Information for Entering Law Students

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

Important Dates and Deadlines
March 1, 2017 Financial Aid Priority Filing Deadline
March 13, 2017 Law School Campus Visit Day*
March 27, 2017 Law School Campus Visit Day*
April 7, 2017

Law School Campus Visit Day*

April 17, 2017

Scholarship/Grant Recipients Funding Guarantee Deposit Due (Unless otherwise indicated on scholarship letter)
(Non-refundable; serves as first commitment deposit)

Deferred Admit Deposit Due

April 30, 2017 First Commitment Deposit Due (Non-refundable) (Unless otherwise indicated on admission letter)
June 1, 2017 Second Commitment Deposit Due for All Admits (Non-refundable)
August 11, 2017 Official Transcript Due
August 14-18, 2017 Mandatory First Year Orientation
August 21, 2017 Classes Begin

*Additional event information will be sent out prior to each event.

Commitment Deposits:

First Deposit

To reserve your place in the Fall 2017 class, a non-refundable deposit of $300 is due by April 30, 2016 (For scholarship/grant recipients, a $300 non-refundable deposit is required by April 17, 2016). Applicants admitted after April 30, 2016 are required to submit the non-refundable first deposit by the deadline noted in their admission letter. This payment will serve as a first commitment deposit. Note that if an award recipient misses the April 17 deadline, he/she may still secure a seat in the class by submitting a deposit by April 30, however, USD cannot guarantee that the scholarship/grant funding will still be available.

Second Deposit

The second deposit in the amount of $500, non-refundable, is required by June 1, 2017 by all admitted students. Students admitted after June 1, 2017 are required to submit both the non-refundable first and second commitment deposits (totaling $800) by the deadline noted in their admission letter.

All deposits are applied to the Fall 2016 semester tuition charges.

How to Submit Deposits

Shortly following your offer of admission, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to submit an online deposit via the MySanDiego Portal. Additionally, we 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

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 be 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 from 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 on the official final transcript.


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.

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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