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Evening Juris Doctor

Evening Law Studies

For more than 100 years, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law has been the only law school in New Orleans to offer working professionals and non-traditional students the opportunity to earn a law degree in the evening. From recent graduates to retirees, empty nesters to new parents, our part-time students hail from diverse backgrounds, making the classroom a dynamic experience for both professors and students.

Our evening J.D. program is designed with your work-life balance in mind. Discover how earning a Loyola Law degree can help you achieve your professional goals. We accept both the GRE and LSAT for application to Loyola’s J.D. program—apply today! 

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: July 15, 2024, 5pm CT.

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Spend your evenings growing.

Have you always had dreams of becoming a first-class litigator? Whether you’re looking to advance in your current profession or you are pivoting to a new career, a Loyola legal education will be a smart investment. The part-time evening division is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of working professionals. 

Evening J.D. Program Schedule 

Evening classes meet in-person on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Students will earn 8-10 credits in the fall semester and another 8-10 credits in the spring semester, with an additional 6-8 credits taken over the summer semester. Depending on the course, students complete additional coursework asynchronously on the schedule that works best for them. Loyola also offers optional fully asynchronous courses over the summer for additional flexibility. The program is designed to be completed in four years, including three summer semesters, with enrollment starting in the fall. Students who begin in the evening program must stay with that program for at least the first two years.

Required curriculum for first-year part-time evening division students:

Fall Spring Summer

Civil Procedure I

Torts I

Lawyering I

Civil Procedure II

Civil Law of Property 

Lawyering II

Lawyering III


Scroll down to see the full curriculum for part-time evening students. 

A prestigious degree, on your terms. 

There are no shortcuts for evening students. They have the same educational requirements as full-time day students, including skills classes and experiential coursework. Evening students learn from the same esteemed faculty as day students and are fully supported by our experienced Academic Success Program faculty. 

Our faculty are champions of justice, incredible litigators, and accomplished experts in their fields who will guide you toward the start of your legal career and inspire you every day. 

You don't stop at 5 p.m. Neither do we.

At Loyola, we pride ourselves on giving our students every possible resource they need to be successful in school, in their job search, bar exam preparation, and in their career. The College of Law is committed to the specific needs of evening learners. 

Here’s what we offer:

  • Professional networking and socializing events are hosted just for evening students to deepen connections with peers and faculty. 
  • Student services, including Wellness Services, the Career Development Office, and the Law Library, host extended hours to accommodate the schedules of working students.
  • Opportunities are available to join the Law Review, other law school journals, and to participate in Advocacy Center programs. 
  • Evening students even have the opportunity to participate in student life, including meaningful roles in student organizations. 
  • Students in the evening J.D. program are eligible for scholarships and other academic awards.
  • Current students have 24-hour access to the Clinic Building and the Broadway Activities Center. 
  • Campus police provide safety escorts to students 24 hours a day. 

A J.D. program built around your goals. 

The evening program follows the civil law track. Loyola Law graduates earn a juris doctor, the educational credential needed to qualify for the bar in any state. 

Invest in yourself. Apply today.

Admission to Loyola's College of Law is competitive for all programs and is based upon the applicant’s academic, professional, and personal record. To be considered for admission, all candidates must demonstrate that all undergraduate degree work will be completed prior to law studies. Review the College of Law's application requirements before submitting your application for admission.

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First Year (24 hours):

Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
LAW-L725 – Civil Procedure I 3 LAW-L730 – Civil Procedure II 2
LAW L705 – Torts I 3 LCIV L706 – Civil Law Property 4
LAW L715 – Lawyering I 3 LAW L765 – Lawyering II 3
Total Hours 9 Total Hours  9


Summer Semester Hours
Lawyering III 3
*Elective* 3
Total Hours 6


Requirements for the following years in addition to electives to reach 90 hours:
  • Constitutional Law (4)
  • Criminal Law (3)
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)
  • Obligations I (3)
  • Obligations II (3)
  • Evidence (3)
  • Sales & Leases (3)
  • Business Organizations I (3)
  • Successions & Donations (3)
  • Probate & Trusts (2)
  • Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure (3)
  • Security Rights (3)
  • Torts II (2)
  • Civil Bar Prep I (3)
  • Civil Bar Prep II (3)
  • Writing Requirement (2)
  • Law & Poverty Requirement (2-3)
  • Experiential courses (6)

The course format and amount of asynchronous work will depend on the student’s schedule, type of course, number of credits, and the course design as determined by the professor. 

For the first semester, students would take three 3-credit courses in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30–6:30 p.m., 6:40–7:40 p.m., and 7:50–8:50 p.m. The remaining 30 minutes of each of those courses would be delivered in an asynchronous fashion, or as worked out with the specific course professors. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will create schedules in consultation with faculty teaching the three courses each semester should a professor or a course dictate a variation in the above hours.

Four and two hour classes would be worked out in terms of time, as well as experiential classes. For example, a 4-hour course could be taught for 75 minutes, 2 nights a week, with an additional 50-minute asynchronous session. A 2-hour course might be taught for 50 minutes twice a week, thus being completely taught in person, or it might be taught on one night for 75 minutes, with an additional 25-minute asynchronous component. Some courses might be offered completely online, if approved by the faculty and when worked out with the other two courses to best serve students.