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.
- 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.
Areas of Focus
Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
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The Areas of Focus and Particulars of Action describe how we specifically actualize our principles and live our mission:
Elyn Saks has assembled both a stellar external and internal Board of Directors to support her mission.
The Saks Institute selects an Issue for Investigation each year. The current topic is Mechanical Restraints in Psychiatric Hospitals with discussions around liberty vs. safety, as well as recent moves to reduce the use of restraints and how best to go about doing that. A Distinguished Lecture Event and a Spring Symposium highlight the annual theme and bring together in dialogue constituents with multiple perspectives of the issue.
A future topic to be addressed is Psychotropic Medication and the Law, which has multiple and rich dimensions for study and collaboration, including right to treatment with psychotropic medications, right to refuse medication, ethical dimensions involved in participating in research on medication, and ways to encourage patients to want medication without force.
We expect all of our topics to involve collaboration not only with experts in law and mental health, but also with consumers who have lived with the issues. We believe that consumers are a source of enormous wisdom that the research community ought better to tap into. We will have consumers speaking and writing at all of our events.
Over the years, our Institute will look at many other issues, e.g. the criminalization of mental illness, ethical dimensions of psychiatric research, geriatric patients and the law, and veterans and mental health.
Striving for Juvenile Justice
February 6, 2018
PCJP’s first juvenile LWOP resentencing client released from prison.
On the Movie Industry's Cutting Edge
January 26, 2018
Susan Kigawa (JD 1989) leverages her knowledge of entertainment and technology at The Walt Disney Studios
A Memorable 2017
December 20, 2017
With 2018 approaching, we look back at our exceptional year