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Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Loyola Law School is the law school affiliated with Loyola Marymount University, a private university located in Los Angeles, California in the United States. Founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount (or "LMU") is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Its enrollment includes 5,951 undergraduate, 1,968 graduate and 1,315 law school students. Its 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and was recently included in “The Best 371 Colleges: 2011 Edition” Princeton Review, 2011.

The 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-approved 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.

The campus (designed by Frank Gehry) is in downtown Los Angeles, the center of legal activity and commerce in Southern California. This proximity to the downtown area is extremely advantageous for Loyola students because of the convenient access to federal and state courts and to the central offices of many major law firms. The Gehry-designed campus has been the subject of both local and international architectural acclaim, and Gehry's campus designs have won the profession's highest recognition for design excellence.

Comprised of a series of contemporary buildings clustered around a central plaza, the campus is at once intimate and open. The classrooms, offices, study and social spaces provide Loyola students with an attractive and inviting environment for the study of law and for social and intellectual exchange.

The campus includes the Albert H. Girardi Advocacy Center; the Fritz B. Burns Academic Center; three free-standing lecture halls; the Chapel of the Advocate; the Rev. Charles S. Casassa Building (featuring a state-of-the-art Trial Advocacy Center); the William M. Rains Library; an 823-car parking structure; and the Student Services Center.

The Program

Inaugurated in 1999, Loyola’s Tax LLM Program is ranked among the top ten graduate tax programs in the US.

The school's Tax LLM program is not expected to subsidize its JD program. This allows it to be extremely selective in admissions, keep classes small, and offer unusually high quality instruction.

The program’s student/faculty ratio, computed per ABA rules, remains under four full-time equivalent (FTE) students per FTE faculty member. Average enrollment in required classes is 16; in electives, 10.

The quality of Loyola's student body and small class sizes have also enabled it to attract some of the best advanced tax instructors available anywhere; most are nationally recognized experts in their fields.

The 2009 Princeton Review concluded that Loyola offers the “best classroom experience” of any law school in the western United States.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Laws in Taxation will be awarded upon the satisfactory completion of 24 units of coursework in the program. Seven courses, totaling 14 units, are required:

* Corporate Taxation I
* Corporate Taxation II
* Income Tax Timing Issues
* Income Taxation of Property Transactions
* Partnership Taxation I
* Partnership Taxation II
* Tax Practice and Procedure

Entry Requirements

Enrollment is limited to applicants who have received a JD or LLB from an ABA-accredited American law school or the foreign equivalent.

Applications will be accepted from lawyers with training from outside the United States. Such applicants should be aware, however, that the program is not designed to qualify them to sit for the California or any other bar. In addition to other required documents, applicants presenting credentials from a law school in which English was not the primary language of instruction must also present a TOEFL score of at least 600 or better on the paper based TOEFL exam, 250 on the computer-based version, or a minimum total score of 100 (with a score of 25 for each of the 4 subsections) on the IBT TOEFL exam.