Telephone: (619) 260-4527

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ABA Approved Since 1961

The University of San Diego School of Law is an outstanding center of legal education with a distinguished faculty, a talented student body and a dedication to innovation.


The USD School of Law is one of only 80 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


The law school’s approximately 1,100 students come from more than 43 states, 20 countries and 130 undergraduate institutions. With approximately 41 percent women and 28 percent minorities, the diverse student body contributes to the law school’s unique atmosphere. The law school enjoys a long tradition of supporting talented, energetic and innovative teacher-scholars. Faculty members author significant books, treatises and articles on a vast range of legal topics, and participate regularly in national and international academic conferences. USD School of Law faculty is among the highest rated in the United States, ranking 23rd in the nation based on scholarly impact according to the 2005 Leiter’s Law School Ranking of Faculty.


The School of Law offers a juris doctor (J.D.) degree as well as programs that allow the concurrent pursuit of a master of business administration (M.B.A.), an international master of business administration (I.M.B.A.) or a master of arts in international relations (M.A.). Students who wish to specialize in a particular area of law can choose electives from a broad range of courses. The law school is also a worldwide leader in graduate legal education, with nationally recognized LL.M. programs in taxation, international law, business and corporate law and comparative law. In addition, the law school sponsors the Institute on International and Comparative Law, which conducts summer programs in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia and Spain.


To prepare its students to practice law in the new century, the law school offers one of the strongest and most comprehensive programs of advocacy and clinical legal education in the United States. Through these programs, the law school has become a national leader in bridging the gap between courses in legal theory and the practical skills and experience individuals need to become effective lawyers. Students hone their written and oral advocacy skills and experience the excitement of competition through the law school’s Appellate Moot Court Program and National Mock Trial Team.


The Pardee Legal Research Center offers state-of-the-art services and facilities to law students and other researchers. With a collection of more than 530,000 volumes and volume equivalents, USD holds one of the largest legal research collections in California.


The law school’s Career Services office provides students comprehensive job search assistance through regular and ongoing career advising during all law school semesters. Staff members meet with students to discuss job search strategies and critique résumés and cover letters. Each year, law firms and government agencies from more than 25 states and 70 cities participate in the law school’s extensive recruiting program.


The USD School of Law is committed to providing all possible financial assistance to eligible students whose resources are insufficient to meet their educational expenses. Sources of financial aid include more than 370 need/merit, merit and diversity-based scholarships; federal plans, such as work-study programs; the Perkins and Stafford loan programs; and institutional loans. Private loan programs are also available to assist law students with supplemental financing.


Preparing students for the practice of law in the 21st century is more than a slogan at USD – it’s a serious commitment.


Dean: Kevin Cole (619) 260-4527

Associate Dean: Michael Kelly (619) 260-2333

Associate Dean: Mary Jo Wiggins (619) 260-4587

Academic Planning and Graduate Programs: Teresa O’Rourke (619) 260-4596

Student Affairs: Carrie Wilson (619) 260-6851

Admissions and Financial Aid: Carl Eging (619) 260-4528

Legal Research Center: Ruth Levor (619) 260-4604

Career Services: Cara Mitnick (619) 260-4529

Development and Alumni Relations: Trevin Hartwell (619) 260-4692

Registrar: Marjorie Zhou (619) 260-4611

Special Projects: Theresa Hrenchir (619) 260-7438

Legal Clinic: Margaret Dalton (619) 260-7470

Law School Communications: Ashley Wood (619) 260-4097

Budget and Administration: Janet Courtney-Smith (619) 260-2295




KEVIN COLE, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1984, Pennsylvania. Education: New College (B.A., 1979); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Criminal Justice System, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Legal Profession. Email:kcole @


LAWRENCE A. ALEXANDER, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1969, California. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1965); Yale University (LL.B., 1968). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Law. Email:larrya @


CARL A. AUERBACH, (Law Professor), born 1915; admitted to bar, 1938, New York; 1956, Wisconsin; 1973, Minnesota. Long Island University (B.A., 1935); Harvard University (LL.B., 1938). COURSES:Administrative Law, American Legal History, Constitutional Law, European Union Law, Law of American Democracy. Email:carla @


