USC Gould School of Law recruits and supports exceptionally qualified law students through the Frank Rothman Scholars Program. One student is selected from each incoming class to receive a full-tuition scholarship for three years at USC Gould School of Law. Recipients also receive a Summer Fellowship that provides a guaranteed job in the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, following the first year of law school.
Frank Rothman Scholars are selected entirely on the basis of merit. Criteria include strong undergraduate record, LSAT score, and additional accomplishments, such as publishing books and articles, running a business, inventing useful devices, and other similar, highly significant achievements. Finalists are provided with airfare and lodging in order to participate in interviews and meetings at USC Gould School of 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 Brothers, Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox - and acted as chairman and CEO of MGM 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 Gould School of Law, where he maintained close personal friendships and advised the school's administration as a member and chairman of the board of councilors.