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 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.
- 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.
Class Rank and Grading
- JURIS DOCTOR (JD) DEGREE
- + CURRICULUM
- CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
- JD DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
- CLASS RANK AND GRADING
- CLINICS AND PRACTICUMS
- DUAL DEGREES
- STUDY ABROAD
- DATES AND DEADLINES
- CLASS PROFILE
- + TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
- COST OF ATTENDANCE
- COST AND VALUE
- TYPES OF AID
- FRANK ROTHMAN SCHOLARS
- PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARS
- HONORS SCHOLARS
- FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONALS
- LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LRAP)
- EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
- RECRUITMENT EVENTS
- APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- + ALTERNATE ADMISSIONS PATHS
- BINDING EARLY DECISION
- 3+3 ACCELERATED BACHELOR/JD
- TWO-YEAR JURIS DOCTOR (JD) FOR INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS
- LLM TO JD TRANSFER
- TRANSFER STUDENTS
- VISITING STUDENTS
- HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
- ABA REQUIRED DISCLOSURES
- CONTACT US
To foster the collegial and communal atmosphere for which USC Gould is known, we do not assign individual class rankings to our students. We do, however, publish the grade point average cutoff for the top 10 percent of each class. Students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class — who complete at least 66 units of law studies in graded courses — become members in the national honorary legal scholastic society Order of the Coif.
We use an alphanumeric grading system that allows more nuance than a standard letter-grade system. Numerical grades range from 4.4 (highest) to 1.9 (lowest). A student receiving an A+ might earn a numerical grade of 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 or 4.4, for instance.
Because our admissions process is so rigorous and our student body so strong academically, USC Gould has adopted a curve that is flexible and that encourages you to take a wide variety of courses based on your interests rather than incentivizing you to try to earn an "easy" grade. The mean grade for first-year classes is set at 3.4 (B+), and you will remain in good academic standing so long as your grade point average remains at a 2.80 or higher. The mean first-year grade is set considerably higher than the good-standing requirement. This results in our students competing with themselves to achieve their personal best rather than competing with classmates to remain in the program.
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