JORDAN BARRY, (Law Professor), Education: Cornell University (B.A., 2002); Stanford University (J.D., 2005). COURSES:Business and Corporate Law, Taxation, Contracts. Email:jbany @


ABRAHAM BELL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1995, New York and Israel. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1989; J.D., 1993); Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 2004). COURSES: Property Law and Theory, Copyright Law. Email:avibell @


LAURA M.S. BEREND, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, California. Education: University of California, San Diego (B.A., 1972); University of San Diego (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Criminal Law, Ethics in Criminal Practice, Lawyering Skills II, Legal Clinic (Criminal), Perspectives in Criminal Justice, Trial Evidence Advocacy. Email:lberend @


ROY L. BROOKS, (Law Professor), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Pennsylvania. ducation: University of Connecticut (B.A., 1972); Yale University (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Litigation, Corporate Finance, Corporations, Employment Discrimination, Jurisprudence, Public Law Litigation. Email:rbrooks @


KAREN C. BURKE, (Law Professor), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1982, Massachusetts. Education: Smith College (B.A., 1972); Harvard University (M.A., 1975; Ph.D., 1978); Stanford University (J.D., 1982); Boston University (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: Partnership Tax, Pensions, Federal Taxation. Email:burkek @


NANCY CAROL CARTER, (Law Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1975, Oklahoma. Education: Texas A&I University (B.S., 1963; M.S., 1969); University of Oklahoma (M.L.S., 1967; J.D., 1975). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Native American Law. Email:ncc @


LAURENCE P. CLAUS, (Law Professor), born 1968; admitted to bar, 1993, New South Wales, Australia. Education: University of Queensland (B.Econ., 1987; LL.B., 1991); University of Oxford (D. Phil., 1998). COURSES:Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Contracts, International Law. Email: lclaus @


LYNNE L. DALLAS, (Law Professor), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, New York. Education: University of Rochester (B.A., 1972); Harvard University (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Antitrust, Comparative Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Law, Corporations, Law and Socioeconomics, Securities Regulation. Email:dallas @


JOSEPH J. DARBY, (Law Professor), born 1930; admitted to bar, 1961, Colorado; 1970, California. Education: Georgetown University (B.S., 1952); Columbia University (M.A., 1957; Ph.D., 1966); Fordham University (J.D., 1960); University of Cologne (Germany) (Dr.Jur., 1965). COURSES:Comparative Law, International Law, Introduction to U.S. Law. Email:jdarby @


DONALD A. DRIPPS, (Law Professor), born 1957; Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1980); University of Michigan (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence. Email:dripps @


ROBERT C. FELLMETH, (Law Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1983, California; 1985, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (A.B, 1967); Harvard University (J.D., 1970). COURSES:Antitrust Law, California Administrative Law and Practice, Child Rights and Remedies, Consumer Law, Criminal Procedure, Public Interest Law. Email:cpil @


RALPH H. FOLSOM, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, Connecticut; 1981, California. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1968); Yale University (J.D., 1972); London University (School of Economics) (LL.M., 1973). COURSES:Antitrust, European Union Law, Free Trade and the Americas, International Trade, International Transactions, NAFTA. Email:rfolsom @


C. HUGH FRIEDMAN, (Law Professor), born 1931; admitted to bar, 1956, California. Education: Yale University (A.B., 1953); Stanford University (J.D., 1956); University of San Diego (LL.D., 1976). COURSES: Accounting, Agency and Partnership, Business Planning, Constitutional Law, Corporations, Security Regulation, Choice of Business Entity. Email:chf @


STEVEN HARTWELL, (Law Professor), born 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, California. Education: University of Southern California (B.S., 1960; J.D., 1964). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Legal Profession, Negotiations, Office Practice, Street Law. Email:hartwell @


WALTER W. HEISER, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Missouri; 1978, California. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1968); University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1971); Harvard University (LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Advanced Trial Advocacy, California Civil Procedure, Civil Procedure, Clinical Teaching, Federal Jurisdiction, International Civil Litigation. Email:wheiser @


GAIL HERIOT, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1981, Illinois; 1985, District of Columbia. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1978); University of Chicago (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Employment Law, Evidence, Remedies, Torts. Email:gheriot @


