The search for talented, bright attorneys and law clerks with the motivation and determination to excel in the practice of law can be daunting. Choosing the law schools at which you will recruit is an important decision with many considerations. By recruiting at USD Law, you will gain access to a network of exceptional law students and alumni with the education, training, experience and leadership skills to add value within your organization from day one. Some highlights of our school include:
The University of San Diego School of Law is nationally recognized as one of the best law schools in the country.
- USD is a member of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools.
- USD’s part-time program is ranked 13th in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s top law schools. The ranking is based on the part-time program’s reputation among deans and faculty members at other ABA-accredited law schools, LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs of entering students, and overall program breadth.
- In 2013, Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, was ranked sixth in the nation on a list of Top Corporate Law Professors by all-time paper downloads from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database. Partnoy was ranked 17th among all law professors nationally.
- Herzog Endowed Scholar and Professor of Law Orly Lobel was named one of "The 50 Sharpest Minds of Israel" in the January 2013 issue of The Marker Magazine, Israel’s leading business journal.
USD Law understands the value of diversity within and outside of the classroom.
- U.S. News & World Report recognizes USD Law as one of the most diverse laws schools in the country.
- USD’s diverse student body is comprised of approximately 1/3 minorities and 50.5 percent women.
- Employers regularly recruit our talented and industry-experienced patent bar eligible students, many of whom hold advanced degrees (MS, PhD) in hard sciences and engineering.
USD Law is a center of academic excellence with one of the highest-rated law faculties in the U.S.
- USD is one of the most selective law schools in the country. Read more about our admitted class statistics.
- USD’s eight specialized centers of study serve as academic hubs of research, learning and advocacy. Centers include the Center for Corporate & Securities Law and the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Markets.
- USD offers specialized LLM programs in taxation, international law, business and corporate law and comparative law and concurrent degree programs with the school of business and school of international relations.
USD’s Clinical Education Program bridges the gap between legal theory and the practical skills and experience individuals need to become effective lawyers.
- The law school’s extensive clinical program boasts 14 on-site legal clinics as well as an administrative hearing program, simulation classes, and placements in the judiciary, with government and public interest agencies and with corporate counsel.
- USD's Technology Entrepreneurship Clinic provides students with hands-on, real world experience assisting new technology start-ups firms.
- In 2013 and 2011, USD Law students argued cases before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals through our Appellate Clinic. Audio of the Argument.
- USD offers semester and summer study abroad programs in 10 different countries throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America to encourage global awareness and exposure to foreign legal systems, cultures and viewpoints.
Commitment to Service
USD students understand the importance of giving back to their organizations and communities.
- USD's Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) works with administrative agencies to protect the public through research, oversight and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL has been integral in forming the Utility Consumers' Action Network, the Children's Advocacy Institute, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC). In addition, CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of 25 major California regulatory agencies.
- USD offers a range of courses in public interest law and policy. Our legal clinics, faculty-directed public interest centers and various student organizations serve the wider San Diego community.
- 23 percent of students graduate with a public service cord, indicating 100 hours of pro bono service.
The University of San Diego School of Law offers an array of convenient and effective recruiting programs to help you find the qualified candidates you seek. To develop your customized USD recruitment strategy, please email Career and Professional Development or call (619) 260-4529.