Burcham MA/JD

MA/JD Dual Degree Program Application Instructions

Eligibility

To apply for admission to the MA/JD dual degree program, an applicant must be enrolled in the Masters in Education Program at Loyola Marymount University and be a student in good standing.  Applicants may apply to the program immediately after completing their first year of the MA program.  Students whose admission to either program would normally be granted on either a conditional or provisional basis will not be accepted into the MA/JD program.  

JD Application Deadline

The priority deadline is May 1, 2015.  Admission decisions will begin in May and continue on a rolling basis as space permits in the program.  Please send all of your application materials to:

Loyola Law School
Office of Admissions 
Re: MA/JD Program 
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-0019

Application Requirements‌

  • Loyola's MA/JD Application
  • Application Fee (The fee is waived for Fall 2015.)
  • Standardized Test Score(s)* — Official GMAT, GRE score or LSAT score, if applicable
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • LMU Graduate School Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Two confidential sealed letters of recommendation completed on the forms supplied
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample 

Standardized Test Scores

For candidates without an LSAT 
Prospective students applying to the MA/JD program without an LSAT must have another standardized test score (GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT) in the top 85%th percentile and a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or above.

For LSAT test takers
Candidates should submit a copy of their official LSAT score with their application.

Transcripts

You must provide official sealed transcripts supplied by all schools you have attended. This includes any coursework done at community colleges, junior colleges, extension programs, post-secondary schools and other institutions. 

Personal Statement 

A personal statement is required and assists the Admissions Committee in selecting  highly-qualified and accomplished students.  It is also used to assess each applicant's writing skills. The personal statement provides each applicant with the opportunity to describe his or her interest in law school, the dual degree program, the uniqueness of his or her character and experience, and his or her potential to contribute to the law school's community. 

The personal statement should be 2-3 pages in length, double spaced, using no smaller than 10 point font.  The personal statement must be the original work of the applicant.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letter(s) of recommendation must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the recommender, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with application materials.  In addition, the MA/JD Dual Degree Letter of Recommendation Form must be fully completed and accompany the letter(s) of recommendation in order for Loyola to match the letter(s) to an applicant's file. 

Letters of recommendation offer insight to a prospective student's potential for law school success and provide information about the candidate that is not reflected in other parts of the application. Letters can comment on the applicant's intellectual capacity, analytic and communication skills, and character traits. Although academic letters are preferred, letters submitted by the candidate's employer or supervisor are accepted. Letters from family members or family friends are strongly discouraged.

Resume

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a résumé. Résumés should not exceed two typed pages and may include: educational information (including honors and awards), employment history, extracurricular or community activities, military service, publications, special achievements, etc.

Disclosures

Applicants must answer questions #1-9 on the "Disclosures" section of the application. Applicants who answer "yes" to questions #2-9 on the "Disclosures" section must provide a written explanation of their response.  Applications with "yes" responses that do not provide written explanations are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

The application form requires disclosure of any charge or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor or other offense, with the sole exception of a minor traffic offense. Conviction for DUI (or any other alcohol or drug-related offense) is not a minor traffic offense. Conviction may be a legal consequence of (1) a verdict of guilty after trial by judge or jury, (2) a plea of guilty or (3) a plea of nolo contendere.  You must disclose this information even if your record has been sealed or expunged.

Applicants are advised that bar examiners will receive official reports of convictions from law enforcement agencies. Failure to disclose a charge or conviction on this application may result in dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded, and the denial of admission to the bar.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Writing Sample

Applicants may submit a writing sample from an undergraduate or graduate class that demonstrates their analytic ability, reasoning and writing skills.  This sample should be at least 10 pages in length, typed, double-spaced.  A writing sample is required for applicants without an LSAT score. 

Non-discrimination Policy

Loyola Law School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the law school. Consistent with its obligations under the law, Loyola Law School prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the law school's programs and activities, including hiring, compensation, work assignments and promotion.  Loyola Law School also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  For inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy contact Loyola Law School’s Director of Human Resources/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at (213) 736-1415 or the University’s Title IX Coordinator at (310) 568-6105.

 

 *Students are not required to take a standardized test if they have not done so.  Scores are requested only if exams have already been taken.