PAUL HORTON, (Law Professor), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Illinois; 1973, California. Education: Occidental College (A.B, 1965); University of Southern California (J.D., 1968), Yale University (LL.M., 1969). COURSES:Adjudication, Administrative Law, Communications, Family Law, Judicial Internship, Jurisprudence, Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks. Email:phorton @


YALE KAMISAR, (Law Professor), born 1929; admitted to bar, 1955, District of Columbia. Education: New York University (A.B., 1950); Columbia University (LL.B., 1954). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence. Email:ykamisar @


MICHAEL B. KELLY, (Law Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1984, Illinois. Education: University of Michigan (B.G.S., 1975; J.D., 1983); University of Illinois at Chicago (M.A., 1980). COURSES: Contracts, Family Law, Insurance, Remedies. Email:mkelly @


ADAM J. KOLBER, (Law Professor), born 1974; admitted to bar, 2003, New York. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1996); Stanford University (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Criminal Law, Health Law/Bioethics, Professional Responsibility, Property.


WILLIAM H. LAWRENCE, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1972, Oregon. Education: University of Oregon (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1972). COURSES:Commercial Law, Commercial Paper, Contracts, International Transactions, Commercial Paper and Payment Systems, UCC: Sales, UCC: Secured Transactions. Email:williaml @


HERBERT I. LAZEROW, (Law Professor), born 1939; admitted to bar, 1964, District of Columbia; 1966, Kentucky; 1969, California. Education: University of Pennsylvania (A.B., 1960); Harvard University (J.D., 1963); George Washington University (LL.M., 1964); University of Paris I (D.E.S.S., 1982). COURSES:Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, International Taxation, Property, Public International Law, Federal Taxation. Email:lazer @


ORLY LOBEL, (Law Professor), Education: Tel-Aviv University (LL.B., 1998); Harvard University (LL.M., 2000; S.J.D., 2005). COURSES:Employment and Labor Law, Administrative Law, Privatization and Public Design.


SHAUN P. MARTIN, (Law Professor), born 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, California. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1988); Harvard University (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Legal Profession. Email:smartin @


LESLEY K. MCALLISTER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, California. Education: Princeton University (B.S.E., 1991); Stanford University (J.D., 2000); University of California Berkeley (M.A., 1997; Ph.D., 2004). COURSES:Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Natural Resources Law, Property, Civil Procedure.


GRAYSON M.P. MCCOUCH, (Law Professor), born 1958; admitted to bar, 1983, Massachusetts; 1987, Minnesota. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1979); Stanford University (J.D., 1982); Boston University (LL.M., 1990). COURSES:Estate and Gift Tax, Estate Planning, Estates and Trusts. Email:gmccouch @


DAVID MCGOWAN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1991, California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1986); University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Securities Regulation. Email:dmcgowan @


MIRANDA OSHIGE MCGOWAN, (Law Professor), born 1968; admitted to bar, 1996, California. Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1991); Stanford University (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Employment Discrimination, Jurisprudence, Legislation/Statutory Interpretation. Email:mirandamcgowan @


JOHN H. MINAN, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1972, Oregon. Education: University of Louisville (B.S., 1965); University of Kentucky (M.B.A., 1966); University of Oregon (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Comparative Law, Estate Planning, Land Use Planning, Real Property I and II, Water Rights. Email:jminan @


GRANT H. MORRIS, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1964, New York. Education: Syracuse University (A.B, 1962; J.D., 1964); Harvard University (LL.M., 1971). COURSES:Law and Medicine, Law and Psychiatry, Mental Health Law Clinic, Tort Principles and the Problems of Modern Society, Torts. Email:gmorris @


VIRGINIA E. NOLAN, (Law Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, New York; 1985, California. Education: Russell Sage College (B.S., 1969); Albany Law School (J.D., 1972); George Washington University (LL.M., 1975). COURSES:Environmental Law, Environmental Torts, Torts. Email:vnolan @


FRANKLIN PARTNOY, (Law Professor), born 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, New York; 1995, District of Columbia. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., B.S., 1989); Yale University (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Corporate Finance, Corporations, Deals, Emerging Financial Markets, White Collar Offenses. Email: fpartnoy @


THERESA J. PLAYER, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1973, California. Education: San Diego State University (A.B., 1969); University of California, Los Angeles (J.D., 1973). COURSES:Clinical Teaching, Evidence Advocacy, Trial and Appellate Advocacy. Email:tplayer @


