Information for Entering Law Students

Congratulations on your admission to USD Law! Our Dean, faculty, and staff are excited to welcome you to the USD Law community. 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
January 15, 2018 Early Decision Program Deposit Due (Non-refundable; serves as both first and second commitment deposits)
March 1, 2018 Financial Aid Priority Filing Deadline
March 26, 2018 Law School Campus Visit Day*
April 6, 2018 Law School Campus Visit Day*
April 13, 2018 Law School Campus Visit Day*
April 30, 2018 First Commitment Deposit Due (Unless otherwise indicated on scholarship letter) (Non-refundable)
June 1, 2018 Second Commitment Deposit Due (Unless otherwise indicated on scholarship letter) (Non-refundable)
TBD Summer Seminar*
August 10, 2018 Official Transcript Due
August 13-16, 2018 Mandatory First Year Orientation
August 20, 2018 Classes Begin

*Registration and additional event information will be sent out prior to each event.

Commitment Deposits:

Early Decision Program

For students admitted under the Early Decision Program, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by January 15, 2018. This payment is the only deposit required for Early Decision Program admits to secure their seat in the entering class.

First Deposit

To reserve your place in the Fall 2018 class, a non-refundable deposit of $300 is due by April 30, 2018. Applicants admitted after April 30, 2018 are required to submit the non-refundable first deposit by the deadline noted in their admission letter. This $300 payment will serve as a first commitment deposit.

Second Deposit

The second non-refundable deposit in the amount of $500 is required by June 1, 2018 by all admitted students, with the exception of students accepted under the Early Decision Program. Students admitted after June 1, 2018 are required to submit both the first and second non-refundable commitment deposits (totaling $800) by the deadline noted in their admission letter.

All deposits are applied to the Fall 2018 semester tuition charges.

How to Submit Deposits

Shortly following your offer of admission, you will receive an email 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:

Federal Loan Programs

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) at USD Law's FAFSA Code is G06976. The annual priority deadline to apply is March 1.

Financial aid award letters are sent within 2-3 weeks of your admittance to USD Law or your completion of the FAFSA, whichever is later. You will also be able to view and accept your financial aid award online in the MySanDiego Portal. Please make sure to check your email and MySanDiego Portal frequently, as additional documents may be required before your financial aid award can be processed. The earliest federal loans can disburse is ten days before the start of classes.

Work study may be offered as part of federal funding eligibility if you requested it on your FAFSA. During their first year of law school, students may only hold clerical work study jobs, most of which are found at the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC).

More information regarding the financial aid process is available on the USD Law Financial Aid website. If you would like to talk to a financial aid counselor about submitting the FAFSA or the status of your financial aid award, call 619-260-4570, stop by Warren Hall Room 203, or email


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. Students will be notified in writing at the time the award is made whether they are receiving a 1-year or renewable award. More information can be found on the Academic Scholarships webpage.

We also encourage you to apply for outside scholarships. Please note that these scholarships require a separate application, have differing criteria, and are not administered by University of San Diego.


Updates about Financial Aid, including tuition and cost of attendance information, will be available on the website in mid-February. Entering students will receive tuition payment information shortly before the start of classes to their USD email account.

Get to Know the USD Campus:

The School of Law is located in Warren Hall on the south side of campus, within a quick walk to the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC) and the Student Life Pavilion (SLP).

Warren Hall is home to faculty offices, the Office of the Dean, Grace Courtroom, and a number of classrooms. Both the neighboring Guadalupe Hall and the LRC house faculty offices and classrooms. Check out our interactive campus map.

Campus Visit Days

We sincerely hope that you will attend one of our three Campus Visit Days for admitted students in the spring. These events are a great way for you to get to know our program, talk to current students, mingle with faculty, and learn why USD is an amazing place to study law. Campus Visit Days will take place on March 26, 2018, April 6, 2018, and April 13, 2018. More information and registration information will be sent before each event.

If you are unable to attend a Campus Visit Day event, we encourage you to sign up for a law school tour.

Orientation and Summer Seminar:

Save the date! Law School Orientation is August 13-16, 2018.  This event is mandatory, and it is very important that all students attend. The four-day event will help acclimate you to the legal curriculum and the USD community. A schedule of events will be provided to all deposited students closer to orientation.

