University of San Francisco - School of Law campus

Overview

Applicants
2,125
Acceptance Rate
61%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
204

Test Scores

LSAT
149 - 154

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

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

Although the University of San Francisco itself is a Jesuit institution, the law school “is not in any apparent way Jesuit affiliated,” with one student going so far as to note that “the only sign of religion I have experienced at school are holiday decorations around Christmas.” Meanwhile, “a majority of the staff in the Office of Career Planning has changed. They are extremely dedicated to professional development and career placement. They are very, nice, outgoing, and well connected.” “It’s up to each student to work hard and seal [the] deal within the job market but the office of career planning does a great job of putting students in positions to succeed within the job market.”
With a “highly supportive administration and faculty, who are always willing to work with students to help them excel and provide support/flexibility for part-time students who work full-time,” USF students say that “faculty are more than accessible—they respect students as lawyers in training rather than underlings.” Some feel the 1L curve “is a little bit too strict for our academic reputation and lends to professors grading more harshly than necessary,” but they note that the overall academic experience can be described as “intellectually stimulating.”
Students do wish that the administration would focus a bit more on “being open and transparent about how the tuition money of students is spent and managing costs, so students are not burdened with heavy debt,” and several students call for a more practical approach to law that deals less with the “Socratic method of teaching, exam taking, and grading curve,” wishing that USF would focus more on “preparing students from the very beginning on taking and passing the CA and other Bar Exams successfully” and “preparing students for actual practice of law such as research, procedure, writing skills, client skills, business skills, etc.”
Some students note that “the school recently got rid of the Child Advocacy Clinic, led by the amazing and well-respected Professor Fitzsimmons.” But the school replaced it with the course/externship hybrid focused on child and family law, and the school also recently added a new Immigration and Deportation Defense Law Clinic. In addition, “Public Interest Law is really big and the school does a lot in helping the surrounding communities. Also the teachers here are great. Most of them are amazing with very diverse backgrounds. Every teacher I have had really wants you to do well and understand the subject and they go out of their way to be there when you need them to.” Another student adds, “Many of my peers are successfully pursuing business law careers,” which is no doubt helped by the fact that “USF Law is located near the tech capital of the world, with currently the strongest economy in the country.”

Career overview

Median Starting Salary
$70,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
72%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
64%

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


Graduates Employed by Region


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

% Students Receiving Some Aid
85%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,140
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$18,460
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$18,900
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$12,618
Fees
$80

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
528
Parent Institution Enrollement
10,828

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
38
Average Age at Entry
26

% International
3%

Demographics

51.90%
% Under-represented Minorities

82% are full time
18% are part time

Campus Life

Students Say

Students love the location in San Francisco, the intense amount of diversity (with one student going so far as to say, “USF is one of the most diverse schools in the nation however that diversity is not just color based but on sexual orientation and cultural and sexual identity”). As for the sense of community, USF is “a very inclusive campus and everyone from professors, faculty and the students are very supportive.” From a purely cosmetic standpoint, “the classrooms and library are really new and nice with amazing views of SF and the USF campus. Resources are widely available and updated, including study rooms with projectors and a state of the art moot court room.” Furthermore, “the food in the cafeteria is literally the worst thing [we] have to complain about.” A typical student comment is, “I could not be happier to be at this school. The quality of life is excellent and everyone from faculty to students are really invested in your success.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

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