Information for Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of San Diego School of Law. We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon! 

As you prepare for the upcoming semester, we understand that you may have questions for our office. Please know that we are available to help and will are happy to answer any questions you might have about the city of San Diego, the University and the School of Law, or our graduate law programs in general.

You will be receiving a number of emails from our office over the next few months; please be sure to read each email and complete any requirements listed, and feel free to email us with any questions you may have. Below is some information that you may find helpful as you prepare to begin your program at the School of Law.

Deposit Information

Before students are able to register for courses, they must first submit the $200 confirmation deposit. This deposit is applied toward your tuition costs once you have registered for classes. 

The deposit should be paid by check or money order made payable in U.S. dollars to USD School of Law. Deposits should be sent to the following address:

University of San Diego School of Law
Graduate and International Programs, Warren Hall, Room 207
5998 Alcalá Park 
San Diego, California 92110-2492

International students may contact our office for information regarding the electronic payment method available to our international candidates.

Final Transcripts

Candidates whose acceptance was conditional upon our receipt of a final transcript and proof of good standing, or other official document, should have the requested materials provided to the Office of Graduate and International Program as soon as possible. Please note that submission of these materials is required in order to begin the program and to register for classes.

For Fall 2015, requested materials should be sent by August 3, 2015 to:

University of San Diego School of Law
Graduate and International Programs, Warren Hall, Room 207
5998 Alcalá Park 
San Diego, California 92110-2492

Arrival and Housing

If you have any questions about arriving to San Diego, please email our office. We will be happy to provide information about local hotels, airport transportation options, and more. 

Graduate and law students generally live off campus in surrounding neighborhoods. Looking for off-campus housing can be challenging, however USD provides a great resource—Off-Campus Housing for Graduate and Law Students—to assist and support graduate and law students transitioning to San Diego. We encourage you to utilize this resource to help guide you through this process.

Off-Campus Housing maintains a roommate list where students can sign up in the event they wish to share accommodations. For students who are looking for a roommate, please fill out this survey, and you will receive a follow-up email from Off-Campus Housing with access to the list of students who are also looking for roommates. This information will only be shared with individuals who have completed the survey.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Off-Campus Housing directly:

Orientation and Registration

Academic Calendar

Please visit the School of Law website for a general Fall 2015/Spring 2016 academic calendar to review at this time.

Orientation

Please plan to join the Office of Graduate and International Programs at the School of Law for an informal orientation from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015. You will receive further information about the orientation and its location in an email to follow.

Orientation details for Spring 2016 are to be determined.

Introduction to U.S. Legal Education Workshop (LLM in Comparative Law students only)

Our goal is to make your transition to a new legal and educational system an easy one. So that you are better prepared for this new experience, we begin your program with a mandatory week-long workshop called “Introduction to U.S. Legal Education.” For Fall 2015, this program will take place from August 17-21, 2015, before other law school classes begin. The schedule will vary each day during this week, but please plan to be on campus every day from approximately 8:30 am to 5:00 pm for workshops, classes, lunches, and other required sessions. After August 21, your schedule will revert to your regular class schedule, as determined by you and your academic advisor. More information, a detailed schedule, and introductory class assignments will be provided to you in a separate email later this summer.

For Spring 2016, the Introduction to U.S. Legal Education workshop for LLM in Comparative Law students will take place January 5 - 8, 2016.

Registration and Courses

All incoming graduate law students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering for classes. You will receive an email from your academic advisor this summer (mid-July) to schedule your academic advising appointment. During the academic advising appointment, you will discuss your degree requirements, course selections, and address any questions you may have.

Class registration will occur the week before the semester begins. You are welcome to view the course schedule now to determine which courses may be of interest to you. For reference, you may also visit course descriptions on our website, in addition to searching the Fall 2015 course schedule. Once on the search page, select “Law” under the “Department” dropdown options to ensure that you are only viewing courses from the School of Law. 

OISS Appointment (Visa check-in for international students only)

If you are on any type of visa, you are required to complete a visa check-in appointment with the USD Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) shortly after your arrival in the U.S. Please be sure to bring all of your visa documents to this appointment. OISS will hold group check-in appointments for the Fall 2015 semester on August 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and August 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will be contacted by our office at a later time to confirm your appointment date. Please remember that you will not be eligible to register for classes until you have both completed your visa check-in appointment and have had a registration appointment with your academic advisor.

Financial Aid, Tuition and Scholarships

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Tuition will be assessed after you register for classes in August. The deadline to pay your tuition and fees for the Fall 2015 semester is Friday, August 21, 2015. Payments completed after this deadline are subject to a late fee. Please note that if you opt to enroll in a payment plan, you should enroll in the plan as soon as possible. Information about tuition deadlines, payment plans and student fees can be found on the Student Financial Services website. Please be sure that you are looking at the School of Law calendar and information, not the undergraduate or graduate information.

