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Application Requirements

For the Fall 2022 class, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law accepts applications beginning September 15, 2021. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2022 class is August 1, 2022. Admission to Loyola is based on a number of factors, including the applicant’s academic record, Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, work and life experience, and personal statement. A complete application consists of the following:

  • A complete application submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC),

  • A valid LSAT score and LSAT writing sample, or valid GRE score,

  • A complete Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report submitted to Loyola Law, through lsac.org, that includes transcripts from each college and/or university ever 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, 2020). 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.

Loyola Law reviews applications on a rolling basis. Our goal is to build a diverse student body that is committed to the ideals of a Jesuit-centered education. The Faculty Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach in reviewing each application for admission. In addition to the LSAT or GRE score and undergraduate academic record, the Committee also considers a candidate’s graduate and/or professional school record, if applicable; letters of recommendation; personal statement; resume; ethnicity; race; gender identity and expression; sexual orientation; socio-economic background; geographic location; religious affiliation; employment, leadership, and life experiences; extracurricular involvement; community service; military service; character and fitness statements, if applicable; the LSAT writing sample; and, other explanatory or supporting addenda.

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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.

All law applicants must submit a valid LSAT or GRE 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 who elect to take the GRE must instruct ETS to send Loyola University New Orleans College of Law all GRE test scores from the preceding five-year period. Applicants who have already taken the GRE can log into their ETS account and select Loyola University New Orleans College of Law as a recipient of GRE results using the school code: 4810.

Applicants are encouraged to be well prepared before sitting for either examination. 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 if they 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.

Loyola College of Law will only consider the examination scores that they have received before August 1, 2022. 

All applicants must register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service for the compilation of their academic record. Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution that the applicant has ever 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 register for the Credential Assembly Service Report via LSAC. In addition, international applicants must take the LSAT, 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.

Applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation (limit of four). Letters must be written on or after March 1, 2020. 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.

A personal statement, up to three pages in length and written in the applicant's own words, is required. The personal statement is an applicant's opportunity to promote and personalize their application, 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.

Loyola welcomes applicants who wish to enroll at College of Law after attending another law school. An applicant who wishes to apply for transfer or advanced standing admission can do so by utilizing the same application as an applicant for admission as a first-year student. At a minimum, two year’s residence (60 credit hours at any time or, if they are the last remaining hours, 45 credit hours) in the Loyola University College of Law is required of students to be eligible for a Loyola degree.

Applicants with prior law school experience must present evidence of successful academic study in their prior law record and have completed at least 15 credit hours at their current law school. In addition to the application requirements for entry as a first-year student, transfer applicants must also submit at least one letter of recommendation from a law school professor, a letter of good standing from their current law school, include an official copy of their most recent law school transcript with their CAS subscription, and statement asserting the reason(s) for transferring to Loyola Law. 

Successful transfer applications must demonstrate above average academic study in their prior law school record. Once a transfer applicant is accepted, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will determine how many credits will be accepted by Loyola from their prior law school. No credit will be awarded for a course taken at another law school unless the grade in that course is at least equal to the minimum grade point average required for graduation at that school. If the transfer student has failed to earn a grade that is at least equal to the minimum grade point average required for graduation at the school from which the student seeks to transfer and that course is a Loyola required course, then the student must repeat that course at Loyola. The right to refuse credit in whole or in part is reserved. Transfer quality points are not used in calculating Loyola law school GPAs or rank in class.

Candidates who earned a law degree outside of the U.S. may have the LSAT requirement waived, and the opportunity to earn a U.S. law degree at Loyola in less than three years. Loyola Law may grant up to 30 credit hours of advanced standing toward a JD from Loyola for a student that obtained a law degree. Advanced standing candidates should advise the admissions office once the application is submitted at ladmit@loyno.edu in order to complete the test score waiver process.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Certain character and fitness issues may preclude bar admission. 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.