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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- + AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
- + EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
- CORPORATE AND CUSTOM EDUCATION
- + NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS
- ACADEMIC CALENDAR
- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
First Amendment (Spring 2018)
- Course Number: LAW-870
- Class Number: 03640
- Instructor: Susan Seager
A survey course of the First Amendment protections for freedom of speech and the press, the right to petition and assemble, and the religion clauses.
Each student is expected to participate in at least one in-class exercise during the semester. Class exercises will take place in every class except the first. Students will play the roles of attorneys and justices arguing, debating and/or discussing one case or controversy. Students who give an outstanding performance in an in-class exercise will receive up to a two-position boost to their final grade For example, a student who receives a grade of “B” on the final examination may receive a “B+” or an “A-” as their final course grade. Students who do not participate or who are unprepared for their in-class exercise may receive as much as a two-position drop to their final grade in the course. For example, a student who receives a “B” on the final examination may receive a “B-” or a “C+” due to a sub-par performance or failure to participate in the in-class exercise. A student may perform more than one in-class exercise, but only after every other student in the class has participated in an in-class exercise.
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: Th 9:00 am - 11:50 am
- Room Number: Room 101
- Exam: In-class exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
- Participation: Points will be awarded
- Enrollment Limitation: 30 students
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