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 in a changed market. 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?

  • To participate in RAP, recent graduates must attend a Legal Skills Boot Camp, preparing them to hit the ground running to work on a variety of matters, including:
    • Advanced Legal Research
    • California Civil Motions
    • Written Discovery
    • Depositions
  • Starting September 2016 through February 2017, the Career Development Center will collect Resident Associates’ statements of interest, resumes, transcripts, writing samples, and video prescreening interviews and submit those materials to participating employers
  • During that time, firms can hire our Resident Associates at a salary similar to a legal fellowship with no commitment beyond one year
  • Resident Associates can work at the participating employers’ firms as law clerks pending bar results
  • Loyola provides additional training for Resident Associates during their participation in the year-long program

How Can I Become a Participating Employer?

Although hiring through RAP does not begin until September 2016, employers can register for the 2016–2017 season now by clicking here. If you have any questions about becoming a RAP employer, please contact Marla Najbergier or Jolene Horn.