Incoming USD School of Law Students Take Oath of Professionalism

San Diego (August 17, 2017) – “Congratulations on being here.  You have made it to law school!” Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo told  the incoming class of law students on Monday, the initial day of orientation. “This is not just your first day at USD School of Law; it is also your first day in the legal profession. That is why you will soon be asked to take the oath of professionalism.  As dean, I welcome you as our newest students.  As a lawyer, I welcome you as my newest professional colleagues.”

The Class of 2020 gathered at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre to verbally pledge their commitment to the legal profession. After welcoming the new students, Dean Ferruolo addressed the recent events in Charlottesville.

“What we saw in Charlottesville is not the kind of society any of us want to live in. We can debate about the causes and argue about the solutions, but all of us must unequivocally condemn racism and hatred in any form,” he said.

Dean Ferruolo then offered students practical advice and how to be successful in law school.

“Law school is not a race that can be won by a quick sprint at the end of each semester, but a marathon that requires steadiness and endurance,” Ferruolo said. “To finish the law school marathon successfully, you will need to stay the course. This requires discipline, but also keeping physically and mentally fit. Work hard, but steadily, and balance your hard work with rigorous play and fun. Here is where I especially commend you for choosing to come to law school in San Diego. Is there a better place to have fun, stay fit and healthy? This is the perfect climate for studying law!”

To read Dean Ferruolo’s full remarks, please download the attachment on the right side of this page.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 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 84 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 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast 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.