Resident Associate Program

‌‌‌‌The seal of Loyola Law School, Los AngelesWe invite employers to participate in a program designed to meet the needs of both legal employers and the newest members of our profession in a changed market. Our goal is to make it cost-effective for employers to hire our recent graduates while helping our recent graduates to pursue their practice goals. 

In response to this mutual need, Loyola has created a one-year Resident Associate Program. Through this program we encourage small and mid-size firms that do not typically hire entry level attorneys, to hire our most recent graduates at a salary similar to a post-graduate legal fellowship, and let the Law School share the responsibility of continuing to train them.

Our Resident Associates are prepared to assist with a variety of matters, including:

  • Legal Research
  • Drafting Demand Letters, Responses and Other Correspondence
  • Discovery and Depositions
  • Contract Drafting, Review and Negotiations
  • Litigation Management
  • Special Projects

Worried about commitment, cost and training time?

  • Firms and legal departments can hire our most recent graduates at a salary similar to a legal fellowship
  • The Law School will share the responsibility of continuing to train the new attorneys before and during the one-year program

How Will the Resident Associate Program Work?

  • Participating employers can hire a recent Loyola graduate, but with no commitment beyond one year, at a salary equivalent to a post-graduate legal fellowship.
  • Loyola provides graduates with a mandatory Legal Skills Boot Camp to sharpen practical legal skills prior to starting their employment. Subject to employers’ needs, training may include:
    • Training for Resident Associates working with law firms:
      • Case Management & Planning
      • Interpersonal Skills & Client Communications
      • Written Discovery & Depositions
      • E-Discovery
      • Practice Guides (Books, Westlaw & Lexis)
      • Judicial Council Forms
      • Negotiations
      • Court Visits
    • Training for Resident Associates working with corporate legal departments:
      • Litigation Management
      • Interpersonal Skills & Persuasive Writing
      • Contract Drafting & Review
      • Employment Law
      • Intellectual Property
      • E-Discovery
      • Negotiations
      • Ethics
  • Loyola provides additional CLE and professional development training for graduates during their participation in the program.

Employer registration for the 2015–2016 season is now closed. Registration for the 2016–2017 Resident Associate Program will begin in August 2016. If you would like to participate in the future, please contact Marla Najbergier or Jolene Horn.  If are looking to hire a graduate immediately, please submit your job opening here and contact the Career Development Center should you have any questions.