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Class Information

First-Year Orientation

Office of Admissions
Kendrick Hall, 236
Phone: (415) 422-6586
Email Us

Orientation will be held Aug. 17 - 21, 2015. The orientation program is part of the first-year instructional program. Attendance and participation in the orientation program is mandatory for all new first-year students. Orientation materials will be sent out in early July. Formal classes for all law students begin August 25.

First-Year Class Schedule

Recent modifications to the first year curriculum have reduced the course load. The requirement of four courses (reduced from five) each semester for full time students and three courses (reduced from four) for part time students enables students to focus on fewer subjects more deeply and provides more study/ preparation time in the first year.  

First Year Class Schedule: The first year curriculum consists primarily of required classes in a pre-determined schedule. Individual student schedules and book lists will be available in early August. Required first year classes with days/times listed will be posted on our web site in early August at: www.usfca.edu/law

Click on Students > Registration & Resources

Full time day students are randomly assigned to one of two day sections of approximately 70 students each section.  Full time day students will be enrolled in 4 courses a semester (14 units), held Monday through Friday. Three days a week, students typically attend two classes, one in the morning and another in the afternoon; on the remaining two days, they typically attend one class.

The part time evening section is comprised of approximately 20-30 students who enroll in 3 courses each semester of their first year.  These classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and meet four nights a week, Monday through Thursday. In the first semester, two class sessions meet 2 hours, 15 minutes, and two class sessions meet for 3 hours each week. In the spring semester, all classes meet for 3 hours with four Thursday dates (tba) on which no classes are scheduled.   

Voluntary one hour Law Plus sessions (general academic support) are also scheduled for both the day and evening sections of first year students.  These sessions will be held on dates tba during the academic year, with the evening sessions starting at 5:30pm. 

For information on our courses and curriculum, click here.

First Assignments

Assignments for the first week of classes will be posted on our website under First Assignments in early August. Click here.

Computer Support

Information on computer and technology support at the Law School can be found by clicking here.