Close the Gap from Here
People say there are too many lawyers. But there are not enough lawyers for the poor and vulnerable, says Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Grace Hum.
A commitment to public service is one of the essential elements of the USF School of Law’s mission. Our extensive coursework and faculty expertise in public interest law are just the beginning. As a law student here, you will engage in innovative legal programs that serve the local community, the nation, and the world. Students can earn a Public Interest Law Certificate, and gain hands-on legal training through externships at government and nonprofit organizations that USF has longstanding partnerships with.
Our dual degree program allow students to earn both a master’s degree and a law degree in four years rather than five. The Master of Urban and Public Affairs offers coursework in applied urban studies and public policy, direct experience in analyzing policy alternatives, and interactions with community-based organizations, preparing students to work as specialists in analyzing the policy challenges of contemporary urbanism.
Our alumni can obtain substantial debt relief by combining the federal government’s loan forgiveness program with USF’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program. With these two programs, JD graduates can pursue public interest or low-paying work and experience significantly reduced monthly payments and, ultimately, loan forgiveness.
Students work together in support of underserved communities by participating in the law school’s in-house law clinics and scholarly centers and institutes, including the Street Law Program. Others provide pro bono legal assistance to rural California communities during winter and spring break service trips or work on death penalty cases in the American South through the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project.
At the heart of all these efforts is USF’s inclusive mission, which integrates humanity and ethical conduct into the practice of law. USF graduates do well while doing good.
My judicial externship offered me the ability to speak candidly with Justice James A. Richman about the matters appearing before him. This was exciting because it offered me an insight into judicial thinking and analysis. He inspired me to find my own voice and style in legal writing and taught me about effective oral advocacy.
Raymond R. Rollan ’14, externed at the California Court of Appeal; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; San Francisco District Attorney's Office; and Oakland City Attorney's Office