Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

These are the most common questions that we receive from prospective students interested in applying to our LLM program.

  • How long is the LLM Program?

    The LLM is a full-time, 10-month program.  Students can choose to start their LLM in the fall or spring semester.

    Example of schedule

    FALL START

    Classes from August to November

    Final exams in December

    Winter Break

    Classes  from January to April

    Final exams in May

    Graduation Ceremony in May

    SPRING START

    Classes from January to April

    Final exams in May

    Summer Break

    Classes from August to November

    Final exams in December

    Graduation in December

    Graduation Ceremony (optional) in May 

  • How much is tuition?

    Tuition and fees for 2016-2017 are $54,240. For more information about tuition and fees, click here.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    To be considered for admission, an applicant must already have one degree in law.  For more information about applicant qualifications, click here.

  • How can I apply?

    Applicants must use the LSAC electronic application. In addition to the application itself, we require the following:

    1. CAS report (includes academic transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS report, and may include letters of recommendation);
    2. three letters of recommendation;
    3. professional goals statement; and
    4. résumé.
  • When is the application deadline?

    The application deadline for Spring 2018 is October 6, 2018.

  • Does Loyola offer conditional admission?

    Loyola does not offer conditional admission.

  • Can I waive my TOEFL/IELTS score?

    All applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score, or be granted a waiver.  The wavier is granted to native English speakers, or near-native English speakers.  The waiver is not granted to applicants who are not able to achieve an acceptable score.

  • How are courses graded?

    LLM students are graded on a normalization curve when there are eight or more LLM students in the same class.  Otherwise, professors will assign appropriate grades according to their grading criteria.  Students who take a class with JD students will take the same exam as the JD students.  LLM students who are English language learners will take timed, written exams in a separate room, with additional time, and with an English language dictionary.  LLM students do not get additional time to complete a take-home exam or a research paper. Students may select one or more courses in which a research paper is the method of evaluation for grading; but there is no required research paper.

  • Can graduates take a bar examination?

    All foreign law graduates considering taking a bar examination in the United States must understand and appreciate how difficult it is for a foreign attorney to succeed on an American bar examination.  The pass rate for all foreign attorneys on the New York Bar Examination is usually between 30% and 50%.  You can view statistics here.  The pass rate for all foreign attorneys on the California Bar Examination is usually between 10% and 20%.  You can view statistics here.

    Many LLM students want to attempt to pass a bar examination in the United States.  Students are responsible for their own bar examination applications.  They must communicate directly with the bar examination office in the state where they wish to take a bar examination.  Most students want to take the bar examination in either California or New York.  Contact information is below.  All bar examination applicants must contact a bar examination office directly to obtain application deadlines, requirements, and procedures. 

    California

    A foreign attorney who is licensed to practice law in another country may already be eligible to take the California Bar Examination without completing any coursework at an American law school.  A foreign attorney who is not licensed to practice law in another country, but who completed a degree in law, may become eligible by completing at least 20 units of coursework at an ABA-approved American law school.  Twelve of the units must cover at least four separate topics tested on the California Bar Examination, one of which must be Professional Responsibility.

    The State Bar of California

    845 S. Figueroa Street

    Los Angeles, CA 90017-2515

    P: (213) 765-1000

    Main Web PageForeign Applicant Information

    New York

    Graduates of law schools in English Common Law countries may be eligible to take the New York Bar Examination without taking coursework at an American law school, if they meet other requirements.  Other foreign law school graduates must complete a 24-unit LLM degree.  Three courses are required: Legal Research & Writing (at least 2 units), Introduction to U.S. Law (at least 2 units), and Professional Responsibility (at least 2 units).  An additional 6 units must be taken in bar examination topics.  A new pro bono requirement went into effect beginning with the summer 2014 bar examination takers.

    New York State Board of Law Examiners

    Corporate Plaza Building 3

    254 Washington Avenue Extension

    Albany, New York 12203-5195

    P: (518) 453-5990

    F: (518) 452-5729

    Main Web PageForeign Applicant Information

    Below is a sample schedule which could establish bar examination eligibility in both California and New York:

    • Legal Research & Writing (3 units – fall semester)
    • Introduction to American Law (2 units – fall semester)
    • Professional Responsibility (2 units – spring semester)
    • Constitutional Law (4 units)
    • Evidence (4 units)
    • Criminal Procedure (4 units)
    • Elective course (3 units)
    • Elective course (2 units)
  • How can I submit my Enrollment Confirmation Form and pay for my tuition deposit?

    Complete the form and either (1) mail the form to Graduate Admissions, Loyola Law School, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles CA 90015, or (2) scan the form and send it as an email attachment to amlaw@lls.edu.

    Admitted students will receive instructions on how they can pay their tuition deposit online.  Students can also pay by mail by sending a check from a U.S. bank account, or an international bank check or money order.

  • Who must submit the Enrollment Confirmation Form and tuition deposit?

    An Enrollment Confirmation form will be sent with the Admit letter and email.  All admitted students must submit the Enrollment Confirmation Form by the assigned administrative deadline in order to accept and confirm their attendance at Loyola.

  • Who needs to request a student visa application?

    Any admitted student who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident needs to request a student visa application four months before the program start date.  The Office of Admissions will send you an I-20 request form.  Please complete and return this form with financial support documentation.

  • Does Loyola offer on-campus housing?

    Loyola does not offer on-campus housing.  However, we do offer a housing guide and the housing classifieds for registered students. Students in need of housing should research accommodations one to two months before the program start date.

  • How can I apply for an externship?

    Admitted students interested in applying for an externship need to contact the Career Serices Office or LLM program director for a list of law offices where LLM students are eligible to work.  Students will be required to contact the offices directly to confirm availability and start date.  If a position is available, students should send a cover letter, résumé, and any other materials needed.  Students may request an interview before the semester begins.  If you have your own contact for an externship placement please contact Aaron Ghirardelli, LLM Faculty Director, at aaron.ghirardelli@lls.edu.

  • How do I purchase health insurance?

    All admitted students must have health insurance.  You may either (1) purchase the Law School’s health insurance plan, or (2) prove that you have your own health insurance (which is comparable to the Law School’s plan in its protection) by providing the name of the insurance company, your policy number, and the name of the primary policy holder.

    Wait for an email from the LLM Office containing a website link where you will either (1) choose the Law School’s health insurance plan, or (2) enter your existing insurance policy information. 

  • Do I need a student photo ID?

    All admitted students are required to submit a photo for their student ID.  Instructions will be sent closer to the start of the program. These instructions will provide guidelines for choosing, formatting, and uploading the photo.

  • How do I purchase parking?

    Instructions to purchase parking will be sent closer to the start of the program.  The parking fee will be added to the student accounts record.

  • How do I enroll in classes?

    Begin planning early.  Finalize your schedule after meeting with the Program Director when you arrive in Los Angeles. Consult and meet with the Program Director during the months leading up to your start date.  You will enroll in coursework using PROWL once priority registration begins.

  • How do I purchase course materials?

    Admitted students may purchase their books at the bookstore on campus, or anywhere the correct edition of a required textbook is available.  You are encouraged to purchase textbooks after your course schedule has been finalized.   

  • Do I have to attend Orientation?

    Orientation is a mandatory event for all admitted students.  Information will be sent before your program start date with the date, time, and room location for the orientation session.