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Academics Overview

USF has a proud tradition of educating legal professionals who are ready to practice law after graduation.

Providing a solid foundation in theory and skills, the rigorous legal education at USF emphasizes participation, dialogue, and practical experience. With this training, our graduates are well prepared for the bar examination and ready to hit the ground running. USF’s curriculum emphasizes professional skills training, and our long-standing clinical and externship programs provide students real-world experience while serving local and international communities. Our broad array of externships, clinics, courses, international programs, and faculty expertise also provide ample opportunities for students to explore their areas of interest. In this changing legal employment market, USF’s proud tradition of educating professionals ready to practice law is invaluable.

The Juris Doctor (JD) programs at USF, which include full-time and part-time options, have several highly regarded areas of concentration. Our pioneering program in intellectual property and technology law, which includes a certificate option, a law clinic for hands-on training, and a research institute, is among the best in the country. Our innovative international law program includes courses, study abroad opportunities, and internships that circle the globe. For those pursuing business law, we offer a certificate, as well as a concurrent JD/MBA program. Our noted public interest law program is rooted in USF's Jesuit mission of educating minds and hearts to change the world.

For individuals with a law degree, USF offers a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in two fields. The LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law is offered exclusively to lawyers with law degrees from a non-U.S. college or university. The LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law is open to anyone with a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school or from an institution outside the United States. Enriching the global perspective of class discussions, foreign lawyers in both LLM programs are integrated into the JD program courses.

The USF School of Law's numerous curricular opportunities are enriched by institutes, centers, and special programs, creating an intellectually vibrant community that integrates course offerings, student journals, and faculty research. Students are able to learn, gain practical experience, and participate in a range of activities that equip them with the practical skills and theoretical foundation needed for practicing law in the global community.

For University of San Francisco undergraduates, our 3+3 Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor Law Degree program offers a unique opportunity for students to earn two degrees in six years. The academically rigorous curriculum puts students on the job market faster while gaining the broad skills and specialized experience their careers demand.