The first Ford Mustang was rolling off the line, the Beatles
were singing live on the Ed Sullivan show, and Martin Luther
King, Jr. was delivering his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”
The year was 1964, and big changes were on the horizon.
The story of Loyola Law School actually starts nearly 44 years
earlier at the original location, St. Vincent’s School of Law
(today, Loyola High School) on Venice Boulevard. The school
welcomed the first evening class on September 8, 1920 and
four years later held its first commencement. The graduating
class was eight students, including one woman. Father Joseph
J. Donovan, S.J. was named Regent of the Law School in 1927.
Many credit him as “the single most important person in the
history of Loyola Law School.” He fought to move the Law
School to downtown Los Angeles, f Spring 2014 Spring 2011 HELP US PRESIDENT’S PROFILE John Tishbi ’03 2014 Presi