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University of San Diego School of Law

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The University of San Diego School of Law is the 800-pound gorilla in America’s 8th largest city.

“[San Diego] is one of the most creative, innovative and sophisticated communities,” said Dean Stephen Ferruolo. “We dominate the local legal community in a way that no other law school dominates a top 10 [largest] city.”

Nearly one-fourth of all lawyers and one-third of all San Diego Superior Court judges are University of San Diego graduates. That has helped the region’s only Catholic school maintain high standards. Its median LSAT is 159 and the median GPA is 3.50, higher than all but a few schools in the Southwest.

“The atmosphere of this law school is very collaborative and encouraging,” Ferruolo said.

Students receive a personalized education, with easy access to professors.”

Ferruolo points out that the schools 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio is small for a school with close to 700 students.

University of San Diego also performs well on the bar exam. More than 78 percent of its students passed the 2013 bar exam, higher than the 72 percent state average. Additionally, 81 percent of students reported employment within 9 months of graduation, 49.2 percent of which were employed in law firms.

The National Jurist awarded the school a B+ for practical training. It also offers a variety of joint degrees and specializations, including business, criminal, environmental, taxation and intellectual property. San Diego is home to a thriving intellectual property law market, fueled by its biotech industry. 

Admission Profile
75th Percentile
25th Percentile
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$22000
Percent receiving grants62.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 67.00%
NJ Employment
Bar Passage74.52%
Academic Profile
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy