Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a campus visit?
Campus visits are not currently available. Please contact the Office of Law Admissions after Labor Day (September 2, 2019).
How do I apply for admissions?
Applications must be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).
What is included in a complete application?
A current Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Note: we will not be accepting the July 2020 LSAT for the Fall 2020 class.
A completed Application through LSAC,
A complete Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report. The CAS report includes transcripts from each college and/or university attended, up to and including conferral of each bachelor, graduate, or professional degree,
A Personal Statement, 2-3 pages in length,
Two current letters of recommendation minimum (dated on or after March 1, 2018). The Law Admissions Office will accept up to three letters, and
Professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes education, extracurricular activities, work history, community service, and other awards.
What is the application deadline?
For the Fall 2020 class, the application deadline is August 1, 2019.
If I am denied, and I take a later LSAT, can I be reconsidered?
Unfortunately no. You may only apply once per application cycle. Our application cycle for the Fall 2020 class runs from September 15, 2019-August 1, 2020. If denied for the incoming Fall 2020 class, you may reapply for the incoming Fall 2021 class beginning September 15, 2020.
Does Loyola charge an application fee?
Does Loyola offer CAS fee waivers?
How can I apply for scholarships?
Loyola does not have a separate application process for scholarships. All entering students are simultaneously considered for institutional, merit-based scholarships during the application process. Scholarships are merit-based, determined by an applicant's entire application.
What is the deadline for scholarship consideration?
The scholarship priority deadline is MARCH 1, 2020.
Tuition & Fees
What are the tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 Academic Year?
- Full-Time: $45,186.00 ($43,696 tuition, $1,490 fees).
- Part Time: $34,262 ($32,772 tuition, $1,490 fees).
Requirements to Graduate
What are the requirements to graduate?
- Minimum of six semesters in residence.
- Ninety (90) academic hours with at least a 2.0 or C average, including:
- Eight skills curriculum credits.
- Satisfy all financial obligations to the Law School and University.
Does Loyola offer Part-Time Programs?
Yes. Loyola offers three Part-Time programs:
- Part-Time Civil Law Evening.
- Part-Time Civil Law Day.
- Part-Time Common Law Day.
What certificates does Loyola offer?
Loyola offers eight certificate programs:
- Civil Law.
- Common Law.
- Environmental Law.
- International Legal Studies.
- Social Justice, Taxation Law.
- Immigration and Citizenship Law and Practice.
- Health Law.
- Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.
Combined Degree Programs
What are Combined Degree Programs?
A combined degree program is an educational course of study for completing two degrees simultaneously. At Loyola, you are given the opportunity to pursue three different Combined Degree Programs:
- Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Public Administration (MPA)
- Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
How long does it typically take in a Combined Degree Program?
For full-time students, Combined Degrees typically require four academic years of study.
Do I have to apply separately to both programs in a Combined Degree Program?
Yes. You must apply separately to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and any of the three graduate schools involved in the Combined Degree Programs.
If I receive a Dean's Scholarship to the Law School, will that cover my tuition for the MBA, MPA, or MURP programs?
No. Dean's Scholarships are specific to the Law School. Tuition and fees must be paid to each institution you are attending.
Do I apply to the LL.M Program through the Loyola Law School Admissions Office?
No. The LL.M application process is separate from the Loyola Law School Admissions Office.
Who do I contact about the LL.M Program?
The following individuals may be contacted about the LL.M Program:
- Dr. Markus Puder, LL.M Program Director; (504) 861-5642, email@example.com
Additional information about the LLM Program can be found at the following links:
- LL.M. Program in United States Law for International Students.
- Individualized Study LL.M. for U.S. J.D. Graduates.
Fall 2018 1L Median LSAT: 152 / Median GPA: 3.14.
Louisiana Bar results
- 2018 Summer First Time Takers: 87.10%
- 2018 Summer All Takers: 83.65%
Common Law or Civil Law?
What is the difference between Common and Civil Law?
There are courses and textbooks dedicated to this topic. However, to describe it broadly, the main thematic difference between the two systems is that in the Common Law, case law (i.e. published judicial opinions) is of primary importance, whereas in the Civil Law, codified statutes (e.g. Louisiana Civil Code, Louisiana Revised Statutes) predominate.
Is Louisiana a Common Law or Civil Law state?
Louisiana is the only state that is a mixed jurisdiction, following elements of both the Common and Civil Law.
Do I have to apply as either a Common or Civil Law student?
Yes. On your application, you will indicate whether you wish to enroll as a Common or Civil Law student.
What if I change my mind?
If before enrollment you wish to change your course of study, please inform the Admissions Office of your decision. If you choose to change your track after enrollment, you must do so through the Law Records Office.
Can I do both the Common and Civil Law?
No. You must choose one course of study. However, Although you must choose one division to enroll in, students have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Civil Law or Common Law.
Which course track should I choose?
We have had very successful Common Law graduates practice in Louisiana, and very successful Civil Law graduates move throughout the United States. However, as a broad guideline, students who are interested in practicing law in the State of Louisiana or internationally are encouraged to enroll in the Civil Law division. Students who are interested in practicing in other states are encouraged to enroll in the Common Law division.
Does Loyola Offer an accelerated course of study?
Yes. Loyola University and Loyola University College of Law offer the 3+3 Program specifically to Loyola University New Orleans undergraduates.
What is the 3+3 Program?
The 3+3 Program allows Loyola students who have completed three-fourths of their degree requirements to have their first year of law school count as their last year of undergraduate studies. Acceptance to this program requires higher entering credentials (i.e. LSAT & G.P.A.), and applicants to this program must include a letter of permission from the Dean of their College.
Loyola University New Orleans undergraduate applicants who participate in the University Honors Program must receive an additional letter of permission from the Director of the University Honors Program and are expected to complete their senior thesis in their third year of college. First-year law curriculum courses (e.g. Lawyering I, Moot Court, etc.) can replace one Honors course requirement.
Do I have to finish all major requirements for the 3+3 Program?
Yes. All major requirements must be completed before you enroll at the College of Law.
What are the requirements for Transfer students?
A minimum 3.0 Law School GPA.
A minimum of 24 credit hours achieved at an ABA Accredited Law School.
Letter of good standing and class ranking from your current law school.
Statement explaining desire to transfer.
A completed transfer application through the Law School Admissions Council.
A complete Credential Assembly Service report.
A personal statement, 2-3 pages in length.
Professional resume or curriculum vitae.
At least one Letter of Recommendation must be written by a current law school professor.