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Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University



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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1238
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 157 - 162
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.29 - 3.65
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.48%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 72.99%
Tuition $44,230




Loyola Law School (affiliated with Loyola Marymount University, or the “mothership”) is “an understated gem” in downtown Los Angeles that “seeks to create top lawyers who use the profession for the betterment of society and [to] give back to [the] legal community.” It’s a generally happy place that quite simply seeks to make good lawyers, send them out to the world, and repeat; all the people associated with the school, from students to staff, are accord­ingly pleasant and uncomplicated, if not a little resentful of the relative anonymity as compared to the other law schools in the area. As one 1L puts it, “Masochists would be disappointed at Loyola. For legal torture, look elsewhere in Los Angeles.”Professors are “smart [and] demanding yet understanding of the pressures of a first-year law student.” They are of “the highest caliber” and “set the bar high, but [they] give you all of the tools to use at your discretion to meet that bar.” Classes are “lively and enjoyable,” and teachers keep their doors open for whatever’s troubling the masses. “Every professor I have had seems to truly care about the success of their students, both inside and outside the classroom,” says a student.The curriculum itself offers “a strong foundation in legal theory but also the practical skills necessary to excel in the workplace,” including a comprehensive legal research and writing program. There are a “broad range of specialists within a variety of fields” to help students narrow down their field of focus, and many “solid opportunities for public interest law,” as well as “a tremendous trial advocacy program, moot court, and three law reviews.” “A break in $40,000 tuition payments would be nice. For a school that boasts itself on public interest, taking out well over $100,000 in tuition loans doesn’t exactly amend itself to accept­ing a $50,000 per year public interest job,” says a 3L. Graduates of LLS mainly practice in California and L.A., so the school enjoys a much greater reputation within the state than it does nationally, and for those who do stay nearby (very much the majority), the alumni networking opportunities are strong. As for the administrators, most here have little to no problems with the administration, which “not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.” That is, aside from the Registrar’s office, which “is like talking to a brick wall. They need to listen and think about what you are say­ing before they respond with the scripted answer.” The law school has its own “cozy” and completely separate campus from Loyola Marymount, so there are “no undergrads taking up the library study rooms.” The school operates a shuttle, which takes students to the financial district and the new L.A. Live entertainment complex every fifteen minutes, which means that “courts, law firms, and our city’s phenomenal entertainment are basically our campus.”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 388

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/LLM in Taxation, 3 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 145
Full-Time Faculty 68
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 15
Part-Time Faculty 62
Faculty Gender 60% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 48% Male
52% Female
Student Diversity
White 55%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 19%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%



Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $44,230 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $44,230 $44,230

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$50,260 Average financial aid amount



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 162
LSAT Part-Time 155 - 162
LSAT Total 157 - 162

Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.32 - 3.65
Part-Time 2.96 - 3.65
Total 3.29 - 3.65

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience



The Princeton Review

#7 Best Environment for Minority Students
#7 Best Professors



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 97%
First Time Pass Rate 82%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 73%
Average Starting Salary $72,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 76 25%
Firm Sized 11-25 26 9%
Firm Sized 26-50 15 9%
Firm Sized 51-100 10 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 8 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 28 9%
Business Industry 59 20%
Government 21 7%
Public Interest 29 10%
Federal Clerkship 8 3%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 10 3%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 11 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 82 20%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 0%
NY 1%
CA 95%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University include:

  • Mark Geragos - Trial Attorney
  • Johnnie Cochran - Trial Attorney
  • Laura Wasser - Trial Attorney
  • Thomas (Tom) Girardi - Trial Attorney
  • Gloria Allred - Trial Attorney

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