Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

How to Apply

JD Applications

All JD applications are completed online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law accepts applications for both the Full-time and Weekend Juris Doctor (JD) programs. All candidates for law school must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. International students must have received the educational equivalent to a United States baccalaureate degree from their foreign institution. No particular undergraduate curriculum or major is viewed as ideal for the study of law.

Transfer, International, and Visiting Applicants

Application Timeline

JD Program Important Dates
October 1st Application  for admission opens 
January 15 Early notification deadline
February 15 Priority deadline for submission of admission application for candidates also applying for special scholarships and fellowships.
March 1 Deadline for submission of specialized scholarship and fellowship applications. Candidates must be admitted by this date for consideration.
April 1 Priority deadline for submission of application for admission
April 30 Priority deadline for submission of documentation to complete application
July 1 Final deadline for submission of application for admission
July 15 Final deadline for submission of documentation to complete application Candidates sitting for the June LSAT should ensure their transcripts and letters of recommendation are on file with CAS prior to sitting for the June test.

Early Notification Deadline 

Candidates may elect to submit all necessary materials for their application files by January 15. If all items are received by this date, a non-binding admissions decision will be sent by February 15. This program is of particular relevance to applicants applying for specialized scholarships and fellowships, which have a deadline of March 1

Priority Application Deadline

The priority application deadline is April 1 for all applicants who do not meet the early notification deadline. The priority deadline for submitting supporting application documents needed to complete an application is April 30.

Final Application Deadline

The final application deadline is July 1. The final deadline for submitting supporting documents to complete an application is July 15. 

Application Information

Applications for our JD Programs are available through the Law School Admissions Council website.

There is no application fee for all entering JD program applicants.

You may use an electronic signature to certify the information on your online application. Please follow the directions provided by LSAC.

Loyola’s primary method of communication is email. Please make sure that we have your current email address; mark our email address safe; and check regularly for messages.

If an applicant has been out of school for less than three years, the Faculty Committee on Admission prefers letters from faculty and/or teaching assistants from undergraduate or graduate schools who can address academic capabilities.

Applicants who have been away from a formal education setting for more than three years may submit letters from employers or other qualified individuals in lieu of academic recommendations.

A resume is required, and a good place to include work experience, extracurricular activities, voluntary service, honors, and awards.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for admission to the JD program. Applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT no later than the June test prior to the fall of their intended enrollment in law school.

You may submit your application prior to sitting for the LSAT.

Candidates who take the June LSAT should be aware that there will be limited seats available for fall admission. We recommend that you submit all application materials prior to sitting for the June test.

All applicants must register with CAS (Credential Assembly Service) in a timely fashion and ensure that your registration is active and current. You can register LSAC.org. You will be asked to submit complete transcripts of all post-secondary work to CAS, including transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended, even if you did not receive a degree from those institutions. You must also submit transcripts from all summer school courses and graduate courses that you have taken.

We recommend that you obtain a copy of your transcript(s) to verify all information including grades, transfer credits, and institutions and any possible academic action taken by any institution attended.

All applicants who have enrolled in and/or attended any law school must have an official copy of the law school transcript and a letter of standing sent directly to Loyola University Chicago School of Law from the law school(s).

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement of no more than two typewritten pages. The essay should contain information about you and why attending law school is important to your life goals.

You may also choose to include an optional essay as part of your application on one of the following topics.

  • Option One: Why have you chosen to apply to Loyola University Chicago School of Law?
  • Option Two: What attributes or characteristics best describe you, and how will they contribute to your success as a law student and member of the legal profession?
  • Option Three: Diversity Statement: Loyola University Chicago School of Law students come from diverse racial, economic, religious, ethnic and educational backgrounds. We believe that tremendous educational benefits flow from our diverse student body, and we greatly value diversity in our classrooms and our community. We also fully appreciate that many of our students have encountered and overcome significant and unusual hardships in the pursuit of their educational goals. Please explain how your unique background or circumstances would contribute to our community and should be a factor in our consideration of your application.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Part of the application is a questionnaire from the Character and Fitness Committee which asks about past incidents involving the law..

The questions you will be asked on the application are listed below:

  1. Were you ever suspended, expelled, placed on probation, either for academic or social reasons, or otherwise disciplined by any college, university, or professional school? Actions arising from allegations of academic dishonesty (including, but not limited to cheating and plagiarism), or any form of behavioral misconduct (including, but not limited to misconduct related to alcohol or substance abuse) must be included. You must include disclosures about any proceedings that are pending. Please note: If your transcript indicates any notation(s) of academic action, including academic probation, suspension, dismissal, warning, etc., you will need to answer “yes” to this question and provide a written explanation of the circumstances.
  2. Were you ever suspended, expelled, placed on probation, or otherwise disciplined by any professional organization or state agency charged with regulating professional conduct, or are any such proceedings pending?
  3. Have you ever been convicted of, pleaded guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to a criminal offense or ordinance violation other than a minor traffic offense? A minor traffic offense is one that results in a fine of $200 or less. All other criminal offenses, ordinance violations and traffic offenses must be disclosed. Is any criminal charge now pending against you? Offenses involving the use of drugs or alcohol are not considered minor offenses and must be reported.
  4. Have you ever been discharged from military service under conditions other than honorable?
  5. Have you ever had your driver's license suspended?

If you answer any of these questions in the affirmative, you must provide a complete explanation of the circumstances.