Application Checklist

We strongly encourage applicants to use the electronic application. You may apply using a paper application; however, please note that there is a considerable processing delay with paper applications.  For those requiring a paper application, please contact the Office of Admissions directly via phone or email.

Application Fee

A $65 application fee is required.  This fee is non-refundable.  Applications submitted electronically may be paid by credit card.  (For paper applications, checks or money orders should be made payable to 'Loyola Law School.')  

Please note:  The application fee is automatically waived until December 31, 2013.

Applicants requesting a fee waiver must use one of these options:

Preferred Fee Waiver Option

    • Apply with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for a fee waiver
    • Applicants who are approved for an LSAC fee waiver automatically have their Loyola application fee waived (through LSAC's online application).

Alternate Fee Waiver Option

    • Complete Loyola's Fee Waiver Application 2014 Submit appropriate supporting documentation with the fee waiver form.  This may include a copy of your latest tax return, recent pay stubs, evidence of financial aid (if you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student), or unemployment verification.
    • The admissions office will begin reviewing fee waiver applications in October 2013.  If your application is approved, we  will provide a unique code to use with the electronic application available through LSAC.  This code can only be used once and should not be transferred or duplicated. 
    • Completed applications and requests are to be sent to feewaivers@lls.edu.  Please note that applications are processed twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

CAS (Credential Assembly Service) Report

Formerly known as LSDAS Reports, CAS Reports include unofficial transcripts and LSAT scores. We encourage applicants to register with LSAC in the fall; you may register online at www.lsac.org. In order to avoid any delays, it is important that applicants contact LSAC to ensure that all required materials and fees have been received.

LSAT

The Law School Admission Test is required of all applicants to the law school. The test is administered four times a year - February, June, October, and December. For Fall 2014 applicants, we will only take into consideration LSAT scores from the June 2009 administration and later. Multiple LSAT scores will be averaged; however, in the case of widely disparate scores you are required to attach an addendum explaining the reason for the differential.

We strongly encourage prospective applicants to sit for the LSAT exam by December 2013. We use a rolling admission policy and seats in the class are offered as early as January.

Applicants (to the Day Program) who take the February exam are at a competitive disadvantage because we do not receive these scores until March. (If you plan to take the February exam, we will not review your file until this score is released.)

Personal Statement

A personal statement is required and assists the admissions committee in selecting a highly-qualified and diverse entering class. It is also used to assess each applicant's written English skills. The personal statement provides each applicant with the opportunity to describe his or her interest in law school, the uniqueness of his or her character and experience, and his or her potential to contribute to Loyola's community.

The personal statement should be 2-3 pages in length, double spaced, using no smaller than 10 point font.  The personal statement must be the original work of the applicant.

Letters of Recommendation

Only one letter of recommendation is required but we will accept an additional letter for a total of two per application. Letters of recommendation must be submitted via the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service (for more information, visit www.lsac.org).

Letters of recommendation offer insight to a prospective student's potential for law school success and provide information about the candidate that is not reflected in other parts of the application. Letters can comment on the applicant's intellectual capacity, analytic and communication skills, and character traits. Although academic letters are preferred, letters submitted by the candidate's employer or supervisor are accepted. Letters from family members or family friends are strongly discouraged.

Evaluations

Loyola Law School will not be accepting evaluations for the 2013-2014 application cycle.

Résumé

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a résumé. Résumés should not exceed two typed pages and may include: education information (including honors and awards), employment history, extracurricular or community activities, military service, publications, special achievements, etc.

Disclosures

Applicants must answer questions #1-6 on the "Disclosures" section of the application. Applicants who answer "yes" to questions #2-6 on the "Disclosures" section must provide a written explanation of their response. Applications with "yes" responses that do not provide written explanations are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

The application form requires disclosure of any conviction of any felony or misdemeanor or other offense, with the sole exception of a minor traffic offense. Conviction for DUI (or any other alcohol or drug-related offense) is not a minor traffic offense. Conviction may be a legal consequence of (1) a verdict of guilty after trial by judge or jury, (2) a plea of guilty or (3) a plea of nolo contendere.  You must disclose this information even if your record has been sealed or expunged.

Applicants are advised that bar examiners will receive official reports of such convictions from law enforcement agencies. Failure to disclose a conviction on this application may result in dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded, and the denial of admission to the bar.

Early Decision Program

An applicant to Loyola’s Early Decision program commits to matriculate to Loyola if admitted through this program.  This program is only for those students who believe Loyola is the best fit and their number one law school choice.  This program is not for students who would like to consider admission or financial aid offers from other schools.  Once notified of their admission to Loyola, Early Decision participants must:

  • immediately withdraw their other law school applications and refrain from initiating new law school applications
  • decline any acceptances they may have received prior to their admission to Loyola as an Early Decision candidate
  • submit their intent to register and seat deposit by the deadline indicated in their admission material.

While awaiting a decision from Loyola, Early Decision candidates may apply to other schools but may not participate in any other early decision program.  Early Decision candidates are evaluated under the same criteria as applicants who apply during the regular admissions cycle.  Admission to Loyola is competitive and the Admissions Committee will consider Early Decision candidates’ enthusiasm and strong interest in attending Loyola.

Early Decision candidates will be admitted, waitlisted or denied admission.  Applicants who are waitlisted or denied can continue to consider other law schools, including initiating applications to new law schools if they desire.  Applicants not admitted under this program are not bound by this agreement. 

The deadline to apply under Early Decision is December 1, 2014.  The Early Decision Certification 2015 ‌and all application materials must be received by this date.  (Applicants to this program must take the LSAT by September 2014.)  Early Decision participants will receive a decision by December 31, 2014.

Application Status

All applicants to the Law School are issued a seven-digit Student Identification Number, which can be used to access the Online status check page.  Additional information will be emailed to individuals with completed application submissions.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Loyola Law School is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination, including harassment, based on ethnicity, national origin, disability, race, religion, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or age.