts in these respective areas. The school also runs the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center For Social Justice, where students are admitted to the limited practice of law under a supervising attorney's license for their 3L year. Through the Clinic, students are able to work in a variety of practice areas including criminal defense, prosecution, family law, employment law, immigration, and mediation and arbitration.
Study abroad programs
Loyola Law has had a long history of contacts with civil law schools in other parts of the world. As a result, Loyola has one of most extensive catalog of study abroad programs in the country. These programs draw students from many other law schools in the country. With the school's special focus on the study of international law, over the course of the years, programs have established in the following countries:
- Budapest, Hungary
- Cuernavaca, Mexico
- Moscow, Russia
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- San Jose, Costa Rica
- Vienna, Austria
The 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey "America's Best Graduate Schools" states that 35.1% of Loyola students were employed at graduation. According to "Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools," 135 out of 278 or 48.6% of Loyola 2012 graduates were employed 9 months after graduation in a full-time position requiring bar passage.
- Henry Braden (L '75), state senator from Orleans Parish and African Americans' rights activist
- Phillip D. Brady (L '76), former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Cabinet Affairs at the White House
- Anh "Joseph" Cao (L '00), first Vietnamese-American in the United States Congress.
- Dan Claitor (L '87), member of the Louisiana State Senate from Baton Rouge
- Patrick Connick (L '93), state representative from Jefferson Parish
- Hunt Downer (L '72), Former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives; assistant adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard
- Adrian G. Duplantier (L '49), former State Senator and Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
- Charles Foti (L '65), former Attorney General of Louisiana
- Edwin Foulke (L '78), United States Assistant Secretary of Labor
- Norman Francis (L '55), current President of Xavier University and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient; first African American to enroll at Loyola Law
- Kim Gandy (L '78), current President of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
- Ray Garofalo, current member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from St. Bernard Parish
- E. W. Gravolet, member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from Plaquemines Parish
- William J. Guste (L, '44), state senator from 1968 to 1972 and Louisiana Attorney General from 1972 to 1992
- Richard T. Haik (L), U. S. District Judge in Lafayette
- Ted Haik (L), former state representative from Iberia parish, current city attorney in New Iberia
- Jeannette Knoll (L '69), associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
- Mitch Landrieu (L), former Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana; Current Mayor of New Orleans
- Moon Landrieu (L '54), former New Orleans mayor and United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Harry Lee (L '67), former Sheriff of Jefferson Parish
- Suzanne Haik Terrell, (L '84), former Louisiana Commissioner of Elections; former member of the New Orleans City Council, former candidate for the U.S. Senate, sister of Richard and Ted Haik
- Chet D. Traylor (L '74), Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1997-2009
- Louis Westerfield (L' 74), served as the first African-American Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law
- Robert Wilkie (L '88), current United States Assistant Secretary of Defense
- Edwin E. Willis, Member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district from 1949 to 1969
- J. Skelly Wright ('32, L '34), former U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
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- Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge, March 30, 2013. Retrieved on February 24, 2014, http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/03/-full-rankings-bar-admission-required-full-time-long-term.html. -- For the latest Employment Summary Reports from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education, see http://employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/
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