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USF a Top Generator of Big Firm Law Partners


In a new study examining where partners at the largest U.S. law firms went to school, the University of San Francisco School of Law is ranked fourth for the San Francisco region. 

The comprehensive national survey, conducted by Ted Seto, a professor of taxation at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, ranks partner-producing law schools for the largest law firms in 11 geographic regions. For the San Francisco legal market, USF came in fourth on the list, following the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and Harvard Law School, respectively.

“What the study shows for students is the extent to which law schools have established feeder relationships,” Seto told The National Jurist. “The single most important finding is that hiring is local — intensely local.”

Jeffrey Brand, dean of USF’s School of Law, said the study highlights the school’s deep connections to San Francisco through its alumni community. USF law students benefit from externships in law firms and with judges, or by representing a variety of clients through the School of Law’s clinics and centers, which focus on human rights, intellectual property rights, technology, juvenile justice, death penalty law, and more.

“USF’s high ranking as a partner-producing law school comes as no surprise. It’s consistent with our 100-year tradition of educating skilled legal professionals in San Francisco,” Brand said. “Our students benefit from a vast and close-knit network of alumni, including partners in most of the major law firms in the region, as well as judges, general counsels, business leaders, and public officials.”

Written by Carolyn Boyd »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews