Telephone: (213) 736-1000

URL: http://www.lls.edu


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, interest, and PROFESSIONAL objectives.


Loyola Law School was founded in 1920 and is California's largest law school. Having graduated more than 14,000 men and women, Loyola has had a profound effect on the legal profession and American history. Known best for producing many of our nations most exciting and influential attorneys, Loyola instills in its graduates a deep commitment to public service and ethical practice while emphasizing the philosophical, analytical and professional skills essential to the lawyering process. As we embark on a new millennium, the rich traditions of excellence in instruction and scholarship, commitment to cultural diversity, and concern for social justice will move our students to the forefront of the profession. Loyola students are the next generation of global policymakers, counselors, business leaders, and legal scholars.


The Law School, originally established as St. Vincent's School of Law, is one of five divisions of Loyola Marymount University. The University also includes the College of Business Administration, the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Education, and the College of Science and Engineering. The Law School community includes 1,360 full‑time day and part‑time evening students, nearly 140 full‑time and adjunct faculty, and 133 administrative and technical staff members. Housed on a modern, innovative campus, including nine buildings, a spacious parking facility, green lawns, and athletic courts, Loyola encompasses an entire city block in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the campus is both unique and inviting.


The Juris Doctor program serves as the foundation of the Loyola tradition. The Juris Doctor prepares students to be effective lawyers and judges in any jurisdiction in the United States. Loyola recognizes that a quality education must do more than simply prepare a student to file a lawsuit or draft a contract. The program is designed to teach students to think and reason critically. The faculty strives to instill in students a respect and appreciation for the law, and a desire to improve the society in which we live. The curriculum is designed to meet the changing needs of contemporary law practice, as well as to provide students with an intellectually exciting climate in which to learn the law.


The Loyola curriculum has tremendous breadth and depth. From Constitutional Law to Entertainment Law, Jurisprudence to Trial Advocacy, students enjoy a stimulating range of course offerings. In addition, a large and popular externship program provides opportunities for students to enhance their lawyering skills in actual practice situations.




The Juris Doctor is offered in both a full‑time, three‑year (Day Division) and a part‑time, four‑year (Evening Division) program. The JD/MBA dual degree program is designed for full‑time students with strong interests in business and may be completed in four years. Students in both divisions are required to complete 87 units of coursework and a pro bono requirement of 40 hours of uncompensated, supervised, legally‑related public service for graduation. Members of the full‑time faculty teach the courses in both divisions with the assistance of an array of seasoned practitioners and legal experts including judges, trial attorneys, general counsels, government officials, and agency leaders.




In the year 2000, Loyola Law School established the Graduate Tax Program leading to the master of laws (LL.M.) degree in taxation. The Tax LL.M. is fully integrated with the Juris Doctor (J.D.) tax curriculum. The unusual depth of the full‑time tax faculty and the extraordinary pool of national renowned adjuncts from the Los Angeles area have produced a rigorous post‑graduate tax education.


The Tax LL.M. is limited to applicants who have received a J.D. or LL.B. from an ABA‑accredited American law school or the foreign equivalent. All students must have completed an introductory U.S. federal income tax law course of at least 3 semesters. The program is designed to be completed full‑time (one year) or part‑time (two or three years). Contact the Admissions Office for more information about the Graduate Tax Program or visit the Loyola web site at www.LLS.edu.




Loyola Law School's Masters of Law Degree Program in American Law and International Legal Practice provides American and foreign law school graduates the unique opportunity to earn an American LL.M. from Loyola Law School at Alma Mater Studiorum‑Universita' di Bologna. Students study a variety of international and comparative law topics with distinguished faculty from both American and European law schools. Located in northern Italy amidst such cultural and artistic attractions as the Piazza Maggiore, the University of Bologna will contribute to the European portion of the degree program with faculty, library and student facilities.

Learn more about the International LL.M. Program at http://www.lls.edu/academics/bologna



David W. Burcham (213) 736‑1028


Janelle Lundy (213) 736‑8129

Financial Aid:

Maureen Hessler (213) 736‑1135


Daniel Martin (213) 736‑1197


Graham Sherr (213) 736‑1489

Alumni Relations:

Carmen Ramirez (213) 736‑1046



DAVID W. BURCHAM, (Fritz B. Burns Dean and Professor of Law), born September 29, 1951; admitted to bar, 1984, California. Education: Occidental College (B.A., 1973); California State University Long Beach (M.A., 1978); Loyola Law School (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Constitution Law, Ethical Lawyering, Legal Process, Supreme Court Seminar.