Our annual Summer Seminar will take place in summer 2018, date TBD. Summer Seminar allows incoming students to meet faculty, administrators, and alumni, network with future classmates, and learn what to expect from the first semester in law school.  More information will be provided to deposited students in early summer.

Final Transcripts:

An official final transcript indicating conferral of your bachelor's degree must be received by the Admissions Office no later than August 10, 2018. 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 your conferral of degree transcript is not available by orientation, 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, an official 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.

Preparing for Your First Day:

USD Email Account

After submitting the second seat deposit, students can claim their USD One account by clicking "Register for an Account" in the MySanDiego Portal. Your official USD email address is the only email address administrators and professors will use to contact you.  Make sure you check your email frequently, or have it forwarded to your personal account within plenty of time before orientation, so that you don't miss any important communications from USD.

Questions? Call the University of San Diego ITS Help Desk at 619-260-7900 for tech support.

Class Schedules

First year students are registered for classes automatically, and curriculum is standard for all entering students.  Around the same time as orientation, you will be assigned a class section and schedule. Information about your class schedule will be sent to your USD email address.

Before classes begin, you will also receive information about how to view class assignments, as well as textbook requirements.  You can purchase textbooks at the USD Torero Store.

Student Identification

During orientation, you will be able to pick up your student ID by visiting Campus Card Services in University Center, Room 127. Your USD student ID is used for identification, campus cash, checking out library materials, accessing the gym, and at the USD Box Office.

On-Campus Parking

Students who plan to park on campus must display a valid USD parking permit. You can purchase either a semester or yearly parking permit through the Parking Services website using your USD One account information.

Most law students park in the nearby Mission Parking Structure, or you can save money by purchasing a permit specific to the farther West Parking Structure. The USD tram runs from the bottom of the West Parking Structure up to Warren Hall every 10-15 minutes when classes are in session.

Public Transportation

You can access campus by public transportation. The San Diego City Metro Bus route 44 picks up and drops students off outside the main campus entrance. The San Diego Trolley is a great way to get around to downtown San Diego, Petco Park, Fashion Valley Mall, and Mexico. The stop nearest our campus is the Morena/Linda Vista stop on the green line. You can also exit at the Old Town stop and catch the USD tram to campus. USD's tram is free and easy to use. Semester or monthly public transportation passes can be purchased from the campus box office.

Law Student Life:

Have a question about life at USD law as a first year student? Email

Because USD School of Law is located on the main USD campus, students have access to many resources and amenities.  At the Student Life Pavilion (SLP), a 50,000-square-foot hub that opened in 2009, law students can access the Graduate Student Council and Graduate and Law Student Commons. The Graduate and Law Student Commons offers a group study and meeting space that fosters collaboration between the different graduate programs and hosts programs like bagel breakfasts, wine and paint nights, yoga workshops, and graduate excursions. The SLP also features large open workspaces and lounges, over a dozen dining options, and a natural foods market.

At the University Center (UC), located next to the SLP, students can relax before Thursday night intramural softball games at O'Tooles, the campus pub, or enjoy a sophisticated dinner at USD's award-winning restaurant, La Gran Terraza. Law students are welcome, but not required, to purchase a meal plan through the MySanDiego Portal. USD Law students also have access to USD's on-campus workout facilities and recreation classes.

Student Bar Association

All law students are members of the law school's student government, the Student Bar Association (SBA). Representatives from each section are elected at the beginning of the semester.  The SBA coordinates a mentorship program, which matches 1L law students with 2L or 3L mentors.

In the spring, you will also receive an email from the SBA to join your class Facebook page, where you can chat with other students and members of the SBA.

Disability Services

Incoming students with disabilities are asked to review accommodation information and to contact the Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center.


If you are moving to San Diego, we recommend you check out USD's Off-Campus Housing Resource page, as well as the interactive map and neighborhood guide, to help you get to know America's Finest City. Students who have paid their second deposit can make an appointment with the housing resource department by calling 619-260-6604 or emailing

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 students to access by early July. This service is only available to admitted applicants who have submitted both commitment deposits.

Student Health Requirements:


USD requires certain immunizations and health screening tests, and all incoming students are required to document compliance with these requirements. Please visit the Student Health Center website to complete the mandatory immunization form and TB screening questionnaire. You will need to have created your USD email account in order to submit the form electronically.

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. 
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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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