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Fast 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
  • 7 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
  • Financially stable, with no deferred maintenance and more than $100 million in assets
  • Located at the heart of San Diego’s legal and political community
  • Approximately 650 JD students

Degrees Offered

Accomplishments and Accolades

  • Clinical education program cited by Chronicle of Higher Education and ABA Journal
  • California Innocence Project helped free eight wrongly convicted people from prison since 2000, including Brian Banks, the aspiring NFL star featured on “60 Minutes”
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, 2009-2014 Numerous other awards recognizing commitment to pro bono service

Student and Alumni Achievement

  • More than 130 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
  • First-time bar passage rates exceeding the statewide average for graduates of ABA-approved law schools on 13 of the past 15 exams
  • 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