Students Say

Jesuit-affiliated University of San Francisco School of Law puts a “sincere focus on public interest work” proclaims a 2L. USF’s Public Interest Law Foundation demonstrates its support by “offering grants to students working in the public interest over the summer, and there is a loan forgiveness program for graduates pursuing public interest careers.”

Overview

Applicants
2,329
Acceptance Rate
61%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
172

Test Scores

LSAT
151 - 156

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
February 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$60

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
No

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Overall

Students Say

Jesuit-affiliated University of San Francisco School of Law puts a “sincere focus on public interest work” proclaims a 2L. USF’s Public Interest Law Foundation demonstrates its support by “offering grants to students working in the public interest over the summer, and there is a loan forgiveness program for graduates pursuing public interest careers.”

USF also works towards goals of producing graduates who are ready to practice and make an impact on the legal community. “USF is very good at developing lawyers who can actually practice when they graduate,” says a 3L. There are eight clinical programs offered, which cover a plethora of legal areas of interest. “I worked in the predatory lending clinic, which was life-changing for me,” reflects a 3L. “It helped me get perspective on the practice of law and what it means to work with low-income clients.”

Students are encouraged to explore international law through summer externships across the globe that apply the skills they learn in law school. USF law students work at law firms, NGOs, government agencies in countries including Vietnam, the Philippines, and China.

Though academic complaints are limited, many students note “the class selection is interesting, but not very broad.” “They want to teach you as much as you are willing to learn,” said a part-time student. The legal research and writing program garners mixed reviews. Some students say it is “not up to par at all” while others maintain that it is “extremely thorough and practical.” The high cost of tuition is also somewhat of an issue.

The school’s Bay Area campus helps “USF attract and retain many truly excellent professors,” and most students indicate that “professors for the most part really want to be there and are incredibly supportive and smart.” They are known to “make ample time to meet with students” and “take a personal stake” in their students’ success.

The administration is equally well liked, with a reputation of being “transparent” and “approachable.” One student mentions a memorable moment he experienced. “Dean Brand passed by as I was working in the hall and asked me what I was doing. When he learned what I was taking on, he gave me a few words of encouragement. Even the most socratic, toughest professors have been supportive and available—they want everyone to succeed.” The alumni network is strong at USF. “Alumni of the school are loyal to helping current students and are prevalent in the Bay area.” A particular emphasis is placed on “alumni connections at public-interest law firms, governmental agencies, and nonprofits” where USF students are “very well-positioned to get summer jobs with the district attorney, public defender, or other criminal law employers” following their first year.

Despite these resources, the legal market that surrounds USF is extremely competitive. This, coupled with the opinion among students that the Office of Career Planning “is not very aggressive about actual job placement,” can make things difficult after graduation if one does not plan properly. Students say they combat this by finding support in each other. “[There is a] spirit of community among my fellow classmates. There is never any doubt we are all in competition with each other but it never FEELS that way,” says a 1L. USF made major changes to the Office of Career Planning in the summer of 2012, bringing in a new leader who has focused on aggressively expanding career opportunities for USF students and preparing students to take an entrepreneurial approach to their job searches.

The campus of the University of San Francisco receives high marks among studentswho say the law school facilities are “wonderful, clean, and modern.” “The rooms are allup-to-date with the highest tech equipment.” “The library is awesome and the librariansare amazingly helpful and useful.” “The law school is beautiful and small enough thatyou get an individualized experience.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
144

37
Female
28
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
75
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
62%
Average Starting Salary
$70,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
63%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
70

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP; Reed Smith, LLP; Sedgwick, LLP; WTAS, LLP; US Air Force JAG; Superior Court of California, Count of San Francisco; The Dolan Law Firm; The Brandi Law Firm; The Arns Law Firm; Meyers Nave LLP; Minami Tamaki LLP; Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney LLP; Gordon & Rees LLP; Asylum Access; Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP; Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP; Higa & Gipson LLP; Kaye Moser Hierbaum LLP; Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP; University of California San Francisco; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; San Francisco Public Defender; San Mateo County District Attorney; Alameda County District Attorney; Alameda County Public Defender

Graduates Employed by Area

56%
Private Practice
23%
Business/Industry
10%
Government
9%
Public Interes
2%
Academic
1%
Judicial Clerkships

Graduates Employed by Region

3%
Mid-Atlantic
2%
International
2%
South
1%
MidWest
1%
Mountain
1%
New England

Prominent Alumni

Justice Ming Chin
CA Supreme Court

Judge Martin Jenkins
California Court of Appeal for the First District

Judge Saundra B. Armstrong
U.S. District Court Northern California

Brendon Woods
Public Defender of Alameda County

Dame Marjorie Scardino
Twitter Board of Directors; former CEO of Pearson PLC

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 15
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$73,581

% Students Receiving Some Aid
84%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,780
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$18,000
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,112,328
Fees
$80

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
561
Parent Institution Enrollement
10,017

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
38
Average Age at Entry
27

% International
1%

Demographics

44.60%
% Under-represented Minorities

82% are full time
18% are part time
55% female
45% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Law candidates at USF relish in the vast amount of diversity their campus has to offer.“More than 40 percent of our 1L class was non-white, in my section of ninety there are atleast ten people who are 29+, and there are students from all over the U.S. I love thediversity of this school; it really makes the classes more interesting. People bring in theirexperiences and help the professors make what we’re learning more applicable to reallife, reflects one student.” “The diverse student body at USF Law is a true reflection ofAmerican society and contributes to both the academic strength and rich culture of thelaw school.”

When students decide to take a break from the books they are met with many options.The school provides programs including “many reputable speakers,” and “there are lotsof free lunches and events that make school less stressful.” “Weekly Thursday night barnights” are also well attended.

The City of San Francisco is beautiful, affording students endless opportunities forwork and play. “You’ve got everything that San Francisco and the Bay Area have tooffer” to help you relax. “Public transportation is really accessible,” and the culture,restaurants, and nightlife are plenty. For the student on a budget, though, the “cost ofliving in San Francisco can be pretty steep.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Alan Guerrero
Senior Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Phone
415-422-6586

Email
lawadmissions@usfca.edu
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Key Stats

2,329
Applicants
561
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate

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