JD Admissions

The University of San Francisco School of Law uniquely prepares you for a lifetime of advocacy, dedication to principle, and advancing justice. Whatever your career ambition in the law, our emphasis on educating practice-ready graduates will help you succeed.

Why USF?

San Francisco Advantage: We’re in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. San Francisco is home to firms big and small, global businesses, entrepreneurial enterprises, high-tech and biotech, public defender and district attorney offices, public interest organizations, and state and federal courts. Learning opportunities abound, right outside our doors.

Engaged Learning: At USF, education is intellectually demanding and intensely personal. Our expert faculty are accessible, our academic choices are broad, and we focus on professional skills training and real-world experience.

Equipped to Lead and Succeed: USF’s students are prepared to be successful, effective leaders who are inspired to do their part to change the world. Our alumni exemplify excellence in action, as leaders in corporations, firms, public agencies, and nonprofits, and as judges in state and federal courts across the country.

Passion for Justice: USF prepares students for successful careers that make a positive impact in the world. Our students and alumni are pursuing the common good, whether it’s through innovative legal service programs or integrating ethics and humanity into their corporate practice.


The USF School of Law aims to admit a diverse group of students who are among the most capable in the nation. We look for students who will work to promote the well-being of society, further the cause of justice domestically and abroad, and contribute to the common good. At USF there is no formula to guarantee admission. Instead, we consider multiple factors, including an applicant’s LSAT score; undergraduate grade point average, school, and course selection; and any graduate degrees. In addition, we consider past work experience, recommendations, community service, an applicant’s overall potential to render significant contributions to the legal profession, and diversity.

Diversity is a core value of the law school, and, consistent with its mission, USF aims to admit students from diverse backgrounds, including men and women of differing races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and ages as well as individuals with disabilities. Diversity enables students to learn from one another, promotes a variety of perspectives, and enhances empathy and critical engagement.

At USF Law, we rely on each other. We support each other through all the trials and tribulations of the first year and beyond, we manage to be competitive yet not cutthroat, and we maintain and atmosphere of camaraderie that extends not only to others in our year, but to the rest of the student body and faculty. USF Law is exceptional because we are more than just a school—we are a community.

Shounak Dharap '16, President, Student Bar Association