University of San Diego School of Law

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University of San Diego School of Law

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The University of San Diego School of Law is recognized for its excellent faculty, depth of curriculum, and strength of clinical programs.

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate students. The law school is best known for its offerings in business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


  • Allgemeines Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Energierecht
  • Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Geistiges Eigentum (IP)
  • Internationales Recht
  • Rechtsvergleichung
  • Steuerrecht
  • Strafrecht


  • Teilzeit
  • Vollzeit


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Number of professors

45 full-time, 9 visiting, 9 professors in residence, 100 adjunct

Number of students

Approximately 800 JD students,
Approximately 80 graduate students (LLM/MSLS)

Professor-student ratio


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Renowned professors

  • Jordan Barry
  • Orly Lobel
  • Roy Brooks
  • Dov Fox
  • Ariel Jurow Kleiman
  • M. Carr Ferguson
  • Horacio Spector

Notable Alumni

Robert Kardashian (JD, 1967)
O.J. Simpson Defense Attorney

Theo Epstein (JD, 2000)
President of the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team

Steven Altman (JD, 1986)
President of Qualcomm

Jan Goldsmith (JD, 1976)
Former San Diego City Attorney (2008-2016)

Joseph Ghougassian (JD, 1980)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar

Prof. Mohammad Al Moqatei (LLM in Comparative Law, 1984)
President and Dean of Kuwait International Law School

Justice Ambeng Kandakasi (LLM in Comparative Law, 1990)
Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea

Fabrice Le Sache (LLM in Comparative Law, 2006)
Chairman and CEO, Ecosur Afrique

Peter Stafford (LLM in Comparative Law, 2009)
Senior Analyst, Department for International Tax Cooperation Cayman Islands Government


The Princeton Review Gives USD High Marks

According to the Princeton Review, USD ranks as one of the top schools in the nation in each of the following categories:

Campus Beauty (#3)
Best Quality of Life (#7)
Best Run Colleges (#12)

Learn more about our amazing campus community here.


Degree to be obtained

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Comparative Law


  • Business Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Tax Law

Practical relevance

Most incoming students have 0-2 years of practical legal experience before entering the LLM program.


  • ABA
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Order of the Coif

Student profile

We seek to attract a diverse group of students who come from various legal systems, including Civil Law, Common Law, Islamic Law, and blended traditions. The ideal entering class contains a healthy mix of recent law graduates, experienced attorneys, government officials, court personnel, academics, and other professionals. The main admissions goal is to attract students who are academically strong, intellectually curious, and able to face challenges with a smile. Students are encouraged to collaborate with classmates and interact with our extremely accessible faculty.

Semester break

  • Fall semester (4 months)
  • Spring semester (4 months)
  • Summer session (6 weeks – optional term)


  • Fall term (mid-August) 
  • Spring term (early January) 
  • Summer term (early June: for part-time students only)

Language of instructions


Kosten und Finanzierung

Tuition fees ($)

Per credit (most students are in the 25-credit program)

Cost of living ($)

Grants & Scholarships

Merit Scholarship (automatic consideration for all full-time applicants)


Application deadline

We offer rolling admissions and applications are accepted year-round. However, for priority scholarship consideration, Fall applicants should apply by June 1st and Spring applicants should apply by November 1st.

Admission Requirement

First professional law degree (e.g., Bachelor of Laws/LLB), recommended TOEFL score of 93 or Academic IELTS score of 7.0.

How to apply

Online application (LSAC)

Please click here to apply online.

Personal statement


Letter of recommendation (at least 1)

Official law school transcript


Course Page

More information about the courses you can find below:

→ LLM Program
→ Application Checklist

Important information

Please be assured that here at USD, we continue to be available to all graduate law students, regardless of academic program or country of residence. We are preparing for the Fall 2020 term in full force and remain hopeful that COVID-19 will peak and subside within the next few weeks.
In the interim, I recommend that you check USD's COVID-19 website on a regular basis.  

If you have special concerns about TOEFL or IELTS test cancellations, deposit deadlines, visa processing, or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Robynn Allveri.


Student facts

We usually have about 15 countries represented in our graduate law student population.

International students

  • Mexico
  • India
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Brazil
  • Saudi Arabia

Study location

San Diego, California (about 90 minutes south of Los Angeles).


Available, but on a very limited basis. Most law students live off-campus.

Club & Society

There are over 40 law students clubs and organziations that represent a wide variety of interests. Almost all of them are open to LLM students.
They can be found on this page. 

Leisure activities

Beaches, surfing, swimming, whale watching, outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, campus recreational sports (tennis, swimming, fitness, yoga, sport classes), day trips to Mexico.

Support for parents/disabled

Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center, Exam Accommodations

Ratio female/male students


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Average age