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Fact Sheet

The University of San Francisco School of Law was founded in 1912. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

It is part of the University of San Francisco, a private, nonprofit, Jesuit university founded in 1855. The USF School of Law is ranked among the top 10 most ethnically diverse law schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


Number of JD Applicants for Fall 2012 Class: 3,454

Number Enrolled: 220

2012-2013 Tuition: $21,142 per semester for full-time JD students, and $1,510 per unit for part-time JD students

Financial Aid: Approximately 85 percent of students receive financial aid including scholarships and/or federal or private loans.


Accreditation: American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

Degrees Offered: JD, JD/MBA, LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law, LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law

JD Certificate Programs: Business Law, International and Comparative Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Public Interest Law, Tax Law

Centers and Institutes: Center for Law and Global Justice, McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Center for Law and Ethics

International Programs: Traditional study abroad programs are offered in Dublin, Ireland, and Prague, Czech Republic. Multiple externship and study abroad programs are offered each year in countries around the world including Vietnam, India, and Spain.

Law Clinics: Child Advocacy, Civil Law Mediation, Criminal Juvenile Defense, Employment Discrimination and Mediation, International Human Rights, Internet and Intellectual Property Justice, Investor Justice


Total Enrollment: 660 JD students, 16 LLM students

Fall 2012 JD Class Profile:

  • Women: 53%
  • Students of Color: 46%
  • Number of undergraduate schools represented: 93

Top California Feeder Schools: UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California

Top Out-of-State Feeder Schools: Boston College, George Washington University, Arizona State University, Georgetown University, Smith College, University of Arizona, University of Colorado - Boulder, University of Hawaii - Manoa, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Texas - Austin, University of Toronto, University of Washington

Student Government: Student Bar Association

Student Organizations: There are dozens of active student organizations, including Pride Law, Business Law Association, Black Law Students Association, International Law Society, and the Women's Law Association.


Full-Time Teaching Faculty: 33

Legal Writing Faculty and Program Directors: 11

Adjunct Faculty: Approximately 30 per semester


Number of Alumni: 8,000+

Approximately 80 percent of alumni are located in California, with more than half in the San Francisco Bay Area.

From the law school's founding in 1912 to today, approximately 300 alumni have become judges.


University of San Francisco Law Review, Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, Maritime Law Journal


The USF School of Law is housed in the Koret Law Center, comprising Kendrick Hall and the Dorraine Zief Law Library. The School of Law is part of the 55-acre USF campus, perched on a hilltop in a residential neighborhood overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Park, and downtown.

Kendrick Hall: Completely renovated in 2003, Kendrick Hall is home to lecture halls, seminar rooms, a moot court room, faculty and administrative offices, student lounge and meeting space, an art gallery, and soaring atrium.

Dorraine Zief Law Library: Built in 2000, the library is a 49,000-square-foot, three-story facility fully equipped with the most advanced technological infrastructure and more than 350,000 volumes of print and electronic legal materials.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The University is an equal opportunity institution of higher learning education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services, and academic programs on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related), and disability, and on other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.