​Commencement Checklist

View the complete schedule of Commencement Events and Frequently Asked Questions for additional commencement information.

The Commencement Checklist will be updated regularly so be sure to visit this page often for the most up-to-date information and Commencement Checklist deadlines. For questions about this page, please email the Office for Law Student Affairs.


Update Contact Information

Ensure that your contact information is up-to-date in the MySanDiego portal.

MARCH 1, 2021

Register for the Bar Exam

Go to The State Bar of California website to register for the 2021 California July Bar Examination.

If you are planning on taking a bar exam in another state, please refer to the Academic Success and Bar Programs websites. 

MARCH 1, 2021

Apply to Graduate


The APPLICATION TO GRADUATE will be open March 1-31. You must complete each of the following mandatory steps in order to be approved to graduate:

  1. Apply to Graduate: In the MySanDiego portal, access the Law Student page, Academic Records Tools channel, and complete the Apply to Graduate process. If you experience any technical issues accessing the Apply to Graduate link, contact the Office of the Law School Registrar.
  2. Complete an Online Exit Survey: Complete this survey to provide important commencement information, bar exam plans, and feedback about your law school experience. Select your program's corresponding online exit survey below. You must use your USD Email Address to complete the survey. If you have questions about the online exit survey, contact the Office for Law Student Affairs.
  3. Complete the Graduate Employment Outcome Survey (JD Candidates ONLY): You are required to complete the Post-Grad Employment Outcome Survey in your #HireUSDLaw account. The survey is accessible via the Jobs and Job Offers Tab in #HireUSDLaw. From the Jobs and Job Offers Tab, look for the “Post-Grad Employment” section and select “Report Status.” Once you have chosen “Report Status,” please select the appropriate outcome for what you plan to do after graduation (for most of you, after taking the Bar exam) and complete the accompanying survey questions. If reporting a job, please report only jobs you have accepted. If you need assistance or your employment status changes any time after you initially complete the survey, please contact Emily Hirsekorn. The ABA and NALP require all law schools to collect this information. The agencies later publish the information merely as collective statistics, not tied to any particular graduates’ names to protect your privacy. For guidance on answering the survey questions, refer to the NALP Graduate Employment Survey FAQs.

Failure to complete these steps by Wednesday, March 31, 2021, may result in a delay in processing your approval to graduate. Please be sure to contact the appropriate department if you have questions or concerns.


GradFest I (Virtual)

Check back for more information on GradFest and instructions on placing orders for regalia, commencement cords, graduation announcements, diploma frames, and other memorabilia. 

MARCH 31, 2021


  • Deadline to complete the Application to Graduate process.

April 1, 2021

Concentration Applications Due

Last day to submit your JD concentration application. Contact the Office for Law Student Affairs if you have any questions. 

LLM in Comparative Law students and MS in Legal Studies students should submit their concentration application (PDF) to Graduate and International Programs.

MS in Legal Studies students should submit their concentration application (PDF) to Graduate and International Programs

April 15, 2021  |  12 p.m.

Order of Barristers Application Due

Each year, a few graduating students are selected for membership in the prestigious Order of Barristers. You may be eligible to receive this honor, which recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in oral advocacy and brief writing. If you think you are eligible for membership in the Order of Barristers, you should submit this brief statement of your qualifications. No other materials will be considered. Please write in bullet points, not narrative form. Your statement of qualifications is due by Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12 p.m. 

Please submit your statement of qualifications by email to Professor Jean Ramirez (ramirezj@sandiego.edu). Applications will be reviewed by a nominating committee of faculty members. 

Community Defenders Award Application Due

Each year, a graduating student receives the Community Defenders Award for their demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense. If you think you might be qualified to receive this award, please submit your application by email as a single PDF to Professor Jean Ramirez (ramirezj@sandiego.edu) by Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12 p.m.

Please read the memo for the list of requirements you must submit in your Community Defenders Award application. 

Before Saturday
May 1, 2021


May 2021

Review Health Insurance Coverage

If you are enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), you will remain enrolled in the policy period for which you have remitted payment. Please visit the SHIP Benefits and Features webpage for more information on the specific coverage dates for domestic students and international students

You will receive an email from USD Student Wellness in late April with information on the insurance coverage options that are available after you graduate.

Summer 2021

Diplomas and Certificates

  • Diplomas will be mailed to your mailing address on file; Concentration certificates and Honors Brochure will follow mid-summer.