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College of Law Dates to Remember

Fall Term 2010

August 13-21 New student orientation
August 23 Classes begin
August 27 Add deadline
October 22 Withdraw deadline
October 29 Last day to apply for graduation
December 3 Last day of classes
December 8-21 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 6 New students arrive
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Withdraw deadline
April 20 Last day of classes
April 28-May 11 Final Exams

Center for Environmental Law and Land Use

Inaugurated on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Loyola’s Center for Environmental Law and Land Use, seeks to become a leader in legal environmental education and service in the Gulf Region. 

As part of this mission, the Center supports Loyola’s Certificate in Environmental Law Program.  Under this program, law students concentrate their studies in the areas of natural resources, pollution control, and land use, and receive a certificate upon graduation along with their degree.

The Center also organizes and hosts a variety of conferences, workshops, and lectures designed to educate the public and to spark collaborative efforts in research and service among academics and students.  Much of its activity now centers on environmental and land-use issues associated with Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. 

Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program

In accordance with the Jesuit tradition of social justice advocacy and the promotion of Gospel values, students enrolled at the Loyola University College of Law must satisfy the law and poverty requirement by enrolling in the Law and Poverty course, the Law Clinic Program, the Street Law Program, or the Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program. Each of these programs stresses the professional obligation of each student, as a future lawyer, to work for the common good. The Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program allows students to provide legal services to indigent clients in the greater metropolitan area. Students enrolled in the program gain practical legal experience and provide legal assistance to those who are unable to afford it. The pro bono program places students in various fields of law, both civil and criminal, where students are asked to complete a minimum of 50 hours of legal work under the supervision of licensed attorneys. No grade is received for the work, nor are credit hours given. However, students successfully completing the pro bono program do fulfill the law and poverty requirement needed for graduation.

Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center

The Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center was established in 1985 at Loyola College of Law by Act of the United States Congress in memory of the late Congressman from Louisiana whose career exemplified service to the needs of the disadvantaged. The center provides training, research, and other support to organizations and individuals who are involved in the delivery of legal services to the poor, including paid Summer Internships and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The administrative offices of the Center are located in LS 351C and the telephone number is (504) 861-5491.

Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice

The Law Clinic provides senior law students an opportunity to practice law in state, federal and administrative courts pursuant to Rule XX of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Students work under the supervision of faculty attorneys as they investigate and prepare cases and conduct trials in the areas of criminal, employment, family, housing and immigration law. They may also opt to obtain experience in mediation. Students must commit to two semesters of work for which they receive a total of three credits per semester. In addition to providing excellent practical training, the Law Clinic introduces the law student to ways in which to provide and expand the delivery of legals services to those in our community who do not have the financial resources to secure competent legal representation.