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USD Law School

Rank 64 (USNWR 2022)
Median LSAT
Median GPA
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Also known as

  • USD Law School
  • University of San Diego
  • USD

USD Law School is a law school located in San Diego, California. The school was ranked 64 in 2022 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for USD Law School is approximately 257.

Admissions website: https://www.sandiego.edu/law/admissions/

Admissions email: jdinfo@sandiego.edu

Admissions phone: (619) 260-4528

Can I get into USD Law School with aGPA andLSAT?

USD Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 157 161 163
GPA 3.39 3.7 3.81
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 3627 81
# Admissions offers 1124 -
Class size 257 76
% Accepted 31.0% 70
% Yield 22.1% 11

During the 2022 application cycle, 3,627 people applied and 1,124 were offered admission.

University of San Diego has a 1L class size of 257, and yield of 22.15%. 249 out of 1,124 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 22.15% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at University of San Diego has a median LSAT of 161. The 25th percentile LSAT is 157 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 163.

The median GPA is 3.7. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.39 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.81.

USD Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2021-2022

LSD has stats for 345 applicants for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

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25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
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How much does USD Law School cost per year?

80th percentile
80th percentile
Grads with debt
32nd percentile
Average debt
73rd percentile
Salary, 25th %
71st percentile
62nd percentile
PI Salary
91st percentile
Employment rate
48th percentile
Bar pass rate
66th percentile

Cost of attending USD Law School

In 2022, tuition was $58,821 and the annual cost of attending was $86,335 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

USD Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from University of San Diego make $90,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the private sector, a grad can expect to make $68,000.

69.8% of law graduates from University of San Diego go directly to work for law firms, while 1.0% clerk for a judge. 6.9% of graduates go into public interest.

86.0% of University of San Diego graduates pass the bar on their first try.

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Some interesting facts about USD Law School

We are proud to be an integral part of the University of San Diego -- an engaged contemporary Catholic university community that is “committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.”1 The central mission of the USD’s School of Law (“Law School”) is to cultivate and sustain a stimulating, entrepreneurial, and compassionate intellectual environment that nurtures and supports both our students’ education and training and our faculty’s scholarship. In the service of this central mission, we have educational and scholarly missions that sustain and reinforce each other. Our educational mission is to prepare our students to become outstanding attorneys and leaders who excel in the practice of law. Our scholarly mission is to make an enduring mark on our fields of study and to illuminate and enliven how we educate our students.2

We strive through our teaching, scholarship, and service activities to instill in our students the capacity for critical judgment and practical skills that they will need to thrive in their professional lives. We are committed to providing our students with a deep understanding of the legal and social theory and research skills that will inform their choices and arguments. We are dedicated to endowing our students with a full appreciation of the ethical duties and responsibilities that come with being a member of the legal profession, which will allow them to become leaders in their public lives.

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Got denied today at least finally a decision good luck to you all!!
Decision was via status checker only as well
@FutureLadyLawyer13: just lurking bored at work, if you actually do that please show me what you say 😂
@DoctorNFLdatamine: still no decision?!
wait so regardless of whether or not an admission decision has been made, a non refundable seat deposit is due april 15th? wtf
@HabitualUnwrittenSeahorse: what do you mean?
i think if you’re admitted after the seat deposit deadline would you pay a deposit later? they cannot be making us pay when we don’t even know if we have a seat… right?
@WiredPinkLady: lol no dude they gave me that 1-3 business days response 2 weeks ago so I'm just here for the drama now to feel better
i mean if you haven't received an admission decision prior to the seat deposit deadline of april 15th, are we supposed to pay for a deposit in anticipation of an uncertain decision?
very weird considering their application deadline is in june
@HabitualUnwrittenSeahorse: typically I see schools have a deposit deadline for people who were accepted before the deadline. If you're accepted afterwards then there's a new dead line like "x numbers of days after acceptance"
isnt their seat deposit april 30?
I was just looking up when the seat deposit is but considering they ONLY INFORMED PEOPLE VIA SNAIL MAIL I don't have access to that right now lol
i think it is 4/15
I just withdrew my A from USD and chose to accept a full-ride offer at Arizona instead. USD lost all respect from me through their application process. They are so hungry to be listed higher in the US News rankings that they are tossing out excellent applicants (high LSATs and average GPAs). IMHO, if you want to get listed as a better law school... BE A BETTER LAW SCHOOL. That is all.
I think that is a common sentiment this year
would yall speculate that their incompetence this applicant cycle could benefit later submissions (i.e feb/march) to fill seats considering many applicants are going to be paying for seat deposits in a couple weeks and haven't heard back already
Probably yes
Why is is it so radio silent this week (I feel like beyond their normal silence)
@MassiveMeltedSquirrel: I did my undergrad at UofA it's gorgeous, the gym is the bomb, and it's just a good vibe there. Good choice
@Hamandcheese: their silence is just....like....what are you doing, you know? Honestly, they've gone from my #1 choice to a school I'm not going to now because of how they have treated applicants this cycle and those who say that this is a group of people you'll never have to deal with again so it eally doesn't matter, also don't understand that if this VERY IMPORTANT department is treating applicants like this, then what does that say about the rest of the school? I argue there is a connection between the two. Not sure how their gambling on higher GPAs has worked out this cycle. We'll know more in October when stats are released.
still silence from them 😭 at this point i’m depositing elsewhere
They don't deserve a class this year
I was planning to visit early April but like why would I when I applied in November/December I don’t even remember clearly anymore and they haven’t gotten back to me
I would love to live in SD but if I don’t hear back in literally a day I can’t see myself going
Someone just posted this on reddit, "Okay so I called USD because I’ve been UR since 10/26. Basically what they told me is that they will send my information to the deans for a “prompt review” and I will get a decision in the next 2-5 business days. They said they do this for people who applied early in the cycle and still have not received a decision. If you’ve been UR since before Christmas, I’d call if I were you lol. Just wanted to updated everyone about this since I know people are waiting to hear from this school and the seat deposit is coming up."
I'm going to email them not to bother anymore
I emailed them this morning asking wtf is going on and just received an A via status checker
can i ask how you worded that email to inquire about your status
Lmfao I emailed them and withdrew because they lied to me and now they emailed me twice saying how quickly they are working to get a final decision for me....like no dude I just withdrew already. It's like someone that won't let you dump them hahaha
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