Loyola Law School
|Loyola Law School|
|Motto||Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – Tua Luce Dirige|
(For the greater glory of God – direct us by thy light)
|Parent school||Loyola Marymount University|
|School type||Private, Roman Catholic|
|Parent endowment||$432.6 million (as of 2015)|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|USNWR ranking||72nd (2021)|
|Bar pass rate||88% (July 2020 1st time takers)|
|ABA profile||Loyola Marymount University|
Degrees offered include the Juris Doctor (JD); Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS); Master of Laws (LLM); Master of Laws in Taxation; Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA); and Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD). Loyola has been an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school since 1935. It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Loyola Law School's campus is located just west of downtown Los Angeles. It consists of an open central plaza surrounded by several contemporary buildings designed by Frank Gehry. Its library has a collection of nearly 560,000 volumes.
Bar passage rate
Loyola's first-time takers of the 2020 California Bar Exam passed at a rate of 88%, vs. the 77% rate for ABA-approved law schools.
Class of 2018
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2018, 90% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 85% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.
Class of 2017
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2017, 87% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 70% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.
Class of 2016
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2016, 83% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 72% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs. The National Association for Law Placement created the term "JD Advantage" to "describe a category of jobs for which bar passage is not required but for which a JD degree provides a distinct advantage."
Classes prior to 2016
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2015, 87.7% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 79.5% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2014, 81.06% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 71% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.
According to Loyola's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 50.1% of the class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation (excluding solo practitioners).
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Loyola Law School for the 2018–19 academic year is $89,326. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $340,071.
Programs and clinics
Loyola Law School's 21 clinics include:
- Center for Conflict Resolution, which provides mediation, conciliation, and facilitation services, as well as conflict resolution training.
- Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, serves as a holistic law firm representing youths in juvenile court. A small group of students each year are selected for a year-long clinic, receiving trial advocacy and procedure training from its staff of attorneys and social workers. The CJLP includes the Juvenile Justice Clinic, the Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic and the Youth Justice Education Clinic. On Nov. 20, 2017, the Everychild Foundation announced that the CJLP was awarded its 2017 annual $1 million competitive grant to develop a program to train law students to represent foster youth involved in both dependency and delinquency courts.
- Loyola's International Human Rights Clinic pursues human rights claims by citizens against countries, tribunals and more. Its work has included seeking to establish domestic violence as cause for refugee status. The clinic has more than two dozen matters pending before regional and international courts and tribunals.
- The Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic has conducted more than 10,000 client consultations since its 2012 client-intake event.
- In Loyola's Street Law Teaching Practicum, a legal non-profit that helps clients extricate themselves from abusive relationships, students teach survivors of domestic violence about essential legal skills useful to rebuilding their lives.
- The Workers' Rights Clinic partners Loyola students with workers' rights lawyers from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (AAJLA) and the Wage Justice Center to provide holistic services to low-wage immigrant workers in the areas of wage theft, employment discrimination, labor trafficking and retaliation 
- Civil Justice Program, which convenes periodic conferences, seminars, and presentations, promotes and publishes scholarly research, and initiates cross-disciplinary projects.
- Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law program, an interdisciplinary program run jointly with LMU's Seaver College of Science & Engineering, offers both lawyers and non-lawyers advanced skills training in compliance, incident response, risk assessment and more. Media reports have noted that the program will draw on the school's traditional strengths in intellectual property, digital privacy and cybercrime, as well as its connections to nearby Silicon Beach. The program is the first of its kind on the west coast.
- Entertainment Law Practicum, which provides students with hands-on experience in the entertainment industry while earning units toward their degree.
- Journalist Law School, providing fellowships to journalists for a legal study practicum . The program has been cited as an important way for journalists to grow vital skills.
- The Master of Science in Legal Studies is a program for working professionals to develop critical thinking and essential legal skills. There are six specializations: Corporate Law, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property and International Business Law.
- Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), a student-run organization focused on getting students involved in public interest causes and raising money for public interest grants.
Loyola currently has three student-run and edited law reviews:
- Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review is a publication devoted to the advancement of legal scholarship. Publishing articles on all legal topics, the Review seeks to identify and advance new legal research by scholars, practitioners, and students. Authors have included former President Jimmy Carter and NPR Legal Affairs Nina Totenberg. The Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review celebrated its 50th anniversary in the 2017–18 academic year.
- Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review is dedicated to the advancement of legal scholarship in the field of international law In April 2008, ILR held a symposium entitled Transformation in Iraq: From Ending a Modern War to Creating a Modern Peace. Using Iraq as a test case, the symposium sought to assess the legitimacy and viability of modern occupation law against contemporary realities and recent developments in moral and political thought.
- Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review publishes scholarly articles which frequently cover topics in constitutional law, sports law, intellectual property rights, communications regulation, antitrust law, employment law, contract law, corporate law, as well as computer and Internet law. ELR has also featured symposia on such topics as independent filmmaking, international rights of publicity, and the use of law and identity to script cultural production.
Trial advocacy and moot court
Loyola's trial advocacy and moot court programs are ranked No. 4 nationally by U.S. News & World Report's "2020 Best Graduate Schools" rankings.
