Admission to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is based on a number of factors, including the applicant’s academic record, Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score, work and life experience, and personal statement. A complete application consists of the following:
- A complete application through Law School Admissions Council (LSAC),
- A valid LSAT score,
- A complete Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report submitted to Loyola Law through lsac.org that includes transcripts from each college and/or university attended, up to and including conferral of each bachelor, graduate, or professional degree,
- A personal statement,
- A resume that includes education, extracurricular activities, work history, community service, and other awards, and
- Two letters of recommendation (dated on or after March 1, 2016). The Law Admissions Office will accept up to three letters of recommendation.
Based upon candidates' answers to questions regarding moral character and potential fitness to practice law, applicants may be required to supplement their application with additional documentation. All supporting documents must be electronically attached to the application.
Undergraduate Degree Requirement
Applicants are required to complete all undergraduate degree work prior to beginning their law studies at Loyola.
Loyola’s Early Admissions Program allows applicants who have completed three-fourths of their undergraduate degree requirements at Loyola University New Orleans to be considered for admission to the College of Law. Applicants to this program must have stronger credentials (i.e. GPA, LSAT) than those who would have normally completed four years of undergraduate studies.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
All law applicants must submit a valid LSAT score. A score is considered to be valid if it is no older than five years. If an applicant has significant variance between LSAT scores (e.g. six or more points), an explanation should accompany the application.
Applicants are encouraged to be well prepared before sitting for the LSAT. The test may not be taken for practice in a formal test administration. Applicants are referred to http://lsac.org/jd/lsat/preparing-for-the-lsat for information about preparing for the LSAT, including sample tests that may be acquired.
All applicants must indicate on the application when they have taken or anticipate taking the LSAT. If the applicant indicates a future test date, the application will not be evaluated until the admissions office receives the report for the indicated test date. If the applicant does not sit for the indicated test, the applicant must notify the law admissions office in order to resume the evaluation process.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
All applicants must register with LSAC's CAS for the compilation of their academic record. Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution that the applicant has attended must be forwarded to LSAC. Transcripts are considered to be official only when they have been forwarded directly to LSAC by a university's or college's registrar. LSAC will provide the College of Law with applicants' CAS reports.
We require international applicants to take the LSAT and register for the CAS, unless they have earned an international law degree. All foreign transcripts sent to LSAC will be evaluated and processed through CAS. Loyola Law also requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, including the Test of Written English and the Test of Spoken English for applicants in which English is a foreign language. These applicants should contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for TOEFL registration at www.toefl.org. Applicants must request that ETS send relevant scores to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code is 0058. Loyola Law will then receive them in the applicant’s CAS report.
Loyola University New Orleans assists international students with securing the appropriate visas. Contact the Law Admissions Office for more information.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation (limit of three). Recommendation letters looked upon most favorably are sent by the applicant's undergraduate or graduate professors, as these give better evidence of the applicant's capabilities as a student. However, one who can attest to the applicant's skills and abilities to succeed in law school are helpful, such as writing acumen, time management, and work ethic.
Personal Statement & Diversity Statement
A personal statement, up to three pages in length and written in the applicant's own words, is required. The personal statement is applicants' opportunity to promote and personalize their applications, highlighting accomplishments that may not otherwise be addressed in other areas of the application.
Applicants may supplement their application with a Diversity Statement. This optional statement does not replace the Personal Statement, but is intended to provide the Faculty Admissions Committee with additional background information. The Admissions Committee may consider applicants' race or ethnicity, socio-economic background, geographic background, religious affiliations, gender identity or expression, military experience, hardships, sexual orientation, and unique life experiences. The Diversity Statement should not exceed two pages.
Applicants who wish to transfer from another law school approved by the American Bar Association must follow the same application procedure as an initial admission applicant. In addition, transfer applicants must have completed at least 24 credit hours of law study, but not more than one-half of their law program prior to admission to Loyola. An official law school transcript, letter of good standing, and written explanation for transferring must accompany the application. Transfer applicants who have been academically dismissed, or those on scholastic probation, are not eligible for admission to the College of Law. Find out more »
ABA Standard 504: Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.