Every Law Student Will Benefit from Multiple Skills-Oriented Learning Experiences
CHICAGO, December, 2013—Loyola University Chicago has adopted a new model curriculum to provide an opportunity for every law student to gain valuable work experience in a professional legal setting under the supervision of a lawyer or judge before graduation.
Beginning in 2014, all students enrolled at the School of Law will complete at least two experiential learning opportunities during their legal education. Students must complete at least one live client clinical course or an externship. The second part of the requirement may be satisfied by another clinic or externship, or by enrolling in a simulation-based class.
“With this development in our experiential learning programming, we can ensure that every law student at Loyola will receive real-world training under appropriate supervision,” said David Yellen, dean of the School of Law. “Legal education is moving towards the medical school model of rigorous hands-on training. We are not quite there yet, but we are establishing this important baseline so that each of our students will gain real-life lawyering experiences that will help prepare them for the practice of law.”