Financial Aid

If you are an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident and wish to apply for financial aid, please remember to submit both your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and your USD School of Law Institutional Financial Aid Application. Eligible non-citizens may also be considered for private loan funding by submitting a completed School of Law Institutional Financial Aid Application.

For further information about the financial aid process, including links to required forms, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

Scholarships

If you have received a scholarship from the School of Law, any Fall 2015 allotment will be applied directly to your student account to reduce your tuition costs accordingly. Your scholarship will post after you have registered for your courses and in advance of the tuition and fee deadline. 

Health Insurance and Immunizations

 Health Insurance

All full-time students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at USD. You may purchase an insurance policy through the school’s provider (Gallagher Koster), or you may waive participation in the University sponsored plan if you have a policy that will provide you with sufficient coverage while you are at USD. Your student account will automatically be charged for the USD insurance unless you obtain a waiver of the USD health insurance plan by the appropriate deadline. More information about policy coverage, costs and deadlines will be provided closer to the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.

If you are on a visa and have specific questions regarding health insurance, please contact Greg Grassi in the Office of International Students and Scholars.

If you are not on a visa but have specific questions about the available University health insurance coverage and options, please contact the provider directly. Contact information can be found on the Gallagher Koster website at www.gallagherkoster.com/usdlaw

Immunizations

The University of San Diego has a responsibility to provide an environment that promotes learning, and it is therefore committed to the health and well-being of all of its students. Prevention efforts for communicable diseases are a cornerstone of this philosophy and are aimed at protecting not only the individual but the community at large. 

The University requires certain immunizations and health screening tests based on recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Emphasis is focused on those illnesses that can easily propagate in a campus setting and are typically spread by respiratory droplets.

Prior to enrolling at the University of San Diego, all incoming students are required to document their compliance with all institutional immunization and TB screening requirements. Visit the Student Health Center website to complete the mandatory immunization form and TB screening questionnaire.  Electronic submission is the fastest and preferred method; please note that you will need to create your MySanDiego account in order to submit the form. Failure to comply with these requirements by Monday, August 17, 2015 will result in a registration hold upon matriculation. Specific questions regarding the immunization requirement should be directed to the Student Health Center.

Other Important Information

MySanDiego Account

It is important that you create your MySanDiego account soon to prepare for class registration, to submit your required immunization & TB screenings, if necessary, to create your email address, and so forth.

Your MySanDiego account serves as your University e-mail account (Torero Mail powered by Google), but also allows you to log into the MySanDiego Portal where you can check your USD e-mail, register for courses, access your personal student account information, view your grades and class schedule, see news and information about law school and campus events, complete your timecard for on-campus jobs, and connect your computer to the campus wired and wireless network. Please note that you can retain your Torero Mail account for life.

You will need the following pieces of information to create your MySanDiego account:

  • Your USD ID number
  • The last four digits of your U.S. Social Security Number

(Note: If you do not have a Social Security Number, please use 0000 as your 4-digit PIN)

  • Your date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY)

You will receive your USD ID number after submitting your non-refundable tuition deposit. If you have not received your USD ID number, please email our office.

Please use this link to begin the MySanDiego and Torero Mail account activation process: http://my.sandiego.edu. Click on "Register/Claim your USDOne Account" and follow the instructions to create your MySanDiego account. Be sure to remember the username and password that you select.

Once you have completed the MySanDiego account creation, it may take up to half an hour for your Torero Mail account creation to register in the system. If it does not immediately allow you to log in to your e-mail account at http://ToreroMail.sandiego.edu, please wait and try again at a later time.

If you have any questions or problems with your account activation, please contact the Tech Support Center at (619) 260-7900 for assistance.

LexisNexis and Westlaw

For the duration of your time as an enrolled student, you are provided with free student LexisNexis and Westlaw accounts. Usernames and passwords will be provided to you at orientation.

Parking

Semester and annual parking permits are available for purchase online. Before the semester begins, please visit the Parking Services website to purchase your permit. You will need the following information to purchase your permit: a USD ID number, your MySanDiego username and password; vehicle license plate number; method of payment; USD e-mail address; and an address for mailing of the permit. Parking Services is located in the University Center, Room 102. Office hours are Monday- Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you have any questions about parking please contact Parking Services directly by phone at (619) 260-4518 or by email at parking@sandiego.edu.

If you need any assistance as you prepare for your graduate law program, please be sure to contact our office directly. We are looking forward to having you join us at USD!

Contact:

Graduate and International Programs
Warren Hall, Room 207
Phone: (619) 260-7584
Fax: (619) 260-4515

Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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