About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-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 interdisciplinary curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and specialized areas.
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.
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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.
Juris Doctor Degree
USC Gould School of Law
- JURIS DOCTOR (JD) DEGREE
- + CURRICULUM
- CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
- JD DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
- CLASS RANK AND GRADING
- CLINICS AND PRACTICUMS
- DUAL DEGREES
- STUDY ABROAD
- DATES AND DEADLINES
- CLASS PROFILE
- + TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
- COST OF ATTENDANCE
- COST AND VALUE
- TYPES OF AID
- FRANK ROTHMAN SCHOLARS
- PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARS
- HONORS SCHOLARS
- FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONALS
- LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LRAP)
- EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
- RECRUITMENT EVENTS
- APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- + ALTERNATE ADMISSIONS PATHS
- TRANSFER STUDENTS
- VISITING STUDENTS
- HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
- ABA REQUIRED DISCLOSURES
- CONTACT US
While the USC Gould community is working remotely
The JD Admissions and Financial Aid Office will be available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (admissions) and email@example.com (financial aid). We will also be hosting virtual office hours via Zoom. You may download Zoom for free and log in to have your questions answered live by a counselor.
May 5 - 14, 2021
JD Student Ambassador Virtual Office Hour: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (PDT) [Ends May 12, 2021]
JD Admissions Virtual Office Hour: 12 - 1 p.m. (PDT) [Cancelled for Commencement on May 13th]
Financial Aid Virtual Office Hour: 1 - 2 p.m. (PDT)
May 17 - August 13, 2021
JD Admissions Virtual Office Hour: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (PT) Monday, Wednesday, Friday ONLY
[NOTE: No virtual office hours for JD Admissions May 31 - June 4, 2021 and August 16 - 20, 2021]
Join a Zoom meeting: https://usclaw.zoom.us/j/4738158468
Meeting ID: 473 815 8468
Dial by your location
- +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
- +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Find your local number: https://usc.zoom.us/u/abXgmov6MT
Zoom Best Practices
Below are a few Zoom best practices and helpful information in preparation of these online sessions:
- Sign in using your first and last name, not a nickname or a set of numbers/letters.
- Find a quiet location from which to join your session, and make sure you have access to a stable Wi-Fi signal.
- Join a session a few minutes early to test your audio and video connections.
- You should also make sure you have the latest Zoom app downloaded (Zoom.us menu > Check for updates)
- If able, use a headset (or earbuds) instead of your device's speakers and a microphone. The connection may sound fine to you, but the speakers and microphone generate too much static for others.
- Mute your audio unless you are speaking, to prevent unintentional background noise from disrupting the conversation.
Law is the foundation upon which all societies rest. Just about every part of our lives is touched by lawyers. Legal scholars and lawyers make fundamental contributions to the way in which society is governed — from financial markets to air travel and food safety. USC Gould is committed to providing a legal education that trains tomorrow's leaders in business, government and public service.
Our Juris Doctor (JD) will empower you with a strong grasp of the foundations of law and enable you to make a seamless transition into practice, no matter what your career interests.
Why Choose USC Gould?
USC Gould is a small, diverse law school, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. Our atmosphere is supportive and collegial. Our stellar professors know you by your first name, and your fellow students are your colleagues, not your competition.
Our classes are rigorous and challenging, as well as interdisciplinary and experiential. From hands-on clinics and dual degrees, to alliances with world-class universities for study abroad opportunities, you will find your passion and see it fulfilled through an individualized course of study.
Our dynamic University Park Campus is located in the heart of Los Angeles — the country's second-largest legal market — in the nexus of the entertainment business, at the center of the Pacific Rim and near a burgeoning technology center, aptly named Silicon Beach.
The global Trojan Family network comprises more than 11,000 law alumni who share a commitment to nurturing the next generation of students. Our graduates include partners in the world's largest law firms, leaders of civil rights movements, and CEOs and presidents of multibillion-dollar companies.
Learn more about our application process and admissions requirements.
Law is increasingly becoming a gateway to doing a lot of very interesting and important work in areas other than the practice of law. The analytical and problem-solving education at USC Gould builds instincts in critical thinking that breeds leaders in government, public policy and business.
Dean Andrew T. Guzman
Dean and Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law
I was a trial lawyer, then I moved into business transactional law, and now I'm an entrepreneur. USC Gould ... taught me how to think. At USC Gould, you learn there aren't limits to what you can do.
Sean Kundu, JD 2007
San Francisco 49ers, Vice President, New Ventures
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