In order to apply for admission as a first year student to the JD program, you must have completed at least 90 semester units from an accredited undergraduate institution and expect to graduate and receive a bachelor's degree before the start of Orientation (typically in August). Final transcripts confirming conferral of all undergraduate degrees and advanced degrees must be submitted prior to the beginning of classes in the fall.
- JD Electronic Application
- Application Fee (Application fee is waived for the 2020 cycle until Jan. 15, 2020)
- CAS Report (includes official transcripts, LSAT scores, and letter(s) of recommendation)
- Personal Statement
- Letter(s) of Recommendation
- Résumé (optional, but strongly recommended)
- 2020 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.
The application fee is waived for the 2020 cycle until January 15, 2020.
CAS Reports include unofficial 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.
The Law School Admission Test is required of all applicants to the law school. The test is administered nine times a year - January, February, March, April, June, July, September, October, and November. For Fall 2020 applicants, we will only take into consideration LSAT scores from the June 2015 administration and later. In regards to multiple LSAT scores, we will take into consideration the highest score. In the case of widely disparate scores, you may attach an addendum explaining the reason for the differential.
We strongly encourage prospective applicants to sit for the LSAT exam by January 2020. We use a rolling admission policy and seats in the class are offered as early as January.
Applicants (to the Day Program) who take the March exam are at a competitive disadvantage because we do not receive these scores until April. (If you plan to take the March exam, we will not review your file until this score is released.) The last accepted LSAT score accepted for the part-time Evening Program is June.
*In collaboration with LSAC, the Khan Academy is now offering free LSAT prep. We encourage applicants to utilize this resource prior to sitting for the LSAT. Khan Academy's Free LSAT Prep allows prospective law students to develop a personalized study plan for the LSAT with official practice questions from the maker of the test, the Law School Admissions Council. Visit khanacademy.org/lsat for more information.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 application cycle, LMU’s, Loyola Law School will accept the LSAT or the GRE for both the JD Day Program and the JD Evening Program.
Applicants must submit all GRE scores from the last five years. Loyola requires that applicants submit all GRE scores if you have taken the exam more than one time, meaning you may not chose which scores to share.
The GRE is offered multiple times in a year. Please visit the ETS website for more information on test dates and requirements. We strongly recommend applicants sit for the GRE by January 2020 in order to be considered for priority admission. The final GRE test we will accept is February 24, 2020.
Applicants who apply using the GRE instead of the LSAT must use the Education Testing Service (ETS) to send scores to Loyola Law School. All GRE scores from the last 5 years must be reported. The ETS school code for Loyola Law School 3692. Applicants who apply using the GRE are still required to register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applicants may contact LSAC at LSAC.org or 215.968.1001 for more information
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.
Additionally, applicants must submit the following form with their application submission: Loyola Law School GRE Certification Statement.
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.
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 www.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 is accepted. Letters from family members or family friends are strongly discouraged.
Applicants must answer questions #1-9 on the "Disclosures" section of the application. Applicants who answer "yes" to questions #2-9 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.
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.
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.