• International Human Rights Clinic: Experience on a World Stage

    Students in the International Human Rights Clinic tackle real issues occurring all over the globe and serve as a lifeline to victims of oppression. Professor and Clinic Adviser Cesare Romano works with his students to develop amicus briefs and communications to send to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.  In the past year, the clinic has provided legal advocacy to people in Ecuador, Jamaica and Haiti.  

  • For Alumnus Patrick Kelly '69, Public Service Takes Center Stage

    Patrick Kelly feels strongly enough about giving back through legal service that he was willing to forego a life playing guitar for well-known musical groups to pursue it. Instead, he made public service a through line of his long legal career and a campaign platform in his recent successful run for president of the California State Bar.

  • Curricular Innovations Set Loyola Apart

    During the spring 2013 semester, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles expanded its curriculum to include a bevy of unique and first-time course offerings along with an expanded focus on emerging practice areas such as healthcare law. The school has achieved all this while managing to produce a high output of externship work and a record-number of clerkships.

  • Michelle Roberts '13 Takes the Lead

    After working as a journalist with the Associated Press for 10 years, Michelle Roberts found herself at a crossroads: pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer or give up on it all together.  So pick up and move to Los Angeles she did.  Once at Loyola, she realized that her background in journalism prepared her well for life in the courtroom. 

  • Loyola Students Receive Top Writing Honors

    Loyola students have capitalized on legal research and writing classes early in their legal careers by entering and winning prominent legal writing competitions. Nicholas Krebs '15 holds the title as the only first-year law student to ever be chosen as a finalist for the GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition.  In addition, Loyola students won the first and runner-up prizes in the State Bar of California Fall 2012 Tax Writing Competition.

  • The Home Base Immigration Clinic Provides Legal Service and Hope

    The Home Base Immigration Clinic (HBIC), was established by two alumnae who sought to help underserved communities in East Los Angeles.  They discovered that immigrants face great obstacles once they have entered the criminal system, such as the inability to obtain legal services that they’re entitled to receive. Their cause gained support from Loyola faculty and the legal community which made the clinic a reality. Today, the HBIC provides legal services to immigrants with criminal convictions and seeks to educate Angelenos most vulnerable to deportation. 

  • With Immigrant Advocacy, Prof. Kim's Scholarship Speaks Volumes

    Professor Kathleen Kim realized her passion for immigrant advocacy as the child of first-generation immigrants from South Korea. She desired to put this passion into action while working with migrant workers as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. “They would come there every season from Mexico,” Kim said, noting that she saw “what appeared to be pretty horrendous working conditions.”

  • Loyola alumni lead on 2013 list of Southern California Super Lawyers

    Once again, Loyola alumni score top marks in the 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers. For the second year in a row Loyola eclipses the “Top 100” list with 22 alums, more than any other school. But the distinction doesn’t stop there, Loyola also ranks number one in the “Top 50 Women” category with 13 alumnae recognized. LLS was the only school in the double digits on this list.  Furthermore, the Law School claims five alums in the Orange County Top 50 and two in the coveted Top 10 list.


  • Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic

    Loyola Launches Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic

    Those convicted as juveniles for crimes they did not commit—or those serving excessive sentences for their juvenile convictions—now have a new ally: Loyola’s recently launched Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic.

    The clinic’s mission is twofold: pursue claims of actual innocence and seek to reduce the prison terms of clients sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. To be eligible for the clinic’s assistance, a defendant must have been convicted in Los Angeles County, but may be serving time anywhere.

  • For Future of Same-Sex Marriage, Prof. NeJaime Looks Back in Time

    Professor Doug NeJaime’s civic engagement and scholarship is driving debate concerning the future of marriage in America, but also rethinking its past. An professor of Family Law, Law & Sexuality and Ethical Lawyering, NeJaime’s current goals are lofty yet focused. “I’m trying to complicate the standard legal narrative in scholarship that traces the LGBT movement’s push for marriage to 1993 after the Hawaii Supreme Court decision.”

  • Three for Three: Three Questions for Three Alumni who are Military Veterans

    In 2009, Lt. Cmdr. Col. Russell Todd Zink ’00 left his job as an L.A. County deputy district attorney to become the commander of the 1st Battalion, 23rd (Marines), Afghanistan, otherwise known as the “Lone Star Battalion,” which consists of approximately 1,000 Marines from Texas and Louisiana. Their mission includes humanitarian efforts, emergency response, low-intensity conflict, counter-insurgency, security operations and conventional warfare.

  • Professor Alexandra Natapoff

    Delving Deep into Misdemeanors: Pulling the Veil Off an Overlooked World

    With one sentence, Professor Alexandra Natapoff summarized the thesis of her newest scholarly pursuit: examining the often-underlooked area of misdemeanor crimes and the consequences of their disproportionately low profile compared to felony prosecutions.

  • Inaugural Orientation II Gives First Years Early Career Guidance

    Loyola Law School offered its first-year students the unique opportunity to glean expertise on networking, professionalism and other practical skills from seasoned practitioners during “Orientation II: The Legal Profession and Your Place In It.” The inaugural  program was held Jan. 14 and 15 on Loyola’s downtown Los Angeles campus in the prelude to the spring 2013 semester.

  • Hon. Akemi Arakaki '98: A Team Player On and Off the Bench

    The Hon. Akemi Arakaki '98 sees the cross-over between playing basketball and presiding over cases.  

  • Project for the Innocent

    Project for the Innocent Students Ask, 'Who Can I Help Today?'

    The Project for the Innocent fields claims from petitioners who allege that they have been wrongfully convicted.  Since the Alarcón Advocacy Center’s dedication less than one year ago, the students have received hundreds of letters from inmates across the nation.  Students screen cases, research legal issues, interview witnesses and meet with inmates.  It provides invaluable exposure to real cases and clients for students with a passion for public interest law. 

  • Professor Laurie Levenson: Teaching, Practicing and Writing On Criminal Law

    Levenson recognizes the importance of experiential learning and leads two campus clinics: the Project for the Innocent and the Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic.

  • Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic

    Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic Puts Students on Front Lines of Death Penalty Appeals

    The clinic teaches skills that they can’t learn sitting inside a classroom.  They represent inmates on California’s death row with guidance from Federal Public Defenders.  “This is law at the highest level,” says clinic advisor Laurie Levenson, “because there’s so much at stake.” 

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    Center for Conflict Resolution

    The clinic is a critical component of Loyola's range of practical-training offerings.  Students handle a variety of cases which expose them to many areas of law including landlord-tenant disputes, debt collections, civil harassment, employment, property, and family law.

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    Loyola's Trial Advocacy Program Shines in Moot Court Successes

    Loyola's moot court teams evidenced their prowess in 2012, notching a string of victories at major competitions. 

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    Center for Restorative Justice Gives Hope to Victims, Offenders

    Loyola Law School’s Center for Restorative Justice (CRJ) hosted its second-annual “Another Way Conference” in February 2012. It brought together a cross-section of legal experts, politicians, social workers, law enforcement officials and many more for a timely discussion of restorative justice issues. 

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