The LLS Difference
LLS once again scored top marks in the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list and dominates the “Top 100 Lawyers” list with 19 alumni, more than any other school. And the distinction doesn’t stop there: LLS also ranks No. 1 in the “Top 50 Women” category with 13 alumnae recognized, the only school to reach double digits on this list. The law school also claims eight alumni in the Orange County "Top 50" list.
Also, LLS's unparalleled commitment to social justice is reflected in the variety and richness of its 21+ live-client legal clinics, whose students have dedicated more than 30,000 pro bono hours per year to helping, since 1996, over 74,000 clients. Known collectively as the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic, these clinics share a 23,000-square-foot facility that simulates the experience of a law practice with several specialties, thereby giving students practical experience working in a law-firm setting.
Follow the law school on Instagram for campus updates and interactive story-telling by students like 3L Mikyla Azim as she documents a day in her busy life working part-time at an entertainment law firm and participating in a number of LLS programs.
In order to apply for admission as a first-year student to the JD program, you must have received or expect to receive a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before classes begin (August 2023). Final transcripts confirming conferral of all undergraduate degrees and advanced degrees must be submitted prior to the beginning of classes in the fall.
JD Application Available on LSAC.org: September 12, 2022
Early Decision Agreement & Application Deadline: December 1, 2022
JD Day Program Priority Deadline: February 15, 2023
JD Evening Program Priority Deadline: April 15, 2023
Standard Review Timeline: 6-8 weeks (subject to variation)
- JD Electronic Application
- Application Fee
- CAS Report (includes official transcripts, LSAT scores, and letter(s) of recommendation)
- LSAT or GRE
- Personal Statement
- Letter(s) of Recommendation
- Résumé (optional, but strongly recommended)
- 2023 Early Decision Agreement (optional)
The application process begins when you visit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website where you can register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and complete and submit an electronic application to Loyola. LSAC is also the clearing house for your personal statement, transcripts, and recommendation letters.
Click here to create an account on LSAC.org
The application fee is waived until December 31, 2022 for all applicants. There is a $65.00 fee beginning on January 1, 2023. The application fee will remain waived for alumni and current students (Undergraduate and Graduate programs) of Loyola Marymount University.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
Applicants applying with only a GRE score must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for the submission of their application materials. CAS Reports include official transcripts and LSAT scores. We encourage applicants to register with LSAC in the fall; you may register online at www.lsac.org. In order to avoid any delays, it is important that applicants contact LSAC to ensure that all required materials and fees have been received. Learn more about the CAS Report.
LSAT or GRE
Prospective students are required to take a standardized test for admission -- either the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) or the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). Applicants who take both the LSAT and the GRE must submit their LSAT scores, but can choose whether to submit their GRE scores. In this case, the LSAT will be used in determining an admissions decision.
The April 2023 LSAT is the last score we will accept for the Full-Time Day program. The June 2023 LSAT is the last score we will accept for the JD Evening Program.
We will only take into consideration LSAT scores from the June 2017 administration and later. The final GRE test we will accept for the JD Day program is February 24, 2023. The final GRE test we will accept for the JD Evening program is June 8, 2023.
We strongly encourage prospective students to sit for either exam by January 2023. We use a rolling admission policy and seats in the class are offered as early as December.
GRE applicants must use the Education Testing Service (ETS) to send scores to Loyola Law School and submit a GRE Certification Statement. All GRE scores from the last 5 years must be reported, meaning you may not choose which scores to share. The ETS school code for Loyola Law School is 3692. GRE-only applicants must email email@example.com once their GRE score(s), application, and GRE Certification Statement have been submitted so that we can manually complete their application in our system.
Applicants who take the exam after January may be at a competitive disadvantage because we do not receive these scores until later in the cycle. (If you plan to take a later exam, we will not review your file until this score is released.) Students who sit for these exams later in the cycle may not receive priority consideration for scholarship awards.
The Admissions Committee will use the highest score for test takers with multiple scores. Applicants with significant score differences (more than 3 points) are encouraged to submit a brief, explanatory statement with their admissions materials.
A personal statement is required and assists the Admissions Committee in selecting a highly-qualified and diverse entering class. It is also used to assess each applicant's written English skills. The personal statement provides each applicant with the opportunity to describe his or her interest in law school, the uniqueness of his or her character and experience, and his or her potential to contribute to Loyola'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. The applicant's LSAC account number should appear on all documents.
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Only one letter of recommendation is required but we will accept an additional letter for a total of two per application. Letters of recommendation must be submitted via the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service (for more information, visit LSAC.org).
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.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a résumé. Résumés should not exceed two typed pages and may include: education information (including honors and awards), employment history, extracurricular or community activities, military service, publications, special achievements, etc.
Applicants must answer questions #1-10 on the "Disclosures" section of the application. Applicants who answer "yes" to questions #3-10 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.
Qualifications for 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.
Loyola Law School admits qualified students and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, national origin (including language and language use restrictions), ancestry, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), denial of Family and Medical Care Leave, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age 40 or over, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other bases protected by federal (including but not limited to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), state or local law. The University does not discriminate on these bases, or any other basis protected by law, in the administration of any of its education or admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment policies and practices. All University policies, practices, and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with LMU's Jesuit identity and character. For inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy, contact the University EEO Specialist, who is the designated Title IX Coordinator for the University, at Human Resources, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90045 or at (310) 568-6105.