University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, USD School of Law enrolls approximately 800 JD and LLM students each year.

The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education.

Operating as usual

03/11/2024

In need of MCLE credit? On Monday, March 18, be sure to attend the Richard C. Pugh Lecture Series where Nina E. Olson, Executive Director of The Center for Taxpayer Rights will be presenting on “Taxpayer Rights in the Digital Age.” More information about registration, Nina E. Olson, and Richard C. Pugh Lecture Series can be found using the link below!
sandiego.edu/events/law/detail.php?_focus=91047

03/01/2024

📆 Save the date: Monday, March 18, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Richard C. Pugh Lecture Series welcomes Nina E. Olson, Executive Director for The Center for Taxpayer Rights to present on “Taxpayer Rights in the Digital Age.” More information about registration, Nina E. Olson and Richard C. Pugh Lecture Series can be found using the link below!
sandiego.edu/events/law/detail.php?_focus=91047

02/29/2024

Please note: The Legal Research Center will be closed the first weekend of spring break, March 2 and 3. Access to the building during this period will be limited to students and employees who have a current University ID card. Normal hours for the library will resume on Saturday, March 9.

02/15/2024

Congratulations to Emily Nagisa Keehn, assistant dean for Law Student Affairs, and Professor of Law Mary Jo Wiggins! They have been honored with the 2024 University of San Diego Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award.

Awardees are nominated and selected by a committee for their outstanding contributions and exceptional leadership in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice on and off-campus. All awardees have provided exemplary service to the University community, worked tirelessly to support students and are committed to advancing the University of San Diego as a diverse, equitable and anti-racist institution.

02/14/2024

The Class Action Law Forum hosted by Western Alliance Bank, held in collaboration with University of San Diego School of Law is back for year six! Register now to hear insights and take part in discussions on the most important developments and issues surrounding class actions and mass torts. We hope to see you on March 12–14, 2024. Learn more about our steering committee and register for the event here: https://events.westernalliancebank.com/2024-CALF

Celebrating USD's 75th Anniversary: Lighting the Way Forward 02/06/2024

Founded in 1949, the University of San Diego (USD) celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2024. The School of Law--the first professional school established at USD--was founded five years later in 1954 and celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year.

Celebrating USD's 75th Anniversary: Lighting the Way Forward For 75 years the University of San Diego has confronted humanity’s challenges by fostering peace, working for justice and leading with love. As a community s...

01/31/2024

The University of San Diego School of Law has been named as a top 12 finalist in Bloomberg Law's second annual Law School Innovation Program for our Experiential Advocacy Practicum. We are proud to be recognized as a pioneer in the advancement of legal education – going beyond the traditional legal curriculum and helping students develop foundational skills for practicing law. Learn more: https://pro.bloomberglaw.com/law-school-innovation-program

01/16/2024

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6-8 p.m., for the 38th Annual Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture, featuring Randall L. Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard School of Law.

Professor Kennedy teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications.

This lecture series was established in 1984 to honor Nathaniel L. Nathanson, an esteemed law professor who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The series brings distinguished speakers to the University of San Diego to discuss issues of national significance. A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free but registration is requested.

https://www.sandiego.edu/events/law/detail.php?_focus=89597

01/03/2024

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., join USD Law Professor Dov Fox for a panel discussion on his audiobook, Donor 9623 and the Biggest Hoax in Reproductive History.

In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Fox unravels the case of Donor 9623, examining the complex forces and competing agendas behind the biggest reproductive hoax of our time. The story is dark, propulsive - and in an unexpected turn - hopeful. This Audible Original exposes the billion-dollar industry that creates hundreds of thousands of babies every year, through unprecedented access to its key players - and to Donor 9623 himself.

Registration is free. RSVP now at sandiego.edu/events/law/detail.php?_focus=91094

12/28/2023

🌟As the new year approaches, USD School of Law reflects on the impact of gifts made throughout this year and wishes to express the gratitude for all alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of USD.

This season, your generosity is changing the lives of law students and directly benefits scholarships, fellowships, programs, and more.

Give online before December 31 to meet end-of-the-year tax deadlines. Thank you for your support!

https://bit.ly/3RtBQhb

12/22/2023

❄We hope to get together with you next month at a private gathering with USD law alumni at The Yarrow's 1800 Park Restaurant and/or USD's Park City Alumni Reception & Sundance Festival Discussion.

