The University of Southern California Law School, or Gould School of Law was founded in 1896. The law school enrolls around 600 students and has a reasonable student to faculty ratio. Students seeking a vibrant urban scene will benefit from the proximity to downtown Los Angeles.
First-year, or 1L, students are required to take a set of basic, fundamental courses. Fall semester classes consist of law, language and values; torts; procedures; and contracts. Spring semester classes consist of criminal law, constitutional law, property and legal profession. There is also a two-semester course on legal research, writing and advocacy. Second and third year students have great flexibility in designing their curricula and the school gets high marks for encouraging them to consider courses outside their current career goals.
The Gould School of Law offers several dual-degree programs. If the second degree can be completed in one year, the dual-degree can be completed in three years and if the second degree takes two years to complete, then the dual-degree takes four years to finish. Students also have opportunities to study abroad in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.
USC Gould students have several clinical options to work on actual cases with real clients including the Immigration Clinic; Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic; International Human Rights Clinic; Mediation Clinic; Post-Conviction Justice Project; and Small Business Clinic. The top admitted applicants are invited to participate in the Summer Fellowships and receive a guaranteed paid position with a prestigious law firm, business or public-interest organization after finishing their first year of studies. USC’s law school offers plenty of opportunities for students to get involved on campus with nearly 30 student organizations and there are also many opportunities to be active in the local community through public service.
The Gould School of Law boasts about 9,000 alumni and networking opportunities abound. Students seeking a rigorous law school education with numerous opportunities for clinical experiences and extracurricular involvement in an urban setting should look into the University of Southern California Law School.
Number of 2016 applicants: 4,526
Number of 2016 matriculants: 229
LSAT (median): 165
LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 162 to 166
GPA (median): 3.76
GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.56 to 3.85
November 15 is the Early Decision deadline.
February 1 is the priority deadline for regular admission.
April 1 is the final deadline for regular admission.
New USC Gould students must start in the fall.
Tuition (2016-2017): $60,339
Room, board and other: $22,978
Total estimated cost of attendance: $83,317
Students who receive grants: 91.1%
Median grant amount: $30,000
USC Gould School of Law does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing.
Net Transfers: +24
Transfers Out: 4
Average Bar Passage Differential (first time takers): 23.48%
University of Southern California Law School
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071
Phone: (213) 740-7331
This page was last updated in January 2017.
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