University of San Diego
The University of San Diego is located on a spectacular 182-acre campus that features magnificent Spanish Renaissance architecture and beautiful grounds. USD sits high on a hill overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The university's central location offers easy access to the business, cultural and recreational centers of San Diego.
School of Law
The School of Law includes three buildings on the main campus –Warren Hall, the Pardee Legal Research Center and Guadalupe Hall – as well as the legal clinics facility, which is located right next to campus.
Warren Hall, the law school's major classroom facility, houses the Grace Courtroom, faculty and administrative offices, student organization offices, and student and faculty lounges.
The Legal Research Center houses the law library, two classrooms, two computer labs, and faculty offices (on the third floor). The Center for Public Interest Law, the Children's Advocacy Institute and Energy Policy Initiatives Center are located on the lower level of the building, accessible through a ground-level entrance. The law library, with more than 540,000 volumes and volume equivalents, offers a full range of services, and is accessible through the main entrance on Marian Way.
The nearly 54,000 square-foot building has generous seating at individually-lighted carrels, study tables and upholstered easy chairs to accommodate various study needs and styles. Law students may also reserve group study rooms.
The collection includes comprehensive coverage of primary state and federal judicial, statutory and administrative materials and an assortment of secondary materials and foreign and international materials. The library has concentrations in tax, European Union, human rights, California legal materials, and it has a collection of microforms, accessible by six reader/printers. The Reserve Room has multiple copies of hornbooks, nutshells and other study aids. Exams from past years and course reserve materials are accessible through the student section of library Web page. The library is a federal and state government depository with materials integrated into and cataloged with the rest of the collection.
The law collection is cataloged on an automated system that includes the holdings of the main campus library. Items not available in the campus collection may be ordered by patron-initiated interlibrary loans from other area libraries at no cost for USD members. Librarians can order other materials for patrons through a national network.
Students have access to electronic research materials in the computer labs, on computers in the reference area, at Internet wired carrels, through the library catalog, and by wireless Internet access. They may investigate Internet sites, look up periodical articles on LegalTrac, study for class and research on Lexis and Westlaw.
There are laser printers and scanners for reproducing electronic materials. Photocopiers are located throughout the library. Students can obtain photocopies by using a copy card available at the Circulation Desk or at the university's Print Shop. Printers operate with a USD ID card encoded with Campus Cash.
Guadalupe Hall houses the law school's Office of Development and Alumni Relations; Law School Publications, which includes the San Diego Law Review and San Diego International Law Journal's offices; the Mock Trial Team office; and several faculty offices and seminar/conference rooms.