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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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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Former California State Senator Martha Escutia is driven by a passionate belief that preparation and opportunity should be equitably available to all. As the first generation scholar to graduate from high school, college and law school in her immigrant family, Escutia is living proof that education is the great equalizer in American society.
Senator Escutia joined the University of Southern California in 2013, serving as vice president for state government relations and special counsel. She provides the university strategic advice to advance its institutional mission and academic interests.
Prior to joining USC, Senator Escutia focused on her legal practice. From 2010-2013, she was the founding partner of The Senators’ Firm, specializing in legal and regulatory advice. From 2007-2010, Senator Escutia was a partner at the national law firm of Manatt Phelps and Phillips. She was legislative counsel for Proposition 7, an initiative to jumpstart California’s Renewable Energy Portfolio.
During her 14-year legislative career, Senator Escutia became the first woman to chair both the State Assembly and Senate Judiciary committees. She distinguished herself for tackling tough problems and developing innovative solutions to promote broadband access; encourage environmental remedies in transportation and energy infrastructure; banning junk foods from schools; and ensuring the judiciary was accessible to all litigants. The California Supreme Court honored her with its “Commitment to Justice” award for her exemplary service to the law and its citizens. Good Housekeeping Magazine honored her with the “Women in Government Award.”
Senator Escutia volunteers as a guest lecturer in Election Law and Environmental Law at the USC Department of Political Science. She has established mock trial programs in several Eastside high schools, coaching the students to compete at the L.A. County mock trial competitions.
Senator Escutia serves on several nonprofit boards. She was appointed by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2007 as a founding board member of the California Emerging Technology Fund. In 2019, the Speaker of the Assembly appointed her to the Board of Directors of the High Speed Rail Authority.
Senator Escutia received her JD from Georgetown University Law School. Her post-graduate work includes certificates in International Law from the World Court in the Hague, the Netherlands, and the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. She graduated with a BS degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.
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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.