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.
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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Last Updated: November 13, 2020
Ken Swenson is senior vice president and associate general counsel at Bank of America, where he currently provides legal services supporting commercial real estate lending, community development lending and equity, and environmental services. Previously, he has served the bank in a variety of legal services roles, including commercial loan workouts, foreclosed property disposition, leasing and sales of bank owned and bank leased real estate, environmental health and safety, domestic and international corporate purchasing, records management, general corporate services, and corporate program administration.
Prior to Bank of America, Ken was vice president of real estate with Universal Studios, where he managed all legal aspects of the company’s major development projects for retail and themed entertainment, as well as the company’s real estate portfolio. Before joining Universal, he was a partner in a Los Angeles-based law firm.
He has served in a leadership capacity of several professional organizations, including as president of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and as chair of the editorial board of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. He has taught semester-length courses on general real estate and on leasing, and has been a frequent writer and speaker on matters of interest to business groups, trade associations, professional schools, bar associations and environmental organizations across the country.
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.
"Designing Extreme Climate Change Scenarios for Anticipatory Governance" (with J.B. Ruhl), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Nov. 29, 2022).