Admissions Overview

Admission Process

Applicants for admission to the freshman class of the College of Law will be admitted only in the fall semester.

Both the Louisiana civil law curriculum and the general common law curriculum are available in the full-time day program. Only the Louisiana civil law curriculum is available in the part-time evening program. Although there is no application deadline, applications completed after March 1 generally will be processed on a space available basis only.

Accepted applicants must furnish prior to matriculation, a passport sized photograph, passport size, prior to registration, as well as transcripts from all degree granting undergraduate and graduate schools. All transcripts and documents submitted become the property of the university.

Applicants who have attended another law school, and who have been excluded for defective scholarship, or who are on scholastic probation, are not eligible for admission to the College of Law.

Students in good standing at an approved law school (one that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools or approved by the American Bar Association) may enroll as transient students with the permission of the dean. Members of the bar may be admitted as non-degree seeking students and register for courses on an audit basis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the College of Law must present satisfactory evidence that they have earned an undergraduate degree. In certain cases, applicants possessing an outstanding undergraduate record as well as an outstanding LSAT score may be considered for admission by presenting satisfactory evidence that they have completed a minimum of three-fourths of the requirements for an undergraduate degree. Applicants are in competition with one another under a rolling admissions system initially on the basis of undergraduate grade point average and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. The LSAT score attained must complement the undergraduate record sufficiently to indicate the applicant’s ability to successfully complete work undertaken in the College of Law. Other factors will be considered to determine the applicant’s acceptability including but not limited to letters of recommendation, college major, and graduate record.

For a profile of entrance credentials of the most recent entering class (both undergraduate grade point average and LSAT score), applicants are advised to read the Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools published by the Law School Admission Council in conjunction with the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association.

All applicants must register with Law School Admission Services for both the LSAT and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Information packages for both are available at the College of Law or by writing directly to Law School Admission Services, Box 40, Newtown, PA 18940 or online at www.lsac.org. Applicants should arrange to take the test as early as possible—preferably no later than the December prior to the planned enrollment year.

Application Procedure

Applicants for admission to the freshman class of the College of Law must:

  1. Complete an electronic application and attach a personal statement and any other required documents for questions 14B, C, D and E at www.lsac.org as well as at law.loyno.edu. September 1 begins the application period each year.
  2. Register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). A transcript from each college or university attended (a cumulative transcript from the last school attended will not suffice) should then be sent directly to: LSAT/LSDAS, P.O. Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940.
  3. Applications will be evaluated when complete. An application is considered complete when the law school has received the application, fee, CAS report, personal statements and any required accompanying documents. The CAS will analyze all transcripts submitted and will send a complete report as well as a copy of each transcript submitted to the Loyola College of Law.

Upon acceptance, applicants will then be asked to submit a final transcript, showing the award of a bachelor’s degree or completion of 96 hours in courses having substantial intellectual content, directly to this law school.

All students entering Loyola University for the first time must complete a Medical History Questionnaire, the results of which must be on file in the Office of Student Health Service prior to registration. New Loyola students must also present proof of required (MMR, PPD, Tetanus, and Bacterial Meningitis ) immunizations.

Policies and Regulations

All applicants and Loyola students are required to provide complete, correct, and truthful information on all university applications, forms, and correspondence. If a student falsifies a record and it is discovered between the time of application for admission and the beginning of classes, it may be considered cause for cancellation of acceptance. If such a falsification is discovered after the student has begun classes, it may be considered cause for dismissal. Whenever an applicant or student discovers that the application is incomplete or inaccurate, the applicant or student should update the application.

Transfer Applicants

A limited number of applicants who have pursued a portion of their law studies in an approved law school successfully may be accepted as students with advanced standing. 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.

A letter or certification of good standing as well as transcripts from the previously attended law school must be provided prior to evaluation. Applicants will be accepted for transfer if they present evidence of acceptance eligibility required of Loyola students in the year in which they began the study of law and evidence of 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 crouse, 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.

Re-Admission

An excluded Loyola student may petition the Faculty Committee on Readmission for readmission to the College of Law. This request for readmission should be delivered to the assistant dean of admissions. Such a petition for readmission may be granted only if, in the judgment of the faculty, the academic record earned by the student in one or more semesters while enrolled in the College of Law was not indicative of the student’s ability to complete satisfactorily the requirements leading to a juris doctor degree. In addressing such a petition to the faculty, the student should specifically explain any hardships or other explanations which account for the deficient performance, and explain why those circumstances will not reoccur.

A student whose petition for readmission to the College of Law has been denied by the committee may not petition again for readmission until two years have passed since his or her last enrollment or petition for readmission. Any petition for readmission made at that time will be for admission as a beginning student with no academic credit for prior work attempted. Exceptions to the two-year requirement may be made by the committee for students who have completed more than the first year of law school study, and such students, at the discretion of the committee, may be readmitted to continue with advanced standing.

Policy On Sexual And Other Forms Of Harassment

Loyola University New Orleans, consistent with its Goals Statement and the Character and Commitment Statement, fosters dignity and worth of all members of the Loyola community and is committed to maintaining an educational and working environment free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is immoral and illegal, and will not be tolerated.

Sexual harassment may occur within a variety of relationships. Some relationships involve unequal authority, while others involve individuals who are of equal status. All allegations of sexual harassment will be scrutinized.

The university’s full policy and procedures governing sexual harassment and other forms of harassment can be found on the university web page for Human Resources Policies, Procedures, and Benefits. Appeal and grievance procedures can also be found in the text of the policy and in the university's Student Code of Conduct, Section 5: Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Harassment Policies and Guidelines.

Loyola University New Orleans strongly supports equal opportunity in all aspects of university services and employment as provided in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries, concerns, and questions regarding the application of Title IX to university programs, services, employment, and policies should be addressed to the Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator for Loyola University is the director of Human Resources, Ross Matthews. The Title IX coordinator may be contacted at: Campus Box 16, (504) 864-7914. The law school contact person is Stephanie W. Jumonville, Associate Dean of Students, who can be reached at sjumon@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5438.

Policy on Nondiscrimination

Loyola University New Orleans has fully supported and fostered the policy of not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, admissions, employment practices, and in the activities it operates.  This policy is in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and guidelines.

Student Grievances And Complaints

The university has procedures to handle student grievances and complaints. Please see the Student Code of Conduct to determine the procedure to follow for a specific grievance or complaint.  Law students can contact the Associate Dean of Students at (504) 861-5761 for more information.