The USF School of Law has a proud tradition of training ethical lawyers who specialize in everything from business law to human rights and we are committed to providing access to justice for the marginalized.
An investment in USF is an investment in the future of justice, the rule of law, and the next generation of law leaders.
The USF School of Law delivers a rigorous education with a global perspective that prepares graduates for law practice. We offer full- and part-time Juris Doctor (JD) programs, a concurrent JD/MBA program, and two Master of Laws (LLM) programs. We have several highly regarded areas of concentration, including intellectual property and cyberlaw, international law, business law, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution, and public interest law. In addition, the school boasts many institutes, centers, and special programs that bring together course offerings, student journals, and faculty research. These include the J. Thomas McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, the Center for Law and Global Justice, and the Center for Law and Ethics. Students gain practical lawyering skills through law clinics, as well as experience in law offices and the courts through our Clinical Internship Program and Judicial Externship Program.
Our faculty are respected authors, researchers, and legal theorists. They are noted scholars who regularly author books, treatises, practice guides, law review articles, and book reviews. They serve the community and the profession by participating in public interest projects, performing pro bono legal work, and drafting legislation for legal reform. Some advise government agencies, private law firms, or major enterprises. A common theme among faculty is their collegiality and zeal for teaching. Faculty are accessible mentors for our students and create a supportive yet rigorous learning environment. The full-time faculty of 32 professors is complemented by adjunct, visiting, and emeritus professors, including judges, attorneys from public agencies, and distinguished members of the bar in private practice.
Approximately 4,000 students apply for admission to USF each year; enrollment is limited to 240 students per entering class. This cap has translated into rising academic quality of our students. Proof in point: First-time takers from the Class of 2008 earned an 87 percent pass rate on the July California Bar Examination, exceeding the statewide average for ABA-accredited schools. Ranked the 13th most ethnically diverse law school in the nation (approximately 44 percent students of color in the 2007-08 entering class), our students represent a range of national, religious, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. The students in a typical entering class come from throughout the United States and abroad with bachelors and often advanced degrees from the finest colleges and universities. In addition, our LLM programs bring non-U.S. lawyers to the law school each year, enhancing the global perspective that is central to a USF education.
Our facilities have undergone a complete transformation in the past decade. This began with the construction of the 49,000-square-foot Dorraine Zief Law Library, which opened in 2000, followed by a total renovation of Kendrick Hall. The resulting Koret Law Center, dedicated in 2004 with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy presiding, is a premier law school facility that facilitates learning, scholarship, and interaction between students and faculty.