University of San Diego: School of Law

University of San Diego
School of Law


The University
The University of San Diego is a private, non-profit, independent, Roman Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949. The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and providing a superior liberal arts education for scholars of all faiths.

Centrally located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and beautiful landscapes.

The School of Law
Celebrating 70 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.  

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The Program
LLM in Comparative Law for international attorneys

For more than 40 years, the LLM in Comparative Law has provided international law school graduates with the opportunity to design a program that suits their academic interests and professional goals. The program offers candidates maximum flexibility in selecting courses from a contemporary and dynamic curriculum, and is ideal for attorneys, judges, professors, and other graduates of international law schools. Candidates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the law and policy in a wide array of subjects.

The School of Law is also pleased to offer specialized Concentration areas within the LLM in Comparative Law. After enrolling in the LLM program, candidates have the option of pursuing a Concentration in one of the following areas: Business and Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, and Taxation. These concentrations highlight curricular strengths, offering a selection of courses taught by leading scholars and expert practitioners.

Combining fundamental courses in U.S. Law with the opportunity to select from a broad variety of electives allows candidates to develop a highly personalized LLM program. In addition, studying alongside JD and LLM students from the U.S. and around the world prepares LLM candidates to deal effectively with U.S. attorneys on questions of common interest.

For additional information, please view our program brochure.

Additional LLM Programs for U.S. attorneys
The School of Law is pleased to offer 4 additional LLM programs for graduates of U.S. law schools:  1) LLM in Business and Corporate Law, 2) LLM in International Law, 3) LLM in Taxation (consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation), and 4) General LLM with Concentration. For more details, please click on the specific LLM program(s) you are interested in. 

The Faculty
The University of San Diego School of Law has an exceedingly strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations that make USD an ambitious, engaged and vibrant scholarly community.  In fact, our faculty ranks in the top 20% among U.S. law schools in scholarly impact (36th out of 204 schools).

Many USD faculty members have national and international reputations for excellence in numerous areas of law including business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

The University of San Diego School of Law awards Merit Scholarships to admitted LLM students based on the merits of the applicant’s scholastic and professional experience. These Merit Scholarship awards are available to qualified full-time U.S. and international applicants, and applicants accepted to an LLM program at the School of Law are automatically considered for this partial tuition scholarship award at the time of admission. No additional application is necessary.

Course Listings
Courses for the LLM in Comparative Law program may be selected from many subject areas, including Business and Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Public Law and Tax Law. Course listings vary per semester. Please view our available course listings on our website.

Contact Information
University of San Diego School of Law
Graduate and International Programs
5998 Alcala Park
Warren Hall 207
San Diego, CA 92110


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