The School of Law at University of San Diego

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Carl Eging
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of San Diego

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 37.9% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.43
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 160

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 38.8%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-162
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.24-3.6
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.44
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 160

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 25.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 156-162
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.07-3.48
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.31
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 159

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./International M.B.A.
J.D./M.A. International Relations
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Our Clinical program is among the most extensive in the nation. Students interview, counsel, and represent clients under faculty supervision. The Center for Public Interest Law, the Children’s Advocacy Institute, and the Energy Policy Initiatives Center offer research & training opportunities. In summer, courses are offered in San Diego and abroad (London, Paris, Barcelona, and Florence).
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 145
Seminars 27
Positions available in seminars 450
Positions available in simulation courses 865
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 247
Student activities (as provided by the school)
There are nearly 40 student organizations, ranging from interest groups to three student run law journals. Our moot court teams place nationally each year and the Board sponsors the annual McLennon Honors Competition which is annually judged by members of the federal bench, including US Supreme Court justices. Our Mock Trial Team also ranks as one of the finest in the nation.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 75
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 244
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 421
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 196
Full-time students involved in field placements 278
Full-time students involved in law journals 176
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 40
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 16

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 35
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 91
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 153
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 39
Part-time students involved in field placements 33
Part-time students involved in law journals 29
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 12
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 8

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.6:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 112
Full-time minority faculty 7.1%
Part-time minority faculty 12.5%
Total faculty 129
Total faculty (men) 68.2%
Total faculty (women) 31.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 10.9%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#65 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#67 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#13 in Part-time Law
#14 in Tax Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 50
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.8
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.24-3.59
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.43
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-162
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 160
Acceptance rate 37.9% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 13.6:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 64.3% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 88.2% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 65.0% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 982

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 840

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 142

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 10.2%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 4.4%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.9%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Carl Eging
Financial aid phone (619) 260-4570
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $42,574 per year
Part-time: $30,874 per year
Room and board $12,279
Books $1,403
Miscellaneous expenses $8,769
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 16.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 24.6%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.0%
Median grant amount $22,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $15,000–$29,000
Full-time students receiving grants 45.4%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 29.6%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 18.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 6.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $13,050
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$18,000
Part-time students receiving grants 54.2%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $110,625
Proportion who borrowed 83.6%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 78,547
Microform titles 243,055
Electronic titles 463,311
Other non-book titles 630
Total titles 785,543
Volumes (excluding microforms) 227,383
Volume equivalent microforms 319,271
Total volumes and volume equivalents 546,654
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 112
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 70
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 36
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 6
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 70
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 13
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 84
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 54
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 30
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 5

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 202
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 17
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 21
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 53,800
Total seats available for library users 602
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Pardee Legal Research Center, regarded as one of the finest academic law libraries in the nation, holds one of the largest research collections in California. This state-of-the art-facility features an instructional multimedia computer lab with fully networked computers. Wireless access is available in the reading and Reference areas; it is also available throughout the law school.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 65.0% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 322
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 64.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 88.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 18.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 82.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 64.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 9.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 88.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.7%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $56,100
Median private sector starting salary $75,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $116,200
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 71%
Median public service starting salary $50,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 5.6%
Percent employed in business and industry 19.0%
Percent employed in government 11.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 3.2%
Percent employed in law firms 52.1%
Percent employed in public interest 7.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.7%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 86%
Graduates employed out-of-state 12.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 16
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.4%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.4%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.8%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.3%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.5%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.4%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 87.3%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.4%
Employment location unknown 1.8%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career Services provides counseling and programs to help students achieve their career objectives. Annually, 225 interviewers from 30 states participate in the recruiting process for summer positions and post-graduate placement. USD alumni support many career programs, providing opportunities for education and networking.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 86.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 74.6%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 7.9%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 63.6%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 4.3%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.8%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A