Thursday, August 22, 2013
San Diego (August 22, 2013) – Last night, 245 incoming first-year JD students and 28 comparative law and exchange students took the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Oath of Professionalism at the Joan B. Kroc Peace & Justice Theatre on USD’s campus.
The Dean’s Welcome and Oath of Professionalism event is an annual tradition at USD School of Law. Transfer and first-year JD and LLM students are introduced to Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo, USD Interim Provost Andrew T. Allen, law school faculty and administrators. Students receive practical advice from speakers and then are administered the USD Oath of Professionalism.
“I have chosen the topic of planning, because I think it is critically important to ensuring that you get the value out of your time here at USD School of Law,” law school Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo told the students in his remarks. “With legal practice becoming more specialized, and employers expecting law school graduates to have expertise in some area of the law, you need to have a plan for which courses to take, as well as when to take them.”
Ferruolo emphasized that specialization is one of two essential aspects of preparing for the current legal job market and becoming a “practice-ready” lawyer. Getting practical, hands-on legal experience is the other. He encouraged students to specialize in an area of law and to gain experience through the school’s varied and renowned clinical and internship opportunities.
For the past three years, the Honorable Judge Robert Trentacosta, ’79 (JD), Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, has administered USD’s Oath of Professionalism. Addressing the students before administering the oath, Judge Trentacosta explained the importance of principled, ethical behavior during law school and throughout an individual’s professional career. Trentacosta urged students to always tell the truth, accept responsibility, and be good to one another.
The Oath of Professionalism solidifies students' understanding of the personal and professional obligations they have to themselves, to the school, and to the profession and introduces students to the responsibilities they will have as lawyers.
USD School of Law’s Oath of Professionalism
As I begin the study of law, I understand the privileges inherent of becoming a lawyer and the responsibilities that accompany such an undertaking.
Accordingly, I promise that I will uphold the standards that are expressed in the University of San Diego School of Law honor code and student code of conduct.
I commit myself to the service of my community, integrity with every deed, and diligence in the performance of my legal studies.
I pledge that I will at all times conduct myself with the dignity befitting an advocate and counselor in this noble profession.
I acknowledge that I will be a zealous advocate, but will act with courtesy and cooperation toward others and will treat my colleagues, students, faculty and staff with the utmost respect.
This pledge I take freely and upon my honor.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.
USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.