Downtown San Diego

Tucked into the southwest corner of the United States along the Pacific Ocean, the City of San Diego is one of the 10 largest cities in the country, and the second largest in California, with approximately 1.35 million people. More than 3 million people live in the County of San Diego, which stretches from the Pacific Ocean on the west, to the desert in the east, to city of San Clemente in the north, and borders Mexico to the South.


Because of its geography, the region is a hub for recreation and outdoor activities. Restaurants, museums and attractions are open all year long due to the region’s mild weather.


San Diego also is known for its innovative and entrepreneurial companies, its scientific development and research, its manufacturing and industrial business, and its stunning hospitality sector that welcomes the world to its doors through the Port of San Diego.


The international border with Mexico is the busiest in the world and the cooperative relationship between the cities of Tijuana and San Diego is at the heart of many businesses in the region.


Downtown San Diego is the center for San Diego city and county governments and is also home to one of the busiest U.S. District Courts in the country in terms of cases. Most business headquarters are located downtown or in the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Sorrento Valley and Kearny Mesa, just miles north of downtown.


The blue jewel of downtown San Diego is San Diego Bay, which is within walking distance of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The law school is also just two blocks from the Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres in a thriving, vibrant area known as East Village. It is home to modern office buildings and new residential spaces, creating a dynamic urban community close to historic Balboa Park, the trendy Gaslamp Quarter, the haven of Little Italy, and the scenic waterfront shops and restaurants of Seaport Village and The Headquarters. San Diego is a city full of diverse neighborhoods, including an array of beach communities, urban centers and suburban areas to match every taste and stage of life.


It’s the ocean that is the main attraction in San Diego. With some 70 miles of coastline, San Diego features lots of sandy beaches and good waves for all types of surfing. To the east are the Laguna Mountains, where snow falls during the winter. Beyond the mountains is the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California.


Within the city limits is Mission Bay Park, which features acres of lagoons, picnic grounds, beaches, running and biking paths and playgrounds.


When not studying, you could visit one of the many museums in Balboa Park, go windsurfing on Mission Bay, hike the ocean-view trails at Torrey Pines State Park or Mission Trails Regional Park, or visit the world famous San Diego Zoo. Concerts, professional sporting events, fine dining, and great Mexican food at hundreds of local taco shops, are just some of the things that make San Diego special.


San Diego is the epitome of the Southern California lifestyle, with friendly people and the personal and professional opportunities of a major metropolitan area. Thomas Jefferson School of Law is in the ideal location for you to earn your law degree.