Loyola Law School, Los Angeles opened its doors in 1920 and is among the first law schools established in Southern California. Loyola’s curriculum is one of breadth and depth. Its evening program is one of the most highly regarded in the nation, and its academic support programs are among the most innovative in the United States. Loyola Law School was the first ABA-approved law school in California with a pro bono requirement for graduation, and today we remain committed to legal ethics and the public interest.
The campus is in downtown Los Angeles, the center of legal activity and commerce in Southern California. This proximity to the downtown area is extremely advantageous for Loyola students because of the convenient access to federal and state courts and to the central offices of many major law firms.
Loyola’s location has the added benefit of being close to major sports, concert, and award venues, like the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, and Club Novo. Professional sports teams that play downtown include the Lakers, the Dodgers, and the Kings. Cultural centers such as the Natural History Museum, the Getty Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art are all nearby. Performing arts organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Center Theatre Group have also made downtown their home.
Law School Enrollment
- Total law school enrollment: 1,006
- JD—day division (full-time): 770
- JD—evening division (part-time): 168
- Non-JD: 66
Loyola Law School students benefit greatly from the faculty’s vast experience and their accessibility. There are 75 full-time professors, including two former US Supreme Court clerks, several former federal prosecutors, and many alumni from the largest national and international law firms. Their areas of expertise cover more than 120 legal specialties ranging from accounting, administrative law, and admiralty law to white collar crime, wine law, and youth education law, to name just a few. Students have a multitude of opportunities to interact with their professors in class and during office hours and special events. Students are even invited to join the professors at their faculty workshops.
Loyola Law School occupies an entire city block. A series of contemporary buildings surround a central courtyard, making the campus feel both intimate and open. Designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry, the campus has been the subject of much architectural acclaim, locally and internationally.
Just as impressive as Loyola Law School’s architectural design is its use of state-of-the-art technology. All classrooms are fully equipped with the newest audio-video equipment and teaching tools. Each classroom seat has access to an electrical outlet for laptop computers. Almost every class is digitally sound-recorded. Professors may make the recordings available to students through a course website, and many do. The entire campus is a wireless Internet hot spot.
Los Angeles offers a wide variety of neighborhoods and housing options. The campus is easily accessible from any part of the Los Angeles area by car or by public transportation. There is ample parking on campus in a private parking garage, and a private Law School shuttle service operates between campus and the nearest Metro Rail station a few blocks away at 7th and Figueroa Streets.
Degree Programs/Areas of Specialization
Loyola Law School offers the following degrees:
- Master of Laws (LLM) with specializations available in the following areas:
- Civil Litigation and Advocacy
- Criminal Justice
- Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
- Entertainment Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Business Law
- Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM in Taxation)
- Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS) (Application available at Master of Science in Legal Studies.)
- Master of Tax Law (MT) (Application available at A Degree in Tax Law for Non-Lawyers.)
- Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) (PLEASE NOTE: The JSD program is not yet WSCUC-approved, and students participating in the JSD program are not eligible for federal financial aid.)
Graduates of foreign law schools who enroll in the LLM program are not required to earn a specialization, but they may. JD graduates of American law schools who enroll in the LLM program must earn a specialization. JD graduates may not apply for the LLM program until three years after completing the JD degree.
For more information, visit Graduate Admissions, or contact:
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission to the law school is based on a comprehensive evaluation that includes the academic record, the professional goals statement, letters of recommendation, TOEFL/IELTS performance, and résumé. Professional experience, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and qualities such as motivation, maturity, and focus are also closely evaluated.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis for our non-JD programs. Application priority deadlines are listed below. All admitted students are considered for our scholarship programs, including our new 2017 LLM Scholarship Program. This scholarship program awards up to $25,000 to top applicants. Some scholarship recipients can have their LLM tuition reduced by as much as 50 percent. The committee uses the merits of the file to evaluate the admitted student’s potential to contribute to our community.
|LLM Program||March 1||October 21||n/a|
|Tax LLM||June 1||November 13||March 31|
|JSD Program||February 17||October 21||n/a|