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University of San Francisco (School of Law)




At USF, our goal is to educate students to be effective lawyers with a social conscience, high ethical standards and a global perspective. We emphasize professional skills and quality classroom teaching. Our students learn not only how lawyers think, they also practice doing what is required of lawyers to help clients solve problems and resolve conflicts. Studying law at USF offers the beauty, diversity, culture, recreation and climate of San Francisco. It also offers exceptional learning, practice, placement and service opportunities for students.

USF offers full-time and part-time programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree, as well as a full-time concurrent degree program leading to Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees. USF also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program in Comparative Law and International Transactions for foreign lawyers who have first degrees in law from a non-American university, as well as Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law for foreign and American lawyers.

All programs offer an intellectually rewarding curriculum preparing graduates to be effective members of the legal community. Instruction emphasizes development of analytical and communication skills while stressing the entire range of a lawyer's professional and social responsibilities. Full-time faculty teach courses along with distinguished jurists and practitioners from the local legal community who serve as adjunct faculty members.

A strong faculty interest in students and in teaching sets USF apart. Faculty members are especially accessible, and make particular effort to be available to students outside the classroom. The faculty and administration are committed to enhancing each student's personal development and strive to create a challenging but supportive environment.

Many classes focus on lawyering skills and students are encouraged to obtain practical lawyering experience. The curriculum includes a focus on contemporary urban issues and the law related conflicts of society. At the same time, the educational program accommodates the changing range of practice with programs and courses designed to prepare graduates for international law and alternative approaches to decision making and dispute resolution.

As a member of the Association of American Law Schools, USF maintains high standards relating to entrance requirements, faculty, library and curriculum. USF is approved by the American Bar Association, through the Council of its Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, and is fully accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as well as by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. USF is also a member of the Conference of Western Law Schools, the Conference of Jesuit Law Schools, and the Law School Admission Council. USF graduates are eligible to take bar examinations in all jurisdictions of the United States.

Throughout the years, the School of Law has prepared students for law careers in a community which boasts one of the finest legal traditions in America. Graduates have distinguished themselves in private practice and as attorneys in city, county, state and federal offices. Graduates have become members of both the state and federal judiciaries, including Justices of the California Supreme Court, as well as prominent members of local, state and federal legislative bodies.

The University of San Francisco School of Law's Koret Law Center occupies two buildings on the 55-acre hilltop USF campus overlooking Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Francisco. The faculty, administration and classrooms are housed primarily in Kendrick Hall while the library occupies its own building.

Kendrick Hall, a building originally made possible through the benefaction of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kendrick, is much admired for its novel and functional architectural design including a rotunda skylight, spiral stairways, and three-story glass atrium entrance. A just completed renovation has maintained the special character of Kendrick Hall, while making it a thoroughly up to date facility rivaling any law school building in the country. Modernized classrooms, featuring the latest in integrated technology along with power and internet connections at every seat, are located in a circular portion of Kendrick Hall that makes maximum use of natural light and enhances classroom exchange between instructor and student. A new 70-seat moot court room prepares students for 21st century trial practice. The renovation provided additional space for signature programs - trial advocacy and dispute resolution, intellectual property and cyberlaw, international law, and ethics - as well as space for new programs to develop. Relocated faculty offices promote faculty-student exchange and expanded administrative offices make an extensive range of services more accessible to students. Improved space for student organizations is complemented by a café, student lounge, a student boulevard with lockers, mail boxes and e-mail stations, and numerous areas for students to gather.

The Dorraine Zief Law Library - named in honor of the wife of law school alumnus and benefactor Art Zief ('47) - is a modern, technologically advanced building that features a comfortable, flexible, fully accessible and fully wired research and study environment. Opened in 2000, the library is fully equipped with the latest technological infrastructure to support the USF Law School's teaching mission well into the 21st century. Three floors house 323,450 legal and interdisciplinary volume equivalents in a variety of print and non-print formats. The Zief Law Library has increased and improved study space for patrons, providing data and power outlets at a mixture of carrels and tables, computer classrooms, and lounge areas. The library is equipped with seven group study rooms offering DVD, TV and VCR equipment. Computer assisted legal research training for law students is an instructional role embraced by lawyer-librarians. The new law library supports this role with three computer training spaces equipped with the latest in enhanced audio visual systems and projection presentation equipment and software, lecterns with proctoring systems, and retractable room screens. A special collections room, gallery and lounge, and main reading room can be isolated to form a gracious reception area for hosting law school events. Students are beneficiaries of a design that maximizes dramatic views of San Francisco. All student seating lies along the perimeter of the building, affording views of the main USF campus, downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay.

The Zief Law Library and the Kendrick Hall face each other across a central plaza with benches, plantings and spectacular city views designed as an additional meeting space for students, faculty and staff.

The law school has relationships with the law faculties of Trinity College (Dublin), Charles University (Prague), Udayana University (Bali), the East China Institute of Politics and Law (Shanghai), and the National Vietnam University- Ho Chi Minh City College of Law (Vietnam). In addition to summer study, these relationships result in faculty exchanges. Faculty members from these sister schools often teach in residence at the law school while members of our faculty travel to teach at the campuses abroad. These programs have enriched the law school's curriculum and enhanced the teaching, research and scholarship of our faculty.



School name:University of San FranciscoSchool of Law
Address:2130 Fulton Street
Zip & city:CA 94117-1080 California
Phone:415-422-6307
Web:http://www.usfca.edu/law
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