University of San Francisco School of Law

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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs


Introduction

Founded in 1912, the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law has a tradition of educating effective lawyers who graduate with the professional skills and theoretical foundation necessary to succeed in the legal profession.

The San Francisco Bay Area is an extension of the campus and plays a vital role in the educational experience. The school is located on a hilltop campus overlooking Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, and downtown San Francisco. It is minutes away from the Civic Center, home to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as federal and state courts, including the California Supreme Court. The city and its surrounding communities provide exceptional learning, practice, and service placements to complement the academic program. Students represent clients in law school clinics, extern in major national and international law firms, clerk for judges, and work for public interest organizations.

The USF School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Commitment to Justice

The USF School of Law offers a rigorous education with a global perspective in a diverse, supportive community. Our graduates are skilled, ethical professionals prepared for any legal career, with a commitment to social justice as their enduring foundation. Our inclusive Jesuit mission integrates humanity and ethical conduct into the practice of law. Evidence of this mission in action includes our extensive list of programs dedicated to serving communities throughout the United States and around the globe and our unique curriculum focused on ethics and professional responsibility.

Degree Programs

The USF School of Law offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor (JD) programs that empower students to develop their analytical abilities, master legal writing and research skills, acquire a firm foundation of basic law, explore an array of specialties, and refine their professional legal skills in practical settings. The full-time program requires three years of study, while the part-time program can be completed in four years. Students in the part-time program may accelerate their studies and complete the degree in seven semesters or they may convert to the full-time program after the first year and graduate in three years. The law school offers several dual-degree programs, including a JD/Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the USF School of Management, and a JD/Master of Urban & Public Affairs (MUPA) with the USF College of Arts and Sciences’ Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. The law school also offers Master of Laws (LLM) programs in Taxation, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and International Transactions and Comparative Law (for foreign lawyers). In addition, the law school offers a Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) for non-lawyers.

Inspiring Facilities

The USF School of Law is housed in the Koret Law Center and comprises Kendrick Hall, where classrooms and faculty offices are located, and the Dorraine Zief Law Library. Kendrick Hall features a rotunda skylight, spiral stairways, and circular configurations that enhance natural light and offer informal gathering spaces for students and faculty. Students prepare for trial practice in a state-of-the-art, 70-seat moot courtroom. Administrative offices are located in Kendrick Hall to provide easy access to services and staff. Office space for student organizations and clinical programs, a student lounge, and a café are found here as well.

Linked to Kendrick Hall by a soaring glass atrium, the Dorraine Zief Law Library is a modern, technologically advanced study environment. It houses an extensive collection and connects to countless online resources. The library also features individual and group study rooms equipped with audiovisual equipment, computer classrooms, and research rooms.

As part of a larger campus community, USF law students benefit from the amenities and facilities of a major urban university, including the outstanding recreational and fitness facilities of USF’s award-winning Koret Health and Recreation Center. The university’s 55-acre campus also features a main library, bookstore, student center, and dining facilities.

Educating Legal Professionals

The core curriculum in both the full-time and part-time programs includes courses essential to a solid understanding of dominant legal concepts. The core curriculum is complemented by a rich offering of courses and programs providing opportunities for specialized study and practical experience. Elective courses, which full-time students may pursue in their first year, are constantly updated to reflect changes in the law, to meet the pace of technological change, and to match student interest.

JD certificate programs and elective clusters offer concentrated study for students who wish to pursue particular career objectives or develop specialized skills. Notable among these are courses in international and comparative law, employment law, public interest law, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution, business law, and intellectual property and technology law.

There are also vast opportunities to hone practical skills in one of our many externship programs or by handling real cases under the supervision of a professor in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, Data Privacy Law Clinic, Employment Law Clinic, Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project, Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic, Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, Investor Justice Clinic, Mediation Clinic, and Racial Justice Law Clinic. Our Civil and Criminal Law Externship Program matches students with private law firms, district attorneys, public defenders, or one of our other over 250 preapproved employers throughout the city and region, while the Judicial Externship Program facilitates student placements in a variety of courthouses.

International Program

Our menu of international programs provides exceptional opportunities to study and extern abroad. We have semester-exchange programs in China (Beijing and Hong Kong), the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg, and externship placements in Europe (Alicante, Copenhagen, Lichtenstein, Milan, Paris, Rome), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi), and Mexico (Mexico City). USF’s innovative Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic affords many students the opportunity to personally present their research and policy proposals to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva or the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Student Activities

Much of a USF law student’s education takes place outside the classroom. Students expand their scholarship interests by writing, editing, and publishing several law journals, including the USF Law ReviewUSF Maritime Law Journal, and Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. Opportunities to hone advocacy and leadership skills abound. Students participate in the annual Advocate of the Year Competition, compete in interschool moot court and trial advocacy competitions, and also take part in countless externship and clinical opportunities. All law students are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA), which is a vehicle that gives students a voice in law school governance and policy. In addition, our community is enriched immeasurably by the work and camaraderie of our almost 30 student organizations, which reflect the diversity and varied interests of our law students.

Frequent panels, guest speakers, special programs, and symposia provide students with regular opportunities for intellectual interchange with faculty, alumni, members of the bench and bar, and visiting dignitaries. Examples of recent programs include Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech and Money; Trademark Law and Its Challenges: A McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium; Bargaining, Race and Globalization: How Baseball and Other Sports Mirror Collective Bargaining, Law and Life; California’s Green Rush: The Business and Ethics of Cannabis; Housing for Vulnerable Populations and the Middle Class; California Water Law; and Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice in Technology.

The USF Pro Bono Program and the SBA Community Service Committee offer opportunities for service, sponsoring a variety of community outreach and pro bono projects.

Distinguished Teachers and Scholars

USF School of Law professors bring to the classroom the highest educational credentials, substantial practical experience, and an underlying dedication to teaching, scholarship, and service. They are respected authors, researchers, and legal theorists who write books, casebooks, practice guides, law review articles, and book reviews. Faculty members have achieved numerous scholastic accomplishments—graduating from elite law schools, earning honors, and serving as editors of prestigious law journals. Almost all have substantial practical experience and continue to be involved in service to the community and the profession. Their zeal for teaching comes to life in the classroom, in clinics, and in informal conversations with students. They create an intellectually challenging but supportive atmosphere in which each student thrives.

The full-time faculty is complemented by approximately 50 adjunct professors, including federal and state court judges, attorneys from public agencies, and other distinguished members of the bar in private practice. Our location in the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area legal community allows the law school to expand its curriculum with specialized courses and provides students access to a wealth of practical expertise.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at San Francisco:

2.94 to 3.58

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at San Francisco:

150 to 156

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at San Francisco:

2.94 to 3.58

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at San Francisco:

150 to 156

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at San Francisco:

2.94 to 3.58

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at San Francisco:

150 to 156

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

USF School of Law, 2130 Fulton Street,
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080,
United States