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Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
American law school in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
According to the College of Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 48.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.
Entrance to the Memorial Library on the main campus, which housed the Law Library from 1915-1986
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. Judge John St. Paul was the founding dean, "choosing the faculty and preparing the curriculum". 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 135th 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 the 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:
Panama City, Panama
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - inactive until summer 2017
According to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 48.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. The College of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 33.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the College of Law for full-time students not living at home for the 2013-2014 academic year is $64,132. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $253,149.
Robert Andrew Ainsworth (L '32), former Louisiana state senator 1952-1961, serving as President pro tem from 1952-56 and from 1960-61, former federal judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1961-1966, and former federal judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1966-1981
Carl J. Barbier (L '70), federal judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Edward S. Bopp (L '63 and '67), state representative for Orleans and St. Bernard parishes from 1977 to 1984
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