Community and Diversity
Our students and faculty form a diverse, supportive, intellectually vibrant community that allows each individual to excel. Faculty are accessible, dedicated teachers and scholars who engage students in the classroom and in their scholarly pursuits.
Ranked the 5th most ethnically diverse law school in the nation and one of the top 10 law schools for Hispanics, USF comprises students who represent a range of national, religious, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. We invite everyone—regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, or sexual orientation—to join a community that takes pride in its training of ethical, skilled lawyers.
Uchenna Ahanonu | Class of 2009
"While it is academically rigorous, what sets USF apart has been the camaraderie among the students. The classmate sitting next to you views you as a comrade."
All students are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA), which sponsors social and cultural activities and gives students a voice in school policy. The SBA also oversees other student organizations, such as the American Trial Lawyers Association, International Law Society, La Raza Law Students Association, Pride Law Association, and Women's Law Association.
The student community is enhanced by numerous opportunities to get involved; students build skills and increase fellowship by participating in USF School of Law journals, trial advocacy competitions, the Moot Court Honors Program, Justice Forums, and symposia.
Professor Rhonda Magee | JD, University of Virginia
"Educating the whole student is critically important for law schools in the 21st century. It's essential to keep in mind that we are interconnected human beings and members of communities first and lawyers second."
USF professors bring to the classroom the highest educational credentials, substantial practical experience, and an underlying dedication to teaching, scholarship, and service. Faculty foster a challenging, yet supportive, learning environment. They collaborate with students on research and writing and are accessible to students outside the classroom.USF is dedicated to creating innovative programs that serve our local community, the nation, and an increasingly global society. For example, students support underserved communities by participating in law school clinics and centers, including the Investor Justice Clinic, Child Advocacy Clinic, and the Center for Law and Global Justice. The Street Law Program sends students to inner-city schools to serve as teachers and role models. In collaboration with the Public Interest Clearinghouse, USF law students provide pro bono legal assistance to rural communities during Real Education and Access to the Law trips. Students also participate in the Law In Motion Service Program by serving food to the homeless, reading to children at San Francisco public schools, or assisting at food banks. The law school's annual Diversity Week features student coordinated panels exploring topics such as bias in the legal profession and the effects of the American Disability Act. These programs, in partnership with their legal studies, encourage students to examine how the law addresses race, class, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.