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Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 904
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504.861.5575; Fax: 504.861.5772
E-mail: ladmit@loyno.edu; Website: http://law.loyno.edu/

n Introduction                                                        Studies and a Certificate in Civil Law Studies for students who
                                                                      wish to acquire a foundation in both disciplines. Full-time
It is a rare combination of wide-ranging programs of study,           students are required to be in residence for a minimum of six
real life opportunities, and a commitment to the community            full semesters. The normal time frame for part-time students is
that makes Loyola University New Orleans College of Law               eight semesters and one summer session. At the graduate
stand apart. It is an institution that trains lawyers to think        level, the law school offers an LLM for International Students
critically and be advocates for social justice. The entire Loyola     for graduates of non-US law schools.
law school community provides an atmosphere for our                      Practical Lawyering Skills Program—Loyola has one of the
students to excel, succeed, and become productive members             most unique and far-reaching professional lawyering skills
of legal communities across the country. It is a school where         programs in the country. Recognizing hands-on,
students have the opportunity to learn from a prestigious             learn-by-doing opportunities that develop the future
faculty, participate in many extracurricular activities to hone       practitioner’s skills to be as important as traditional academic
their practical lawyering skills, and serve the New Orleans           studies, the curriculum incorporates specialized courses and
community through our many clinical offerings.                        the expertise of attorneys and judges. Currently, over 100
   Loyola New Orleans is a Catholic institution of higher             members of the bench and bar teach in the skills curriculum.
learning in the Jesuit tradition. The College of Law was              Skills courses are offered tuition-free and students may
established in 1914, approved by the ABA in 1931, and has             complete as many above those required as they choose.
been a member of the AALS since 1934. The College of Law is              International Law—Loyola has founded summer sessions on
committed to excellence in legal education in the tradition of        four continents and in six countries, established ties with a
its spiritual heritage, with the goal being wisdom, not mere          number of important foreign law schools, sent its professors
technical competence. The law school welcomes all persons             to teach or lecture at law schools in more than a dozen
who strive for the truth and who are prepared to challenge all        foreign countries, and hosted lectures by a number of
assumptions in light of this commitment.                              professors from non-US law schools. Summer courses are
                                                                      taught in special five-week, summer-abroad sessions in
n Physical Facilities and Library                                     Mexico and Eastern Europe (Russia, Hungary, and Austria).
                                                                      There are also two- and three-week sessions offered each
Loyola University has two campuses, both located                      summer in Brazil or Costa Rica. Additionally, students may
approximately five miles from the historic French Quarter.            obtain a Certificate in International Legal Studies. There are
The 20-acre main campus, in the heart of the uptown                   also seminar courses that have short trips abroad to Austria,
residential community, faces the nationally recognized                Italy, and Turkey.
Audubon Park and Zoo. The 4.2-acre Broadway campus                       Environmental Law—Loyola recently received a $2 million
is the home of the College of Law, including the new                  grant to establish a faculty chair for environmental law. The
16,000-square-foot wing that was dedicated in April 2007,             nationally renowned scholar in environmental law has created
providing more classroom, office, and library space.                  a Certificate in Environmental Law, which is part of the Loyola
   The law library’s collection of 385,000 volumes and microform      Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. The center was
equivalents supports the curriculum and research needs of the         created to address legal issues relative to economic
students. In addition to conventional resources, the library has      development, protection of the environment, and the public’s
extensive computer facilities in place to access information          role in environmental policy issues.
outside its confines. The Online Catalog Library Center service          Public Interest Law—As part of Loyola’s Jesuit commitment
permits the library to access a national bibliographic database       to social justice, the law school provides many courses and
of over 10 million publications. The law library houses               activities as part of this specialty, including the very active Law
remote-controlled viewing/listening rooms, a computerized legal       Clinic and Center for Social Justice. Most of the public interest
research room, and two computer labs equipped with 59                 focus falls under the umbrella of the Gillis Long Poverty Law
personal computers on a network with access to the Internet,          Center. A loan forgiveness program is available for graduates
LexisNexis, Westlaw, e-mail, and other computer resources.            working in eligible public interest employment.
                                                                         Tax Law—Loyola recently established a certificate program
n Curriculum and Special Programs                                     designed to certify students in this area of law and assist
                                                                      those students who may choose to pursue an LLM in tax
The curricula have been shaped by Louisiana’s unique role as          upon graduation.
the only state in the union that has a legal system based on             Other Areas of Significant Emphasis—Other areas of
significant elements of both the civil law and common law             significant emphasis include corporate law, maritime law, and
traditions. The civil law was imported into Louisiana during          a new entertainment law specialty incorporating resources
the eighteenth century, when it was first a colony of France,         from Loyola’s Music Industry Studies Program as well as the
and later, Spain. As a result of Louisiana’s unique legal             Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
heritage, Loyola New Orleans has developed three separate                Clinical Education—The law clinic is a vital component of
curricula: two full-time divisions—civil law and common law;          the law school. Students chosen to participate in the
and a part-time civil law division. It is important to note that      senior-year program will be assigned cases, both civil and
the Loyola New Orleans JD degree will allow a graduate to sit         criminal, and will be expected to prepare them for trial prior
for the bar in any of the 50 states, without regard for the           to actually participating in the trial process. The areas of law
curriculum chosen. Loyola offers a Certificate in Common Law          practiced in the clinic are criminal (both prosecution and

      Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
                                                             Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

defense), immigration, family law, civil rights, and                               Environmental Law Society, Sports and Entertainment Law
landlord/tenant. Additionally, the Katrina clinic and                              Society, St. Thomas More Law Club, and the American
construction fraud mediation clinic give our students special                      Association for Justice.
opportunities to help our community. Upper-division students
also have an opportunity to serve as judicial clerks in the                        n Admission
federal extern program.
   Joint-Degree Programs—Loyola offers three combined                              The law school begins processing applications for admission
degrees: JD/Master of Business Administration, JD/Master                           on September 1 each year. The first decision letters are
of Public Administration, and JD/Master of Urban and                               generally released in December. The admission decision is
Regional Planning.                                                                 based on an initial evaluation of a combination of the LSAT
                                                                                   score and the undergraduate cumulative grade-point
n Scholarly Publications and Student Activities                                    average. Additionally, the undergraduate institution
                                                                                   attended, the undergraduate major, and any grade trends will
The Loyola Law Review is published by a student editorial board                    be taken into consideration. Also included in the evaluation
and includes student work and articles written by specialists                      will be the required personal statement, letters of
from the practicing bar and academic community. Staff                              recommendation, and résumés, all of which may present a
membership is based on scholarship and interest in legal writing.                  more illuminating portrait of the applicant’s skills and
   The Loyola University New Orleans Journal of Public Interest                    accomplishments. Competition for acceptance to the law
Law is devoted to issues faced by the poor, children, the elderly,                 school is high, thus all information provided is used to make
and all others who are unable to afford legal representation.                      the final admission decision.
   The Loyola Intellectual Property and High Technology Law
Annual is a scholarly publication focusing on current legal                        n Career Services
issues in patents, copyrights, trademarks, and technology law.
   The Loyola Maritime Law Journal provides an avenue for                          The College of Law Office of Career Services offers a variety of
research and writing in the field of maritime law. Staff                           services to both students and alumni. The office maintains and
membership is based on scholarship.                                                operates a career-planning center, assists students in preparing
   The Moot Court Board, selected from prior years’                                résumés, videotapes mock interviews, and conducts seminars on
competitions, is responsible for the Moot Court Program.                           career planning, employment opportunities, and interviewing
Teams are entered each year in competitions. Loyola teams                          techniques. The office actively solicits job opportunities for
have an impressive winning record in a wide variety of local,                      summer and school-term clerkships, as well as employment
regional, national, and international competitions.                                options for each year’s graduating class.
   There are a number of student organizations, including
three legal fraternities. Other organizations include the

 Applicant Profile

  Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  This grid includes only applicants who earned 120–180 LSAT scores under standard administrations.
    LSAT                                                                             GPA
    Score         3.75 +         3.50–3.74       3.25–3.49        3.00–3.24       2.75–2.99           2.50–2.74    2.25–2.49    2.00–2.24    Below 2.00

                               Excellent                                        Possible                                       Unlikely

  The College of Law considers many factors beyond LSAT score and GPA. This chart should be used only as a general guide.

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