USD Law School

Rank 78 (USNWR 2023)
Median LSAT
Median GPA
Acceptance rate

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 78 in 2023 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

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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 2023 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 3.74. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.45 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.86.

USD Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 422 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?

75th percentile
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Grads with debt
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Average debt
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Salary, 25th %
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PI Salary
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Employment rate
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Bar pass rate
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Cost of attending USD Law School

In 2023, 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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different descriptions imo
if you are referencing the same reddit post
@HabitualUnwriteebSeahorse I wrote that Reddit post and you are right. The Dean meant that they are on track for filling all the seats by August, but there’s truly no confirmation that any of those seats are filled until the start of classes. She was comparing this year’s first seat deposit submissions from last year and she said they received more first seat deposits this year at this time than last year.
@FreeSpicyWeasel: How can she say they are on track to fill seats by August if there is truly no confirmation any of those seats are filled....by august. That means nothing.
@HarmoniousWyvern: idk, I think she’s assuming those that put a first deposit down are actually attending or predicting by comparing to the numbers from last year.
@FreeSpicyWeasel: Yes, thats what I am saying. They have already filled most of their seats with first depositors therefore they arent going to make any more offers unless someone withdraws or drops out and that is unlikely to happen to a significant degree.
@HarmoniousWyvern: I still think they’re going to make more offers for those who haven’t received a decision yet but she was saying that waitlisted people have a very unlikely chance of getting admitted off the waitlist.
Lots of waitlists today...
@HarmoniousWyvern: anything?
@HarmoniousWyvern: nothing
@HarmoniousWyvern: at this point im taking that as a positive seeing all the recent waitlist decisions
@HabitualUnwrittenSeahorse: I want to agree with that but im a pessimist so... I do see a lot of variety in the complete dates of the decisions. Some after I went complete, some before, so they arent going in chronological order.
@HarmoniousWyvern: I've noticed that as well. we are both sandwiched. I've oscillated between optimism and pessimism to the point of just total confusion. We'll see, wishing you luck!
@HarmoniousWyvern: any news?
@HabitualUnwrittenSeahorse: waitlist rofl
@HarmoniousWyvern: I'm sorry to see that but you are not out of consideration yet! when did you find out? will update with my decision hopefully shortly! wishing you the best
Anyone else have a blank screen for the status checker? Was never like this ?
Im still waiting to hear from a lot of schools - should I just assume rejections now?
I can't even see any active terms of USD on LSAC, anyone already submitted?
No, it doesn't show up on mine either
Can someone send the link to the status checked site? I can't find it
*facepalm* nvm. I found it
Does anyone else have an issue seeing their application status? I still haven't received an email confirmation USD has received my application. Is this normal? All other law schools that I have applied too have at least sent me an email
I emailed a few times to get a confirmation that they received my app then again to get a status site link
I haven’t gotten any confirmation email either and I can’t find any general application email to ask about it
@PerpetualEfficaciousReader: I have applied to this school in the past. They take forever to get those emails out and also get out decisions.
They were the last to notify me from the schools I applied to last cycle.
Do I have a chance at USD law with a 161 last and 2.71 ugpa
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