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The University of San Francisco School of Law is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood on a 55‑acre campus adjacent to Golden Gate Park and a short distance from downtown San Francisco. Its graduates, who play leading roles in the bench and bar of the San Francisco Bay Area, practice in over 40 states and 20 foreign countries. The University was founded by the Jesuit fathers in 1855 as San Francisco's first institution of higher learning. The Law School dates from 1912 and is located in Koret Law Center consisting of Kendrick Hall, and the Dorraine Zief Law Library. Approximately 700 students are enrolled in the full‑time and part‑time divisions each year. The Law School offers a concurrent J.D./M.B.A. degree with the USF School of Business and Management. It also offers an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, as well as an LL.M. for foreign lawyers in International Transactions and Comparative Law.


Consistent with its commitment to lawyering skills training, USF offers a number of opportunities for students to experience the dynamics of actual law practice under careful faculty supervision. These highly regarded programs train students in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution including interviewing, investigating, discovery, mediation, trial techniques and appellate review.


USF's law clinics serve as a unique teaching law firm operating under the direction of full‑time faculty members.


In the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic students handle misdemeanor and juvenile cases, and represent clients in all legal aspects of case.


Through the Child Advocacy Clinic students directly represent children in the Unified Family Court in child abuse/neglect cases with opportunities for oral and written advocacy in related areas, including education, mental health and immigration.


Other clinics include the Investor Justice Clinic, representing clients in NASD actions, and the related Internet/Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, where students working in teams provide legal services in intellectual property matters ‑ domain name disputes under ICANN, copyright infringements issues, and other trademark and copyright work. The Mediation clinic helps students apply their dispute resolution skills to real world legal disputes and conduct mediations in the Small Claims Court of San Francisco, and in cases pending before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


The USF Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic provides students with a unique opportunity to raise important questions directly before the United Nations in New York at meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women, and at the sessions of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.


The Intensive Advocacy Program is an extraordinary two‑week summer program which allows students to study pre‑trial and advocacy skills under the guidance of nearly 100 outstanding trial attorneys. The program features 80 hours of lecture, demonstration and practice workshops. Students perform individual exercises relating to all phases of advocacy and receive extensive feedback about their performances. At the conclusion of the program, each student conducts a jury trial.


Students may also obtain practical experience outside the law school by externing in one of the numerous courts located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Academic credit can also be earned by participating in a clinical internship at a governmental agency, public interest organization, corporate legal department or private law firm.


Students interested in public interest law may receive a specialization certificate through the Public Interest Law Program. Achievement of the certificate requires completion of core courses and electives as well as significant practical experience in the public interest arena.


An Intellectual Property/Cyberlaw certificate and an International Law Certificate are available to students interested in graduating with a concentration in these areas. Certificate students must complete core and elective courses which qualify as advanced study in these fields and meet the minimum scholastic and unit requirements of the program. Similarly, a Business Law Certificate is available to students interested in Business and Commercial‑related law.


Since persuasive writing is of critical importance, all students undergo a rigorous Legal Research & Writing program during the first year. In addition, each student must complete an upper division writing requirement. The Law School publishes four student‑edited journals including, the University of San Francisco Law Review and the Maritime Law Journal, one of only two maritime legal journals in the United States. USF students also publish the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin and the Journal of Law and Social Challenges. There is an extensive Moot Court program for first year students as well as an advanced Moot Court program for upper division students.


The Center for Law and Global Justice builds on USF School of Law's tradition of emphasizing international legal education and involvement in justice‑related projects around the globe. The Center's work in focused in areas of migration and forced displacement, the protection of human rights, peace and democracy building, and economic development with an emphasis on corporate responsibility. Each summer, the Center sends students and faculty to countries such as Cambodia, India, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam. The center also supports the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project which has students working within the United States to mitigate and ultimately eliminate the death penalty. The Center grants Human Rights Research Fellowships to USF faculty in support of research proposals addressing global problems relating to the political, civil, economic, social, cultural, environmental and development rights that are recognized under international law.


Each year USF co‑sponsors foreign summer study programs with Trinity College in Dublin, Putin School in Bilbao, Charles University in Prague, and Peter Pazmary Catholic University in Budapest. In addition to these summer programs, there is a regular faculty exchange with these schools, as well as the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai.


The basic curriculum is taught by a faculty of 35 full‑time teachers with a strong commitment to effective legal education. In addition, approximately 60 adjunct professors, drawn from judges and leading practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area, teach specialized courses in their particular areas of expertise. Visiting faculty from Ireland, the Czech Republic and China regularly teach comparative law courses.


Nearly 4,000 students apply each year for a fall entering class of approximately 240 in the day and evening programs. Applicants represent over 150 undergraduate institutions from all over the United States.



Jeffrey S. Brand (415) 422‑6304

Director, Admissions:

Alan Guerrero (415) 422‑6586

Director, Library:

Margaret Arnold (415) 422‑6679

Director, Career Planning:

Bryan Hinkle (415) 422‑6757



JEFFREY S. BRAND, (Dean and Professor of Law), born Brooklyn, New York, April 20, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, California and New York. Education: University of California at Berkeley (A.B., 1966); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Remedies, Constitutional Law.

