FAQ

Does USF offer a part-time program?

USF's part-time day program offers students the opportunity to study alongside full-time students while taking 3-4 classes each semester, instead of the 4-5 classes required of full-time students. Visit our JD Part-Time page for more details.

How long are LSAT scores valid?

LSAT scores within five years of the year of application are considered valid for review purposes.

If an applicant takes the LSAT more than once, do you use the average score or the highest score?

USF uses the highest score when multiple LSAT scores are presented for application review.

Does USF defer enrollment?

USF does not offer admission deferments. Admissions decisions are based on the quality and competitiveness of the applicant pool at the time of application.

May I visit the law school?

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the USF School of Law. The law school holds periodic informational open houses and student-conducted tours (beginning in mid-September for the fall semester and mid-January for the spring semester). To sign up for a tour or receive information about our tour schedule, please call (415) 422-6586 or plan a visit.

May I visit a class?

First-year class visits are available during the academic year. Class visits begin in mid-September for the fall term and in late January for the spring term. To schedule a visit of a first-year class please call (415) 422-6586 or plan a visit.

Does USF interview applicants?

Due to the large number of applicants to the USF School of Law, we are unable to interview applicants or accommodate requests for interviews. If you have specific information you would like to provide, it should be included in your personal statement or in an addendum to your personal statement. Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of our information sessions scheduled in the fall. Admissions professionals will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the law school.

What pre-law studies do I need to complete in order to apply to USF?

The USF School of Law does not prescribe any pre-law curriculum or major. However, an undergraduate liberal program that provides exposure to a wide-range of subjects is considered more useful than a narrow emphasis on vocationally-oriented courses. The faculty recommend courses that provide training in written and oral expression, and that are intellectually and analytically demanding. Applicants are required to have attended an accredited four year college or university and must obtain their baccalaureate degree prior to beginning the JD Program.

If I apply early will I receive a decision early?

The USF School of Law utilizes a rolling admissions process. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early. We begin reviewing completed applications in mid-September. Once an application file is complete, it may take 6 to 8 weeks to complete the review process. Applicants may be notified of a decision as early as October.

Does USF accept transfer applicants?

The USF School of Law accepts applications for transfer students who have completed at least one academic year at an ABA-accredited law school or an ABA provisionally approved law school. Transfer applicants must be in good academic standing. The maximum number of transferable units is 30.

Does USF accept visiting students?

The USF School of Law accepts applications for visiting students. Visiting applicants must have completed at least one academic year and be in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school or an ABA provisionally approved law school. Visiting students must also receive permission from their home school to attend USF.

Where do law students live?

The majority of our law students live off-campus within the city of San Francisco. There are some students who live on the "peninsula" (south of the city), across the bay in Berkeley or Oakland, and in Marin County. The San Francisco Bay Area has excellent public transportation systems (bus, train, and subway), which make USF quite accessible. In fall 2017, the University of San Francisco opened a residential facility specifically for law students. Visit our Housing page for more information.

What is the application fee and tuition at USF?

The application fee is $60. For more information about tuition and fees, please view the tuition & aid pages of the site.

Is a deposit required if accepted to USF?

If accepted by the admissions committee, applicants will be notified and required to pay an acceptance deposit. The deposit is neither waived nor deferred under any circumstances. If the applicant registers for classes, the non-refundable deposit is credited in full toward tuition charges for the fall semester of the year of admission.

What financial aid is available at USF?

For information on financial aid, including scholarships, please see the financial aid section.

Are USF graduates eligible to practice law in all states?

To practice law in California or any other state, a law school graduate must apply for and be admitted to the bar. The criteria for eligibility to sit for the bar examination and/or to qualify for bar admission are set by each state. Students should consult the requirements of the licensing authority in any state in which they contemplate practicing law to ascertain the qualifications for bar admission. Information concerning bar admission in California may be found at California's Bar Admission Website. For other states visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.

How does USF evaluate applications?

The law school considers multiple factors as it goes about admitting students, including an applicant’s undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the relative strength of the applicant’s Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score(s). We also consider the quality of the applicant’s undergraduate school, the applicant’s course selection and performance in various courses while an undergraduate, and any graduate degrees. In addition, we consider past work experience, community service, and an applicant’s overall potential to render significant contributions to the legal profession.

In addition, diversity, equity and inclusion are core values of the law school and, consistent with our mission, we aim to admit a class from diverse backgrounds, including men and women of differing races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and ages as well as individuals with disabilities. For this reason, applicants may submit an optional essay on diversity. For more information see the optional Diversity Statement or Essay section in the list of standard admission requirements for details.