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.
Due to U.S. News & World Report’s announcement that the publication will use public data to create law school rankings, Loyola University Chicago School of Law did not submit institutional data this year. 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 law 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 2025
Our Class of 2025 comprises 231 students enrolled in the full-time JD program. (An additional 41 students are enrolled in our four-year, part-time Weekend JD program.)
- Median LSAT: 159
- 75th Percentile LSAT: 161
- 25th Percentile LSAT: 157
- Median GPA: 3.56
- 75th Percentile GPA: 3.72
- 25th percentile GPA: 3.37
Median Age: 24
More than 90% of Loyola law students receive some type of institutional financial aid.
A Diverse Community
- Female/Male/Non-Binary: 67%/32%/1%
- Students of Color: 34.43%
- Students who identify as LGBTQ: 15%
- First-generation law students: 72%
- First-generation college graduates: 16%
- Out-of-State/In-State: 55%/45%
- Undergraduate Institutions Represented: 126
- Undergraduate Majors: 74
Learn more: At a Glance
FACULTY AND ACADEMICS
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.
900 students in JD programs; 300 in graduate and online programs
Degrees and certificates:
- Juris Doctor (JD) — full-time: 3 years
- Weekend JD — part-time: 4 years
- Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) — 4 programs
- Master of Laws (LLM) — 8 programs
- Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) — 1 program
- Dual Degree programs — 6 programs
- Certificate programs — 10 areas
2 study abroad programs (London and Rome)
Our top-notch library supports the curriculum, research, and service interests of the law school.
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.
The School of Law offers more than 50 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 2021-22, 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 2021 graduates:
- 87% were employed 10 months after graduation
- Of those employed, 95% were employed in full-time, long-term bar required or JD advantage jobs 10 months after graduation
Loyola Law prepares students to succeed. Our ultimate bar passage rate is 93.68%.
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.
The five-year average of annual giving revenue to the law school is $653,310.
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 Support—The 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 Fellows—The 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.