Tuesday, January 16 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Hosted Drinks & Appetizers with Dean Schapiro
1800 Park Restaurant
Double Tree Park City | The Yarrow

Email [email protected] if you are able to join Dean Schapiro for hosted drinks and appetizers.

And from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., join us for the USD Alumni Park City Sundance Social featuring a discussion on Sundance. This event is held in conjunction with USD's intersession course, American Independent Cinema, taught by Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Roger Pace and Dr. Eric Pierson. The course engages students with the themes, distribution, and economics of independent cinema.

Register at sandiego.edu/events/law/detail.php?_focus=90966

12/20/2023

💙Law students thank you and your fellow donors for helping USD School of Law bring the promise of prosperous legal careers into focus through your support of the JD Immersion program, Law Student Scholarships, Law Student Fellowships, and the Children's Advocacy Institute.

Spread the cheer and give before the end of the year! Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

https://bit.ly/3RtBQhb

San Diego Lawyer November/December 2023 12/19/2023

Check out University of San Diego School of Law and Knauss School of Business at USD student Coleman Fuquea's article in this month's San Diego County Bar Association "San Diego Lawyer."

Fuquea spent seven and a half years on active duty as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corp. His goal is to pursue a career as a transactional attorney and explore the world of venture capital and private equity.

San Diego Lawyer November/December 2023 San Diego Lawyer November/December 2023

12/15/2023

🎉USD School of Law was thrilled to receive a Cross-Border Collaboration Award from the . The organization says the award "honors individuals and businesses who have made a substantial contribution to the binational initiatives bridging the U.S. and Mexican economies." The award was accepted by Dean Robert Schapiro and the team.👏

12/07/2023

👏Last night, friends and family gathered to celebrate USD Law alumni who passed the July 2023 Bar at the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse! The Honorable Michael S. Berg '81 (JD) gave a heartwarming welcome address.
🎉Post your congratulations in the comments!

12/04/2023

🎊 Wednesday night!

Bring a guest and celebrate the season at the 2023 New York Holiday Party at The Galway Ho**er Bar in the heart of the West Village.

Wednesday, December 6 | 6-8 p.m.
The Galway Ho**er Bar | 133 7th Avenue South
RSVP HERE ➡️ https://bit.ly/3MEA8YH

11/29/2023

❄Last night, the USD community came together to welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. With the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset, everyone enjoyed carolers and refreshments as student leaders and Senior Vice President and Provost Gail F. Baker, PhD lit the tree and asked the audience to dedicate themselves to bringing light to the world.🌲

11/28/2023

🎉Next week! Come and celebrate the season at the 2023 New York Holiday Party at The Galway Ho**er Bar in the heart of the West Village with USD alumni and School of Law Dean Robert Schapiro.

Wednesday, December 6 | 6-8 p.m.
The Galway Ho**er Bar | 133 7th Avenue South
RSVP HERE ➡️ https://bit.ly/3MEA8YH

11/28/2023

Be part of !

Your gift—dedicated to Law Student Scholarships, Fellowships, JD Immersion, Children's Advocacy Institute, Legal Clinics, or the law school's Most Critical Needs—sustains students, faculty, and programs at USD School of Law.

Thank you for supporting USD School of Law's mission to provide every student with an excellent legal education, equipping them with the skills necessary to serve their clients, the community, and the legal profession with intellectual creativity and innovation.

Give now at https://securegiving.sandiego.edu/s/1374/lg20/form.aspx?sid=1374&gid=1&pgid=662&cid=1344&appealcode=GLAEMGTS24

11/18/2023

🎉Congratulations to USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel for being honored with a 2023 California Lawyers Association Vanguard Award!

11/17/2023

✨The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is being honored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce with the 2023 Cross-Border Collaboration Award. This award honors individuals and businesses who have made a substantial contribution to the binational initiatives bridging the U.S. and Mexican economies.

