School of Law

USF Law studentsWelcome to the USF School of Law home for faculty, staff, current students, and newly admitted students. Here you'll find all the resources you need to register for classes, manage financial aid, get IT support, and more. 


FAQ for Students Regarding the Transition to Online Instruction

Limited emergency funds are available to students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to a temporary hardship related to the COVID-19 crisis that may jeopardize their health, safety, and/or academic performance. The emergency fund application is available online.  

The law library has purchased simultaneous, unlimited digital access to study guides published by Lexis/Carolina Academic Press ("Understanding" series & Questions & Answers series) and Wolters Kluwer/Aspen (Glannon Guides, Examples & Explanations, CrunchTime, Emanuel outlines) . Required course texts published by Lexis/Carolina Academic Press are also available to USF Law students through the Lexis Digital Library. Please visit the law library's "A to Z database" web page to explore and connect to our online resources.  

Zief librarians are available for research help via live chat Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We also conduct research consults via Zoom.  On weekends and evenings, you can email the entire team at: lawlibrarians@usfca.edu -- a member of the team will respond to you on the next business day. Our research guides are also available with tons of suggestions on how to find articles, a good paper topic, federal or California practice guides by subject, and more.  For updates from the law library, check the law library's blog, ZiefBrief. If you have questions about library services, email Professor Amy Wright, Director of the Law Library, at ajwright@usfca.edu.  

If students are experiencing connectivity issues with their internet connectivity, they should follow these tips. If students need assistance with these suggestions they should contact the ITS helpdesk. 


If a student has absolutely no access to wifi or wired connection in their home, they should contact Stephanie Carlos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at shcarlos@usfca.edu

Students can expect to be contacted by individual professors with information about class meetings.

Please refer to the Canvas Information page.  You can also follow the link on that page to the Student Canvas page.

Please go to USF’s Zoom resource page, which includes instructions in video and pdf form, as well as the link to download the software.

Students can contact the ITS helpdesk directly at itshelp@usfca.edu or via phone at 415.422.6668.

Information about how to schedule an appointment through Dignity Health is available on the Health Promotion Services page.

If you are ill and cannot participate in class, please notify your individual professors, as well as both Stephanie Darcy (lawregistrar@usfca.edu) and Stephanie Carlos (shcarlos@usfca.edu).

Please contact Dean Carlos at shcarlos@usfca.edu if you are ill and need to access materials in your locker.

If you are organizing a student event that needs to be canceled, postponed, or rescheduled, please contact the Student Affairs Office at lawstudentaffairs@usfca.edu for assistance.

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero of mine and like so many, I am deeply saddened by her passing. As a successful litigator in groundbreaking cases, Justice Ginsburg fought for justice and equality for all persons, regardless of gender. She was undaunted by a male-dominated system that told her she did not belong. She distinguished herself on the Supreme Court as a jurist of great intellect, an unmatched work ethic, and a fearless integrity. She fought for years with remarkable tenacity to beat a cancer that never seemed to slow her down until the end.  

One of the many things I admire about Justice Ginsburg was her ability to recognize the humanity in those with whom she disagreed. For example, until his death in 2016, Justice Ginsburg maintained an exceptionally close friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia, whose ideology and positions on the Court were often diametrically opposed to her own.  

I also admired Justice Ginsburg’s ability to raise a family while having an incredibly demanding career. It surely helped that her supportive husband, who passed away 10 years ago, always did the cooking. I admire their modern partnership, well ahead of its time, and my heart goes out to their children and grandchildren. 

I was fortunate to hear Justice Ginsburg speak in person this past January at the annual conference for law professors. She had the audience mesmerized with her discussion of her life’s work and the challenges of creating a more just society. I was struck by Justice Ginsburg’s modesty and by her impatience with any suggestion that there was too much to do or that the task is too difficult. If this physically tiny woman in front of us could continue to fight with every ounce of her strength, how could we do any less?  

A brilliant legal mind, a dedicated public servant, and a trailblazer, Justice Ginsburg’s legacy will continue to inspire lawyers, future lawyers, and so many others for generations to come.

Dean Susan Freiwald