The University of Southern California Law School, or Gould School of Law was founded in 1896. The law school enrolls just over 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.
Median Student Scores
LSAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
GPA Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
2018 acceptance rate: 19%
Number of 2018 applicants: 5,965
Number of 2018 matriculants: 196
LSAT (median): 166
LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 163 to 167
GPA (median): 3.78
GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.61 to 3.89
Average age: 24
Age range: 19-53
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.
Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance
Median Grants for Students
Tuition (2018-2019): $64,908
Room, board and other (2018-2019): $24,522
Total estimated cost of attendance (2018-2019): $89,430
Students who receive grants: 93%
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.
Career Placement Results
Average Bar Passage Differential
Employed full-time, long-term, bar passage required: 85.6%
Employed full-time, long-term, JD advantage: 1.9%
Career Placement Results
Federal clerkships: 2.9%
Net Transfers: +3
Transfers Out: 4
Average Bar Passage Differential (first time takers): 21.11%