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Anyone who has ever applied to the University of San Diego School of Law knows that admission is tough. On average, admitted students score in the 87th percentile on their LSAT and have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.5.

But what happens during law school? And why do so many USD law graduates go on to pass the bar and command this list of top San Diego attorneys, practicing law in areas ranging from intellectual property to tax law?

The answer to these questions can be found in the academic portion of The Daily Transcript’s list of Top Attorneys, where USD Law School professors occupy four of the six spaces dedicated to recognizing attorneys that work in the area of academia.

Tapped for his expertise on the impact risky derivatives made on the 2008 economic meltdown, Professor Frank Partnoy has appeared in national media outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal and “60 Minutes,” to “The Daily Show” with John Stewart. A former derivatives broker on Wall Street, Partnoy is director of the school’s newly launched Center for Corporate and Securities Law, which focuses on issues related to corporate governance, financial regulation and other business law topics.

Assistant Dean of Student Services Carrie Wilson, who recently retired after 21 years of service, has helped students survive the perils of law school. Acting as everything from student liaison to personal therapist for thousands of students who have graced the halls of USD School of Law, Wilson has been the voice of reason, often telling students, “what they need to hear, even if it wasn’t what they wanted to hear.”

A recent recipient of the 2010 San Diego County Bar Association award for service to diversity, Lizzette Herrera is the School of Law’s assistant director of public interest and diversity and interim director of agency internship program. Herrera is also a board member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, which represents Latino lawyers practicing throughout the area.

A practicing attorney specializing in civil and criminal tax controversy defense, Adjunct Professor Richard Carpenter teaches both the tax litigation and criminal tax fraud classes in the LL.M. tax program at USD School of Law. He is also the founder and director of the USD Tax Clinic, which assists low income taxpayers with their IRS tax disputes.

Submitted by University of San Diego School of Law

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