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.
- Student Life
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 andoutcomes. 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.
- Alumni and Giving
Alumni and Giving
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.
- + AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
- + EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
- + NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS
- ACADEMIC CALENDAR
- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Advanced Legal Writing for Business Lawyers (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-883
- Class Number: 03659
- Instructor: Julie A. Ryan
This course is designed for students interested in business law or other transactional practice areas, such as entertainment or employment law. It is structured to simulate the experience of a first-year transactional associate at a large law firm. Students will learn how to communicate clearly, concisely, and appropriately in a transactional-law setting, and how to apply and adapt these skills for any given situation. Students will practice these skills through a series of simulations based on actual multinational business transactions. Students will also be exposed to substantive business-law issues they are likely encounter as a junior transactional associate at a law firm. Although this is a writing course, the focus is more on lawyering skills in general; the objective is for students to start their summer associate or first-year associate job “practice-ready.” Class time generally will be split between lecturing and in-class simulations and discussion.
Per ABA regulations, students may not use the same course to satisfy both the skills and writing requirments.
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical Only
- Schedule: W 10:00 am - 11:50 am
- Room Number: Ackerman Courtroom - Room 107
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: Yes
- Skills Requirement: Yes
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 12 JD students, 8 LLM students
Start the online application process.
Schedule a Tour
Come experience life at USC Gould.
Visit a Classroom
Sit in on a real class session.
Browse our Viewbook
Download our informative viewbook.
Check Application Status
Check your application status online.
Meet your JD student ambassadors.
Admitted Students Portal
Log in to our admitted students portal.
Still have questions? Let us help.