Resident Associate Program

RAP Moen
RAP participate Matt Moen '15 with his colleagues at the firm Baltodano & Baltodano LLP.

If you are an employer at a small to mid-size firm that does not typically hire entry-level attorneys, you are invited to participate in Loyola’s innovative Resident Associate Program (“RAP”)—a program designed to meet both the needs of employers and the newest members of our profession. Our desire is to make it cost-effective for employers to hire our recent graduates, while helping our recent graduates achieve their practice goals. In response to these needs, Loyola created RAP.

What is the Resident Associate Program?

Through RAP, Loyola encourages small and mid-size firms to hire our most recent graduates for one year at a salary similar to a post-graduate legal fellowship, while the Law School shares the responsibility of continuing to train the graduates.

How Does the Resident Associate Program Work?

  • Screening: The screening process is easy—employers provide hiring preferences and Loyola will collect the applications. Employers may video pre-screen candidates before conducting in-person interviews and making final selections.
  • Cost: Employers can hire a newly licensed attorney and pay a salary that is lower than the market rate; we don’t specify the annual salary to be paid, but suggest paying between $52,000 and $68,000 per year.
  • Training: Resident Associates will attend a legal practice boot camp prior to beginning their positions and will attend Continuing Legal Education courses throughout the year.
  • Commitment: The Resident Associate will be hired for a year; at the end of the year, the employer and the associate can discuss the option of permanent employment 

What Does the Training Cover?

  • Loyola provides graduates with a mandatory Legal Practice Boot Camp to sharpen practical legal skills prior to starting their employment. Training includes:
    • Written Discovery
    • California Civil Motions
    • Anatomy of a Case
    • Using Practice Guides (Books, Westlaw & Lexis)
    • Depositions
    • Interpersonal Skills
  • Loyola offers additional CLE and professional development training for graduates during their participation in the program. 

What Employers have Participated?

Some of the employers that have participated are as follows:

Aghnami Law Corporation
Baltodano & Baltodano LLP
Brown, White & Osborn LLP
Carico Johnson Toomey LLP
Daily Aljian
Dal Soglio & Martens LLP
Estelle & Kennedy
Geragos & Geragos
Kabateck Brown Kellner
Law Brandmeyer + Packer
Law Office of Carol A. Sobel
Law Office of Gerard L. Friend
Lederer Nojima
R. Rex Parris Law Firm
Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe
Severson & Werson
Ulwelling Siddiqui

What are Employers Saying About RAP?

“They are intelligent, exemplary and energetic employees.  This program is a really good deal and we would use it again.”

— TOM NORMANDIN (Partner), Prenovost Normandin Bergh & Dawe, APC

“Everything is going incredibly well with [our Resident Associate].  He has a great attitude and is a great writer.  He is eager to learn, develop, and grow.  We are including him in mediations, and he will argue a motion in court because we know he can handle it.  He is doing work above and beyond a first year, and we think the world of him.”

— ERICA BALTODANO (Partner), Baltodano & Baltodano LLP

Read more about Baltodano & Baltodano's participation in RAP.

How Can I Become a Participating Employer?

Registration for the 2017–2018 season will be available in August or September 2017. If you have any questions about becoming a RAP employer, please contact Marla Najbergier or Jolene Horn.