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Self-guided Walking Tour

The following self-guided tour will acquaint you with our facilities and give you a chance to view USC Gould up close.

Before you begin your tour, check in at the JD Admissions Office in Room 100 or the Graduate & International Programs Office in Room 105 to let us know you are here and so that we may answer any questions you may have.

Office of Student Services

As you exit the Office of Admissions, turn right, where you will find the Office of Student Services, in Room 104. Within the Office of Student Services, you will find:

  • Financial Aid
  • Registrar
  • Academic Support
  • Dean of Students
  • Peer Support
  • Office of Public Service

Academic Support helps our students succeed in law school, providing a variety of resources to help improve academic performance. Workshops such as Case Reading and Note-taking, Outlining and Synthesis, and Exam-taking strategies are offered year-round. The program also offers individual counseling.

Peer Support facilitates the transition of all new law students through trusting and guided interactions with second-year students. Mentors make you feel welcomed, connect you with your new environment, and guide you to numerous social and developmental resources. You will meet with your peer mentor on an ongoing basis during your first year.

The Office of Public Service supports all student-driven service projects and coordinates public-service externships. Each year, approximately 100 USC Gould JD students earn academic credit and develop advocacy skills while working for public interest organizations, government agencies and judges. Explore the many ways you can get involved in public interest projects while studying at USC Gould.

Just a few of the many volunteer opportunities in public interest law at USC Gould include Legal Aid Alternative Breaks (LAAB), which sponsors trips to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast to provide crucial legal services to those rebuilding their lives; Latino Law Students Association's Teen Court, a diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders in lieu of formal court proceedings; and Street Law, a nationally recognized educational outreach effort that teaches legal literacy to local high school students.

Graduate & International Program Office

As you continue down the hall, you will arrive at the Graduate and International Program Office in Room 105. Here, you will find information on our five study-abroad partnerships.

You'll find information on our partnering instutions:

  • The University of Hong Kong
  • Bocconi University in Milan, Italy
  • The University of Jean Moulin Lyon in Lyon, France
  • Bond University in Queensland, Australia
  • Fundacao Gentulio Vargas University in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Our Graduate and International Programs also offer various law programs for international students who are pursuing a further degree in the United States.

USC hosts one of the largest numbers of international students of any U.S. university and maintains international offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei. The university's renowned, worldwide network of 375,000 alumni are deeply committed to furthering the success of USC graduates. Our more than 10,000 law graduates include partners in the world's largest law firms, leaders of civil rights movements, and CEOs and presidents of multibillion-dollar companies.

USC Gould JD and LLM students collaborate through the International Law & Relations Organization (ILRO), which advances student pursuits and interests in international law by promoting understanding and relationships across nations, supporting the JD/LLM Partnership Program, holding international-career panels and hosting notable guest speakers.

Ackerman Courtroom

As you head north, you will pass the Ackerman Courtroom on your right. The state-of-the-art classroom/courtroom hosts Moot Court Competitions, USC Gould school lectures, lunch-seminars with legal, government and business industry experts, and other special events for webcasting, recording or video teleconferencing. In addition, the California Court of Appeals listens to oral arguments here each spring.

Career Services Office

After passing the Ackerman Courtroom, you will turn right at the hallway. Continue straight ahead and, at the end of the hall, you will find the Career Services Office in Room 110. Starting in mid-October of your first year, the office provides one-on-one career counseling sessions to determine your career interests and help you strategize about relevant employment opportunities.

In addition, the office provides the following resources:

  • Ongoing career coaching and Intensive Career Management
  • Alumni mock interviews
  • Career skills workshops focusing on résumé/cover letter writing; effective interviewing and professionalism
  • Panel discussions and guest speakers on practice-specific topics
  • Networking events showcasing small law firms and speed-networking techniques
  • On-campus interviews as well as interviews in New York, Washington, D.C., the Bay Area and Chicago, all featuring both public- and private-sector employers
  • Online job postings and myriad career resources, accessible 24/7
  • Judicial clerkship support

Lower Level

As you return to the east lobby, continue straight ahead (west) down the hall. When you arrive at the west lobby, you will see a set of stairs leading down on the right to the Lower Level, which includes the following:

  • Graduate & International Programs Office (Room 16)
  • Classrooms
  • Café
  • Student organization offices such as the Student Bar Association and the Public Interest Law Foundation

At the bottom of the stairs, turn left to pass some student organization offices and smaller classrooms. As you round the corner to your right, you will see the café on your left, and Room 7 on your right.

This level includes three large classrooms in which first-year students take numerous classes: Rooms 1, 3 and 7. After you pass Room 7, you will see the elevator. Take it to the second floor to the Gabriel and Matilda Barnett Information Technology Center and The Asa V. Call Law Library.

Second Floor

The Asa V. Call Law Library maintains more than 380,000 volumes and is open to all USC students, faculty and staff.

As you walk down the hall, you will pass the Lincoln Room on your left. The collection — which houses a trove of rare books, family portraits, campaign memorabilia and other artifacts honoring one of the nation's most revered presidents — was a gift from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Foundation.

Continue down the hallway to the entrance of the law library. As you pass the service counter, you will see research work stations on your left, and one of the reading rooms straight ahead. The path will lead you to the right, where you will pass the Lexis Westlaw lab on the right, and the journal sections on the left.

Further down the hall, you will pass the computer lab on your right, followed by one of the computer classrooms. At this point, you can either continue straight ahead into another reading room, or turn right and follow the hall to the end, where you will turn right again. You will pass three study rooms, which can be reserved at the service counter during the school year. As you pass the study rooms, you will see the Campbell Lounge on your right. Turn right at the next hallway. This will bring you back to the main walkway in the journal section, where you will turn left and exit the library the same way you came in.

Before your visit, you may want to look at a map of the library.

As you leave the law library, you may either take the stairs or the elevator to the first floor. The law school has two addition levels.

Third Floor

This floor contains the Dean's Suite in Room 300, the JD Legal Clinics Office in Room 326 and the Law Review Office in Room 330.

[links to clinics landing page and student journals page]

JD students engage in high-impact work involving actual cases for real clients under the supervision of seasoned practitioners through one of our six clinics:

  • Our Immigration Clinic provides pro bono representation to clients from all over the world who are seeking asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection.
  • Our Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic supports clients at the leading edge of burgeoning issues in the information age, including copyright and trademark protection, privacy and First Amendment rights.
  • From war crimes and genocide to human trafficking and crimes against humanity, our International Human Rights Clinic serves victims of some of the most urgent and devastating issues facing society.
  • In our Mediation Clinic, students develop conflict resolution skills to mediate real cases at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in this rapidly growing area of the law.
  • Students in our Post-Conviction Justice Project represent clients at parole hearings, litigate petitions for writs of habeas corpus and help provide a second chance at justice for life-term inmates.
  • Students in our Small Business Clinic handle more than 100 transactional legal matters each year for startup companies, entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

USC Gould provides deep and impactful experiential learning through our yearlong clinics - which often offer a second year's advanced clinical opportunity for select students. These clinics give students significant experience working directly with real clients under the supervision of highly regarded professors who are leaders in their field.

More than 1,000 JD students have participated in our clinics and have represented nearly 5,000 clients. Community impact has ranged from helping a small-business owner form a new entity to releasing someone who served 32 years in prison for a crime committed by her batterer.

Fourth Floor

The fourth floor includes faculty and staff offices.

As you conclude your tour of USC Gould, please stop by the Admissions Office if we can answer any questions or contact us at 213-740-2523 or for JD admissions or 213-821-5916 or for Graduate & International Programs admission.

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