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Arriving in Los Angeles


Welcome to sunny Los Angeles! Winter temperatures average 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 20 degrees Celsius) during the day and about 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night (6 to 10 degrees Celsius). Late spring is mild and often overcast; summers usually reach about 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius) in the daytime and usually drop to the low 60's (18 degrees Celsius) at night. The hottest months of the year are July through October.


Attire in Southern California tends to be casual and comfortable. Light cotton and knit clothing are suitable for most seasons except winter, when a sweater, jacket, or light coat are often needed. Lightweight suits are appropriate for most of the year, with the addition of a light coat and rain gear for winter. Coats and ties are sometimes required for men in the more exclusive restaurants and nightspots, but, more often than not, clothing habits are very informal. USC Gould School of Law does not expect participants to be formally dressed during day-to-day activities.


As you are packing, be aware of the luggage allowance for international flights. The airline may refuse to check oversized or overweight bags, or you may be charged extra for these items. It may be difficult to handle problems relating to excess baggage that arise when you check in at the airport. If you are unable to stay within your baggage limitations, you should mail, or make arrangements to have mailed, any excess goods before you leave for the U.S.

Transportation from LAX Airport

Shuttle services

Once you arrive to Los Angeles, a variety of shuttle services are conveniently located near the airport terminal and offer service from LAX airport to your destination. You will be transported from the airport directly to any location you wish. (If you wish to take a shuttle to the airport from your home or elsewhere, you may also arrange for service.) You can also use a taxi. However, the cost will be more than double. It is advisable that once you are at the airport to board your shuttle or taxi at officially designated places only.

Directions to the USC Campus

Most shuttle drivers know where the USC campus is located. However, directions from LAX airport are as follows: Take the 105 Freeway east to the Harbor Freeway (110), northbound. Exit Exposition Boulevard and turn right. Then turn right on Figueroa.

For more information about transportation and to view a map of the USC campus (University Park Campus), please visit: http://www.usc.edu/info/maps/.

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