University of San Diego School of Law
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|University of San Diego School of Law|
|Parent school||University of San Diego|
|Location||San Diego, California, US|
|Enrollment||1,007 (Full- and part-time)|
|Faculty||94 (Full- and part-time)|
|Bar pass rate||76% (ABA profile)|
|ABA profile||USD School of Law|
The University of San Diego School of Law, commonly referred to as USD Law, is a law school located on the 182-acre (0.74 km2) campus of the University of San Diego in San Diego, California in the community of Linda Vista. Founded in 1954, the law school has held ABA approval since 1961. It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1966.
USD Law offers Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees in either a three-year full-time or a four-year part-time program. Advanced law degree programs offered include Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees in taxation law, international law, criminal law, health law, intellectual property law, business and corporate law, and in Comparative Law for graduates of international law schools. Concurrent degree programs are offered to achieve a J.D. degree with either a Masters in Business Administration, International Master of Business Administration, or Master of Arts in International Relations.
Academic quality 
USD Law placed 65th among the nation's "Top 100" law schools by the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings. In April 2010, USD was ranked 6th in the nation in tax law and first in the Western United States among law schools with graduate tax programs. In January 2011, USD Law was given a "B+" in the "Best Public Interest Law Schools" listing by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.
The school is a member of the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary society founded for the purposes of encouraging legal scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the legal profession.
The dean of the law school is Stephen Ferruolo. Prior to his tenure as dean, Ferruolo was a partner at the San Diego branch of Goodwin Procter, where his practice focused on business law. Prior to beginning his legal career, Ferruolo was a history professor at Stanford University.
In a 2003–2004 survey based exclusively on academic criteria, Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago Law School ranked USD Law 22nd in the nation for faculty scholarly reputation. Leiter rated USD Law as "Also Strong" in Criminal Law & Procedure, Jurisprudence/Legal Philosophy, Law & Religion, and Legal Ethics.
Notable guest professors 
For several years, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has judged the final round of intramural moot court competitions on campus. Along with this, he has been a guest lecturer of Constitutional Law classes as well as classes on Oral Advocacy.
Media appearances 
Faculty member Junichi P. Semitsu appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and faculty member Frank Partnoy appeared on an episode of The Daily Show discussing his book The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals.
Bar passage rates 
Based on a 2001–2007 6 year average, 76.3% of USD Law graduates passed the California State Bar.
Post-graduation employment 
Based on a 2001–2007 6 year average, 90.6% of USD Law graduates were employed 9 months after graduation.
Notable alumni 
- Steven R. Altman, 1986, President Qualcomm
- Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., 1971, CEO Colony Capital; called "the best real estate investor on the planet today" by Fortune magazine
- Shelley Berkley, 1976, Member U.S. House of Representatives
- Dave Camp, 1978, Member U.S. House of Representatives, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee
- Theo Epstein, 2000, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs
- Jan Goldsmith, 1976, City Attorney of San Diego and former California State Assemblyman and judge
- Joseph Ghougassian, 1980, Chairman, Persian Gulf Consultants, former Deputy Senior Advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, former US Ambassador to Qatar
- Robert Kardashian, 1967, lawyer for OJ Simpson and father of reality show personalities Kourtney Kardashian, Kimberly "Kim" Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian Odom, and Robert Kardashian Jr., with his former wife Kris Jenner.
- Judith N. Keep, 1970, Chief District Judge of the Southern District from 1991 to 1998
- Thomas P. O’Brien, 1993, United States Attorney for the Central District of California
- Rod Pacheco, 1983, former California Assembly Member and District Attorney of Riverside County
- Ron D. Parraguirre, 1985, Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Nevada
- Lynn Schenk, 1970, former Member U.S. House of Representatives
- Michael J. Streit, 1975, Associate Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
- Frances Townsend, 1984, former Homeland Security Advisor
- "U.S. News & World Report, "Best Law Schools: University of San Diego"". Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- AALS Member Schools
- Weyenberg, Michelle (January 2011), "Best Law Schools for Public Interest", The National Jurist (San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines) 20 (4): 24–28
- Order of the Coif member schools
- Introducing Dean Ferruolo
- Ferruolo bio
- Ferruolo bio
- Brian Leiter, "Appendix D: Summary Rankings for the Top 25 Schools, 2003–04"
- "Brian Leiter's Top Law Schools by Specialty Area, 2002–03"
- USD Law faculty bio, Junichi Semitsu
- USD Law faculty bio, Frank Partnoy
- 2007 Leiter Rankings – Student Quality
- "Internet Legal Research Group: University of San Diego, 2009 profile". Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- Qualcomm Investor Relations, Executive Officers
- California State Bar Membership Records
- California State Bar Membership Records
- Colony Inc. Company Executives
- "CAMP, David Lee, (1953 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- University of Texas archive speeches "Nomination of Joseph Ghougassian To Be United States Ambassador to Qatar, October 2, 1985"
- DeArmond, Michelle, Kimberly Trone and Jose Arballo, Jr., "Timeline of Pacheco's political and legal career", The Press Enterprise, January 5, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Supreme Court of Nevada "Justice Parraguirre Will Be New Chief Justice at Nevada Supreme Court" December 30, 2009