Frequently Asked Questions for Western State Students

  • Who is eligible to apply as a transfer student?

    Students who have completed their first year in a full-time or part-time ABA accredited institution are eligible to apply.

  • When can I apply to transfer into Loyola?

    The transfer application opens on May 15, 2019 and the priority deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.

     

  • Can I apply to either the Day or Evening program as a transfer student?

    Yes, you can apply to enroll into the full-time Day program or the part-time Evening program for Fall 2019.

  • How many units are accepted to transfer into Loyola?

    Loyola Law School will accept up to 29 units of transfer credits.

  • How much does it cost to apply?

     Loyola Law School does not have an application fee for transfer students.

  • What are the requirements to apply for transfer?

    Students must complete the transfer application on the LSAC.org website.  Students must have an updated CAS report sent to us from LSAC that includes their official law school transcripts.  Students are also required to submit a personal statement.  A resume is recommended.  One letter of recommendation is optional. 

  • What documents are needed from the previous law school to apply for transfer?

    Transfer students must submit their law school transcript that includes all grades received at the previous law school.  They must also submit a letter of standing, which is usually provided by the Registrar’s Office at their previous law school.  They will also need to submit their law school ranking.  This is sometimes on the student’s law school transcript or other times, can be a separate document from the previous law school.  The student must apply through the LSAC.org website.

  • Which Western State students will be competitive during the transfer process?

    Students who are in the top 30% of their class at Western State are competitive in the transfer process.  However, the Admissions Office takes a holistic approach when reviewing applications.  We encourage anyone who feels that they have something unique to add to Loyola to apply.

  • Can students who have completed two full-time years at Western State apply?

    No, students who have completed two years at Western State or any other ABA accredited institution should apply to visit at Loyola Law School for their third year.  These students should apply for visiting status. 

  • Can students who have completed two part-time years at Western apply?

    Yes, students who have completed two years at Western State or any other ABA accredited institution with part-time status can apply to transfer to Loyola.

     

  • Can students who have completed one semester at Western State apply to transfer?

    No, students who have completed one semester of a full time or part time ABA accredited program are not eligible to apply for transfer.  These students will have to apply for admissions into the first year class.  The application for first year opens in September 2019.

  • Are externship units accepted to transfer?

    No, students are not able to transfer externship units to Loyola Law School.

  • How do I know which classes will transfer to Loyola?

    After a student is admitted at Loyola Law School, a student’s law school transcript will go under review via an articulation process.  The law school will determine which classes transfer into Loyola based upon the previous classes that you took and the grade that you received in each particular class.  In some instances, Loyola may request a syllabus from your previous law school class to determine whether the class is transferrable or not.  At the end of this process, you will receive a Transfer Articulation Letter that outlines the classes and number of units that will transfer into Loyola Law School.  This document will also list the courses that you must successfully complete at Loyola Law School to graduate. 

  • Are transfer students eligible for scholarships?

    The Scholarship Committee reviews the scholarship policy annually.  This year's policy will be determined by June 15th, 2019.  Historically speaking, the Scholarship Committee targets the top 10% of the transfer class to award some form of scholarship.  This means that transfer students who rank in the top 10% of their previous law school’s class typically have been eligible for some form of scholarship in the past.  

  • Are interviews available for transfer students?

    No, the Admissions Office does not conduct interviews for the transfer admissions process.

  • How can I learn more about applying to Loyola and the Loyola experience?

    The Admissions Office will host a Transfer Student Information Session on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm.  Please RSVP on our website at: lls.edu/visit.  The Admissions Office also hosts campus tours on a weekly basis throughout the summer.  Please sign up at: lls.edu/visit.