JOHN M. ADLER, (Professor of Law), born Boston, Massachusetts, January 5, 1947; admitted to bar, 1976, California. Education: Colorado College; Harvard University (A.B., 1968); University of New Mexico (J.D., 1976); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. COURSES: Torts, Bioethics, Constitutional Law, Supreme Court Seminar, Negotiation.


MARGARET G. ARNOLD, (Associate Dean of the Law Library), born Providence, Rhode Island, November 30, 1960; admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: William Smith College (1978‑1980); Cornell University (B.S., 1982); Columbia University (M.S., 1986); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Advanced Legal Research. Email:


WILLIAM W. BASSETT, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Peoria, Illinois, December 18, 1932; admitted to bar, 1973, District of Columbia; 1978, California; 1984, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: St. Mary of the Lake (S.T.L., 1959; B.A., 1956; M.A., 1958); Pontifical Gregorian University (J.C.D., 1965); Catholic University of America School of Law (J.D., 1972); Ludwig‑Maximilians Universitat. COURSES: Property, Community Property, Wills and Trusts, Religious Organizations and the Law.


HENRY BROWN, (Assistant Professor and Director of Advocacy Programs), born Mount Vernon, New York, January 16, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, California. Education: Auburn University (B.A., 1986); University of San Francisco (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Evidence Advocacy, Expert Evidence in IP Litigation, Forensic Evidence. Email:


S. ISABEL CHOI, (Assistant Professor and Director of Externship Program), admitted to bar, 2002, California. Education: Darthmouth College (B.A., 1998); University of Santa Clara School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Judicial Process, Civil Law Externship Courses: Level I & II, Criminal Law Externship Courses: Level I & II.


JOSHUA PAUL DAVIS, (Professor of Law), Education: Brown University (A.B., 1989); New York University (J.D., 1993); Georgetown (LL.M., 1996). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Remedies, Legal Ethics, Legal Theory, Judicial Review, Constitutional Theory. Email:


CONSTANCE DE LA VEGA, (Professor of Law and Academic Director of International Programs), born Mexico, D.F. Mexico, February 5, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, California. Education: Chapman College; Scripps College (B.A., 1975); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES: International Human Rights, International Human Rights Clinic, American Legal Systems.


JOHN F. DENVIR, (Research Professor of Constitutional Policy), born Chicago, Illinois, December 17, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, California. Education: College of the Holy Cross (B.S., with honors, 1964); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1967); Harvard University Law School (LL.M., 1972). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law.


REZA R. DIBADJ, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1997, Massachusetts; 1998, New York and District of Columbia. Education: Harvard College (S.B., 1991); Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1997); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Corporations, Anti‑Trust, International Business, Securities Regulation, Administrative Law. Email:


DOLORES A. DONOVAN, (Professor of Law), born Detroit, Michigan, July 26, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, California; 1972, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1967); Stanford University Law School (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Asian Legal Systems, International Development Law.


PATRICIA FITZSIMMONS, (Assistant Professor and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic), Education: New College School of Law (J.D., 1986); Northeastern University (M.A., 1975); Marquette University (B.S., 1972). COURSES: Child Advocacy Clinic. Email:


H. JAY FOLBERG, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born East St. Louis, Illinois, July 7, 1941; admitted to bar, 1968, Oregon. Education: University of Illinois; San Francisco State University (B.A., 1963); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Dispute Resolution, Family Law.


DAVID J. FRANKLYN, (Professor of Law and Director, McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law), Education: Evangel College (B.A., 1983); University of Michigan (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Copyright, Intellectual Property Theory, Trademark Law. Email:


SUSAN A. FREIWALD, (Professor of Law), born Cincinnati, Ohio, December 30, 1964; admitted to bar, 1993, New York. Education: Harvard‑Radcliffe College (B.A., 1987); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Contracts, Cyberspace Law, Information Technology Law.


JACK GARVEY, (Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 1942; admitted to bar, 1969, Illinois; 1972, California. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1964); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Contracts, Public International Law and Organizations, International Business Dispute Resolution.


PETER JAN HONIGSBERG, (Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Research, Writing and Analysis Program), born New York, N.Y., June 29, 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, New York; 1982, California. Education: City College of New York (B.A., 1965); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Analysis, Legal Drafting, Legal Issues Emerging from America's War on Terrorism.


M. TIMOTHY IGLESIAS, (Professor of Law), born Norfolk, Virginia, April 17, 1956; admitted to bar, 1993, California. Education: Loyola‑Marymount University (B.A., 1979); Oxford University (B.A./M.A., 1986); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Property, Land Use Law, Housing Discrimination, Community Property, Local Government and Law. Email:


ALICE KASWAN, (Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1993, California, New York. Education: UC Berkeley (B.S., 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Administrative Law, Property, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law. Email:


VIRGINIA KELSH, (Professor and Law Librarian Emeritus), born Portland, Oregon, April 1, 1945. Education: Marylhurst College (B.A., 1967); Catholic University of America (M.S.L.S., 1968); Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Art Law (not currently teaching), Law Librarianship.


