Applicants must have already completed a JD or an LLM at an ABA-approved law school.

JSD Program Guide

You can find the Official JSD Student Handbook by clicking here

We have also provided an unofficial guide to the JSD Program summarizing how the JSD program is structured, as well as useful tips on how to prepare a dissertation proposal and how to select a professor to supervise your dissertation

Application Requirements

Electronic Application

The application process begins with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website where applicants can complete and submit an electronic application to Loyola.  LSAC is also the clearing house for an applicant's professional goals statement, dissertation, academic transcripts, TOEFL/IELST score report, recommendation letters, and résumé. 

Application Fee 

There is no application fee for Fall 2018.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report

Prospective students need to register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Your CAS Law School Report includes copies of all law/professional school transcripts; copies of letters of recommendation; and copies of English proficiency exam scores, if applicable.

Learn more about the Credential Assembly Service Report online. Applicants may contact the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for more information at or (215)968-1315.

Professional Goals Statement

A professional goals statement is required and assists the Admissions Committee in selecting qualified applicants. Professional goals statements should address the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the JSD Program.  

The professional goals statement should be typed, double-spaced, and submitted (electronically attached) with the application.  Required font size of the professional goals statement is 10 pt. or larger; recommended length is two pages.  

The professional goals statement must be the original work of the applicant. The applicant's LSAC account number should appear on all documents.

Dissertation Proposal

A dissertation proposal is required.  The dissertation proposal should thoughtfully and methodically describe the general dissertation topic and any specific issues within the general topic on which an applicant may later decide to more narrowly focus.  A more developed dissertation proposal could also include a brief review of existing literature on the topic, and a research plan.

The dissertation proposal should be typed, double-spaced, formatted with one-inch margins, and submitted (electronically attached) with the application.  Required font size of the dissertation proposal is 10 pt. or larger in Times New Roman font; required length is five pages.  

The dissertation proposal must be the original work of the applicant.  To submit the dissertation proposal, please add and upload it with the professional goals statement.  The applicant's LSAC account number should appear on all documents.

Please review unofficial guide for more information about how to prepare your dissertation proposal.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation offer insight into a prospective student's potential for success in the program 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, character traits, and professional experience. Academic and/or employer or supervisor letters are accepted.

Candidates are required to submit three letters of recommendation and must use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. For more information, visit


Applicants are required 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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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.