Resident Associate Program

‌‌‌‌The seal of Loyola Law School, Los AngelesIf you are an employer at a small to mid-size firm that does not typically hire entry-level attorneys, you are invited to participate in Loyola’s innovative Resident Associate Program (“RAP”)—a program designed to meet both the needs of employers and the newest members of our profession. Our desire is to make it cost-effective for employers to hire our recent graduates, while helping our recent graduates achieve their practice goals. In response to these needs, Loyola created RAP.

What is the Resident Associate Program?

Through RAP, Loyola encourages small and mid-size firms to hire our most recent graduates for one year at a salary similar to a post-graduate legal fellowship, while the Law School shares the responsibility of continuing to train the graduates.

How Does the Resident Associate Program Work?

  • Cost: Employers can hire a newly licensed attorney and pay a salary that is lower than the market rate; we don’t specify the annual salary to be paid, but suggest paying between $52,000 and $68,000 per year.
  • Training: Resident Associates will attend a legal practice boot camp prior to beginning their positions and will attend Continuing Legal Education courses throughout the year.
  • Commitment: The Resident Associate will be hired for a year; at the end of the year, the employer and the associate can discuss the option of permanent employment 

Additional reasons to participate:

  • The screening process is easy—Loyola will collect the application materials for you
  • Video pre-screening of candidates is available
  • Employers provide hiring preferences and requirements, conduct interviews, and make final selections

What does the training cover?

  • Loyola provides graduates with a mandatory Legal Practice Boot Camp to sharpen practical legal skills prior to starting their employment. Training includes:
    • Written Discovery
    • California Civil Motions
    • Anatomy of a Case
    • Using Practice Guides (Books, Westlaw & Lexis)
    • Depositions
    • Interpersonal Skills
  • Loyola offers additional CLE and professional development training for graduates during their participation in the program. 

How Can I Become a Participating Employer?

Registration for the 2017–2018 season will be available in August or September 2017. If you have any questions about becoming a RAP employer, please contact Marla Najbergier or Jolene Horn.