NEW ORLEANS -- The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law was recently recognized for its
international master of laws program, which was named one of the “best values”
in the country in the recent edition of The International Jurist.
Known commonly as an
LL.M, the degree designation is given to juris doctor students who
choose to specialize in a specific area of law.
Loyola offers two
programs, one for U.S. students, the other for international students. The latter
program was recognized by The International Jurist.
“This is really a
great honor for us,” Tori Luwisch, the university’s coordinator of
external affairs and graduate studies, recently told the Louisiana Record. “It brings attention to a small school
like Loyola and lets people know there’s something special going on here.”
Tuition cost, cost of
living and scholarship availability were all considered in the rankings. Those
criteria were “balanced” against the schools’ academic quality and the general “law-school experience.”
The school was selected from a list of 80 law schools and 300 graduate law programs from
around the country.
Loyola was fifth on
the “best value” listing of 12 schools. Brigham Young University in Utah was
Luwisch said the
per-credit cost of Loyola’s 24-credit LL.M. program is around $1,386, which
compares very favorably to similar programs at other schools.
She said scholarships
up to 80 percent of tuition are offered based on student financial needs and
academic merit. About 77 percent of students receive some type of aid.
Luwisch said the law
school also offers several programs that cater directly to LL.M. students,
including career services, bar preparation, tutoring and a host of
opportunities for volunteering.
She said students can
volunteer at the school’s immigration clinic or serve as indigent client
is a very important component,” she said.
Chunlin Leonhard, a
Loyola law professor who works with LL.M. students, told the Louisiana Record that the program was
created in 2006 in response to the growing demand for an internationally
focused law specialty.
globalization of the economy, the legal profession has also become globalized,”
already have a master’s degree from another country when they enroll in
Loyola’s program. The LL.M. gives the students a credential that is accepted
“The exchange of legal knowledge as a result
of a foreign LL.M. program will contribute to the development of rule of law globally
and make the world a better place for everyone,” Leonhard said. “The presence of foreign lawyers from other
cultures and countries also enriches the experience of our own U.S. law students
and prepares (them) better as lawyers in a globalized world.”
More than monetary value, she said Loyola’s Jesuit missions of social
justice and public service makes the law school experience a more real-word
exercise for students.
“Our law faculty and staff are strongly committed to making sure that
each of our LL.M. students have a valuable learning experience,” Leonhard said.