Program Activities

LLM CAREER SERVICES AND PROGRAM

The USF School of Law Office of Career Services helps LLM students create a personalized job search strategy, prepares students with mock interviews, and provides information throughout each phase of the job search. Career Services advises the LLM community on professional development and suggests legal specialties to explore depending on an individual's interests. With an LLM degree from USF and our comprehensive support services, our students are prepared to advance their career from here.

Career Services include individual career counseling, resume and cover letter review, career workshops and programs on job search skills and practice areas, on-campus interviews, and a job postings database. In addition, the LLM Program and the Office of Career Services organize the International LLM Career Program early in the fall semester. This special event features a expert group of panelists, including the director of Career Services and practicing attorneys from various fields, who discuss challenges LLM graduates face when transitioning from jobs abroad to jobs in the United States, information on representing overseas clients doing business in the U.S., and legal job opportunities that may be available for LLMs in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Alums who have served on the panels continue to mentor the students throughout the academic year and after they receive their degrees. This mentoring includes inviting the students to their law offices and company headquarters to gain valuable insights about the practice of law in their areas of expertise, and to share additional thoughts on careers and career planning for LLM students.  

COURT VISITS

San Francisco is an extension of the USF campus and plays a vital role in the overall educational experience that our LLM students have while studying here. The law school is located minutes away from the Civic Center, home to federal, state, and local government agencies and federal and state courts. In the fall semester, LLM students study specific cases and then visit and hear oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. In the spring, LLM students attend a jury trial and participate in a guided tour at San Quentin Prison. 

STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION

All JD and LLM students attending the law school are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA). The LLM students elect their representative to the SBA in September. The SBA sponsors social and cultural activities and gives students a voice in school policy. The SBA also funds and oversees student organizations, such as the Business Law Association, Environmental Law Society, Intellectual Property and Cyberspace Law Association, International Law Society, Labor and Employment Law Student Association, National Lawyers Guild, Pride Law Association, Public Interest Law Foundation, and the Women's Law Association.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

As an LLM student at USF, you will make life-long friends through both academic and social activities of the program. One of the first social activities that we organize for our LLM students is a visit to the beautiful coastal home of Professor Emeritus Eldon Reiley, founder of the LLM Program, in Montara, California. Students have the opportunity to mingle with fellow students, staff, USF faculty, visiting international faculty and scholars, and LLM alumni who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

When it’s time to unwind, our backyard is Golden Gate Park — a favorite spot for running, cycling, or studying outside. Cafes, restaurants, clubs, and all the fun of city life are at our students’ doorstep. Entertainment options are limitless, from ballet, opera, theater, concerts and symphony to the Chinese New Year Parade, Carnival Parade, and other cultural events. With a thriving arts and music scene, unique shops, restaurants, and clubs, postcard perfect views, and professional sports teams (Go Giants!), it’s no wonder San Francisco is the number one tourist destination in the United States. As a student at USF, you will call it home.