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Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law was established in 1914. In the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor, pursuit of justice, and service to others, the College of Law has as its mission to educate future members of the Bar to be skilled advocates and sensitive counselors-at-law committed to ethical norms in pursuit of dignity for all.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 753
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 150 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.97 - 3.46
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 66.27%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 73.6%
Tuition $41,448

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About Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law was established in 1914. In the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor, pursuit of justice, and service to others, the College of Law has as its mission to educate future members of the Bar to be skilled advocates and sensitive counselors-at-law committed to ethical norms in pursuit of dignity for all.

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Loyola University—New Orleans College of Law is “hands down, the best place to study law” thanks to its “regional reputation, elite professors, great career resources, and guest speakers.” Owing to “its location in one of the world’s great cultural centers,” students here aren’t surprised with “the quality and accessibility of the professors,” all within an “atmosphere that facilitates learning and making connections.” The “top-notch” professors “bring a wealth of practical experience into the classroom” and are “willing to bend over backwards to help students in their career path.” It helps that the professors “all have practical experience in their area of law” and “incorporate that [expertise] in the classroom.” “It’s great to have a professor who helped write the civil code and court opinions teach them to you,” says a 3L. Administration can be “very good, very personal, and helpful,” and the financial aid department recently acquired new staff, improving the department’s efficiency. Those involved in the school’s evening program would like to see the administration give them the same “availability of classes and special programs, such as internships or externships,” as those in the regular pro­gram have. Others appreciate the lack of “long lines” and “red tape.” “This law school is completely oriented around the students,” says a 1L.“There are continual opportunities to gain practical legal experience” at Loyola through “constant notices of internships, jobs, volunteer projects, and externships.” “Professors share their advice for exam preparation and are very up front with expecta­tions for exams,” says a 2L. However, while nearly all students approve of the “moot court and trial advocacy programs,” some would like to “have fewer required courses so that students can specialize in a particular area with more ease.” Others think that “Loyola needs to do a much better job preparing students to actually practice law.” “The odds are severely stacked against a recent graduate arguing anything to an appeals court, as most firms have attorneys with considerably more experience who handle all of the firm’s appeals work,” explains a 3L. “Therefore, the area in which Loyola could stand to improve the most is offering more trial court advocacy classes and giving those equal, if not greater, focus than moot court.”Opinions on Loyola’s career services office range from “fantastic” to “a joke,” though which side you’ll fall on will likely depend on where you’re from. “One area that I think the school could improve on is helping the common law students obtain jobs out of state,” says a 3L. “Our career services is terrible if you’re not from Louisiana,” adds a 2L. That said, most students are happy to stay in New Orleans after graduating. “Loyola’s great for people who want to practice in New Orleans,” says a 2L. “It offers lots of con­nections and alumni in the area who like to give back to their own.”“Some of the classrooms, namely the newer ones, are top-notch,” says a 1L. Others “are overcrowded and students are relegated to using stand-alone desks along the edges of the classrooms with inadequate surfaces for writing or computer usage.” “The facilities could use a drastic update,” says a 2L. While the library is “giant” with “many helpful resources,” it’s in “need of a twenty-first (or even twentieth) century makeover.” Students also wouldn’t mind having a place where they can “study late at night, segre­gated from the undergrads,” along with “more food options for the law campus.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 255

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:

Lawyers
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.

Graduates Last Year: 3

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/Masters of Religious Studies, JD/Masters of Communications, JD/Masters of Public Administration, JD/Masters of Urban and Regional Planning. All combined degree programs add an additional year to the JD program.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Environmental
  • International
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 89
Full-Time Faculty 49
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 28
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 52% Male
48% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 69%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $41,448 Same as On-Campus
Housing $20,700 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $62,148 $41,448

Financial Aid

87% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$57,229 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $45

Incoming Class

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 150 - 155
LSAT Part-Time 149 - 156
LSAT Total 150 - 155

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law's entering class of enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.98 - 3.46
Part-Time 2.76 - 3.38
Total 2.97 - 3.46

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 66%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 70%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 120
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 74%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 54 32%
Firm Sized 11-25 14 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 10 6%
Business Industry 24 14%
Government 18 11%
Public Interest 4 2%
Federal Clerkship 4 2%
State Clerkship 6 4%
Academia 5 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 75 27%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 10 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TX 4%
FL 4%
LA 74%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law include:

  • Robert L. Wilkie - Spe. Asst to the President , NSA
  • Theodore M. Frois - General Counsel, Exxon Mobil International
  • Carl Stewart - U.S.Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • Moon Landrieu - Secretary of HUD, Mayor of New Orleans, etc.
  • Pascal Calogero - Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

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