University of San Diego

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5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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#79 Best Law Schools


#17 in Part-time Law
#8 in Tax Law

Law School Overview

The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at University of San Diego is $50. The part-time program application fee at the School of Law at University of San Diego is $50. Its tuition is full-time: $45,860 per year and part-time: $33,250 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 11.9:1. The School of Law at University of San Diego has 111 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the University of San Diego School of Law, students can complete their degrees attending school full or part time. For part-time law students, first year courses must be taken in the evenings, but day schedules are available for upper courses. All continuing students are eligible for the USD summer program, a seven-week session. J.D. students can choose to focus their legal studies through concentrations including international law, business and corporate law, intellectual property law, among others. For students seeking more than a J.D., concurrent degree program options include a J.D./M.B.A. through the University of San Diego School of Business Administration and a J.D./master’s of arts in international relations through the University of San Diego Department of Political Science and International Relations. (For students who don’t want to become lawyers but who wish to study the law, USD Law also offers a master’s of legal studies program.)

Students can get a feel for the law through school clinics, including the Technology Entrepreneurship Clinic, or may find opportunities at USD centers and institutes, such as the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, the Children’s Advocacy Institute, the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, and the Institute for Law and Philosophy. There are also law journals to consider, including the San Diego Law Review and the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, as well as the student-run newspaper, Motions.

School of Law buildings are located on the University of San Diego’s main campus, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay. For time away from San Diego, the school coordinates study abroad programs in London, Barcelona, Florence, and Paris.

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Year founded 1954
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Admissions phone (619) 260-4528
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 111
Student-faculty ratio 11.9:1
Total faculty 114

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 696
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 316


Tuition and fees

full-time: $45,860 per year
part-time: $33,250 per year

Room and board $12,934


Employed at graduation2 37.0%
Median private sector starting salary $75,000
Median public service starting salary $58,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 543,071

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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