University of San Francisco
School of Law
The University of San Francisco School of Law strives for excellence in education underscored by a deep commitment to justice.
The law school pursues excellence in a humane, diverse, and intellectually vibrant learning community of outstanding teachers and scholars dedicated to training ethical professionals. Consistent with the Jesuit tradition, the law school contributes to society by inspiring the pursuit of justice and serving the many communities—from the academic to the professional and the local to the global—of which it is a part.
At USF, experience matters. Our students take a hands-on approach to the law—participating in it, not just poring over it.
Accessible faculty, broad academic opportunities, and real-world experience give our graduates a unique advantage in the field.
Leading by Example
In our faculty, you’ll find seasoned educators, practitioners, and scholars who share a zeal for teaching and are ready to help you define your own career direction. Student-faculty research opportunities abound, and many students enrich their legal education by conducting academic research alongside our noted scholars.
Set Your Own Goals
You can structure your legal education to meet your personal needs and career goals. Students earn their JD through full-time and part-time options, complete a certificate in six areas, participate in three dual-degree programs, or earn their LLM to further advance their education.
USF offers three Master of Law (LLM) programs that make it possible for students who have already earned a law degree to expand their professional expertise and qualifications.
LLM in Taxation
Students in the LLM in Taxation program gain a firm grounding in all major areas of taxation and preparation for advancing or launching successful careers in tax law. They expand their knowledge of tax law and network with established professionals in the field.
The curriculum for this new, one-year program is both broad and deep. Expert faculty members empower students with a deep understanding of tax laws and Internal Revenue Service pronouncements and teach them to analyze the proposals for tax reform.
The program is conveniently located at USF’s Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district and at WTAS’ San Francisco office, so that working professionals can easily participate in the program. A unique partnership with WTAS provides the opportunity for WTAS managers and associates to earn their LLM in Taxation conveniently, and all students have the opportunity to take courses with WTAS managers and associates to develop and hone their skills and maximize career and networking opportunities. The program is offered to full- and part-time students.
LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
The LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, which is open to U.S. and foreign candidates with law degrees, provides a thorough exposure to American, international, and comparative intellectual property law. The program equips students with a sufficient grounding in legal theory and practical skills to pursue gainful employment in the intellectual property field in the United States or abroad.
The program requires two consecutive full-time semesters of study at the USF School of Law (August through May). The program may also be completed through part-time study with permission of the director.
LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law
Students in the LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law program, offered exclusively to foreign lawyers, may choose to focus on international commercial and business transactions law or on an in-depth study of a particular area of U.S. law.
This small program ensures a high degree of individual attention. In the LLM Mentor Program, all international students benefit from individual counseling with a faculty member and one-on-one mentor relationships with USF alumni who are practicing attorneys or judges. Students attend hearings, depositions, and other legal proceedings with mentors, as well as social events.
This degree may be completed in two full-time semesters (August through May). A part-time option is available with approval from the program director. International students who graduate from this LLM program may be eligible to take the bar examination in California and other states.
School of Law
2130 Fulton Street
Tel: 001 415 422 6307