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.
- FACULTY DIRECTORY
- LECTURERS IN LAW DIRECTORY
- EXPERTS DIRECTORY
- FACULTY IN THE NEWS
- SCHOLARSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS
- DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS
- + CENTERS
- 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
David Kirschner is the associate dean and dean of admissions at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. As dean of admissions, Dean Kirschner is responsible for setting and implementing strategic goals and targets for each admissions cycle along with the day-to-day operations to ensure that the goals are met. Dean Kirschner is a leader in the law school admissions community and frequent presenter at Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) meetings and conferences. He has served two terms on the Services and Programs Committee and chaired the Forums Ad Hoc Work Group for one term. Dean Kirschner also recently completed an appointment on the LSAC Information Services Division Advisory Group (ISDAG) and is currently a member of the Test Development & Research Committee.
Dean Kirschner earned his BA in film production cum laude from the University of Southern California and his JD cum laude from California Western School of Law.
While in law school, Dean Kirschner served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Barbara L. Major, Magistrate Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Dean Kirschner begin his career in law school admissions as an alumni recruiter at California Western School of Law before becoming assistant and then associate director of admissions at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Edward McCaffery published an op-ed on President Donald Trump's tax plan, which is based on economic growth paying for large proposed tax cuts. According to McCaffery, instead of providing tax breaks for the richest Americans, Trump has the opportunity to ask them to share tax costs with all income brackets. "Unfortunately, it is exactly such a sensible reaction to rising economic inequality and mounting associated political concerns that sounds like voodoo these days," he wrote.
“The Problem Of Social Order: What Should We Count As Law?” Law and Social Inquiry 42 (2017): 16.
David B. Cruz
David B. Cruz spoke on "Equal Protection? Current Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination" on a panel on "Challenges and Controversies in Constitutional Law," 2017 Central District of California Judicial Conference, La Quinta, CA.
“Contingent Fee Litigation in New York City,” Faculty Colloquium, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, AZ.