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Loyola Law School is the law school of Loyola Marymount University, a private Catholic university in Los Angeles, California. Loyola was established in 1920.

Loyola Law School
LMU Loyola Law School logo
MottoAd maiorem Dei gloriam – Tua Luce Dirige
(For the greater glory of God – direct us by thy light)
Parent schoolLoyola Marymount University
Established1920[1] (1865)
School typePrivate, Roman Catholic
Parent endowment$432.6 million (as of 2015)
DeanMichael Waterstone
LocationLos Angeles, California, United States
Enrollment940[2]
Faculty135[2]
USNWR ranking62nd (2019)[3]
Bar pass rate72% (July 2018 first-time takers)[4]
Websitewww.lls.edu
ABA profileLoyola Marymount University

AcademicsEdit

Degrees offered include the Juris Doctor (JD); Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS); Master of Laws (LLM); Master of Laws in Taxation; Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA); and Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD).[5] Loyola has been an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school since 1935.[6] It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).[7]

U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola Law School 62nd in its "America's Best Graduate Schools 2020" feature.[1]

Loyola Law School's campus is located just west of downtown Los Angeles. It consists of an open central plaza surrounded by several contemporary buildings designed by Frank Gehry.[8] Its library has a collection of nearly 560,000 volumes.[9]

Bar passage rateEdit

Loyola's first-time takers of the July 2018 California Bar Exam passed at a rate of 72%, vs. the 64% rate for ABA-approved law schools.[10]

Post-graduation employmentEdit

Class of 2018Edit

According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2018, 90% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 85% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.[11]

ABA employment summary for 2018 graduates[12]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed – Bar Passage Required or JD Advantage
87.1%
Employed – Bar Passage Required
77.1%
Employed – J.D. Advantage
10%
Employed – Professional Position
.4%
Employed – Non-Professional Position
1.4%
Employed – Law School/University funded
1.4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
.4%
Unemployed – Start Date Deferred
0.4%
Unemployed – Not Seeking
1.8%
Unemployed – Seeking
6.8%
Employment Status Unknown
0.4%
Total of 280 graduates

Class of 2017Edit

According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2017, 87% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 70% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.[11]

ABA employment summary for 2017 graduates[13]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed – Bar Passage Required or JD Advantage)
83.94%
Employed – Bar Passage Required
70.23%
Employed – J.D. Advantage
13.71%
Employed – Professional Position
1.0%
Employed – Non-Professional Position
0.33%
Employed – Undeterminable
0.33%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
0.33%
Unemployed – Start Date Deferred
1.34%
Unemployed – Not Seeking
0.0%
Unemployed – Seeking
11.37%
Employment Status Unknown
0.0%
Total of 299 graduates

Class of 2016Edit

According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2016, 83% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 72% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.[14] The National Association for Law Placement created the term "JD Advantage" to "describe a category of jobs for which bar passage is not required but for which a JD degree provides a distinct advantage."[15]

ABA employment summary for 2016 graduates[16]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed – Bar Passage Required or JD Advantage
77.8%
Employed – Bar Passage Required
63.2%
Employed – J.D. Advantage
14.6%
Employed – Professional Position
1.97%
Employed – Non-Professional Position
1.40%
Employed – Undeterminable
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
0.56%
Unemployed – Start Date Deferred
0.56%
Unemployed – Not Seeking
1.40%
Unemployed – Seeking
12.4%
Employment Status Unknown
1.96%
Total of 356 graduates

Classes prior to 2016Edit

According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2015, 87.7% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 79.5% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.[17]

According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2014, 81.06% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 71% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.[18]

According to Loyola's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 50.1% of the class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation (excluding solo practitioners).[19]

CostsEdit

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Loyola Law School for the 2018-19 academic year is $89,326.[20] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $340,071.[20]

Programs and clinicsEdit

Loyola's clinicsEdit

Loyola Law School's 21 clinics include:

