Loyola Law School is located on the west side of the Harbor Freeway downtown off of Olympic , not at the Loyaloa Marymount college campus in Westchester, and it is about a 45 minute drive there from Hermosa Beach. Hermosa Beach is a great place for a young person to live but it is definetly a hard commute. My husband lived in Manhattan Beach when he was going to grad school at USC downtown and loved it. If he is looking for a quick commute, you might consider buying a loft or new condo downtown. Downtown Los Angeles has really improved over the last several years and has a lot of neat things going on, with Staples Center, LA Live, new restaurants and bars, etc. My son lived downtown for almost 2 years in a new apartment and really liked it. If your son wants to live near the beach, then Hermosa or Redondo Beach could be a good choice. I work the entire South Bay area and am also familiar with some of the new condos downtown.