Lawyer in front of the Hall of Justice and Records

Quick Facts

The University of San Francisco School of Law was founded in 1912. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

The University of San Francisco, a private, nonprofit, Jesuit university was founded in 1855. The USF School of Law is ranked the sixth most ethnically diverse law school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


Number of JD Applicants for Fall 2023 Class: 1,874

Number Enrolled: 159

Tuition: Visit our Tuition & Financial Aid for JD page.

Financial Aid: Approximately 90 percent of students receive financial aid including scholarships and/or federal or private loans.


The Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
Contact info: 312 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

Degrees Offered
JD, JD/MBA, JD/MUPA, JD/LLM in Taxation, LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law, LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, LLM in Taxation, Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST), 3+3 Bachelor's and JD

JD Certificate Programs
Business Law, International and Comparative Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Labor and Employment Law, Public Interest Law, Tax Law

Centers and Institutes
Center for Contemplative Law & Ethics
Blockchain Law for Social Good Center

International Programs
Summer international externships in China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, London, Mexico, Paris, Spain, Vietnam. Semester exchanges in Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Luxembourg

Law Clinics
Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Immigration and Deportation Defense, Immigration Policy, International Human Rights, Internet and Intellectual Property Justice, and Racial Justice


Total Enrollment (as of August 2023)

  • JD Students: 404

  • LLM ICL Students: 3

  • LLM IPTL Students: 5

  • LLM Tax Students: 39

  • MLST Students: 91

Fall 2023 JD Class Profile

  • First-Generation Students: 37%
  • Students of Color: 59%
  • Number of undergraduate schools represented: 81

Top California Feeder Schools

  • Loyola Marymount University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of San Francisco

Top Out-Of-State Feeder Schools

  • Dillard University

  • Salisbury University

  • University of Oregon

  • University of South Florida

  • University of Washington

Student Government

  • Student Bar Association

Student Organizations (Partial List)

  • Pride Law
  • Business Law Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • International Law Society
  • Women's Law Association


Full-Time and Tenured Faculty: 38

Part-time Faculty: 60


Number of Alumni: 10,000

Approximately 72 percent of alumni are located in California, with more than half in the San Francisco Bay Area.

From the law school's founding in 1912 to today, approximately 340 alumni have become judges.


University of San Francisco Law Review, Intellectual Property Law Bulletin


The USF School of Law is housed in the Koret Law Center, comprising Kendrick Hall and the Dorraine Zief Law Library. The School of Law is part of the 55-acre USF campus, perched on a hilltop in a residential neighborhood overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Park, and downtown.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. The University does not discriminate in employment, educational services, or academic programs on the basis of an individual's race, color, ethnicity, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related), disability and military status or any other basis prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

Kendrick Hall

Completely renovated in 2003, Kendrick Hall is home to lecture halls, seminar rooms, a moot court room, faculty and administrative offices, student lounge and meeting space, an art gallery, and soaring atrium.

Rotunda in Kendrick Hall.

Dorraine Zief Law Library

Built in 2000, the library is a 49,000-square-foot, three-story facility fully equipped with the most advanced technological infrastructure and more than 350,000 volumes of print and electronic legal materials.

Lobby of Zief Library with a wall of colorful boxes.

Housing at St. Anne's

Opening in 2017, this newly renovated residence houses approximately 45 students, most in single rooms, with a central kitchen and large lounge area, communal bathrooms, and laundry facilities. It’s located near campus in the vibrant Inner Sunset neighborhood, at the St. Anne of the Sunset Church and School site.

Two students talk while sitting in a dorm room.