Loyola’s health care law program ranked #4 in nation

School of Law specialty programs—including trial advocacy and part-time JD—rank among the country’s best

U.S. News & World Report ranks Loyola University Chicago #4 in the country in health care law, according to the publication’s 2023-24 specialty rankings released on May 11, 2023. The report also ranks Loyola’s Trial Advocacy program at #13 and part-time JD program at #18.

A top health law program

Established in 1984, Loyola’s acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy has long been recognized for its robust curriculum, program depth, practical focus, and exceptional preparation for practice. Program areas of focus include corporate and transactional health law, life sciences law, bioethics, health policy and public health, access to care, compliance, and healthcare privacy law.

The health law program’s wide range of externship opportunities with top organizations, along with its exceptional faculty that includes practitioners in diverse areas of health law, has made Loyola a top choice for students seeking careers in the health care arena.

“We’re proud to be recognized for fulfilling our mission: educating the health law leaders of tomorrow,” said Kristin Finn, executive director of the Beazley Institute. “Thanks to our outstanding faculty scholars, a well-rounded curriculum, and an extensive network of alumni and community partners, we educate graduates whose work impacts health law and policy across the country and around the world."

Loyola offers a Certificate in Health Law for JD students, an MJ in Health Law, and an LLM in Health Law.

A leading trial advocacy program

Advocacy is the heart of legal education at Loyola University Chicago, and U.S. News ranks Loyola’s program nationally at #13. The Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy’s wide-ranging curriculum offers students a wealth of expertise, distinguished academics, and courses taught by experienced attorneys in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and dispute resolution. Student teams regularly win regional, national, and international competitions.

“Loyola continues to set a standard for excellence,” says Zelda B. Harris, director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy. “Loyola graduates are among the most effective trial, appellate, and dispute resolution lawyers in Chicago and across the country. I’m so proud that our program continues to be recognized as one of the country’s best.”

An exceptional part-time JD program

According to U.S. News, Loyola’s part-time JD program, called Weekend JD, is ranked at #18.

The program, launched in 2016, offers a mix of in-class and online learning, allowing busy professionals to pursue a Loyola law degree regardless of their weekday schedules or geographic locations.

“Our hybrid, weekend-based model of legal education has created a path for students who might otherwise have had little opportunity to become attorneys,” said Kirk Walter, assistant dean of the Weekend JD program. “The program builds upon the Jesuit tradition of providing access to high-quality education and upholds our responsibility to cultivate a learning environment that promotes social justice.”