In addition to the J.D., the law school offers the LL.M. Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 6 credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration).
The Loyola Law School offers concentrations in corporate law, criminal law, entertainment law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, international law, juvenile law, labor law, litigation, media law, securities law, sports law, tax law, and torts and insurance. In addition, clinics are open to advanced students in good academic standing for a maximum of 14 clinical credits. Seminars and research programs are open to advanced students; these students are also eligible for internships, field work, and study-abroad programs. Seminars are generally worth 2 units each. The law school offers 4 study abroad programs: Costa Rica, Bologna, Italy, Beijing China, and London, England. Tutorials are available to students with academic need. The most widely taken electives are Trust & Wills, Remedies, and Business Associations.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 87 total credits, of which 41 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.1 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of a writing course, Constitutional Law II, Ethical Lawyering, and Evidence. The required orientation program for first-year students is 2 to 3 days.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0, have completed the upper-division writing requirement, and 58 resident credits in addition to 40 hours of community service work.
In the fall 2007 first-year class, 4640 applied, 1433 were accepted, and 418 enrolled. The median GPA of the most recent first-year class was 3.44.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. The most important admission factors include academic achievement, LSAT results, and general background. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are not interviewed.
The application deadline for fall entry is February 1. Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a personal statement, TOEFL (where applicable), a nonrefundable application fee of $65, and 1 letter of recommendation. Notification of the admissions decision is December through June. The latest acceptable LSAT test date for fall entry is February. The law school uses the LSDAS.
About 84% of current law students receive some form of aid. The average annual amount of aid from all sources combined, including scholarships, loans, and work contracts, is $39,172; maximum, $56,278. Awards are based on need and merit. Required financial statement is the FAFSA. The aid application deadline for fall entry is March 14. First-year students are notified about their financial aid application at time of acceptance.
About 49% of the student body are women. The average age of entering students is 23.
The primary student-edited law reviews are Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, and the campus electronic newsletter “In Brief.” Annual moot court competitions include the Jessup International Moot Court, National Civil Trial Competition, and ABA competition. Other competitions include the Byrne Trial Advocacy Competition, which includes on- and off-campus competitions in the fall and spring, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Moot Court Competition, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HWBA) Moot Court Competition, and VIS Arbitration Moot Court. Law student organizations, local chapters of national associations, and campus organizations include the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, the Criminal Law Society, the St. Thomas More Honor Society, Phi Alpha Delta, National Lawyers Guild, Public Interest Law Association, Women’s Law Association, the Asian Pacific American Law Student’s Association (APALSA), and the Corporate and Business Law Association.
The law school operates on a traditional semester basis. Courses for full-time students and part-time students are offered both day and evening and must be completed within 5 years. New full- and part-time students are admitted in the fall. There is a 7 <1/2>-week summer session. Transferable summer courses are offered.