Notable Loyola Law people
- Allan Ides, Professor (Loyola Law alumnus who served as U.S. Supreme Court Clerk)
- Justin Hughes, Professor, former senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration
- Laurie L. Levenson, criminal law professor and media commentator
- Jessica Levinson, Professor, President, LA Ethics Commission
- Justin Levitt, Professor, former deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division
- Yxta Maya Murray, legal scholar and novelist
- Cesare P.R. Romano, international law expert and human rights litigator
- Richard L. Hasen, election law expert
- Terry J. Hatter Jr., Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
- Gerald Uelmen, part of the "dream team" assembled to defend O. J. Simpson
- Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 8th President of Sri Lanka, who formerly worked at Loyola Law as a systems integrator and Unix Solaris administrator.
Attorneys and activists
- Gloria Allred, J.D. 1974, lawyer, radio talk show host and media personality; named one of Loyola's "50 Inspirational Alumni"
- Johnnie Cochran, J.D. 1962, high-profile defense lawyer (deceased)
- Ricardo Cruz, former Chicano Civil Rights Movement lawyer
- Mark Geragos, J.D. 1982, high-profile defense lawyer, co-host of "reasonable doubt" podcast
- Irving A. Kanarek, aerospace engineer and defense attorney for Charles Manson
- Melanie E. Lomax, Civil Rights lawyer and former head of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
- Hunter Lovins, co-author of Natural Capitalism
- Edward L. Masry, plaintiff's lawyer portrayed in the movie Erin Brockovich
- Carmen Milano, was a Cleveland lawyer before being disbarred and becoming a member of the Mafia in the 1980s.
- Robert Shapiro, defense lawyer; name partner of Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro
- Edward Tabash, Board of Directors for the Center for Inquiry. Constitutional expert on Church State Issues.
- Michael Trope, sports agent and divorce trial lawyer co-founder of Trope and Decarolis in Los Angeles.
- Laura Wasser, attorney specializing in divorce and well-known for her celebrity clients.
- Lynn "Buck" Compton, former California Court of Appeal Justice, former Los Angeles chief deputy prosecutor known for the prosecution of Sirhan Sirhan and member of the Band of Brothers
- Rick Distaso, judge and former prosecutor
- Otto Kaus, former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
- R. Gary Klausner, federal judge sitting in the United States District Court for the Central District of California
- Kathryn Doi Todd, of the California Court of Appeal
- Manuel Real, federal judge sitting in the United States District Court for the Central District of California
- John F. Walter, federal judge sitting in the United States District Court for the Central District of California
- William F. Rylaarsdam, of the California Court of Appeal
- Michael T. Sauer, Superior Court judge and former appellate lawyer
- Carolyn Turchin, retired (2010) United States Magistrate Judge
- Eloise Reyes J.D. California State Assembly.
- Ben Cayetano, J.D. 1971, former Governor of Hawaii
- William P. Clark Jr., J.D. 1957, former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, Deputy Secretary of State, National Security Advisor and Secretary of the Interior
- Mike Gatto, J.D. 2004 (evening program) California State Assemblyman representing the 43rd Assembly District
- Tom Harman, J.D. 1968, California State Senator representing the 35th Senate District
- Sung Kim, United States Ambassador to the Philippines as well as the former United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy.
- Alejandro Mayorkas, United States Secretary of Homeland Security
- Robert Joseph Miller, J.D. 1971, former governor of Nevada
- Kevin Murray, J.D. 1987, former California State Senator representing the 26th Senate District
- Diane Patrick, J.D. 1980, labor lawyer and former First Lady of Massachusetts (2007–2015)
- Nick Pacheco, a former member of the Los Angeles City Council
- Eric J. Perrodin, Mayor of Compton, California
- Tony Rackauckas, J.D. 1971, District Attorney of Orange County and former Superior Court Judge
- Richard Bloom, J.D. 1978, Member of the California State Assembly from the 50th District and former Mayor of Santa Monica
- Libby Schaaf, J.D. 1993, 50th Mayor of Oakland, California
Other distinguished alumni
- James L. Barrett, winemaker
- Tammara Billik, noted casting director
- Gene Bleymaier, athletic director at Boise State University
- David W. Burcham, constitutional law scholar and President of Loyola Marymount University
- John Edward Anderson, president of Topa Equities, Ltd., founder of Kindel & Anderson law firm, namesake of UCLA Anderson School of Management (deceased)
- Tony Blankley, editor at The Washington Times (deceased)
- Joe Escalante, punk-rock musician and record label entrepreneur
- Josh E. Gross, publisher of Beverly Hills Weekly
- Pat Haden, former NFL quarterback and current athletic director at the University of Southern California
- John C. "Pappy" Herbst, flying ace and war hero (of World War II)
- Craig Kirkwood, actor (played "Rev" in Remember the Titans)
- Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society
- Chris Kobin, screenwriter and producer
- Darren Levine, martial artist and entrepreneur
- Bob Myers, J.D. 2003, general manager for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA
- Gordon Naccarato, chef and restaurateur
- Adam Nimoy, television director
- Clark A. Peterson, founder of Necromancer Games
- Ian Sander, television producer
- Wilfred Von der Ahe, co-founder of Vons supermarket chain
- Rhoda Walsh international bridge champion
- Henry C. Yuen, co-founder, and former CEO and Chairman, of Gemstar-TV Guide International.
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