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Admission to Loyola's College of Law is competitive, based on the applicant’s undergraduate academic record, score on the Law School Admissions test (LSAT), and personal statement. A complete file consists of the following:
- A completed application through lsac.org (Law School Admissions Council).
- A Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score.
- A complete http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/cas report which includes all prior undergraduate transcripts sent by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) to Loyola College of Law Admissions office.
- A personal statement.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or three fourths of a bachelor’s degree if applying for our Early Admission Program, see below).
- Two letters of recommendation (limit of three).
All documents must be sent electronically attached to the electronically submitted application form.
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When should I apply?
Students beginning the study of law will be admitted only in the fall semester. The processing of applications begins in the fall prior to the fall semester you wish to attend. Applications will not be processed prior to October 1. There is no application deadline; however, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications as early as possible.
Loyola College of Law operates under a rolling admissions system which means evaluations will be made in chronological order as application files become complete in the admissions office. Applications complete prior to December 1 of each year could have a decision before the semester break. Offers of admission will be made until the class is full. Applications completed by March are generally given priority. Applications completed after this date will be processed on a space-available basis only.
Applicants are strongly urged to complete all degree work prior to beginning their law studies at Loyola. No specific undergraduate courses are prerequisite. Students are advised, however, to pursue courses in their undergraduate program that will enable them to acquire skills in written communication, logical and analytical development.
Loyola’s Early Admissions Program does allow applicants who have completed three-fourths of their undergraduate degree requirements to be admitted to the law school. Applicants to this program must have higher entering credentials than those who will be entering law school with an undergraduate degree.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
All law applicants must submit a current Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. A score is considered to be current if it was received no more than five years prior to the date of planned enrollment. If multiple LSAT scores are submitted, an explanation should accompany the application. The highest score will be used for the admissions evaluation.
The LSAT is offered four times each year—June, September/October, December, and February. Applicants are encouraged to be well prepared before sitting for the LSAT and are forewarned that the test may not be taken for “practice” in a formal LSAT setting. 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 trigger the evaluation of the application.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service for the compilation of their undergraduate records. Official transcripts from every college or university attended should be forwarded to LSAC to complete the applicant’s CAS report. Transcripts are considered to be “official” only when they have been forwarded directly to LSAC by the registrar of a university or college. Hence, under no circumstance should an applicant directly forward a copy of the transcript to LSAC.
Upon receipt of all transcripts, LSAC will compute the undergraduate record by year, and by school, as a total cumulative record. The CAS report transmitted to the law school will reflect this compilation and will include, as well, photocopies of all transcripts used in such compilation. An identical copy of the CAS report (without transcripts) will be forwarded to the applicant simultaneously with its transmission to the Office of Law Admissions. The Loyola College of Law application file is only considered complete if a transcript from every college or university attended is included in the CAS report.
We require international applicants to take the LSAT and register for the CAS, unless they are licensed to practice law. All foreign transcripts sent to LSAC will be evaluated and processed through CAS. There is no additional fee for non-US transcript evaluation; it is included in the standard CAS fee. In addition, all international applicants requiring F-1 or J-1 visas must submit an affidavit of support certifying the ability to fund one’s law school tuition and living expenses. Affidavits of Support will be issued with the acceptance decision. All applicants requiring a visa are encouraged to apply as early as possible as there could be delays in visa processing.
Applicants will be notified upon receipt of the application for admission. The time spent in reviewing applications is considerable. Hence, the applicant must anticipate delay in being advised of the final status decision. The status of your application through the application process may be checked online at: https://aces2.lsac.org/YourStatus/membership/logon.aspx. User name and password will be emailed to all applicants within approximately 2 weeks after receipt of the application in the Admissions Office.
Since a rolling admission process is used, those who have credentials above those of the previous entering class mean ordinarily will be advised of admission within the shortest period of time.
Academic Record Vs. LSAT Score
The median LSAT for those offered admission for the fall 2013 class was a 151 and their cumulative undergraduate grade point median was 3.15. Applicants are referred to the Official Guide to Approved Law Schools published by the Law School Admissions Council in conjunction with the American Bar Association to review the profile grid of the most recent application pool.
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, any one who can write about the applicant's skills and abilities to succeed in law school are helpful (Professional letters are welcome).
In addition to the application forms and CAS report, a complete application package must include a personal statement. The personal statement is the applicant’s opportunity to promote and personalize his/her application highlighting accomplishments and uniqueness that the applicant may bring to the student body. Factors, in addition to the LSAT and undergraduate grade point average, considered as a part of the evaluation include, but are not limited to: grade point average trends, grade point average at degree granting school, school(s) attended and degree(s) obtained, major (rigorousness), diversity (ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, geographical, and under-represented religious affiliations), work experience, community service, military service, hardships overcome, and unique life experiences.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit additional materials that will assist the Office of Law Admissions in reaching an appropriate decision. Examples of such materials include résumés, addenda, and diversity statements. The applicant may provide a résumé which presents a more illuminating portrait of the applicant’s skills and accomplishments or such other information considered necessary by the applicant for a thorough evaluation of the application.
An applicant may submit an addendum to explain something within their application (i.e. retaking the LSAT or explaining a dip in grades). This statement may be submitted separately from the personal statement and should not exceed one page.
A Diversity Statement is an optional written statement. Loyola University New Orleans College of Law has a strong commitment to diversity. The Admissions Committee takes into consideration the backgrounds of our applicants. In addition to academic factors, the Committee considers whether applicants are traditional or non-traditional students, their race, ethnicity, socio-economic backgrounds, geographical diversity, membership in underrepresented religious affiliations, work experience, community service, military service, history of overcoming hardships, and unique life experiences. Please limit Diversity Statement submissions to two pages.
All material submitted should be relevant. Documentation such as term papers, theses, photographs, and published articles will be neither considered nor returned. All supplemental documents should be submitted with the electronic application.
Loyola will consider all graduate work pursued by an applicant. Official graduate transcripts may be submitted to LSAC to be included with the CAS report or directly to the College of Law by the respective graduate school. Applicants should be advised that although LSAC will forward copies of the graduate transcripts to the College of Law, it will not compute grade point averages for any graduate material. The College of Law will not incorporate graduate work into the applicant’s cumulative academic average. Graduate study will be given weight only in addition to the undergraduate record and LSAT score.
Applicants are not required to be interviewed during the decision-making process. As our applications received numbered almost 2,000 last year, it is not possible for the admissions office to meet with all applicants. Should an applicant wish to ascertain additional information or discuss certain facets of his or her case presented in a face to face meeting, the admissions office is always pleased to discuss the application process only for informational purposes. Applicants desiring an interview are requested to call the Office of Law Admissions at (504) 861-5575 to arrange a mutually convenient time.
How do I transfer to Loyola University's College of Law?
If you wish to transfer from another law school approved by the American Bar Association, you must follow the same application procedure as an initial admission applicant. In addition, you’ll need to present an official transcript of at least one year's law study. You should have completed no more than one-half of your law program prior to admission to Loyola. If you have been excluded for defective scholarship or are on scholastic probation, you are not eligible for admission to this College of Law. Find out more »
If for some reason an application cannot be submitted through lsac.org, please contact the Loyola Admissions Office at (504) 861-5575.
Need more information about admissions requirements? These links may be helpful:
- Certification of Application
- Transfer and Advanced Standing Admission
- Visiting, Transient, and Summer School Students
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.