The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of an applicant’s qualifications. 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.
Enrollment in the JSD program is limited to applicants who have received a Juris Doctorate (JD) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from an ABA-accredited American law school or the foreign equivalent. Additionally, foreign educated applicants most also have an LLM from an ABA-approved law school.
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, academic transcripts, TOEFL/IELST score report, recommendation letters, and résumé.
Applications for the Fall semester are accepted on a rolling basis. For priority review, especially for scholarship consideration, applications for Fall admission should be received by March 1.
CREDENTIAL ASSEMBLY SERVICE REPORT
Prospective students need to register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The LLM CAS law school report includes copies of all law/professional school transcripts and copies of letters of recommendation.
Learn more about the Credential Assembly Service Report online. Applicants may contact the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for more information at www.LSAC.org or (215)968-1315.
PROFESSIONAL GOALS STATEMENT
A professional goals statement is required and assists the Admissions Committee in selecting an outstanding entering class. The professional goals statement should address the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the LLM program.
The professional goals statement should be typed, double-spaced, and submitted (electronically attached) with the application. The 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.
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 two letters of recommendation and are encouraged to use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. For more information, visit www.LSAC.org.
Applicants are required to submit a résumé. A 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. We recommend a traditional résumé format with recent or most relevant experience listed first.
The application form requires disclosure of any charge, arrest, 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 such 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.
A written explanation (electronic attachment) must accompany any "yes" response for questions five through seven on the Disclosures section of the application.
TOEFL OR IELTS SCORE REPORT
Applicants presenting credentials from a law school in which English was not the primary language of instruction must also present a TOEFL or IELTS score. Competitive applicants should present a TOEFL score of at least 600 or better on the paper based TOEFL exam, 250 on the computer-based version, or a minimum total score of 100 (with a score of 25 for each of the four subsections) on the IBT TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score accepted is 7.0 in every IELTS section. Unfortunately, Loyola cannot offer conditional acceptance for students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score requirement.
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