Read the full article: https://www.sandiego.edu/news/law/detail.php?_focus=90798

11/17/2023

Yesterday, the USD School of Law honored our 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, the Honorable Michael Berg '81 (JD), and Jeff Thomas '82 (JD), and our Rising Star Recent Alumni Award Recipients, Chantal McCoy Payton '13 (JD), and Morgan Suder '13 (JD). Over 140 guests came to reconnect and celebrate the achievements of our honorees and support the debut of the Justice Through Legal Education Fund. The esteemed alumni recognized with the Distinguished and Rising Star Recent Alumni Awards are a testament to USD’s effective approach to legal education.

If you would like to Support Justice Through Legal Education, visit law.sandiego.edu/education-for-justice

Pictured L-R: Jeff Thomas, Morgan Suder, the Honorable Michael Berg, Chantal McCoy Payton, Dean and C. Hugh Friedman Professor of Law Robert Schapiro

11/09/2023

If you're a veteran considering higher education, Coleman Fuquea's advice is simple: "Just do it."

Fuquea is a former U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant who embarked on an incredible journey from artillery officer to pursuing a dual JD/MBA degree at University of San Diego School of Law and Knauss School of Business at USD.

Check out his story and learn how he's balancing his new life as a military-connected student.
https://bit.ly/49tGNim

11/07/2023

⭐As October concluded, we welcomed the USD School of Law Class of 1973 to celebrate their 50th anniversary and be recognized as Golden Toreros. Dean and C. Hugh Friedman Professor of Law Robert Schapiro welcomed them at Warren Hall, and then they joined USD President James T. Harris III, DEd, for dinner at USD's flagship restaurant, La Gran Terraza. The alumni were inducted as Golden Toreros and received a medallion to commemorate the event.

11/06/2023

Congratulations to Warren Distinguished Professor of Law Orly Lobel for being nominated as a Law + Legal Pioneer finalist for Celebrating Women Awards!

10/31/2023

University of San Diego School of Law Dean and C. Hugh Friedman Professor of Law Robert A. Schapiro was honored by the San Diego Law Library Foundation with the Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in Legal Education.

Dean Schapiro said, “I was deeply honored to be introduced by President Harris and to be included in such a distinguished group of award recipients. In accepting the award on behalf of USD and the School of Law, I was proud to highlight our commitment to diversity and to advancing the rule of law.”

The Bernard E. Witkin Awards are presented annually to honor members of the San Diego legal community for civic leadership and excellence in the practice of the law, adjudication of the law, legal education, and the advancement of access to justice. The awards are named after Bernard Witkin, a lawyer, writer, lecturer, and California Supreme Court clerk and Reporter of Decisions. His work, particularly his publications, continue to have had a long-lasting impact on the Californian legal profession.

Photos from University of San Diego School of Law's post 10/27/2023

🎉This past weekend, we welcomed back several University of San Diego School of Law classes to celebrate their milestone reunions! We were joined by the classes of 2018, 2013, 2003, 1998, 1993, and 1983. Alumni reconnected, reunited, and rediscovered, while enjoying sweeping views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay from USD's restaurants, La Gran Terraza, and O'Toole's Bar & Grill.

📅 Looking forward to celebrating your milestone reunion next year or want to be part of the reunion committee? Visit sandiego.edu/law/alumni or email [email protected] to find out more.

10/26/2023

🎉USD School of Law cordially invites you to the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on:

Thursday, Nov. 16 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Dana on Mission Bay

2023 Distinguished Alumni:
Hon. Michael S. Berg '81 (JD)
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of California

Jeffrey T. Thomas '82 (JD)
Retired Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

2023 Rising Star Recent Alumni:
Chantal McCoy Payton '13 (JD)
Founding Shareholder, Payton Employment Law, PC

Morgan P. Suder '13 (JD)
Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office,
Southern District of California

This signature event recognizes and celebrates alumni achievement while supporting the critical need for excellence in legal education. The 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony is pleased to debut the "Justice Through Legal Education Fund" as the philanthropic feature of this annual celebration with a 45-year history.

Register at: https://www.sandiego.edu/events/law/detail.php?_focus=90258

10/25/2023

Warren Distinguished Professor of Law Michael Ramsey's paper "The Vesting Clauses and Foreign Affairs" is featured on the SSRN page this week.

How does the divide foreign affairs powers among the branches of government? This essay argues not to think about as a meaningful constitutional category.

Read: http://spkl.io/61834W7Wv
Subscribe: http://spkl.io/61844W7Wa

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