RICHARD C. PUGH, (Law Professor), born 1929; admitted to bar, 1958, New York. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1951); Oxford University (B.A., 1953); Columbia University (J.D., 1958). COURSES:Corporate Taxation, International Business Transactions, International Law, International Taxation. Email:rpugh @


JEAN (MONTOYA) RAMIREZ, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, California. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1982); University of California, Los Angeles (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Criminal Law, Evidence, Trial Advocacy. Email:montoya @


LISA PONDROM RAMSEY, (Law Professor), born 1971; admitted to bar, 1997, California. Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1993; J.D., 1996). COURSES:Intellectual Property. Email:lramsey @


MICHAEL D. RAMSEY, (Law Professor), born 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, California. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1986); Stanford University (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, International Law, International Transactions, Supreme Court. Email:mramsey @


MICHAEL B. RAPPAPORT, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, New York; 1988, District of Columbia. Education: State University of New York, Binghamton (B.A., 1981); Yale University (J.D., 1985; D.C.L., 1990). COURSES:Administrative Law, Banking, Constitutional History, Environmental Law, Insurance, Legislation. Email:miker @


MAIMON SCHWARZSCHILD, (Law Professor), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, New York; 1981, District of Columbia; 1987, England and Wales. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1973; J.D., 1976). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, European Community Law, Evidence, International Law. Email:maimons @


VIRGINIA V. SHUE, (Law Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1972, California. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1964); University of San Diego (J.D., 1972). COURSES:Property, Estate and Gift Taxation, Income Taxation, Trusts and Estates. Email:ginshue @


TED M. SICHELMAN, (Law Professor), Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1992); Florida State University (M.S., 1996); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Intellectual Property Law, Patents. Email:tsichelman @


STEVEN D. SMITH, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1981, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1976); Yale University (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Religion and the Constitution, Torts. Email:smiths @


THOMAS A. SMITH, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1988, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1979); Oxford University (B.A., 1981); Yale University (J.D., 1984). COURSES:Administrative Law, Contracts, Corporate Finance, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Financial Institutions. Email:tacsmith @


ALLEN C. SNYDER, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1974, California. Education: Washington and Jefferson College (B.A., 1968); Northwestern University (J.D., 1974). COURSES:Civil Clinic, Interviewing and Counseling, Law and Medicine, Law and Psychiatry, Mental Health Law Clinic, Negotiations. Email:asnyder @


LESTER B. SNYDER, (Law Professor), born 1928; admitted to bar, 1956, Massachusetts; 1965, Connecticut. Education: Syracuse University (B.S., 1951); Boston University (J.D., 1956); Columbia University (LL.M., 1961). COURSES:Business Planning, Estate Planning, State and Local Taxation, Tax Accounting, Federal Taxation. Email:les @


EDMUND URSIN, (Law Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, California. Education: Stanford University (A.B, 1964; J.D., 1967). COURSES: Domestic Relations, Legal Process, Products Liability, Tort Theory, Torts. Email:eursin @


JORGE A. VARGAS, (Law Professor), born 1937; Education: National Autonomous University of Mexico (J.D., 1964); Yale University (LL.M, 1970). COURSES:Comparative Law, Immigration Law, International Environmental Law, International Human Rights, International Law, International Organizations, Japanese Law, Law of the Sea, Mexican Law, NAFTA and the Environment. Email:mexlaw @


CHARLES B. WIGGINS, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1969, Washington; 1984, California. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1966), University of California, Hastings (J.D., 1969); Yale University (LL.M., 1974). COURSES:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Constitutional Law, Law and Medicine, Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy. Email:cwiggins @


MARY JO WIGGINS, (Law Professor), born 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Indiana. Education: Smith College (B.A., 1984); University of Michigan (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Legal Theory, Property Damage. Email: mwiggins @


CHRISTOPHER T. WONNELL, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Illinois. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1979); University of Michigan (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Contracts, Corporations, Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights, Law and Economics, Torts, U.C.C.: Sales and Commercial Paper. Email:cwonnell @


FRED C. ZACHARIAS, (Law Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1977, New York. Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1974), Yale University (J.D., 1977); Georgetown University (LL.M.,1981). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy. Email: zacharia @