L.A. as Classroom
Hollywood glamour. Surfing. Spectacular sunsets. Entertainment powerbrokers. A burgeoning technology hub. Financial titans. A widely diverse, international population. As the nation’s second-largest city, Los Angeles has everything to offer – and then some.
Situated at the epicenter of all things Los Angeles, Loyola Law School offers its students a unique way to access all that is L.A. through the perspective of law. A range of clinics and practica allow students to be part of the conversation in myriad ways: assisting immigrants pursuing a better life, helping the wrongfully convicted find justice, helping broker Hollywood deals, addressing emerging Silicon Beach issues of cybersecurity and much more.
The City of Angels does things big. It’s the largest city in the country by land mass. Inside its larger-than-life boundaries are a wide range of offerings, from mountain hikes to beach strolls to art walks and everything in between. Case in point: Its fabled Griffith Park – which features hiking paths within the shadow of the Hollywood sign, two public golf courses and the recently refurbished Griffith Park Observatory, featured in the classic James Dean movie "Rebel Without a Cause" – is the largest city park in the country.
When it comes to the silver and small screens, LA is replete with famous film-shoot locations. Hollywood attractions like Universal Studios capture the splendor of the entertainment industry, while Warner Bros. and other studios offer attendance to live tapings of everything from sitcoms to game shows like The Price is Right. And celebrity spotting is a common pastime along such stretches as Melrose Avenue, the regaled shop row that also counts Paramount Pictures as a resident.
Los Angeles is world-famous for its cultural offerings, which include the Getty Center museum perched on a Bel Air peak, the sprawling Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the cutting-edge Museum of Contemporary Art. And while LA is famous for film, it rivals Broadway in its offerings on stage. Stars abound in places like the Ahmanson Theater, Broad Stage and Geffen Theater. For music, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and major touring acts perform in such venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a short ride from the Law School campus designed by the legendary architect of Loyola: Frank Gehry.
In the corporate world, L.A. means business. The downtown skyline is dotted with the marquees of Fortune 500 companies that call the city home for their national or regional headquarters. With the proliferation of tech giants like Google, YouTube and Facebook along with startups in the blossoming Silicon Beach, Loyola gives its students unique entree into the legal issues shaping the industry in partnership with LMU's Seaver College of Science & Engineering in nearby Westchester, Calif.
While many students live downtown near campus, Loyola’s transportation incentive programs give students the advantage of living just about anywhere they choose. From downtown to the beach to historic Echo Park and even neighboring Orange County, Loyola makes commuting easy and affordable. Located a short shuttle ride away from downtown L.A.’s 7th Street/Metro Center station, Loyola Law School offers its students significant discounts on public transportation. Students are also eligible for car-pool programs with significant breaks on school parking rates. All of which makes it easier for Loyola students to make L.A. their classroom.