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University of San Diego School of Law

The degree of juris doctor is the basic professional degree offered by the USD School of Law. The law school shapes its curriculum to meet the diverse career goals and intellectual interests of its students within the traditional educational preparation for the practice of law. Students who wish to emphasize or specialize in a particular area of law can choose electives from a broad range of courses. The law school also offers clinical and internship programs to give law students who have completed their first year an opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical experience. Three years of full-time study or four years of evening study are generally required to complete the JD degree. Upon recommendation of the dean and the faculty, the JD degree is conferred upon law students who have successfully completed all academic, graduation and residency requirements.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 868
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 157 - 162
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.28 - 3.63
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 74.82%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.5%
Tuition $43,860

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About University of San Diego School of Law

The degree of juris doctor is the basic professional degree offered by the USD School of Law. The law school shapes its curriculum to meet the diverse career goals and intellectual interests of its students within the traditional educational preparation for the practice of law. Students who wish to emphasize or specialize in a particular area of law can choose electives from a broad range of courses. The law school also offers clinical and internship programs to give law students who have completed their first year an opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical experience. Three years of full-time study or four years of evening study are generally required to complete the JD degree. Upon recommendation of the dean and the faculty, the JD degree is conferred upon law students who have successfully completed all academic, graduation and residency requirements.

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The University of San Diego School of Law boasts a lengthy 50-year history, an ideal loca­tion, and an alumni roster of 60 judges and two members of Congress, including the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The well-reputed national mock trial team and appellate moot court program all make for a “wonderful experience” and a “grand” academic life. At USD, “the opportunities are endless, it doesn't matter what field you want to enter.” The “great” faculty members here “genuinely like teaching” and “make an effort beyond the classroom to reach out to students.” There is “supportive academic advising in every aspect of learning,” and “professors are very interested in helping their students excel.” Research opportunities are also readily available. Many of the first year professors use the Socratic method, but this becomes less and less frequent as a student advances, and the legal writing course was recently changed to being graded instead of pass/fail, which means that “if you let it, it will consume much more of your time.” Some of the more popular classes “are really hard to get into, especially if a particular professor is good.” Several professors are practitioners in the San Diego legal community, and offer “current, pertinent informa­tion necessary to ‘survive’ in the legal world today.” The Lawyering Skills Department is a standout here among students, as it “teaches us legal research and writing during our 1L year, and is a great program.” Students also appreciate the legal clinics on campus that service low-income families in a variety of legal areas. A few students do wish that there was a “bar course integrated into the education,” as the post-graduate bar prep courses can be pricey. The administration is “flexible and willing to change with the times and adapt to unsuc­cessful programming, classes, or past precedent.” A staff that “knows you by name” proves to be “highly desirable as a law student,” as many here are paying a great deal of money and “don't want to just be another number.”The “service oriented” administration at USD may be “great,” but the office of career services is a mixed bag. Some say it is “very helpful” and “run very well,” while others wish it could do more. “I go there every few weeks but never really get much out of them,” says one student. It definitely helps that the “small market of San Diego yields constant oppor­tunity to network and build your personal brand.” “My school is well-ranked within the city, which allowed me to work at the ACLU and the IRS. If I went to a school of a similar ranking in LA, I doubt I would have had the same opportunities. Or if I went to Iowa, nei­ther of those organizations have offices there,” says a student.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 25

Description: An advanced, professional study of legal systems and philosophies in comparative perspective.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 28

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 316

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MA (Master of Arts in International Relations), JD/IMBA (International Master in Business Administration; program length varies between 4 years & 4 1/2 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 128
Full-Time Faculty 64
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 58
Faculty Gender 69% Male
30% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 50% Male
50% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 60%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,860 Same as On-Campus
Housing $21,048 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $64,908 $43,860

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$49,901 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of San Diego School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 157 - 162
LSAT Part-Time 156 - 162
LSAT Total 157 - 162

University of San Diego School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.28 - 3.63
Part-Time 3.05 - 3.61
Total 3.28 - 3.63

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 98%
First Time Pass Rate 75%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 73%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 94
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $67,600
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 77 29%
Firm Sized 11-25 16 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 11 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 16 6%
Business Industry 58 22%
Government 29 11%
Public Interest 14 5%
Federal Clerkship 6 2%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 19 7%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 14 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 36 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 2%
DC 2%
CA 88%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of San Diego School of Law include:

  • LEONARD ARMATO - Chief Marketing Officer & Pres. Fitness Grp. - Skechers USA, Inc.
  • STEVE ALTMAN - President - Qualcomm
  • HON. THOMAS WHELAN - U.S. District Court, So. California
  • THEODORE EPSTEIN - President of Baseball Operations, Chicago Cubs
  • SHELLEY BERKLEY - Congresswoman from Nevada

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