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Law Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Visits

How do I schedule a campus visit?

Campus visits are available 9:00AM - 4:00PM, Monday - Friday. To schedule a campus visit, please contact the Admissions Office at (504) 861-5575 or ladmit@loyno.edu

Application Process

How do I apply for admissions?

Applications must be submitted through the Law School Admissions Counsel.

What is included in a complete application?

  • A current Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score.

  • A completed Application through lsac.org.

  • A complete Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report. The CAS report includes all prior undergraduate transcripts and a cumulative GPA calculation by LSAC. You must submit transcripts from ALL prior undergraduate institutions you have attended. This applies even if the courses were transferred to a university and are reflected on the university transcript.

  • A Personal Statement, 2-3 pages in length. 

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 

  • Two current letters of recommendation minimum (dated on or after March 1, 2016). We will accept up to three letters. 

  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae.

  • Electronic certification by the Applicant.

What is the application deadline?

Loyola has a rolling admissions process. Loyola accepts applications from September 15 - August 1.

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 2018 class runs from September 15, 2017-August 1, 2018. If denied for the incoming Fall 2018 class, you may reapply for the incoming Fall 2019 class beginning September 15, 2018. 

Is there an application fee?

There is no fee to apply.

How can I apply for scholarships?

Loyola does not have a separate application process for scholarships. All entering students are considered for Dean's Scholarships during the application process. Dean's Scholarships are merit based, determined by an applicant's entire application. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA for their scholarships to be renewed each year.

Tuition & Fees 

What are the tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 Academic Year?

  • Full-Time: $44,330.00 ($42,840 tuition, $1,490 fees).
  • Part Time: $32,897 ($32,130 tuition, $777 fees).

Requirements to Graduate

What are the requirements to graduate?

Part-Time Programs

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.

Certificate Programs

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:

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. 

LL.M

Is the LL.M Program offered through the Loyola Law School Admissions Office?

No. The LL.M program operates separately 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:

  • Maria Pabón, LL.M Program Director; (504) 861-5739, mlopez@loyno.edu
  • Brian Bennett, Coordinator of External Affairs & Graduate Studies; (504) 861-5797, bmbennet@loyno.edu

Additional information about the LLM Program can be found at the following links:

Loyola Facts

Median LSAT/GPA

Fall 2017 1L Median LSAT: 148 / Median GPA: 3.12.

Louisiana Bar results

  • 07/17: 81.58%
  • 02/17: 57.5%
  • 07/16: 73.8%
  • 02/16: 68.2%
  • 07/15: 63.8% 

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. 

Accelerated Study

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.

Transfer Students

What are the requirements for Transfer students?

  • A minimum 3.0 Law School GPA.

  • 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.