U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola Law School 65th in its "America's Best Graduate Schools 2019" feature, which ranked the school 8th for tax law, 9th for Trial Advocacy and 27th for legal writing – making it the top-ranked California school in all three specialty categories.
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Loyola's part-time evening program is ranked 9th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Loyola is ranked 6th in the nation for Tax Law, and its Taxation LL.M. program ranks 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Loyola is ranked among the Top 10 Entertainment Law Schools in the nation by Variety
Lawdragon, named Loyola #17 in its list of the 25 Leading Law Schools.
Listed as an "A" (#8) in the January 2011 "Best Public Interest Law Schools" ratings by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.
Listed as an "A-" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll" by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.
The American Lawyer ranked Loyola #3 for its preparation of attorneys for big firm practice.
In 2017, the National Law Journal ranked Loyola #34 on its list of "The Go-To Law Schools' Associates to Partner".
Loyola has a separate law school campus on a full city block just west of downtown Los Angeles. It consists of an open central plaza surrounded by several contemporary buildings designed by Frank Gehry. Its recently renovated library has a collection of nearly 560,000 volumes.
It was the first California law school with a pro bono graduation requirement, under which students perform 40 hours of pro bono work. After Hurricane Katrina, Loyola was also one of a handful of schools to open its doors to students of law schools in New Orleans who were forced to relocate for a period of time after the hurricane.
Degrees offered include the Juris Doctor (JD); Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS); Master of Laws (LLM); Master of Laws in Taxation; Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA); Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD)
Before 2004, Loyola used a unique "numeric grading system" where GPAs ranged from 70 to 100. In 2004, Loyola adopted the more familiar 4.0 "letter grading scale" used by other law schools, applying a low 2.667 forced median GPA. However, all other Los Angeles area law schools applied a median GPA between 3.0 and 3.3. In May 2010, Loyola corrected this imbalance by raising their median GPA one-third of a point to 3.0 – retroactive to all classes taken since 2004. Loyola claimed the move as necessary to enable its students to be competitive with those from UCLA, USC, and Pepperdine law schools. Deans of other Los Angeles law schools stated that the move was in line with their grading policies.
In June 2010, Loyola's plan to retroactively change grades was the subject of a New York Times article. Comedian Stephen Colbert also mocked Loyola's change in grading policy on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
Loyola's first-time takers of the July 2015 California Bar Exam passed at a rate of 76.5%. – above the 68.2% statewide average for ABA-accredited law schools. For July 2014, the law school achieved a 79.9% pass rate – above the 69.4% statewide average. Loyola's first-time takers of the July 2013 California Bar Exam passed at a rate of 87.7% -- giving it the third-highest pass rate in the state. Based on a 2001–2007 6 year average, 72.4% of Loyola Law graduates passed the California State Bar. The first-time pass rate for Loyola Law School graduates on the July 2010 California Bar Examination was 84%, nine percentage points above the 75% rate for all ABA-accredited schools in California.
Loyola Law School had the third-highest number of class of 2017 graduates employed in full-time, long-term, non-law school funded jobs among ABA-approved California law schools as of March 15, 2018 – the second highest in Southern California. 
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2017, 86.96% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 70.23% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.
Loyola Law School had the third-highest number of class of 2016 graduates employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs among ABA-approved California law schools as of March 15, 2017.
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2016, 83.15% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 72.2% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs. The National Association for Law Placement created the term "JD Advantage" to "describe a category of jobs for which bar passage is not required but for which a JD degree provides a distinct advantage."
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2015, 87.7% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 79.5% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.
According to Loyola's official ABA-required disclosures for the class of 2014, 81.06% of graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation. About 71% were employed in full-time, long-term, bar-admission-required or JD-advantage jobs.
According to Loyola's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 50.1% of the class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation (excluding solo practitioners). Loyola's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 36.8%, indicating the percentage of the class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation. Loyola claims 13.37% of its graduates were employed in "JD Advantage" jobs, but the school does not define "JD Advantage."
In 2009, Loyola reported that 95.1% of its students were employed within 9 months after graduation. However, Loyola does not disclose what percentage of its graduates work part-time or on a temporary basis. In 2009, Loyola reported to U.S. News & World Report that 66.6% of Loyola students were employed at graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Loyola Law School for the 2014-2015 academic year is $77,100. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $282,792.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the average indebtedness of 2015 graduates who incurred law school debt was $148,035 not including undergraduate debt), and 80% of 2015 graduates took on debt. And only 60.6% of 2015 graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers) within 9 months after graduation.
