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Loyola Marymount University (Loyola Law School)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles opened its doors in 1920. Located in downtown Los Angeles-a legal, financial and media capital-Loyola Law School is home to prominent faculty, dedicated students and cutting-edge programs. The first ABA-accredited law school in California with a pro bono requirement for graduation, Loyola Law is committed to legal ethics and the public interest, and has produced top attorneys for nearly a century.

Degrees Offered: Juris Doctor (JD); Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA); Masters of Law in Taxation (LLM); Masters of Law in American Law & International Legal Practice (International LLM)
Loyola Law is the first ABA-accredited law school in California with a mandatory pro bono requirement. Loyola students donate over 40,000 hours of pro bono work per year to non-profit organizations.

The mission of Loyola Law School is legal education within the context of Loyola Marymount University and its goals as a Catholic Institution in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. In carrying out this mission, it is the particular responsibility of Loyola Law School to:

Achieve and maintain excellence in the instruction of law and promote legal scholarship and research in the context of academic freedom;

Seek to educate men and women who will be leaders of both the legal profession and society, demonstrating in their practice of law and public service the highest standards of personal integrity, professional ethics and a deep concern for social justice;

Act at all times as an institution in a manner consistent with those values.

The Law School should be distinguished by its concern for social justice. It should continue its efforts to provide opportunities for legal education to the poor, the underprivileged, women and minorities. Loyola Law School has a long-standing commitment to affirmative action and adheres to and supports all legal requirements for non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its programs. As a Jesuit-related institution, the Law School recognizes its moral and ethical obligation to provide opportunities for a quality legal education to qualified applicants of diverse backgrounds, interests and professional objectives.

Loyola Law School prepares students to practice law effectively in any jurisdiction in the United States. Yet, a quality legal education does far more than simply prepare a student to file a lawsuit or draft a contract. Loyola's program is designed to teach the student to think and reason critically. The program tries to instill in its students a respect and appreciation for the law as a discipline influenced by philosophical, historical and political forces. The faculty, therefore, reviews the curriculum continuously, revising and developing it not only to meet the changing needs of contemporary law practice, but also to protect and enhance Loyola's intellectual climate and promote the ideals set forth in the Law School's Mission Statement.

Loyola's curriculum has tremendous breadth and depth. From Constitutional Law to Entertainment Law, from Legal Philosophy to Trial Practice, students at Loyola enjoy exciting and stimulating course offerings. Most importantly, the size of both its full time and adjunct faculties enables Loyola to offer a large and varied array of courses. All students must complete 87 units in preparation for graduation from Loyola Law School.

Loyola demonstrates its commitment to social justice through our five public interest organizations-the Western Law Center for Disability Rights provides free legal services to people with disabilities; the Disability Mediation Center mediates cases involving federal and state discrimination laws; the Center for Conflict Resolution provides mediation, conciliation and facilitation services for the local community; the Cancer Legal Resource Center serves those dealing with cancer-related legal issues; the Center for Juvenile Justice and Policy advocates for kids in LA's juvenile justice system and works to reform it. Opportunities for student participation are available at every one of these organizations.

Loyola's commitment to global issues is evident-we have one of the most extensive international law programs in the nation. Our students can study issues like rainforest depletion in Central America, corporate securities regulation in the Far East and arbitration of commercial disputes in the European Union in one of our study abroad programs.

Additionally, Loyola faculty teach at many of the world's leading legal institutions. Law schools from Paris to Santiago , Barcelona to Beijing and Buenos Aires to Vienna call on the expertise of Loyola's professors to teach the finer points of international law. Loyola is also fortunate to draw distinguished faculty members from the best law schools around the world to be visiting professors at Loyola.

Loyola is a major force in the legal community thanks to our 14,000 alums who practice in every possible field of law across the country. Loyola has produced more judges in California than any other school in the state. The New York Times article on the top five trial attorneys in the country named four Loyola grads.

Why are Loyola alums so successful? It's clear-our commitment to their training. Hiring partners regularly tell us that Loyola graduates are better prepared to hit the ground running in their first year of practice than those from other schools. Their great success is in part due to our commitment to our trial advocacy program-Loyola's moot court teams consistently finish at the top in national and international competitions.

School name:Loyola Marymount UniversityLoyola Law School
Address:919 Albany Street
Zip & city:CA 90015-1211 California

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