Friday, June 27, 2014

Its Who You Know

By Jannell, Assistant Dean for Admissions

If I said the names: Karen Rinehart, Marjorie Williams, Mark Lamia or Mark Geragos to you, I would probably get in return, a blank stare.  (Ok, maybe not for the last name.)

But if I said O’Melveny & Myers, BET and Comedy Central, Call of Duty and attorney for famous actors who find themselves in hot water, respectively, you would smile knowingly.

The second list represents the law firms, businesses and projects of a few alums from Loyola Law School (LLS).  Admitted students have had a chance to meet these alums and many others this winter, spring and summer at our campus events.    The passion these alums have for Loyola is evident.  And they are not alone.

Over the course of this Admissions cycle, hundreds of alums have been involved --- attending events, making calls, connecting with student organizations and contacting our admitted students.  The strength of the Loyola Alumni Network is real and powerful, and it dominates the Californian (especially southern Californian) market.

These events are important opportunities for entering students and it helps them understand the power of networking --- even as a 1L.  Networking (aka just meeting folks!) leads to externships, mentorships and important jobs.  Over the course of a 30- or 40-year career, it’s who you know that will help your success.  While attending the reception at Mr. Geragos’ home this Sunday, I spoke with an alumnus, Shane who made the move from large firm to small boutique law office.  This change of life was spurred by his new marriage, baby and home.  He took his time in his job search to find the right fit, and the resource that led to his recent offer and job move --- another LLS alum who put him in front of the right people at the right time.

 The force of the LLS Alumni Network is seen every day: when a judge contacts our Externship department looking for a Loyola student, when a student connects with an alum at a bar association event or when a seasoned alum decides to change jobs. (Nearly 40 successful alums attended our most recent event for admits and many business cards were exchanged.)  It’s a powerful community to become a part of.

And there’s no telling where it will take you.

Reception hosted by Paulette & Marc Geragos ‘82, June, 2014
Pictured L to R: Carmen Ramirez (front), Jannell Lundy Roberts, Karen Rinehart ‘96, and John Horn ‘96

Monday, June 16, 2014

Enjoying Los Angeles in the Summer

Congratulations to our class of 2017/2018! You made it through the LSAT, the admissions process, and now you get to begin your adventure as a member of Loyola Law School community! But first, its SUMMERTIME!

We frequently hear Alumni and current students encourage admitted students to take a bit of a vacation before beginning law school. You'll be plenty busy over the course of the next 3 or 4 years anyway!  A survey of the Admissions Office revealed these top suggestions for things to see and places to go in Los Angeles. Whether you are a Southern California native, or coming from another city or country, we hope you have the chance to take advantage of our favorite Los Angeles activities, including:

Grab a bite to eat!
Assistant Dean for Admissions, Jannell, recommends Versailles (get the garlic chicken), Crustacean (pricey, but delicious crab in Beverly Hills), Fat Burger (the fries alone put In-N-Out to shame), and Portos (the best bakery around).

Soak up the sun!
Associate Director of Admissions, Nancy, loves visiting Santa Monica and Venice beaches. Santa Monica Pier has free summer concerts on Thursday nights so you can enjoy a picnic on the sand and relax to the music! Rent a bike at Hermosa and ride to Redondo Beach. And of course, treat yourself to some ice cream somewhere along the route.

Take a hike!
Assistant Director of Admissions, Sarah, suggests enjoying the sunshine and spending some time hiking at Griffith Park to get a picture in front of the iconic Hollywood sign, Runyon Canyon in the middle of Los Angeles and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings, to the waterfall in Eaton Canyon, or her personal favorite, Topanga Canyon and make sure to drive up to Malibu for some seafood as a reward afterward.

Be a kid again, or stop and enjoy the music!
Senior Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor, Art, encourages you to visit the happiest place on earth: Disneyland! It is just as magical as an adult!  If theme parks aren't your gig, then plan an evening under the stars listening to music at one of L.A.'s gorgeous outdoor concert venues such as the Hollywood Bowl or Ford Theatres.

Get artsy and embrace the culture!
Admissions Coordinator, Stephanie, recommends visiting one of Los Angeles' incredible museums. We like the Getty and Getty Villa, the Griffith Observatory, LACMA, MOCA, the Norton Simon Museum, and the Huntington Library.

Whatever you decide to do this summer, we hope you make the most of your time and allow yourself some fun!

Orientation will be held the week of August 11th to the 15th.  Please remember that attendance for all Orientation activities is mandatory!

Friday, May 30, 2014

What are Loyola Law School Students doing this summer?

By Stephanie, Admissions Assistant

After wrapping up the first year of legal students at Loyola, what do students do with their summers?  Some students choose to enroll in summer courses, some may student abroad, some take on research assistant positions with members of our faculty, and many obtain internships, externships, or employment.  The general consensus seems to be that LLS students stay busy, even during the summer time.

Here is a just a sampling of the places Loyola Law School students are working this summer:
  • ACLU of Southern California
  • Warner Brothers
  • Federal Public Defender
  • HBO
  • Bet Tzedek
  • Lionsgate
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Bankruptcy Court
  • Children's Law Center of California
  • Los Angeles Law Library
  • Los Angeles Unified School District General Counsel

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Loyola Hosts US-China Entertainment Law Program

By Sarah, Assistant Director of Admissions

Earlier this month, Loyola Law School held the US-China Entertainment Law Program, the very first of its kind, with Peking University Law School!

