Information for Early Decision Entering Law Students

This information is designed to provide Early Decision Admitted Students with a basic understanding of the steps toward enrollment at USD School of Law. We will provide you with a variety of information about the law school between now and orientation week in August.

Important Dates and Deadlines
January 15, 2017 Commitment Deposit Due
March 1, 2017 Financial Aid Priority Filing Date
March 13, 2017 Law School Campus Visit Day*
March 27, 2017 Law School Campus Visit Day*
April 7, 2017 Law School Campus Visit Day*
August 11, 2017 Official Transcript Deadline
August 14-18, 2017 Mandatory First Year Orientation
August 21, 2017 Classes Begin

*Additional event information will be available prior to each event

Commitment Deposit

To reserve your place at USD, as stated in the Early Decision Program Agreement that you signed or electronically certified, you will need to do the following:

  1. Submit a $500 non-refundable deposit by January 15, 2017
  2. Immediately withdraw all applications to other law schools

How to Submit your Deposit

Shortly following your offer of admission, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to submit an online deposit via our secure MySanDiego Portal. Additionally, we also accept checks or money orders by mail to:

University of San Diego, School of Law
Admissions Office, Warren Hall 203
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Financial Aid and Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance such as student loans and work study, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Information regarding the financial aid process is available on the USD Law Financial Aid website. Updates about Financial Aid, including tuition and cost of attendance information, will become available on the website in mid-February.

USD offers a number of merit and/or need-based scholarships to entering students. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis and a separate application is not required. Scholarship awarding may occur at any time after admission contingent on the availability of funds.

Final Transcripts

An official final transcript indicating conferral of your bachelor's degree must be received in the Admissions Office by August 11, 2017. In addition, if you received advanced degrees and you want them noted on your USD transcript, you must submit an official transcript for that degree to the Admissions Office. If this is not available by registration day, you must provide a letter by the registrar of your degree-granting college certifying you have completed all degree requirements. As soon as conferral of degree is noted on the official transcript, a copy must be forwarded to the Law School Admissions Office from your degree-granting school to complete your file. Please note transcripts received via LSAC's CAS service satisfy this requirement only if the conferral of your bachelor's degree is indicated.


To obtain more information about housing, or moving to and living in San Diego, you may wish to visit some of these sites:,, or visit or In addition, the Office of Admissions has created a web page titled Living in San Diego.

Lastly, the Office of Admissions will conduct a roommate survey for admitted law students in mid-June. The results will be compiled into an online roommate list for all participating admitted applicants to access by early July. This service is only available to admitted applicants that have submitted both tuition deposits.

Student Health Insurance

All entering students will be required to either: (1) enroll in the University health insurance plan, or (2) waive participation in the University sponsored plan if the student has adequate health insurance coverage. Additional information will be available on the MySanDiego Portal.


JD Admissions
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4528
Fax: (619) 260-2218


M,T: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
W: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Th., F.: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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LLM/MSLS Admissions
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4596
Fax: (619) 260-2218


M-F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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