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Quick Facts

  • San Diego’s oldest law school, established in 1924
  • Independent, with the flexibility to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the profession
  • Focused on preparing graduates for success on the bar exam and in practice
  • Variety of clinics where students represent actual clients in criminal, immigration, trademark, legal aid, and internet law
  • More than 40 simulation and experiential courses offer hands-on learning
  • Located at the heart of San Diego’s legal and political community
  • Approximately 670 JD students
  • Among the top 3 law schools in the United States for required experiential learning credits
  • Among the top 10 law schools in the United States for ethnic diversity (2019 U.S. news ranking)
  • Has an 83% employment rate within 10 months of graduation (Class of 2018 survey, 93.3% return)

Degrees Offered

Accomplishments and Accolades

  • Clinical externship program cited by Chronicle of Higher Education and ABA Journal
  • California Innocence Project has helped free dozens of wrongly convicted people from prison since 2000, including Brian Banks, the aspiring NFL star whose story is told in the feature film “Brian Banks”
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction every year from2009 until the program ended in 2014
  • Numerous other awards recognizing commitment to pro bono service

Student and Alumni Achievement

  • More than 170 members of the judiciary in California and elsewhere
  • Leaders in government, education, and business, including the California State Assembly, Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney, and more
  • Successful client advocates in the private and public sector
  • Student writing cited by US Supreme Court, published by national law journals

Faculty Recognition

  • Leaders of national and international legal organizations including the American Law Institute, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the American Branch of the International Law Association
  • Internationally recognized experts in areas including international law, gender and the law, and legal ethics