University of San Diego School of Law

Founded in 1954, University of San Diego School of Law (USD Law) is one of the most selective law schools in the country. It offers a range of degree programs including the J.D. (Juris Doctor), LL.M. in Business and Corporate Law, LL.M. in Comparative Law (for international attorneys), LL.M. in International Law, LL.M. in Taxation, LL.M. (Master of Laws) General, as well as concurrent degree programs such as the JD/MBA (Master in Business Administration), JD/IMBA (International Master of Business Administration), JD/MA (Master of Arts in International Relations).

The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association. USD is a member of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. It is also a member of the American Association of Law Schools.

Notable alumni of The University of San Diego School of Law include Frances Fragos Townsend (Former White House Homeland Security Adviser to President George W. Bush, 2004-2007), Lynn Schenk (Former Member U.S. House of Representatives), H. Lawrence Garrett III (Former Under Secretary of the Navy), Jan Goldsmith (Former California State Assemblyman), etc.


- Ranked 61st among the nation's "Top 100" law schools by the 2010 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

- 7th in the US News Ranking of Part-time Law Schools (2010).

- USD Law's Tax Program is rated 10th in the nation, and 1st among all law schools in the Western United States with graduate tax programs (US News 2007).

- USD has one of the highest rated law faculties in the United States. Brian Leiter of The University of Texas School of Law ranked USD law 22nd in the nation for faculty quality in a 2003-2004 survey based exclusively on academic criteria.

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