Overview

Applicants
711
Acceptance Rate
85%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.15
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
173

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
146 - 152

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
64

45.3
Female
20.3
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Loyola University—New Orleans College of Law is “hands down, the best place to study law” thanks to its “regional reputation, elite professors, great career resources, and guest speakers.” Owing to “its location in one of the world’s great cultural centers,” students here aren’t surprised with “the quality and accessibility of the professors,” all within an “atmosphere that facilitates learning and making connections.” The “top-notch” professors “bring a wealth of practical experience into the classroom” and are “willing to bend over backwards to help students in their career path.” It helps that the professors “all have practical experience in their area of law” and “incorporate that [expertise] in the classroom.” “It’s great to have a professor who helped write the civil code and court opinions teach them to you,” says a 3L. The administration can be “very good, very personal, and helpful,” and the financial aid department recently acquired new staff, improving the department’s efficiency. Those involved in the school’s evening program would like to see the administration give them the same “availability of classes and special programs, such as internships or externships,” as those in the regular program have. Others appreciate the lack of “long lines” and “red tape.” “This law school is completely oriented around the students,” says a 1L.
“There are continual opportunities to gain practical legal experience” at Loyola through “constant notices of internships, jobs, volunteer projects, and externships.” “Professors share their advice for exam preparation and are very up front with expectations for exams,” says a 2L. However, while nearly all students approve of the “moot court and trial advocacy programs,” some would like to “have fewer required courses so that students can specialize in a particular area with more ease.” Others think that “Loyola needs to do a much better job preparing students to actually practice law.” “The odds are severely stacked against a recent graduate arguing anything to an appeals court, as most firms have attorneys with considerably more experience who handle all of the firm’s appeals work,” explains a 3L. “Therefore, the area in which Loyola could stand to improve the most is offering more trial court advocacy classes and giving those equal, if not greater, focus than moot court.”
Opinions on Loyola’s career services office range from “fantastic” to “a joke,” though which side you’ll fall on will likely depend on where you’re from. “One area that I think the school could improve on is helping the common law students obtain jobs out of state,” says a 3L. “Our career services is terrible if you’re not from Louisiana,” adds a 2L. That said, most students are happy to stay in New Orleans after graduating. “Loyola’s great for people who want to practice in New Orleans,” says a 2L. “It offers lots of connections and alumni in the area who like to give back to their own.”
“Some of the classrooms, namely the newer ones, are top-notch,” says a 1L. Others “are overcrowded and students are relegated to using stand-alone desks along the edges of the classrooms with inadequate surfaces for writing or computer usage.” “The facilities could use a drastic update,” says a 2L. While the library is “giant” with “many helpful resources,” it’s in “need of a twenty-first (or even twentieth) century makeover.” Students also wouldn’t mind having a place where they can “study late at night, segregated from the undergrads,” along with “more food options for the law campus.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
76%
Median Starting Salary
$54,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
81%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
59%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
152

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
private firms, the judiciary, and government agencies

Prominent Alumni

Pascal Calogero
Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

Moon Landrieu
Secretary of HUD, Mayor of New Orleans, etc.

Carl Stewart
U.S.Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Theodore M. Frois
General Counsel, Exxon Mobil International

Robert L. Wilkie
Spe. Asst to the President , NSA

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$48,493

% Students Receiving Some Aid
91%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,000
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$21,612
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$21,612
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$2,030
Fees
$1,410

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
531
Parent Institution Enrollement
4,273

Average Age at Entry
27

% International
0%

Demographics

23.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

81% are full time
19% are part time
53% female
47% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Students at Loyola “are generally helpful to each other” and “very friendly regardless of whether they are from the New Orleans area or not.” “There is some competitiveness amongst the student body, but I would hesitate to say cutthroat,” says a 2L. “Every student seems to view your own personal success as their own,” adds a 1L. Though there’s a lot of talk about “the rift between Civil and Common Law students,” most agree, “it is best explained by the fact that students take largely different courses and study very different material over three years.” That said, most admit that they “have never seen an argument or any social outcasting based on a student’s choice of study.” There’s a fair amount of diversity in the student population. “I have never had a group of friends as diverse as what I have found here,” says a 2L. “There is not another school that I am aware of that could foster such camaraderie among so diverse a population.”
When it comes to social life at Loyola, all students have to do is step outside. Located in “Uptown New Orleans,” students can readily hop a streetcar that “provides access to the French Quarter and Central Business District.” “New Orleans has the best nightlife in the South,” says a 3L. “The city environment is perfect for young professionals.” “I would say that most students spend a majority of their social time in Uptown or in the Garden District rather than in the belligerent, tourist-packed French Quarter,” says a 2L. “The nightlife in Uptown and the Garden District is much more tailored to the academic crowd.” According to a 1L, “This year’s 1L class hangs out together in a wide variety of ways, [whether it’s] going to the Jay-Z concert as a big group or holding our own Mardi Gras party with the whole class invited to come, grab a drink, and watch the parades.” Fundamentally, argues a 2L, “The music, food, and social justice opportunities should encourage anyone to come to law school at Loyola.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kimberly Jones
Director of Law Admissions

Address
7214 Saint Charles Avenue, Box 904
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone
504-861-5575

Email
ladmit@loyno.edu