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What Prospective Students Should Know About Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Choosing a law school is one of the most important decisions you will make. Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers a comprehensive, well-rounded educational experience that will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and networks to excel in the legal profession.

The following information will help you understand key facts about our law school, but please keep in mind that data can’t show the full picture of what you’ll experience at Loyola, such as the tight-knit community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni—a diverse, supportive community that truly cares about one another and encourages collaboration over competition. As you explore the School of Law, we invite you to get to know us through in-person or virtual visits; by connecting with students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and by following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About the School of Law

Founded in 1908, Loyola University Chicago School of Law is a student-focused school inspired by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, intellectual openness, and service to others, with a distinctive social justice mission. As a student, you’ll receive a superior legal education from leading faculty in a diverse, welcoming environment that will prepare you for a successful career in law. Being in the city of Chicago— among the top three most sophisticated legal markets in the country—you’ll find unlimited opportunities to make valuable connections and reach your professional goals.  

THE CLASS OF 2026

Admissions 

Our Class of 2026 comprises 239 students enrolled in the full-time JD program. (An additional 36 students are enrolled in our four-year, part-time Weekend JD program.) 

LSAT 

  • Median LSAT: 160
  • 75th Percentile LSAT: 162
  • 25th Percentile LSAT: 157 

GPA 

  • Median GPA: 3.60
  • 75th Percentile GPA: 3.77 
  • 25th percentile GPA: 3.37 

Median Age: 23 

More than 90% of Loyola law students receive some type of institutional financial aid. 

A Diverse Community 

  • Female/Male: 64%/36%
  • Students of Color: 35% 
  • Students who identify as LGBTQ: 19% 
  • First-generation law students: 80%  
  • First-generation college graduates: 17%  
  • Out-of-State/In-State: 54%/46% 
  • Undergraduate Institutions Represented: 131 
  • Undergraduate Majors: 55 

Learn more: At a Glance

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Full-time faculty

203

Other faculty (adjuncts/visitors from practice, lecturers, etc.)

FACULTY AND ACADEMICS

Faculty 

Loyola University Chicago’s law faculty members have earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, service, and public policy. They share their expertise widely. Many hold advanced degrees in business, health sciences, and other disciplines. Most have had substantial experience in private practice or in government prior to their teaching careers. 

67

Full-time faculty

203

Other faculty (adjuncts/visitors from practice, lecturers, etc.)

Academics 

924 students in JD programs; 199 in graduate and online programs 

Degrees and certificates: 

18 centers, institutes, and programs 

6 clinics 

Experiential learning and externships provide students with real-world experience serving clients in real practice settings. 

2 study abroad programs (London and Rome) 

Our top-notch library supports the curriculum, research, and service interests of the law school. 

Weekend JD 

Our award-winning, part-time JD program called Weekend JD, launched in 2016, combines on-campus and online classes for an innovative and flexible program designed for working professionals.  

STUDENT LIFE

The School of Law offers more than 30 student organizations and eight academic journals. Here, students engage in their passions and advance their skills, whether in public interest, health law, child law, business, advocacy, entertainment and sports law, and international law, to name a few. 

Student-led organizations plan hundreds of lectures, panels, and other events at the Law School each year. 

Students on Loyola's reputed moot court, mock trial, and dispute resolution teams put their written and oral advocacy skills to the test while participating in real life trial, appellate, and dispute resolution simulations. 

The Castillo Scholars program helps underrepresented students nationwide apply to law school—any law school, not only Loyola’s—by pairing them with current Loyola law students as mentors. 

Public service is an important part of life at the School of Law. During 2022-23, students logged 65,469 pro bono hours.  

Chicago, set on beautiful Lake Michigan, is our nation’s third most populous city and is ideally situated located in the heart of the nation. This is a world-class city with limitless opportunities. 

OUTCOMES AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

Our students become graduates who are practice ready and are recruited in diverse areas of practice.  

For 2022 graduates: 

  • 95% were employed 10 months after graduation

ABA Employment Summary 

Salary Information from National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP) 

Bar Passage 

Loyola Law prepares students to succeed. Our ultimate bar passage rate is 93.72%. 

Bar Passage Data for Recent Graduates

Alumni Satisfaction and Support 

Loyola School of Law has a robust alumni network of more than 12,000 graduates around the world. Our graduates report that their legal education from Loyola School of Law has equipped them to advance and thrive in their legal careers.  

Our alumni are passionate about helping students, too—from coaching students on mock trial teams, to serving on volunteer committees, and participating in career mentoring. 

Our alumni give back financially. Last academic year, over 50% of School of Law alumni donated to scholarship funds. Their continued, dedicated investment makes it possible for current and prospective students to make their law school decisions based on academics rather than on cost.  

Resource and Support

The School of Law is devoted to supporting our students and alumni. Support includes:  

Student Services—Our Office of Student Services provides academic counseling, assists with students’ exploration of professional pathways, supports student organizations, and more. It produces a First-Year Information Book each year to help students get more acquainted with the School of Law.  

Career Services—Our Office of Career Services provides the tools and resources necessary for our students and alumni to engage in effective job search strategies 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—Our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fosters an exchange of ideas and shared experiences and works to ensure all members of our community feel valued and supported. Our 2018-2022 Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Report shows how the School of Law has taken deliberate steps to cultivate a more inclusive atmosphere at our institution and to position our graduates to advocate for justice and equity among underserved and marginalized communities. 

Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)—This program supports our JD alumni engaged in full-time public service employment who also have high educational debt. 

Public Interest SupportThe School of Law supports our students’ commitment to working in otherwise unpaid summer public interest placements by providing stipends. The summer stipend program began in 1987, supporting one student, and has grown to supporting over 30 students working in legal aid, public criminal defense, and other governmental positions in the summers of 2021 and 2022. 

Rodin FellowsThe Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice fellowship program financially supports students as they develop the skills needed to work with underserved individuals and communities through litigation, legislative and policy reform, and other forms of advocacy.  

Loyola Law also offers services through the University Wellness Center, Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP), and Campus Ministry.