Which undergraduate courses do I need to take to be prepared and more competitive for law school?
There is no required or recommended undergraduate major or set of courses to prepare for law school. Students are admitted to law school each year from a wide range of academic majors. Some choose to major in somewhat traditional areas such as political science, English, history, etc. while others in subjects such as music, engineering and fine arts. It is recommended that you select a major and choose courses that are both challenging and of interest to you. For applicants to Loyola, the five most popular majors are Economics, English, Finance, Political Science and Psychology.
How do I register for the LSAT?
LSAT registration can be completed on the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) website. You will need to create an LSAC.org account. The exam is offered six (6) times a year: June, July, September, November, January, and March. Your score is active for five years with LSAC.
How does your Admissions Committee evaluate multiple LSAT scores?
Individual scores as well as the average are included in the CAS report from LSAC and available to the admissions committee during the review process. The ABA requires that law schools submit the highest score for reporting purposes and the admissions committee will focus on the highest score when reviewing applications for admission. The range of the scores for the LSAT is 120 to 180. Our median is 158.
If I decide to apply and complete my file early in the admission cycle, will this increase my changes of admission?
The same standards and criteria are used to evaluate all applicants, whether the application is completed early or not. However, Loyola has several special scholarships/fellowships with a March 1 deadline. You must be admitted by this date to be considered.
How can I check the status of my application?
Once you submit an application, you can check the status of your application online. You should monitor the status of your application and report from LSAC to ensure the School of Law has received all required application materials.
The Admission Committee begins reviewing applications in late December. We release the first round of decisions in early January and then on a rolling basis, based on file completion date. All admission decisions will be sent by email.
Do you grant deferrals on offers of admission?
Deferrals will only be granted on a case-by-case basis. Candidates need to submit a formal request. There is also a financial deposit associated with deferment. Teach for America participants and those called for active military duty automatically receive a deferment upon request.
What are the LSAT/GPA ranges for admission to Loyola?
For the Fall 2018 entering class, the range was:
LSAT - 25th% = 154, 50th% = 157, 75th% = 160
GPA - 25th% = 3.18, 50th% = 3.43, 75th% = 3.60
What are the requirements for admission to the bar?
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. You are encouraged to determine the specific requirements by contacting any jurisdiction in which you intend to seek admission. The National Conference of Bar Examiners offers contact information for all relevant agencies.