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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- FACULTY DIRECTORY
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- EXPERTS DIRECTORY
- FACULTY IN THE NEWS
- SCHOLARSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS
- DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS
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- CENTER FOR TRANSNATIONAL LAW AND BUSINESS (CTLB)
- CENTER FOR LAW AND PHILOSOPHY (CLP)
- CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (CLASS)
- CENTER FOR LAW, HISTORY AND CULTURE (CLHC)
- INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM INSTITUTE (IRI)
- PACIFIC CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS
- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
- WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
Donald Scotten specializes in business organizational law and business entity governance. He teaches Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, and is the faculty advisor for the student-run Business Law Society. He has served as Vice Dean for Administration since 2016.
For the California State Bar Business Law Section, Scotten recently served on the Executive Committee, and is past chair of the Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee. For the American Bar Association Business Law Section, Scotten presently serves on the Editorial Board of the Corporate Governance Committee's In Sight newsletter, and has chaired the Governance Research & Education Subcommittee. Additonally, Scotten is an article reviewer for the Journal of Legal Studies Education, published by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and he sits on the Advisory Board for UCLA Extension’s Paralegal Training Program.
Scotten is of counsel for Akerman LLP. Previously, Scotten was first vice president and senior counsel for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., and was a senior associate at Howrey LLP.
Scotten received a B.A., cum laude, in economics and communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D., Order of the Coif, from the College of William & Mary Law School. He currently is pursuing an executive LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.
Business Organizations: A Transactional Planning Perspective, Cognella Academic Publishing (2014).
"Employment Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions," California Business Law Practitioner, Continuing Education of the Bar (Fall 2014).
"A Review of Drafting Delaware LLC Agreements: Forms and Practice Manual," Business Law Today, American Bar Association (August 2010).
"Then Find a Way To Do It: Ethics Issues Faced by In-House Counsel," California Bankers Association 122nd Annual Convention and 46th Annual Bank Counsel Seminar, May 3, 2013.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Jonathan Handel was interviewed about contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and television and movie producers. "The union has worked to release writers from exclusivity agreements but only if they make less than $210,000 a year," said Handel. "The irony here is that the Writers Guild's struggling TV writers are upper income, not middle class".
"The Priority of Avoiding Harm and Principles of Risk Regulation" was solicited and selected for a special, symposium issue of the journal Revus.
Gillian Hadfield participated in a roundtable discussion of her book “Rules for a Flat World” at the Silicon Flatirons, University of Colorado Boulder School of Law.
Keynote, "Rules for a Flat World," Entrepreneurship and Collaboration Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder