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 and outcomes. 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 the Clinic
International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC)
- INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC (IHRC)
- ABOUT THE CLINIC
- WHO WE ARE
- PROJECTS AND CASES
- PARTNER WITH US
- INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
- OVERSEAS TRAVEL INFORMATION
- CONTRIBUTE AND FIGHT ON FOR JUSTICE
- CONTACT US
A multifaceted approach to human rights lawyering.
Law students in the Clinic gain a comparative perspective on how to use international law as a tool for social justice in domestic as well as international cases and projects. In addition to litigation in criminal, civil or administrative proceedings, they learn to employ non-litigation strategies for influencing law and policy such as drafting and distributing strategic press releases, reports based upon qualitative research and fact-finding, human rights training manuals and legislative proposals.
A resource for the global human rights movement.
"While staying...in Calcutta, I was deeply affected when we saw the slums in which so many people live. My limited exposure to the world at large has made me fascinated by international human rights law [as a] response to some of the worst instances of human suffering."
-Trevar Kolodny, '11
While acquiring knowledge and skills for international lawyering and human rights advocacy, students support the critical work of human rights advocates and organizations worldwide. The Clinic focuses on addressing the most serious and widespread human rights violations of our day such as persecution, torture, slavery, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
This collaboration includes partnering with USC alumni engaged in human rights advocacy and drawing from their expertise. An important part of the assistance offered by Clinic students is the willingness and ability to work with partner advocates and organizations on-site whether at home or abroad.
If you are interested in partnering with the Clinic, click here.
A marriage of theory and practice, with real-world results.
Through participation in the Clinic, students learn to effectively understand and apply the theory of international law as it translates into practice, and to communicate and work with lawyers and clients from diverse cultures, languages and legal systems.
Further, drawing upon the renowned interdisciplinary expertise of USC faculty, the Clinic hosts speakers and conferences to foster USC's role as a locus of innovative thinking and new approaches to some of the most complex human rights issues of our time.
USC Gould Graduates Celebrate Passing the Bar
December 8, 2017
New lawyers take their oath after passing the nation’s most difficult bar exam
Start with “Yes”
November 27, 2017
During “Conversation with the Dean,” alumnus Paul Richardson (JD1990) shares career insights
Saks Institute Holds Discussion on Involuntary Commitment
November 20, 2017
Judge Jim Bianco ’87 discusses mental health court