Loyola Law School dedicated its new Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic (SJLC) in spring 2018. The center houses Loyola's criminal defense, immigration, post-conviction relief and clinics focused on other important issues under one roof. Thanks to a renovation of nearly 23,000 square feet of Loyola's Founders Hall, the new SJLC houses together for the first time multiple clinics: the Collateral Consequences of Conviction Project, International Human Rights Clinic, Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic and Youth Justice Education Clinic, to name just a few.
Center for Conflict Resolution, which provides mediation, conciliation, and facilitation services, as well as conflict resolution training.
Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, serves as a holistic law firm representing youths in juvenile court. A small group of students each year are selected for a year-long clinic, receiving trial advocacy and procedure training from its staff of attorneys and social workers. The CJLP includes the Juvenile Justice Clinic, the Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic and the Youth Justice Education Clinic. On Nov. 20, 2017, the Everychild Foundation announced that the CJLP was awarded its 2017 annual $1 million competitive grant to develop a program to train law students to represent foster youth involved in both dependency and delinquency courts.
Loyola's International Human Rights Clinic pursues human rights claims by citizens against countries, tribunals and more. Its work has included seeking to establish domestic violence as cause for refugee status. The clinic has more than two dozen matters pending before regional and international courts and tribunals.
The Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic has conducted more than 10,000 client consultations since its 2012 via client-intake event.
In Loyola's Street Law Teaching Practicum, a legal non-profit that helps clients extricate themselves from abusive relationships, students teach survivors of domestic violence about essential legal skills useful to rebuilding their lives.
The Workers' Rights Clinic partners Loyola students with workers' rights lawyers from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (AAJLA) and the Wage Justice Center to provide holistic services to low-wage immigrant workers in the areas of wage theft, employment discrimination, labor trafficking and retaliation 
Civil Justice Program, which convenes periodic conferences, seminars and presentations, promotes and publishes scholarly research, and initiates cross disciplinary projects.
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law program, an interdisciplinary program run jointly with LMU's Seaver College of Science & Engineering, offers both lawyers and non-lawyers advanced skills training in compliance, incident response, risk assessment and more. Media reports have noted that the program will draw on the school's traditional strengths in intellectual property, digital privacy and cybercrime, as well as its connections to nearby Silicon Beach. The program is the first of its kind on the west coast.
Entertainment Law Practicum, which provides students with hands-on experience in the entertainment industry while earning units toward their degree.
Journalist Law School, providing fellowships to journalists for a legal study practicum . The program has been cited as an important way for journalists to grow vital skills.
The Master of Science in Legal Studies is a program for working professionals to develop the critical thinking and essential legal skills. There aresix specializations: Corporate Law, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property and International Business Law.
Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), a student-run organization focused on getting students involved in public interest causes aand raising money for public interest grants.
Loyola currently has three student-run and edited law reviews:
Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review is a publication devoted to the advancement of legal scholarship. Publishing articles on all legal topics, the Review seeks to identify and advance new legal research by scholars, practitioners, and students. Authors have included former President Jimmy Carter and NPR Legal Affairs Nina Totenberg. The Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2017-18 academic year.
Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review is dedicated to the advancement of legal scholarship in the field of international law In April 2008, ILR held a symposium entitled Transformation in Iraq: From Ending a Modern War to Creating a Modern Peace. Using Iraq as a test case, the symposium sought to assess the legitimacy and viability of modern occupation law against contemporary realities and recent developments in moral and political thought.
Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review publishes scholarly articles which frequently cover topics in constitutional law, sports law, intellectual property rights, communications regulation, antitrust law, employment law, contract law, corporate law, as well as computer and Internet law. ELR has also featured symposia on such topics as independent filmmaking, international rights of publicity and the use of law and identity to script cultural production.
Loyola's trial advocacy and moot court programs are ranking No. 6 nationally by U.S. News & World Report's "2018 Best Graduate Schools" rankings. The teams' victories include:
Byrne Trial Advocacy Program, won the title of Regional Champions in 22 of the last 28 Regional Competitions in the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition, including back-to-back national championships in 2005-2006. The team is a six-time Regional Champion of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Competition. It has won 10 national championships, including the 2015 National Board of Advocates Tournament of Champions and the 2014 National Civil Trial Competition.
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
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