About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-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 rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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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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The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
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Erin Van Dorn is the Director of Admissions for the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. As director, Ms. Van Dorn is responsible for counseling students worldwide on the law school admissions process as well as supporting the mission and responsibilities of the admissions office in achieving a qualified, diverse, and elite class of law students. Director Van Dorn is a respected member of the legal education community having presented on several panel presentations for the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and co-developing a presentation on employer outreach for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).
Ms. Van Dorn earned her dual BA cum laude in history and political science from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA and her JD from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI.
While in law school, she was President of the Christian Legal Society and Secretary of the Association for Public Interest Lawyers as well as a member of the Law Student Honor Board and an Admissions Student Ambassador. She spent a semester as a public defender as well as serving the military and international community through an externship with the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS) at Newport Naval Base. She also studied abroad in London and Moscow. Ms. Van Dorn began her career in law school administration as an alumni recruiter for RWU Law. She has served the law school community as the Assistant Director of Admissions at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY, the Associate Director of Admissions at Temple University, Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA, and most recently as the Associate Director of Career Development and Employer Outreach at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA. Her experience extends beyond admissions to areas including financial aid, housing, career counseling, networking, and judicial clerkships. In her free time, Erin is passionate about bone marrow donation awareness and is the volunteer coordinator for national walk+runs with Be The Match ®.
A Memorable 2017
December 20, 2017
With 2018 approaching, we look back at our exceptional year
Ready for Whatever Comes His Way
December 18, 2017
Top music lawyer Jason Karlov (JD 1995) takes holistic approach representing iconic talent
Largest Named Scholarship Established by a Law Firm at USC Gould
December 15, 2017
Generous $500,000 gift honors Phillip R. Nicholson (JD 1961)