In order to apply for admission to the MLS 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.
Please note the American Bar Association does not allow credits received in an MLS program to be transferred to a JD degree.
- Application Deadline
- MLS Application
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcripts
- Letters of Recommendation
- TOEFL/IELTS Requirement (if applicable)
Applicants should apply to Loyola's MLS program by the Fall 2020 deadline:
Fall 2020 Term
Priority deadline is May 1, 2020
Classes begin on Monday, August 17, 2020
Candidates can apply directly to Loyola by completing the MLS Application form online. The application form asks applicants to complete and upload a personal statement, résumé, copy of TOEFL/IELTS score (if applicable) and unofficial transcripts online. Please note that letters of recommendation must be delivered or emailed directly from your recommender. A copy of your letter(s) of recommendation may be accepted for the evaluation but official letter(s) must be received before the orientation.
We require a personal statement to assist the Admissions Committee in selecting a highly-qualified and diverse entering class, and in assessing each applicant's written English skills. The personal statement provides each applicant with the opportunity to describe his or her interest in the MLS program, 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 typed: 2-3 pages in length and, double spaced, using no smaller than 10 point font. The personal statement must be the original work of the applicant.
U.S. applicants must submit a transcript for baccalaureate and all post-baccalaureate degrees. You may submit an unofficial copy of your transcripts, but if you are admitted you must submit official transcripts before enrollment. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the school, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope.
International applicants must submit an official English translation or certified evaluation of an official transcript for baccalaureate and all post-baccalaureate degrees.
Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the recommender, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with application materials. In addition, the MLS Letter of Recommendation Form must be fully completed and accompany the letters of recommendation in order for Loyola to match the letters to an applicant's file.
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 letter(s) 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 required to submit a résumé. A candidate's résumé 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.
Foreign-educated applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The Admissions Committee prefers TOEFL scores of 90 and higher; however, the application will be reviewed in its totality. A slightly lower TOEFL score may be acceptable if the candidate’s other qualifications are very strong. The Admissions Committee will accept an IELTS score report in place of a TOEFL score report. Every IELTS score will be converted into an estimated TOEFL score by using this comparison table. Applicants who retake the TOEFL or IELTS may submit their new score to the Office of Admissions.
Individuals who are native English speakers or who have completed a baccalaureate or a post-baccalaureate degree at an English language institution of higher education may request a waiver of the English language test score requirement.
Applicants must answer questions on the "Disclosures" section of the application. Applicants who answer "yes" to these questions 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.
Loyola Law School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Law School. Consistent with its obligations under the law, Loyola Law School prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the Law School's programs and activities, including hiring, compensation, work assignments, and promotion. Loyola Law School also prohibits unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. For inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy, contact Loyola Law School’s Director of Human Resources/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at 213.736.1415 or the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 310.568.6105.