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University of San Francisco School of Law

The Juris Doctor (JD) programs at USF, which include full-time and part-time options, have several highly regarded areas of concentration. Our pioneering program in intellectual property and technology law, which includes a certificate option, a law clinic for hands-on training, and a research institute, is among the best in the country. Our innovative international law program includes courses, study abroad opportunities, and internships that circle the globe. For those pursuing business law, we offer a certificate, as well as a concurrent JD/MBA program. Our noted public interest law program is rooted in USF's Jesuit mission of educating minds and hearts to change the world. For individuals with a law degree, USF offers a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in two fields. The LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law is offered exclusively to lawyers with law degrees from a non-U.S. college or university. The LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law is open to anyone with a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school or from an institution outside the United States. Enriching the global perspective of class discussions, foreign lawyers in both LLM programs are integrated into the JD program courses. The USF School of Law's numerous curricular opportunities are enriched by institutes, centers, and special programs, creating an intellectually vibrant community that integrates course offerings, student journals, and faculty research. Students are able to learn, gain practical experience, and participate in a range of activities that equip them with the practical skills and theoretical foundation needed for practicing law in the global community.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 656
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.98 - 3.51
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 72.06%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78.0%
Tuition $42,364

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About University of San Francisco School of Law

The Juris Doctor (JD) programs at USF, which include full-time and part-time options, have several highly regarded areas of concentration. Our pioneering program in intellectual property and technology law, which includes a certificate option, a law clinic for hands-on training, and a research institute, is among the best in the country. Our innovative international law program includes courses, study abroad opportunities, and internships that circle the globe. For those pursuing business law, we offer a certificate, as well as a concurrent JD/MBA program. Our noted public interest law program is rooted in USF's Jesuit mission of educating minds and hearts to change the world. For individuals with a law degree, USF offers a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in two fields. The LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law is offered exclusively to lawyers with law degrees from a non-U.S. college or university. The LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law is open to anyone with a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school or from an institution outside the United States. Enriching the global perspective of class discussions, foreign lawyers in both LLM programs are integrated into the JD program courses. The USF School of Law's numerous curricular opportunities are enriched by institutes, centers, and special programs, creating an intellectually vibrant community that integrates course offerings, student journals, and faculty research. Students are able to learn, gain practical experience, and participate in a range of activities that equip them with the practical skills and theoretical foundation needed for practicing law in the global community.

Reviews

Jesuit-affiliated University of San Francisco School of Law puts a “sincere focus on public interest work” proclaims a 2L. USF’s Public Interest Law Foundation demon­strates its support by “offering grants to students working in the public interest over the summer, and there is a loan forgiveness program for graduates pursuing public interest careers.” USF also works towards goals of producing graduates who are ready to practice and make an impact on the legal community. “USF is very good at developing lawyers who can actually practice when they graduate,” says a 3L. There are eight clinical programs offered, which cover a plethora of legal areas of interest. “I worked in the predatory lend­ing clinic, which was life-changing for me,” reflects a 3L. “It helped me get perspective on the practice of law and what it means to work with low-income clients.” Students are encouraged to explore international affairs through summers abroad in Ireland and the Czech Republic. There are additional summer internships in developing nations including Cambodia, India, and Argentina. Though academic complaints are limited, many students note “the class selection is interesting, but not very broad.” “They want to teach you as much as you are willing to learn,” said a part-time student. The legal research and writing program garners mixed reviews. Some students say it is “not up to par at all” while others maintain that it is “extremely thorough and practical.” The high cost of tuition is also somewhat of an issue.The school’s Bay Area campus helps “USF attract and retain many truly excellent professors,” and most students indicate that “professors for the most part really want to be there and are incredibly supportive and smart.” They are known to “make ample time to meet with students” and “take a personal stake” in their students’ success. The administration is equally well liked, with a reputation of being “transparent” and “approachable.” One student mentions a memorable moment he experienced. “Dean Brand passed by as I was working in the hall and asked me what I was doing. When he learned what I was taking on, he gave me a few words of encouragement. Even the most socratic, toughest professors have been supportive and available—they want everyone to succeed.” The alumni network is strong at USF. “Alumni of the school are loyal to helping current students and are prevalent in the Bay area.” A particular emphasis is placed on “alumni connections at public-interest law firms, governmental agencies, and nonprofits” where USF students are “very well-positioned to get summer jobs with the district attor­ney, public defender, or other criminal law employers” following their first year.Despite these resources, the legal market that surrounds USF is extremely competitive. This, coupled with the opinion among students that the Office of Career Planning “is not very aggressive about actual job placement,” can make things difficult after graduation if one does not plan properly. Students say they combat this by finding support in each other. “[There is a] spirit of community among my fellow classmates. There is never any doubt we are all in competition with each other but it never FEELS that way,” says a 1L. USF made major changes to the Office of Career Planning in the summer of 2012, bringing in a new leader who has focused on aggressively expanding career opportunities for USF students and preparing students to take an entrepreneurial approach to their job searches.The campus of the University of San Francisco receives high marks among students who say the law school facilities are “wonderful, clean, and modern.” “The rooms are all up-to-date with the highest tech equipment.” “The library is awesome and the librarians are amazingly helpful and useful.” “The law school is beautiful and small enough that you get an individualized experience.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

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: 204

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

Concurrent JD/MBA, 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 93
Full-Time Faculty 34
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 14
Part-Time Faculty 45
Faculty Gender 62% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 48% Male
52% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 51%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 7%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 14%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,364 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $57,364 $42,364

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$48,476 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 152 - 156
LSAT Total 153 - 159

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.98 - 3.5
Part-Time 2.98 - 3.55
Total 2.98 - 3.51

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#2 Best Quality of Life
#6 Most Liberal Students
#8 Most Diverse Faculty

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 72%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 50
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78%
Average Starting Salary $70,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 39 28%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 9 6%
Business Industry 24 17%
Government 15 11%
Public Interest 18 13%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 11 8%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 67 30%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
LA 1%
IN 1%
CA 91%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

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

  • Marjorie Scardino - CEO Pearson PLC
  • Gene Crew - Senior Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Judge Saundra B. Armstrong - U.S. District Court Northern California
  • Judge Martin Jenkins - California Court of Appeal for the First District
  • Justice Ming Chin - CA Supreme Court

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