Pre-Law Resources

Although Loyola Marymount University is affiliated with Loyola Law School, there is no official Pre-Law Undergraduate Major. The University does have a Pre-Law Advisory Program to help students prepare for and apply to law school. While it is important for students that want to go on to law school to communicate effectively, and think critically and creatively, there is no particular major that is best for pre-law students. Students are highly encouraged to major in a subject or discipline that they are passionate about. 

The University's Pre-Law Advisor is Kyle Greenberg in Career and Professional Development. If you are interested in pursuing law school, or have any questions, contact Kyle at:

Phone:  310.338.2871
Email:   Kyle.Greenberg@lmu.edu
Office:   Von der Ahe 135

Stay informed about the latest in Pre-Law at Loyola Marymount University by adding "Legal Professions & Criminal Justice" as a Career Interest to your Personal Information in Handshake.

We have compiled the following resources to help assist you in preparing and applying for law school:

  • List of Where Lions Have Interned

    Experiential learning opportunities are key when investigating careers, whether through internships, job shadowing, or informational interviews. Below is a list of locations where LMU students have completed experiential learning activities.

  • Important Acronyms
    • LSAT - Law School Admission Test
    • LSAC - Law School Admission Council
    • LSDAS - Law School Data Assembly Service
  • Information About the LSAC

    The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is your resource for applying to law school. The LSAC is where you will schedule your LSAT test-taking date and where you will apply to law schools. The first step in applying to law school is creating an account with the LSAC. From there you can begin your search, create your deadline schedule, and begin your applications for law schools.

    The Law School Admission Council Website

  • Information About the LSAT

    The LSAT is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

    The LSAT is administered four times a year. Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier is often advised.

    NOTE: Candidates should expect the test day to cover up to seven hours.

    LSAT Dates

    Visit www.lsac.org for the complete list of LSAT dates and deadlines.

    Test Centers
    Saturday Sabbath Observers

    Note: Walk-ins are not allowed.

    Fees

    Visit www.lsac.org for a complete list of basic and auxiliary fees (including Late Registration, Test Date Change, and Handscoring)

    Test Format

    The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one Reading Comprehension section, one Analytical Reasoning section, and two Logical Reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report.

    A 35-minute, unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Copies of your writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.

    What the Test Measures

    The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.

    There are three multiple-choice question types in the LSAT:

    • Reading comprehension questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school.
    • Analytical reasoning questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure.
    • Logical reasoning questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language.

    LSAT Score

    • If you choose to receive your LSAT score by e-mail, you will receive it approximately three weeks after you take the test. This is the quickest way to receive your score with no additional charge.
    • If you choose to receive your LSAT score by mail, it will take approximately four weeks after you take the test.
    • You are also able to cancel your LSAT scores by sending a written cancelation request to LSAC within 6 calendar days of taking you test.
    • More info on understanding your score
  • LSAT Preparation Courses & Resources

    Career and Professional Development highly recommends preparing for the LSAT by taking an LSAT preparation course. These courses can provide you with the skills and practice you will need to perform well on the law school entrance exam. Disclaimer: While we encourage LSAT preparation courses, we do not endorse any specific program. Below are a few of the programs offered regularly:

    Furthermore, Loyola Marymount University's Philosophy Department provides a class that has been viewed by students as good, supplementary LSAT preparation:

    • Philosophy 2010: Symbolic Logic

    Additional Test Prep Resources

    Visit the Career and Professional Development Resource Center for additional test prep books available to use in our office.

     

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Who to ask:

    Try to take multiple classes from a few Professors so that the Professors have an opportunity to get to know you better and they can comment on your performance in a more meaningful way.

    How to ask:

    Do not just ask Professors for letters of recommendation over phone or email and send them a link to submit one.

    Do have a conversation with your Professors in person about the schools you are applying to and remind them of all of the ways you have been involved.

    The best letters of recommendation will:

    • Explain how that Professor knows you and in what context (What classes you took with them, when, your performance in those classes, etc.)
    • Explain how that Professor came to know you (Visits during office hours, working as a research assistant, advising your senior thesis, etc.)
    • Describe how you presented yourself and your ideas in front of the class, and how you did when your ideas were challenged

    Ideally, give your Professors 4-6 weeks to write your letters of recommendation.

    Once someone agrees to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf, you need to register their information and email address on the LSAC.org website. LSAC.org will contact your recommender directly by email and their letter will be uploaded to the LSAC.org website.

  • Choosing a Law School

    Just like your college search, one of the most important parts about choosing a law school is finding the one that is right for you. This means meeting with recruiters and visiting law schools to find the one that is the best fit. Linked below are two resources provided by the Law School Admission Council to help you begin your law school search.

    See also: Top Law Schools in the United States (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Timeline for Law School Preparation
    *Note: this timeline is only a suggestion of how to prepare yourself for law school.

    Freshman and Sophomore Years

    • Focus on doing well in course and achieving a high GPA
    • Develop relationships with Professors so that they can write letters of recommendation that really speak to who you are

    Junior Year

    • Get experience through an internship
    • Study abroad
    • Take on leadership positions in organizations
    • Decide when you are taking the LSAT (*best time to take LSAT is in the summer before your Senior Year) and begin studying
    • Look into which schools you want to apply to and visit Law School campuses
    • Second semester, you should think about who you would like to ask to write you a letter of recommendation

    Senior Year

    • Take LSAT if you have not already done so
    • Begin applying to Law Schools in the fall
    • Once you decide which schools you are applying to, approach Professors for letters of recommendation
  • Campus Organizations and Events

    LMU Mock Trial

    Collegiate mock trail functions in yearly cycles. Each year, a case packet is distributed to all participating schools in late summer. The case packet is a series of documents including the charges, penal code, stipulations, and case law as well as all exhibits and affidavits relevant to the case.

    Competitors are restricted to only the materials provided in the case packet. Teams consisting of 6-10 members thoroughly read and analyze the case packets. Each team prepares both sides of the case: prosecution and defense in a criminal trial, plaintiff and defense in a civil action.

    Teams compete in regional tournaments and invitations, and qualifying teams go on to compete at the national level.

    If you would like more information, please contact MockTrialLMU@gmail.com.

    LMU Phi Delta Phi

    The Loyola Marymount University Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Society - in proud affiliation with Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States - serves to promote the ideals of excellence and professionalism, foster moral and intellectual advancement, and instill the principles of uncompromising integrity and honor in professional and public service. In tradition and dedication to the legal profession, Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Society is a pillar upholding the justice, service, and virtue of the law, and an arm serving the needs and honing the passion of students, professors, and distinguished members of the law.

    If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact us at lmuphideltaphi@gmail.com or Facebook.com/LmuPhiDeltaPhi

    Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity

    Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity whose purpose is to promote interest in legal education and practice.  Phi Alpha Delta has members who are university students, law school students, lawyers, judges, senators, Congress representatives, Supreme Court Justices, and former U.S. Presidents. Over 300,000 members have been initiated since its establishment in 1902 into 340 pre-law chapters, 207 law chapters and 100 alumni chapters. Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity. 

    If you are interested in becoming a member or would like further information, please contact us at lmu.pad.org@gmail.com