The program was a two-week academic endeavor, co-organized by Loyola Law School Los Angeles and Peking University Law School. The program attendees spent one week in Beijing at Peking University Law School and one week at LLS. While in Los Angeles, they attended classes taught by LLS faculty members, Jay Dougherty, Justin Hughes, and Karl Manheim.

The program also included a series of field trips, including studio visits to NBCU and Warner Bros (where they were lucky enough to visit the sets of The Voice and the Big Bang Theory!), entertainment agency office William Morris Endeavor, the Directors Guild of America, the Paley Center, and other entertainment law and accounting firms.

The program received coverage in World Journal, the largest Chinese newspaper in North America, and others in China. Additionally, good news travels fast and other law schools in Asia have contacted Loyola Law School about co-hosting additional programs similar to this.

Professor Seagull Song organized this program, and when she is not teaching, meeting with students, or organizing incredible academic programming, she is presenting her recent paper at UNLV, moderating panels in Beijing and Shanghai, lecturing at the Taiwanese Social Academy, Taiwanese Tsinghua University School of Law, and Taoyuan Government Special Economic Zone...and that was all in the month of April alone!

What does this mean for Loyola Law School? Well, besides a job well done on a new and exciting program, it demonstrates our passion for trying new things, meeting demands for specific areas of legal interest, and the willingness of our faculty and staff to go above and beyond the call of duty to create opportunities for folks at Loyola Law School.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Passion for Public Interest: Renee Manrique

By Sarah, Assistant Director of Admissions

This year Renee Manrique, a second year student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles, was awarded a prestigious 10-week summer fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund!  Renee will spend the summer working at NYSUT in New York City, providing an opportunity to work in a challenging and unique environment, fighting for social and economic justice.

Renee is just one of the many students at Loyola Law School who bring an interesting and diverse wealth of life experience with them as they begin their legal education.  Renee worked in Northern California as a teacher prior to attending LLS. She taught at a low income school that benefited from a grant that was won because of a lawsuit initiated by the California Teachers' Association.  That law suit is what ultimately inspired Renee to attend law school. She has been a union representative for the Oakland Education Association, as well as a member of Oakland's Effective Teacher Task Force.  At LLS, Renee has advocated for children's rights through internships with non-profit organizations in Los Angeles.

A little more information about this incredible honor: The Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest fellowships in 2014. Applicants come from over 140 law schools, and the competition is intense. The Peggy Browning Fund states "Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school, but have also demonstrated their commitment to workers' rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences. Renee P. Manrique is no exception." 

Renee is successfully pursuing her dreams, and Loyola Law School will help her obtain the legal background she needs to continue making important changes in our education system. Congratulations Renee!

Admitted students, we look forward to learning more about your interests, and helping you achieve your goals here at Loyola Law School.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Save the Date for Law Start II

By Stephanie, Admissions Counselor

In just under two months, Loyola will host part two of our successful Law Start Program! This two-day event will be held on campus on May 19th and 20th. Students will receive a more in-depth experience of what law school is really like, as well as helpful feedback from some of our most experienced faculty members.

On day one, students will be welcomed to campus by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Helen Albertson. After her introduction, Professor Cindy Archer will lead the first part of "Effective Note-taking" followed by a mock law school lecture led by Professor Gary Craig.   There will also be small break-out sessions between lectures. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups of 10 with a faculty member to further discuss details of cases presented in lecture. This is a great way for students to interact with law professors and to receive constructive feedback on their ideas and their work.  Students will be asked analytical questions on material, representative of the Socratic Method, and will be advised on ways they should interpret legal language.

Day two will further develop the activities from day one. This includes a lecture on Introduction to Legal Analysis and Application and the second part of the mock law school lecture. Professor Archer will then present a lecture on the Application of the Law and Hypotheticals. Participants will then be given a mock exam which they will later have the opportunity to review in their small groups with a professor. The event will finish off with a reception hosted by faculty members and other members of the Loyola community.

Law Start II is an excellent program that introduces students to the dynamics of law school. The cost of this program will be $500. Priority will be given to our admitted students. The cost of the program will be credited toward tuition if the student chooses to matriculate at Loyola. More information will be available to anyone interested in the coming weeks.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Latino Preview Day at LLS

By Nancy, Associate Director of Admissions

Over the past few months (or years) you have worked so hard to prepare your law school applications – and now that you have been admitted, it is time to celebrate!  Getting into law school is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud.  In addition to the celebration, now is a great time to visit the schools you are considering to get a better sense of the community you will be a part of.  One of our student organizations, La Raza de Loyola, is graciously sponsoring Latino Preview Day on Saturday, March 22nd.   There will be a Latino panel which will be a great opportunity to ask questions about being a law school student at Loyola.  You will have a chance to meet with current faculty, students and alumni.  I hope I will get to see you at Latino Preview Day!

Latino Preview Day
March 22, 2014
Latino Panel – 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Loyola Law School Campus)
Dinner & Drinks with Alumni: 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Guelaguetza Restaurant)
RSVP with Roshell Amezcua at