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 arranged for free digital course text & study aid (Examples & Explanations; Acing series; Exam Pro series) access for USF Law students. Access instructions are available in the attached flyer. Connect with the Zief librarians for virtual research assistance on our Zief Research Help page; we are happy to conduct research tutorials via Zoom. Our research guides are also available with tons of suggestions on how to find articles, find a good paper topic, find federal or California practice guides by subject, and more.  For updates on Zief operations and announcements about virtual research training opportunities with Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law, check the law library's blog, ZiefBrief. If you have questions about virtual library services, email Professor Amy Wright, Director of the Law Library, at

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

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 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 ( and Stephanie Carlos (

Please contact Dean Carlos at 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 for assistance.

Students should abide by travel guidelines set forth by the University. Current travel guidelines for conference travel are:  USF travelers planning conference travel or other business trips, internationally or domestically, are strongly recommended to reconsider their travel for the months of March and April 2020 if the travel is not essential to a key administrative or operational function or not in direct support of the university’s teaching and research mission. 

You should also check with the conference organizer to ensure the conference has not been canceled.

Message from the Dean

As I and other campus leaders stated in our recent message, we grieve and stand with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others who have fallen victim to acts of lethal racism.  We condemn police brutality, institutionalized racism, white supremacy, and the systemic social injustices that have led to the deaths and suffering of too many Black people in this country.  

As legal professionals and future lawyers, we are instruments of justice, and we are called upon to right these wrongs. The law can and must be a tool for improving society, as is each person’s empathy, compassion, and intolerance of the status quo. As dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law, I vow to do my part and call on all members of our community to reaffirm our commitment to diversity, justice, equity, and to combating racism in all of its forms.

As we have done several times over the past two weeks, and most recently in our interactive discussion on racism and injustice, our community will continue to gather for important conversations about what can be done about systemic racism. We are fortunate to have Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Director of USF’s Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice as a campus leader and teacher. I hope you will join us next Wednesday June 17 at 11am for a conversation with Dr. Jones, where we can address urgent questions we are struggling with and so that we may discuss actions to move forward together through this crisis. I also urge you to read Dr. Jones’ recent statement where he reflects on the disgraceful lack of progress in the fight for racial justice.

Jointly with President Fitzgerald and other campus leaders, I commit to following up with specific plans and actions. And I look forward to collaborating with many of you on this important work in the weeks and months ahead.

All my best,

Dean Susan Freiwald