RICHARD LEO, (Associate Professor of Law), Education: University of California at Berkeley (A.B., 1985; J.D., Ph.D., 1994); University of Chicago (M.A., 1989). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Wrongful Convictions.


RHONDA MAGEE, (Professor of Law), born Kinston, North Carolina, August 25, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, California. Education: University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences (B.A., 1989; M.A., 1993); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Torts, Insurance Law, Immigration Law, Race Law and Policy.


MAYA MANIAN, (Associate Professor of Law), Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1995); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Family Law, Gender and Law, Community Property.


JESSE W. MARKHAM, JR., (Professor of Law), born Nashville, Tennessee; admitted to bar, 1979, California; 1984, Massachusetts. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1974); University of Massachusetts (M.A., 1976); Vanderbilt University (J.D., cum laude, Philosophy, 1979). COURSES: Antitrust, Corporations, Civil Procedure. Email:


J. THOMAS MCCARTHY, (Senior Professor of Law and Founding Director, McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law), born Detroit, Michigan, July 2, 1937; admitted to bar, 1964, California. Education: University of Detroit (B.S., 1960); University of Michigan (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Copyright Law.


PAUL MCKASKLE, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Little Rock, Arkansas, September 29, 1934; admitted to bar, 1964, California. Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.S., 1956); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Comparative Civil Liberties.


SHARON MEADOWS, (Professor of Law and Director of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinics), born Indiana, September 11, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, California. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1972); University of Michigan (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Criminal Law Clinic, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Criminal Trial Practice.


RONALD H. MICON, (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, January 23, 1943; admitted to bar, 1969, California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (A.B., 1966; J.D., 1969). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law, Secured Transactions.


SUZANNE MOUNTS, (Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, August 21, 1945; admitted to bar, 1972, California; 1973, Washington. Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1967); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Murder: A Study of Deadly Human Violence.


THOMAS NAZARIO, (Assistant Professor of Law), born New York, N.Y., May 15, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, California. Education: City University of New York (B.A., 1971; M.A., 1972); University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Children's Rights.


MARIA LINDA ONTIVEROS, (Professor of Law), Education: UC Berkeley (A.B., 1981); Cornell University (M.I.L.R., 1986); Harvard (J.D., 1984); Stanford University (J.S.D., 1992). COURSES: Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Torts, Advanced Labor and Employment Seminar, International and Comparative Labor Law.


JOHN JAY OSBORN, JR., (Visiting Professor), admitted to bar, 1997, California. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1967); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Contracts, Family Wealth Transfer, Law and Literature, Wills and Trusts.


BRUCE PRICE, (Associate Professor of Law), born New York, New York, October 2, 1966; admitted to bar, 1993, California. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1989); George Washington University (J.D., 1993); New York University (Ph.D., 2005). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law, Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions. Email:


DELOS PUTZ, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Miles City, Montana, October 4, 1937; admitted to bar, 1963, New York; 1964, District of Columbia; 1974, California. Education: Gonzaga University (B.A., 1959); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1962). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Remedies, Complex Civil Litigation.


ELDON H. REILEY, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Seattle, Washington, May 30, 1933; admitted to bar, 1958, Washington; 1973, California. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.A., 1955); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1958). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law.


JOSHUA ROSENBERG, (Professor of Law), born Montclair, New Jersey, March 3, 1950; admitted to bar, 1974, New York; 1978, Virginia. Education: Case Western Reserve University (B.A., 1971); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1974; LL.M., 1981). COURSES: Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Negotiation Skills, Interpersonal Dynamics for Attorneys.


RICHARD T. SAKAI, (Assistant Professor and Co‑Director of the Academic Support Program), born Los Angeles, California, March 4, 1950; admitted to bar, 1980, California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1973); University of California, Hastings (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Legal Analysis. Email:


STEVEN F. SHATZ, (Prof. of Law, Philip & Muriel Barnett Prof. of Trial Advocacy, Dir., Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project), born Chicago, Illinois, July 18, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, California; 1979, Washington. Education: University of California at Berkeley (A.B., 1966); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Death Penalty Law.


ROBERT E. TALBOT, (Professor of Law), born New York, N.Y., September 29, 1940; admitted to bar, 1966, California. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1961; J.D., 1964). COURSES: Evidence, Trial Practice, Criminal Law, Clinical Mediation, Internet Justice Project.


MICHELLE A. TRAVIS, (Professor of Law), born Alexandria, Virginia, March 22, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, California. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1991); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Employment Law, Torts, Remedies, Employment Discrimination. Email:


CAROL WILSON, (Co‑Director, Academic Support Program), born Roseburg, Oregon, May 15, 1957; admitted to bar, 1988, California. Education: University of Oregon (B.A., 1979); School for International Training (M.A., 1981); University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing.