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.
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.
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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- CENTER FOR LAW, HISTORY AND CULTURE (CLHC)
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Lisa Klerman is a Clinical Professor of Law, and directs the USC Gould School of Law Mediation Clinic. The Mediation Clinic courses that she designed and developed received national recognition in 2011 when the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council honored USC Gould with its prestigious ADR Education Award. Klerman was also the Founding Director of the law school’s ADR Certificate Program, as well as the Center for Dispute Resolution.
In addition to her work at USC, Klerman is a professional mediator with her own private practice specializing in employment law mediations. Previously a partner in the employment law department at Morrison & Foerster, Klerman represented plaintiffs as well as defendants while she was a practicing attorney. Her achievements include several notable jury trials, as well as some high profile appellate cases.
Klerman is a frequent speaker on alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, mediation, employment law, and class actions. She has been interviewed by major publications and appeared as a legal commentator on NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, the BBC, and other radio programs in both national and international broadcasts.
Klerman is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her BA degree with distinction. She received her JD degree from the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review.
- "Inside the Caucus: An Empirical Analysis of Mediation from Within" (with Daniel Klerman). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 12 (2015): 686. - (PDF)
- "Alternative Dispute Resolution" (contributing author of Chapter 10). In Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases. (Costa Mesa, CA: James Publishing, 2006-2012 editions.)
- "California Supreme Court Holds That Coworkers Are Not Personally Liable For Sexual Harassment." Employment Law Commentary, January 2000.
- "California Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Permitting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes." Employment Law Commentary, September 2000.
- "The Role of the Jury and the Court in Assessing Front Pay Awards Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act." University of Chicago Law Review 58 (1991): 1475. - (PDF)
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Elyn Saks was interviewed about what schizophrenia really is. "A common misconception is that we're unable to care for ourselves and that's not true," she said. "For some people it is, but not for all of us. We can have relationships –romantic and friendships. But we often don't see that (in the media) because of the emphasis on sensationalism and 'othering' us."
Letter from Former Judges and Government Officials, Legal Academics, and Economists to Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter on Standard-Essential Patents and Patent Pools (co-lead author with Adam Mossoff), Nov. 30, 2022.
The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center featured Re-Envisiong the Anthropocene Ocean (University of Utah Press, forthcoming), edited by Robin Kundis Craig with Jeffrey M. McCarthy.
"4°C," 106 Minnesota Law Review 191 (Nov. 2021), co-authored with J.B. Ruh, was selected as one of the top 5 environmental, natural resources, and energy law articles for 2021-2022 through the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School review process, for inclusion in the 16th Annual Environmental Law and Policy Review.