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Pre-Law Advising

How best to prepare yourself for law school is one of the great mysteries of life. The application process can be confusing and stressful, in part because there is so much misinformation floating around.

We can help, by answering your questions about law school.

We send our undergraduates to some of the best law schools in the country, including Harvard, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, USC, Chicago, Notre Dame, Cornell, Columbia, Virginia, and of course, the USD School of Law, as well as other regional and local law schools from coast to coast.

Complete list of law schools attended by USD 2013 graduates

Are you trying to decide whether law school is the right choice for you? Do you have questions about how to prepare for law school? Are you in the process of applying to law school and confused about what to do next? If so, here are four options for you to consider:

  1. Drop by and chat with the pre-law advisor about your interest in law school:
    Dr. Del Dickson (
    Professor, Political Science & International Relations
    Pre-Law Advisor

    Office Hours (IPJ284):
    MWF 7:30-8 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  2. Read our Pre-Law Brochure to get the answers to the most commonly asked questions about preparing for and applying to law school.
  3. Consider joining Phi Alpha Delta, USD’s undergraduate pre-law organization. All students are invited to join during the student rush period, which takes place at the beginning of each semester.
  4. Participate in our workshop and lecture series, which will cover a variety of subjects, including: debunking the myths about law school, how to prepare for law school, how to choose a law school, how to pay for law school, and career options after law school.

It is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do after you graduate from USD. Law school is one possible option for you to consider. Whether you are a first-semester freshman, an older alumnus/ae considering a career change, or anywhere in between, all are welcome here.

Contact: Dr. Del Dickson (KIPJ284)


Internship opportunity

Kazmi & Sakata Internship (unpaid)

The intern will be able to sit in on client interviews and will be able to help process business and family immigration cases and learn more about the immigration process. The intern will also be provided guidance on pursuing a career in law.

Strong interest in attending law school. Spanish language ability is a plus but not required. Please no law students.

Contact Information:
Clifford Sakata,


useful Links

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is the official source of information about the LSAT and LSDAS. You can also register for the LSAT through the LSAC. LSAC offers general information about law schools, and is a great starting point for researching law schools and the admissions process.

FindLaw provides information about financing law school.

Equal Justice Works has useful information about law school loan repayment assistance programs and public interest law.

The University of San Diego School of Law offers a JD degree and other graduate programs in law. You might wish to speak to alumni who have attended the law school.

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