About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
- Student Life
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals andoutcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
- Alumni and Giving
Alumni and Giving
The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
- ABOUT USC GOULD
- A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
- + HISTORY OF USC GOULD
- + NEWS
- + EVENTS
- BOARD OF COUNCILORS
- ABA REQUIRED DISCLOSURES
- VISIT US
- SOCIAL MEDIA
- + CONTACT US
Top honors to ADR courses and clinic
Thursday, Aug 11, 2011
-By Stephanie Vieira
USC Law was recently honored when a branch of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court recognized the law school’s course work in mediation, an increasingly important area.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit awarded USC Law the Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award for its “perpetual leadership and ever expanding programs and course offerings in the ADR field.”
“Right now we’re at the point where fewer than 2 percent of the cases filed in court actually make it to trial. For students entering firms as litigators, I can almost guarantee that they will spend much more time in a mediator’s office than in trial,” says Professor Lisa Klerman, director of USC Law’s Mediation Clinic.
While the ADR Committee recognized that USC Law is already “considered a leader in the ADR field,” it cited the recently broadened and expanded programs and course offerings. USC Law also entered a new partnership with Judicial and Mediation Services (JAMS), in which advanced mediation students are paired with JAMS neutrals for shadowing and mentoring. USC Law’s mediation clinic allows students to develop skills by mediating cases before the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The chair of the ADR Committee noted the entire committee “was thrilled about the law school's ADR course offerings in mediation, negotiation, and international commercial arbitration. Offering mock mediation sessions in your first-year civil procedure courses is a wonderful opportunity to introduce law students to ADR. We appreciate the unique way in which [USC Law] allows law students to participate in a beginning mediation clinical program, and then encourage[s] them to participate in the advanced mediation clinic. The idea of having the advanced mediation clinic students train and mentor the beginning student mediators is an exceptional way for the advanced students to improve their mediation skills."
“It is wonderful to see our efforts acknowledged and this is a gratifying recognition of the quality of the education that our students receive, especially in this increasingly important area,” says Dean Robert K. Rasmussen. “I would especially like to thank Professor Klerman, and her mediation colleagues including John Garman, Alex Polsky and Brenda Radmacher.”
Polsky and Radmacher, who work alongside Klerman, teach the course “Negotiation and ADR.” Garman teaches the specialized ADR courses “International Negotiation and Mediation” and “International Arbitration.”
For an in-depth interview with Prof. Klerman about the Mediation Clinic, visit this link:
"You've Hit the Jackpot"
May 17, 2017
Calif. Attorney General Becerra addresses USC Gould commencement
A trio of Gould grads named Clinton Fellows
May 16, 2017
Sujata Awasthi, Kelly McVey and Shana Emile are heading to NYC
Giving Mental Health a Voice
May 9, 2017
Saks Institute holds symposium on Supported Decision-Making