Resident Associate Program

RAP Moen
RAP participant Matt Moen '15 with his colleagues at the firm Baltodano & Baltodano LLP.

If you are an employer at a small to mid-size firm that does not typically hire entry-level attorneys, you are invited to participate in Loyola’s innovative Resident Associate Program (“RAP”)—a program designed to meet both the needs of employers and the newest members of our profession. Our desire is to make it cost-effective for employers to hire our recent graduates, while helping our recent graduates achieve their practice goals. In response to these needs, Loyola created RAP.

What is the Resident Associate Program?

Through RAP, we encourage small and mid-size firms that do not typically hire entry-level attorneys, to hire our most recent graduates at a salary similar to a post-graduate legal fellowship, and the Law School shares the responsibility of continuing to train them.

How Does the Resident Associate Program Work?

  • Cost: Employers can hire a newly licensed attorney and pay a salary that is lower than the market rate; we leave it to the employer's discretion but suggest paying between $58,000 and $75,000 per year.
  • Commitment: The Resident Associate will be hired for a minimum of one year; the employer and the associate determine if the associate will stay on for a longer term.

Additional Reasons to Participate:

  • The screening process is easy—Loyola collects the application materials for you
  • Video pre-screening of candidates is available
  • Employers provide hiring preferences and requirements, conduct interviews, and make final selections

What Does the Training Cover?

Loyola provides graduates with a mandatory Legal Practice Boot Camp to sharpen practical legal skills prior to starting their employment. Training includes:

  • Written Discovery
  • California Civil Motions
  • Anatomy of a Case
  • Using Practice Guides (Books, Westlaw & Lexis)
  • Depositions
  • Interpersonal Skills

Loyola offers additional CLE and professional development training for graduates during their participation in the program. 

Partial List of Past Participating Employers

Brown, White & Osborn, LLP
Carico Johnson Toomey LLP
Daily | Aljian
Dal Soglio & Martens LLP
Estelle & Kennedy
Ford & Diulio PC
George L. Mallory, Jr. & Assoc.
Geragos & Geragos
Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter
Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP
Kermisch & Paletz, LLP
Law+Brandmeyer, LLP
Law Offices of Carol A. Sobel
Law Offices of Countryman & McDaniel
Lederer Nojima LLP
Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe
Primuth & Driskell, LLP
Severson & Werson
The Fullman Firm, P.C.
Ulwelling Siddiqui LLP
Van Vleck Zaller + Robinson LLP

What Employers Are Saying About the Resident Associate Program

In the last three years, employers have hired over 50 Resident Associates and have been extremely pleased with the program.

Our Resident Associate is great! I have told multiple people about this program. I can’t believe how great it is. I like the program very much and I would recommend it."

— JOHN NOJIMA (Partner), Lederer Nojima LLP

“Everything is going incredibly well with [our Resident Associate].  He has a great attitude and is a great writer.  He is eager to learn, develop, and grow.  We are including him in mediations, and he will argue a motion in court because we know he can handle it.  He is doing work above and beyond a first year, and we think the world of him.”

— ERICA BALTODANO (Partner), Baltodano & Baltodano LLP

Read more about Baltodano & Baltodano's participation in RAP.

How Can I Become a Participating Employer?

If you have any questions about becoming a RAP employer, please contact Marla Najbergier.