Concentrations

Loyola’s Concentrations are composed of 12 areas of study that combine a comprehensive classroom experience with clinical and experiential training. This in turn provides our students with an excellent opportunity to make contacts within our extensive alumni network in those specific areas of law. The numerous opportunities provide graduates with the specialized skills and knowledge applicable to their chosen field.

Advantages: 
  • Hands-on experience with live client interaction
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Access to a faculty adviser
  • Recognition of program completion on your transcript
  • Greater opportunity for recognition of academic honors

Civil Litigation and Advocacy

Students in the Concentration will have exposure to the law and skills necessary to train as an advocate in a civil litigation setting. An important component is the Civil Litigation Skills Practicum, a two-semester course allowing students to participate in the planning and execution of pre-trial litigation through a simulated client representation.

Corporate Law

The Concentration builds upon Loyola’s Business Law Practicum and provides the foundational coursework needed for corporate transactional practice. Business Planning allows students to learn how to take an entrepreneurial “client” through a series of simulated deals that introduce the legal, ethical and business issues that confront a transactional attorney.

Criminal Justice

Students will have a unique opportunity to learn the law and skills necessary to train as an advocate in a criminal prosecution or defense setting. Experiential opportunities include the Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, externships with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, the Project for the Innocent and the Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Entertainment Law

This Concentration is divided into two sub-Concentrations: Entertainment/Media Law Transactional and Entertainment/Media Law Advocacy. The Entertainment Law Practicum incorporates hands-on experience through externships at some of the leading entertainment companies in Los Angeles such as HBO, MGM and Paramount Pictures.

Environmental Law

Students receive a substantive background in environmental law and specialize from a wide range of electives. Students have externed for the District Attorney’s Environmental Crimes Division and competed on the National Environmental Moot Court Team.

Immigrant Advocacy

This Concentration builds upon a strong foundation in civil litigation skills combined with a substantive background in immigration law. Students work with real clients in clinics such as Loyola’s Home Base Immigration Clinic or the Employment Rights Clinic.

Intellectual Property Law

The Concentration builds upon a core curriculum of patent, trademark, copyright and antitrust law courses. Students gain experience in an externship or an IP-related moot court, colloquium or skills course. The program also offers an optional sub-Concentration in Patent and Technology Law.

International and Comparative Law

This Concentration offers specializations in three areas: International Economic Law, International Criminal and Human Rights Law, and International and Comparative Law. Loyola offers several moot court teams including the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team and LAWASIA Moot Court Team.

Law and Entrepreneurship

Students interested in using their law degree to pursue a career in business have the opportunity to take two MBA courses at Loyola Marymount University’s Hilton School of Business. In addition, students must complete the core Business Law Practicum classes as well as the research seminar.

Public Interest Law

This Concentration exposes students to a multitude of legal careers in the public interest sector including those advocating for children, immigrants, minority groups, nonprofit organizations, civil rights and more. An externship in one of Loyola’s clinics or in a public interest practice will satisfy the experiential component.

Sports Law

The curriculum is designated for students interested in representing athletes, teams, leagues and other businesses with regard to antitrust, contract, labor, trademark tort and other legal issues in the sports industry. Students benefit from attending the Loyola Sports Law Institute’s symposia and speaker programs.

Tax Law

Loyola's tax program has ranked among the top 10 graduate tax programs in U.S. News for the past six years. This Concentration offers a thorough grounding in substantive tax law and practical tax-lawyering skills. Students may specialize in a range of topics from business taxation, estate planning and taxation of intellectual property.