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.
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USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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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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Herbert W. Armstrong Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Last Updated: February 17, 2022
Larry Simon joined the USC Law faculty in 1975. Specializing in constitutional law and theory, he taught Constitutional Law, Legal Profession and Insurance.
Simon is the author of “The Supreme Court’s Independence: Accountability, Majoritarianism, and Justification; Comments on Seidman” (Symposium: Judicial Election, Selection, and Accountability, Southern California Law Review, 1988), “The New Republicanism: Generosity of Spirit in Search of Something to Say” (William and Mary Law Review, 1987) and “Access to Higher Education and the Law” in Access Policy and Procedures and the Law in U.S. Higher Education (Interbook, Inc., 1978).
A summa cum laude graduate of Hobart College, Simon earned his LLB from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. His graduate study was at University of Rochester. Simon clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld, U.S. District Judge, Southern District, New York, and Chief Justice Earl Warren, U.S. Supreme Court. He taught at Yale Law School, where he was associate dean from 1990-95, prior to joining USC Gould.
Articles and Book Chapters
- "Dedication to Dean Scott H. Bice." 73 Southern California Law Review 209 (2000). - (Hein)
- "The Supreme Court's Independence: Accountability, Majoritarianism, and Justification; Comments on Seidman" (Symposium on Judicial Election, Selection, and Accountability). 61 Southern California Law Review 1607 (1988). - (Hein)
- "The New Republicanism: Generosity of Spirit in Search of Something to Say." 29 William and Mary Law Review 83 (1987). - (Hein)
- "The Authority of the Constitution and Its Meaning: A Preface to a Theory of Constitutional Interpretation" (Symposium on Interpretation). 58 Southern California Law Review 603 (1985). - (Hein)
- "The Authority of the Framers of the Constitution: Can Originalist Interpretation Be Justified?" 73 California Law Review 1482 (1985 - (Hein)
- "Introduction" (with S.H. Bice) (Symposium: Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law). 53 Southern California Law Review 401 (1980). - (Hein)
- "Access to Higher Education and the Law." In Access Policy and Procedures and the Law in U.S. Higher Education (Interbook, Inc., 1978).
- "The Constitutionality of Racially Preferential Admissions in Higher Education." In "Constitutional Aspects of Access to Higher Education." 11 Wissenschaftsrecht Wissenschaftsverwaltung Wissenschaftsforderung 277 (Beiheft 6, September 1978).
- "Racially Prejudiced Governmental Actions: A Motivation Theory of the Constitutional Ban Against Racial Discrimination" (Symposium on Legislative Motivation). 15 San Diego Law Review 1041 (1978). - (Hein)
- "Enforcing Subpoenas Against the President: The Question of Mr. Jaworski's Authority" (with L. Albert). 74 Columbia Law Review 545 (1974). - (Hein)
- "The School Finance Decisions: Collective Bargaining and Future Finance Systems." 82 Yale Law Journal 409 (1973). - (Hein)
- "Serrano Symposium--The Death Knell to Ad Valorem School Financing: Part III." 5 Urban Lawyer 104 (1973). - (Hein)
- "Twice in Jeopardy." 75 Yale Law Journal 262 (1965). - (Hein)
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”
"Saltwater Sovereignty: Tribal Marine Management Authority Along the Pacific Coast.” Online Environmental Law Workshop. University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD.
“Comment on Choi, Erickson, & Pritchard, ‘Coalitions among Plaintiffs’ Attorneys in Securities Class Actions’,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Virtual, Toronto, ON, Canada.
“Who’s on First? The Mind-Blowing Attempt to Conceptualize Deference in the Midst of Decision Delays and Agency Repeals,” J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium for the George Washington University School of Law, Virtual, Washington, D.C.