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University of San Diego (School of Law)




Founded in 1954, the University of San Diego School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association, and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

USD is a member of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools.
USD is one of the most selective law schools in the country. The average LSAT score is in approximately the 89th percentile. With approximately 48 percent women and 31 percent minorities, our diverse student body contributes to USD's unique atmosphere. USD is ranked 35th nationally for the diversity of its student body.

USD graduates practice law throughout the United States, from New York to San Francisco. Students come to USD from about 42 states, 18 countries and over 140 undergraduate institutions. Ranging in age from 20 to 58, students have a wealth of education and experience.

USD graduates consistently score higher than the state average as first-time takers of the California Bar Exam, one of the most difficult in the country. USD's first-time taker passage rate for the July 2005 California Bar Examination was 80 percent, the sixth highest of all ABA-accredited law schools in the state.
Career Services helps students achieve their career objectives. Each fall, more than 225 interviewers, including the country's top law firms, contact USD students as part of an extensive recruiting process. Among USD alumni are partners and associates at prestigious law firms throughout the country, important government officials, federal and state judges, and corporate executives.

USD moot court and mock trial teams are regular winners of state, national and international competitions, and the school's extensive and diverse trial advocacy and clinical programs have been consistently recognized for excellence.

The Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC), a state-of-the-art facility regarded as one of the best academic law libraries in the country, contains more than 530,000 volumes and volume equivalents and houses a computer lab for training students in the most advanced legal research techniques. The LRC is 11th in the nation in unique title counts, placing it first on the west coast.

USD has one of the highest rated law faculties in the United States, ranking 23rd in the nation based on scholarly impact according to a recent survey. In April 2006, USD was ranked 9th in the nation in tax law. Eleven faculty members belong to the prestigious law reform group, the American Law Institute.

Faculty members enjoy national reputations in many areas, including administrative law, children's advocacy, civil rights, commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, international and comparative law, professional ethics, public interest law, tax law, and interdisciplinary studies, including law and economics, and law and philosophy.

To enrich the educational experience, USD regularly attracts outstanding visiting faculty drawn from the nation's elite law schools and finest law firms, as well as an array of distinguished speakers. Among our recent speakers were U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and John Paul Stevens.



School name:University of San DiegoSchool of Law
Address:5998 Alcalá Park
Zip & city:CA 92110-2492 California
Phone:619-260-4528
Web:www.law.sandiego.edu
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