Loyola University Law School in New Orleans is a Jesuit school and one of only three law schools that offer curricula in both civil and common law; it is currently ranked in the third tier by U.S. News and World Report.
Loyola Law is noted for its wide selection of international programs as well as for its students' success in moot court competitions; the school's acceptance rate was 62.7% in 2007.
Loyola Law's three-year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program operates from mid-August to mid-May; there also a part-time program, currently ranked as the 46th best part-time program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The school's website also contains information on housing.
7214 St. Charles Avenue, PO Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118
Total enrollment: 850
Student to Faculty Ratio: 1: 17.5
Class of 2010 GPA/LSAT Scores
LSAT 25/75 Percentile: 149-155
LSAT Median: 152
UGPA 25/75 Percentile: 3.09-3.56
UGPA Median: 3.33
Costs and Fees (2010-11)
Tuition: $36,332 (full-time); $24,612 (part-time)
Application fee: $40
Priority application deadline: February 1 in the year seeking Fall admission.
In addition to the application, applicants must submit:
- LSDAS report and LSAT score
- Personal statement
- All required addenda (more information on the application)
For complete information on admission procedures at Loyola Law, see Admission Requirements.
Loyola Law accepts applications for transfer from students who have completed one year of full-time study at an ABA-approved law school; applicants should show "evidence of above-average academic study in their prior law record." Interested students should submit the application and fee as well as the following:
- Essay with reason for transferring
- Law school transcript
- Letter of good standing
- LSDAS/LSAT report
For more information on transferring to Loyola Law, see Transfer Admission.
Degrees and Curriculum
In order to earn a Juris Doctor degree, a Loyola Law student must earn 90 credit hours; in addition to many required basic courses such as Contracts and Property Law, degree candidates must also complete a writing requirement, a perspective course, the law and poverty requirement, and eight skills credits. For more detailed information, see Academic Regulations.
Loyola Law offers several study abroad opportunities, including summer programs in Vienna, Brazil, Hungary, Mexico, Russia, and Costa Rica.
Law Journals and Other Activities
Loyola Law has four student-run law journals: Loyola Law Review, Journal of Public Interest Law, Maritime Law Journal, and the Loyola Law and Technology Annual.
Along with many student organizations, the law school also has several centers and institutes for specific legal interests such as the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Music and Arts Entrpreneurship, and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center.
Bar Exam Passage Rate
Most Loyola University Law School graduates take the Louisiana Bar Exam; in 2007, they achieved a 79.7% pass rate while the state average was 75%.
Loyola Law reports that from the 2005 graduating class, 62% went into private practice, 15% entered government careers, 12% accepted positions in business and industry, 8% secured judicial clerkships, 2% pursued public interest careers, and 1% entered academia.