University of San Francisco School of Law

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University of San Francisco
School of Law
USF Law logo.png
MottoChange the World From Here
Parent schoolUniversity of San Francisco
School typePrivate, Jesuit
DeanSusan Freiwald
LocationSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Faculty76 (37 full-time)[2]
USNWR ranking148th-194th (bottom 25%)[1]
Bar pass rate81% (October 2020 first-time takers)[3]
ABA profile[1]

The University of San Francisco School of Law (USF Law) is the American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school of the private University of San Francisco. Established in 1912, it received ABA approval in 1935 and joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1937.[4][5]


The University of San Francisco School of Law's Koret Law Center occupies two buildings on the 55-acre (220,000 m2) hilltop USF campus overlooking Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Francisco.


For fall 2019 admitted students, the median LSAT score was 153 and the median GPA was 3.32. The school accepted 48.7% of applicants, and 11.6% of those accepted enrolled. Following the 2019-2020 academic year, 6.7% of first year students left USF Law for academic (4.0%) or non-academic (2.7%) reasons.[6]

USF offers full- and part-time programs leading to the J.D. degree. Students can also enroll in the J.D./M.B.A. program which takes four years of study. USF also offers a J.D./Master of Urban and Public Affairs dual degree program. J.D. students can also receive certificates at graduation in Public Interest Law, Intellectual Property, Employment Law, International Law, and other areas. USF also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program in Comparative Law and International Transactions for foreign lawyers who have first degrees in law from a non-American university as well as an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology law for foreign and American lawyers. USF also offers an LL.M. in Taxation for foreign and domestic students with law degrees, as well as a Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (M.L.S.T.) for students with a bachelor's degree.

Bar passage rate and rankings[edit]

Bar passage[edit]

The October 2020 California bar passage rate for USF graduates taking the exam for the first time was 81%, compared to 84% for all ABA-accredited California law schools.[3]


US News and World Report ranks USF Law 146-192, the bottom quartile of US law schools.[1]

In 2021, Princeton Review placed USF Law fourth in the country for Greatest Resources for Minority Students.[7]

Post-graduation employment[edit]

ABA Employment Summary for 2019 Graduates[8]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
Employed - J.D. Advantage
Employed - Professional Position
Employed - Non-Professional Position
Employed - Start Date Deferred
Unemployed - Not Seeking
Unemployed - Seeking
Employment Status Unknown
Total of 119 Graduates

According to the University of San Francisco School of Law's official 2019 ABA-required disclosures, 39.5% of the Class of 2019 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[9] The University of San Francisco School of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 36.1%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2019 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[10]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the University of San Francisco School of Law for the 2019-2020 academic year is $80,307.[11] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $286,033.[12]


The Law School has several school-sponsored publications in which students can participate.

Student life[edit]

The USF student body is among the most ethnically diverse in the country,[13] and ranked fourth for greatest resources for minority students.[7] USF sponsors dozens of student groups encompassing a wide range of demographic and practice area interests. In addition, the Public Interest Law Foundation holds an annual auction, drawing lawyers, judges and other community members in support of the school's commitment to public service. In 2017, USF opened a new residence hall for priority use by law students.[14]

Institutes, centers and special projects[edit]

USF sponsors a range of institutes, centers and special projects. In addition USF sponsors study abroad programs for its students in Prague, Dublin and Budapest. The exchange programs include instruction at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Relevant international coursework includes the study of European Community Law, International Business Transactions, and European Constitutionalism.

Students get hands-on training in IP and technology law through the Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Project and the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project.[15]

In addition, USF hosts programs designed specifically for students such as the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project, which places students in the South working on death penalty appeals. Students can also participate in the Intensive Advocacy Project, which brings students from a variety of law schools and places them in an intensive trial advocacy class featuring notable local practitioners as teachers.

The school also provides ongoing mentoring through its chapter of Inn of Court. The USF chapter is the American Inn.

Dorraine Zief Law Library[edit]

The Dorraine Zief Law Library opened in 2000. Three years later, the law school's main classroom and administration building, Kendrick Hall, reopened after an extensive renovation.[16]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]



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