How to Get In: University of San Diego School of Law

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

Our alumni practice law in all 50 states and in at least 50 countries. The NALP (National Association for Law Placement) firms in our region recruit through our Career Services office, and as a result, the largest percentage our graduates work in the private sector, primarily for law firms.

However, USD law has a proud tradition of students committed to the public sector, working in government, public interest, or judicial clerkships. Because of the law school's programs in trial practice and oral advocacy, our graduates are sought after by District Attorneys, Public Defenders and the U.S. Attorney offices.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

Make sure to send all the requested materials to the right school. Often times when using the common application, the additional information that is required by different schools isn't received or goes to the wrong school. In addition, be sure to proofread your materials carefully. Since this is your chance to put your best foot forward, proofread your materials twice—then ask someone else to proofread it for you.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

The University of San Diego is looking for students with strong academic backgrounds who have a commitment to contribute to the legal profession and society. Our students demonstrate skills in leadership, either at work, school, or in volunteer positions. But we also think what sets our students apart is their positive attitude and spirit of collaboration. Our law students work well together, whether it is in class with faculty, among one another in study groups, or in a group partnering with organizations in the legal community. Although we know our school's welcoming and inclusive environment fosters this cooperative spirit, we want our students to bring with them that inclination.