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.
USNWR ranking146-92[1]
Bar pass rate66.67%[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, the law school has approximately 700 students. It received ABA approval in 1935.[4] It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1937.[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 2013 admitted students, the median LSAT scores were 153 and the median GPA was 3.28.[6] The majority of the class admitted in 2013 had LSAT scores in the 56th percentile or higher.[6][7] Following the 2012-2013 academic year, 26.9% of first year students left USF Law in academic (26 students) and non-academic (33 students) attrition.[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.


In 2017, Princeton Review placed USF Law 9th in the country for Best Quality of Life.[8]

In 2017, Princeton Review placed USF Law 5th in the country for Greatest Resources for Minority Students.[9]

In 2015, the U.S. News & World Report placed USF Law 138th in the United States.[10]

In 2010, Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings placed USF Law 62nd in the United States.[11]

USF Law was listed with a "B+" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll" by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.[12]

Bar passage rates[edit]

The July 2017 bar passage rate for USF graduates was 54% compared to 70% for all ABA-accredited California law schools.[13]

February and July 2012 California Bar passage rates for USF test takers were 66.7% compared to the state average of 71.43%.[2]

Based on a 2001-2007 6 year average, 70.3% of University of San Francisco Law graduates passed the California State Bar.[14]

Post-graduation employment[edit]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates[15]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
Employed - J.D. Advantage
Employed - Professional Position
Employed - Non-Professional Position
Employed - Undeterminable
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
Unemployed - Not Seeking
Unemployed - Seeking
Employment Status Unknown
Total of 200 Graduates

According to the University of San Francisco School of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 34% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[16] The University of San Francisco School of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 41.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[17]

As of 2014, the University of San Francisco School of Law does not publish an average salary for recent graduates.[18][19]

Based on a 2001-2007 6 year average, 92.3% of University of San Francisco Law graduates were employed in some capacity (including part-time, short-term, non-legal jobs) 9 months after graduation.[14]


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 2014-2015 academic year is $75,302.[20] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $266,638.[21] According to U.S. News & World Report, the average indebtedness of 2013 graduates who incurred law school debt was $146,919 (not including undergraduate debt), and 89% of 2013 graduates took on debt.[22]


The Law School has several school-sponsored publications in which students can participate. The Maritime Law Journal is one of two journals devoted to maritime law in the country and is subscribed to by the United States Supreme Court.

Student life[edit]

The USF student body is among the most ethnically diverse in the country.[23] It is ranked 9th best quality of life for law students and fifth for greatest resources for minority students.[24][25] USF sponsors dozens of student groups encompassing a wide range of demographic and practice area interests, which reflects the diversity and drive of the student body. The various organizations sponsor lectures from notable attorneys and judges lectures highlighting the outstanding scholarship of the faculty. 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.[26]

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. The latter has been taught by the late prof. Vojtech Cepl, the principal drafter of the post-communist Constitution of the Czech Republic. Following his role in the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Mr. Cepl was nominated a justice of the Czech Constitutional Court and briefly participated as an advisor in post-war Iraq.

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.[27]

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]

In 2000, the law school doubled in size when the new Dorraine Zief Law Library opened. Three years later, the law school's main classroom and administration building, Kendrick Hall, reopened after an extensive renovation. The library is also frequented by students of other local law schools, attesting to its comfort and functionality.[28]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]



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