  • Center for Conflict Resolution, which provides mediation, conciliation, and facilitation services, as well as conflict resolution training.[21]
  • Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, serves as a holistic law firm representing youths in juvenile court. A small group of students each year are selected for a year-long clinic, receiving trial advocacy and procedure training from its staff of attorneys and social workers.[22] The CJLP includes the Juvenile Justice Clinic, the Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic and the Youth Justice Education Clinic. On Nov. 20, 2017, the Everychild Foundation announced that the CJLP was awarded its 2017 annual $1 million competitive grant to develop a program to train law students to represent foster youth involved in both dependency and delinquency courts.[23]
  • Loyola's International Human Rights Clinic pursues human rights claims by citizens against countries, tribunals and more. Its work has included seeking to establish domestic violence as cause for refugee status.[24] The clinic has more than two dozen matters pending before regional and international courts and tribunals.[25]
  • The Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic has conducted more than 10,000 client consultations since its 2012 client-intake event.[26]
  • In Loyola's Street Law Teaching Practicum, a legal non-profit that helps clients extricate themselves from abusive relationships, students teach survivors of domestic violence about essential legal skills useful to rebuilding their lives.[27]
  • The Workers' Rights Clinic partners Loyola students with workers' rights lawyers from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (AAJLA) and the Wage Justice Center to provide holistic services to low-wage immigrant workers in the areas of wage theft, employment discrimination, labor trafficking and retaliation [27]

Other programsEdit

  • Civil Justice Program, which convenes periodic conferences, seminars and presentations, promotes and publishes scholarly research, and initiates cross disciplinary projects.[28]
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law program, an interdisciplinary program run jointly with LMU's Seaver College of Science & Engineering, offers both lawyers and non-lawyers advanced skills training in compliance, incident response, risk assessment and more.[29] Media reports have noted that the program will draw on the school's traditional strengths in intellectual property, digital privacy and cybercrime, as well as its connections to nearby Silicon Beach.[30] The program is the first of its kind on the west coast.[31]
  • Entertainment Law Practicum, which provides students with hands-on experience in the entertainment industry while earning units toward their degree.[32]
  • Journalist Law School, providing fellowships to journalists for a legal study practicum [1]. The program has been cited as an important way for journalists to grow vital skills.[33]
  • The Master of Science in Legal Studies is a program for working professionals to develop the critical thinking and essential legal skills. There are six specializations: Corporate Law, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property and International Business Law.[34]
  • Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), a student-run organization focused on getting students involved in public interest causes and raising money for public interest grants.[35]

Law reviewsEdit

Loyola currently has three student-run and edited law reviews:

  • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review[36] is a publication devoted to the advancement of legal scholarship. Publishing articles on all legal topics, the Review seeks to identify and advance new legal research by scholars, practitioners, and students. Authors have included former President Jimmy Carter and NPR Legal Affairs Nina Totenberg.[37][38] The Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review celebrated its 50th anniversary in the 2017–18 academic year.[39]
  • Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review[40] is dedicated to the advancement of legal scholarship in the field of international law In April 2008, ILR held a symposium entitled Transformation in Iraq: From Ending a Modern War to Creating a Modern Peace.[41] Using Iraq as a test case, the symposium sought to assess the legitimacy and viability of modern occupation law against contemporary realities and recent developments in moral and political thought.[42]
  • Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review[43] publishes scholarly articles which frequently cover topics in constitutional law, sports law, intellectual property rights, communications regulation, antitrust law, employment law, contract law, corporate law, as well as computer and Internet law. ELR has also featured symposia on such topics as independent filmmaking, international rights of publicity and the use of law and identity to script cultural production.

Trial advocacy and moot courtEdit

Loyola's trial advocacy and moot court programs are ranked No. 4 nationally by U.S. News & World Report's "2020 Best Graduate Schools" rankings.[44]

Study-abroad programsEdit

Loyola offers study-abroad programs for J.D. students in Beijing, China, and Bologna, Italy.[citation needed]

Notable Loyola Law peopleEdit

FacultyEdit

  • Allan Ides, Professor (Loyola Law alumnus who served as U.S. Supreme Court Clerk)
  • Justin Hughes, Professor, former senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration
  • Laurie L. Levenson, criminal law professor and media commentator
  • Jessica Levinson, Professor, President, LA Ethics Commission
  • Justin Levitt, Professor, former deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division[45]
  • Yxta Maya Murray, legal scholar and novelist
  • Cesare P.R. Romano, international law expert and human rights litigator

Former facultyEdit

AlumniEdit

Attorneys and activistsEdit

JudiciaryEdit

Political figuresEdit

Other distinguished alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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