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USD Law School

Rank 68 (USNWR 2024)
161
Median LSAT
3.8
Median GPA
33.6%
Acceptance rate

Also known as

  • USD Law School
  • University of San Diego
  • SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF
  • USD

USD Law School is a law school located in San Diego, California. The school was ranked 68 in 2024 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for USD Law School is approximately 254.

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 3.45 3.74 3.86
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 3448 83
# Admissions offers 1189 -
Class size 254 82
% Accepted 34.5% 65
% Yield 22.2% 14

During the 2024 application cycle, 3,448 people applied and 1,189 were offered admission.

University of San Diego has a 1L class size of 254, and yield of 22.20%. 264 out of 1,189 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 22.20% 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 3.8. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.52 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.89.

USD Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 414 applicants for the 2022-2023 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.

Click on a data point to see that user's profile.

25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class

How much does USD Law School cost per year?

$60,380.00
Tuition
75th percentile
$91,598.00
CoA
77th percentile
81.80%
Bar pass rate
56th percentile
$90,000.00
Salary, 25th %
92nd percentile
$102,000.00
Salary
81st percentile
$65,302.00
PI Salary
83rd percentile
44.30%
Employment rate
29th percentile
61.40%
Grads with debt
11th percentile
$131,114.00
Average debt
84th percentile

Cost of attending USD Law School

In 2024, tuition was $60,380 and the annual cost of attending was $91,598 (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 $102,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $65,302.

57.5% of law graduates from University of San Diego go directly to work for law firms, while 1.9% clerk for a judge. 14.2% of graduates go into public interest.

81.8% of University of San Diego graduates pass the bar on their first try.

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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University of San Diego

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@DiligentSmoggyFlamingo: Wow. It is weird they haven't gotten back to you yet.
like 3 months for a decision
Been in review since May 2nd. Will I be hearing back soon??
2:43
did anyone apply with a JD next test instead of the LSAT? please help!!!
PlantAcidicBloodhound
13:49
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PlantAcidicBloodhound
13:49
I applied late Jan to PT program and still nothing back. It still as incomplete
Its almost June, should I send a letter of continued intereest. I have options but really love San Diego
but deposits arew due soon\
@WheresMySonNemo: Are you waitlisted or still awaiting decision?
@WheresMySonNemo: I think the general advice i've seen is don't send a LOCI unless you've been waitlisted. There is a good chance you'll receive a decision after June1st when they get a rule of thumb on class size. May not be a bad idea to shoot their office an email and see if you can get a rough timeline. I've had nothing but positive and timely responses when interacting with them
@WheresMySonNemo: FYI, USD only takes LOCIs if you've been Waitlisted!
Okay thanks for letting me know. Just been in review for awhile
Might send an email regarding timeline thank you
@WheresMySonNemo: Goodluck Marlin
Anyone apply for the Admitted Students Scholarship?
18:17
Predatory scholarships here lol
@Seattleslew: How so?
@Seattleslew: Curve isn't too crazy and conditioanlity is just to stay top 75%.. not the best but not predatory...
20:33
WL today :(
been 3 months should I call?
AnneFrankTheAlpaca
12:40
Is there a group chat anywhere for admitted students?
WhiteMountains
18:12
Conditional is predatory
WhiteMountains
18:13
Unless the condition is to remain in good academic standing and good academic standing at that particular school is within a reasonable range, e.g. 2.0-2.5
twinkletwinklestar
12:06
this school is good at leaving ppl in the dark. They'd be ranked #1 if that was a metric.
twinkletwinklestar
12:08
@WhiteMountains: conditional is not always "predatory" a lot of schools have a top 75% condition which isn't exactly predatory. Such a blanket statement.
WhiteMountains
20:49
A lot of predatory schools do, yes. A definition is, by definition, a blanket statement
WhiteMountains
20:55
Read the Inside the Law School Scam blog or Don’t Go to Law School (Unless) book by a Colorado law professor. It explains this truth in detail
WhiteMountains
21:07
I guess it depends on what, exactly, predatory means to you. Is it 5% of students losing their scholarships, 10, 20, 40? USD operates, in some respects, as a predatory law school. Having conditional school ships is a giant red flag and tells you all you need to know. (But, if you need to know more, there are other giant red flags.)
WhiteMountains
21:08
Scholarships*
15:45
Agreed. Their scholarships are predatory. According to their most recent 509, approx. 120 students lost or had their scholys reduced last year
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