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 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.
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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.
- JURIS DOCTOR (JD) DEGREE
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- CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
- JD DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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- DUAL DEGREES
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- DATES AND DEADLINES
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- + TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
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- EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
- RECRUITMENT EVENTS
- APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- + ALTERNATE ADMISSIONS PATHS
- BINDING EARLY DECISION
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- TWO-YEAR JURIS DOCTOR (JD) FOR INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS
- LLM TO JD TRANSFER
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With our customizable curriculum, no two JD students will follow the same course of study at USC Gould. After the first year's foundation, you'll seamlessly transition from theory to practice through the second and third years' interdisciplinary and experiential education options, while having the opportunity to take courses outside of the law school at other top-rated USC schools and departments.
Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to gain unparalleled real-word experience by focusing in a particular area of concentration, earning one or more of six certificates, working with clients in a clinic and/or externship, pursuing a dual degree, studying abroad, serving as an editor or staff member of a student journal, or participating in moot court.
In accordance with the American Bar Association's Standard 302 on learning outcomes, every student earning the JD from USC Gould will, at a minimum, graduate with competency in the following:
- knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law
- legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context
- exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system
- other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession
I believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom, and that's why I provide opportunities for my students to visit courtrooms, go on police ride-alongs and participate in prison tours. I also work with many law students on various empirical projects, giving them hands-on research training. Many students have told me that these have been truly eye-opening experiences that have changed the way they think about our legal system. Our law students can have these kinds of opportunities and experiences because the class sizes are small, and we care deeply about our students and their learning.
Associate Professor of Law and Sociology
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