Recipients of the Frank Rothman Scholarship represent the best of the best at USC Gould. One student is selected each year to receive the full-tuition, three-year scholarship. The Rothman Scholar also receives a Summer Fellowship that provides a guaranteed placement with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, following the first year of law school.
Applications for the Frank Rothman Scholarship are accepted at the time of application to the JD program by submitting an additional statement responding to the prompt: In one to two pages, please share more about your entrepreneurial spirit, how you believe you embody the ideals of Frank Rothman, and what inspires you to be the next Rothman Scholar. USC Gould School of Law carefully selects candidates for the scholarship from the pool of applications it receives each year. To increase your chances of being invited to interview for the Frank Rothman Scholarship, please submit your application by the priority application deadline, February 1, 2017.
Frank Rothman Scholars are selected entirely on the basis of merit. Selection criteria include strong academic indicators (LSAT and undergraduate cumulative gpa) combined with a specific interest in the areas of law to which Frank Rothman dedicated his life. Frank Rothman was known for his influence in the halls of corporate America as well as his spirit of always doing the very best he was capable of. Past recipients successfully conveyed the ideals of Frank Rothman via accomplishments such as running a successful business, inventing useful devices, engaging in cutting edge medical research, and publishing books and articles. Many have gone on to become successful corporate lawyers, business entrepreneurs, and judicial clerks. Finalists are provided with airfare and lodging in order to participate in interviews and meetings at USC Law. Final selections are made in the spring.
The program honors the late Frank Rothman '51, one of the nation's most respected sports and entertainment lawyers. Rothman served an impressive roster of clients - including the NFL, the PGA, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Co., Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox - and acted as chairman and CEO of MGM/UA studios from 1982 to 1986. In later years, he worked as an antitrust specialist and partner in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Called a legendary litigator by the National Law Journal and often included on that publication's list of the country's 100 most influential lawyers, Rothman was admired and respected by colleagues, judges and courtroom opponents. He was especially beloved at USC Law, where he maintained close personal friendships and advised the school's administration as a member and chairman of the board of councilors.