Catalog

The USF School of Law , established in 1912, offers both full-time and part-time programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree, as well as a full-time concurrent program leading to both Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees. It also offers two Master of Laws  (LL.M.) degree programs.

The rigorous curriculum requires every student to become thoroughly grounded in the fundamentals of law. It does not, however, concentrate on the legal rules effective in any one jurisdiction or geographic area. Rather, the emphasis is on the development of analytical ability and the other essential skills of an effective lawyer.

The School of Law is dedicated to providing the finest legal education available to prepare its graduates for a traditional legal practice as well as for careers in business, government or legal education. It accepts as a primary mission the preparation of lawyers for practice in the urban environment. Therefore, the curriculum focuses on lawyering skills and encourages students to obtain clinical experiences.

As a member of the Association of American Law Schools, the School of Law maintains high standards relating to entrance requirements, faculty, library, and curriculum. It is approved by the American Bar Association, and graduates are eligible to take bar examinations in all jurisdictions of the United States.

The School of Law does not prescribe any particular undergraduate curriculum. In admitting students, the law school looks for an undergraduate curriculum that has required the applicant to master the skills of analysis, critical thought, and written and oral communication.

A liberal education composed of solid academic courses is therefore preferable to curricula emphasizing vocational or primarily artistic or physical skills. A separate catalog describing the programs of the School of Law may be obtained by writing to:

Admissions Office
School of Law
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

The School of Law and the USF School of Business and Professional Studies offer a co-curricular program leading Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees . The program permits the concurrent degree candidate to complete the combined course of study in four years of full-time study. Applicants are advised to contact both schools as early as possible, although admission to the program may also be sought during the first year of law study.

The applicant must meet all admission requirements for both schools except the GMAT requirement, which is waived for the co-curricular program. The M.B.A. application may be obtained by writing:

Director, M.B.A. Program
University of San Francisco
Masagung Graduate School of Management
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

The School of Law offers a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law (LL.M. ) for lawyers who have first degrees in law from a non-American university. The program has two options for specialized study. One option centers on the study of law relating to international commercial transactions, while the second option focuses on American commercial law as a comparative law study. In addition, the School of Law offers a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Technology Law  open to students who have received a law degree from either an American or foreign university. The goal of the program is to provide students a thorough grounding in legal theory and practical skills in the intellectual property field.

For more information about the two LL.M. programs, please contact:

Director, LL.M. Programs
School of Law
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080