University of San Francisco School of Law

University of San Francisco School of Law

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Resting on a 55-acre campus that overlooks downtown and the bay, the University of San Francisco School of Law focuses on creating a close-knit community for its diverse group of students. With a small enrollment and a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, USF strives to create a family environment. PreLaw magazine honored the school with a B+ in practical training, A- in business law offerings, #9 best school for Asians and an A- in international law offerings.

San Francisco is home to firms big and small, global businesses, entrepreneurial enterprises, high-tech and biotech companies, public interest organizations, and state and federal courts. That provides law students a wealth of opportunity to get hands-on training. 

Dean Susan Freiwald said the University of San Francisco School of Law has it all.

"There are so many reasons to attend the University of San Francisco School of Law, particularly: where we are, who we are, and who you are," she said. "Where we are is in San Francisco, a beautiful city and innovation center that offers a tremendous range of opportunities across every type of practice. Who we are is a community of staff, faculty, and alumni eager to provide you with personal attention, mentoring, and professional connections to help you find the work you want, during and after law school. Our faculty of accomplished scholars, teachers, and practitioners will challenge, inspire, and support you as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to thrive. And who you are is someone ready to seek your future as an excellent, ethical, and proud graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law.”

USF is consistently ranked among the top schools in the country for diversity.

USF also supports students by awarding median grants totaling $30,000, and 56 percent of its students receive grants.


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75th Percentile1553.41
25th Percentile1512.98
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$37,888$37,888
Living Expenses
Median grant$30000
Percent receiving grants56.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 75.20%
NJ Employment63.2
Bar Passage33.33%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2019: Most Diverse: 
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Technology Law