USC Gould is one of the nation's top-ranked law schools with a 115+ year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are known for our diverse student body, interdisciplinary education and our tight-knit alumni network of over 10,000 professionals throughout the globe. With entering JD class sizes of less than 200 the learning experience is intimate and collegial. Our location in Los Angeles provides unlimited opportunities in one of world's top legal markets. It is home to major entertainment, business and law firms, as well as a gateway to international markets.
From your first day on campus you'll notice USC Gould is different. It's small enough to be a community in the real sense of the word even though USC is one the country's largest research universities, and located in the second largest city in the United States. People know your name here, faculty and administration are accessible, and your success is everyone's priority - all of which makes for an unparalleled student experience.
The USC Gould School of Law faculty is nationally recognized for its scholarship in many fields including administrative law, constitutional law, bankruptcy and corporate law, intellectual property, law and race, and taxation. Interdisciplinary scholarship in law and economics, law and history, law and philosophy, law and politics, and law and psychology has long been a signature of the school.
The USC Gould School of Law Career Services Office is dedicated to providing students and graduates the information and tools necessary for successful career development and advancement.
Alumni of the USC Gould School of Law constitute a network of over 10,000. Gould alumni are a diverse group of professionals that includes legal experts who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in many fields of law, such as arbitration, business, entertainment, real estate, and government. Whether newly graduated or recently retired, all of USC Gould's alumni share a Trojan connection that is both lifelong and worldwide.
The Gabriel and Matilda Barnett Information Technology Center and The Asa V. Call Law Library supports the teaching and research activities of the USC Gould community.
We will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2016. The application must be submitted no later than November 15, 2016. Your application must be complete by December 1, 2016. Applications that remain incomplete as of December 2nd will be rolled-over to the regular decision pool.
To apply for the Binding Early Decision Program, you will need to sign the Binding Early Decision Agreement Form and submit your electronic application. Both the form and the electronic application can be found on LSAC's website. Applications that do not include the signed Binding Early Decision Agreement Form will be considered incomplete.
A Binding Early Decision candidate is evaluated using the same criteria as the regular decision program candidate. Admission to USC Gould is highly competitive, and the Admissions committee will consider a Binding Early Decision candidate with enthusiasm and a strong interest in attending USC as factors in the admission process.
You should consider the binding program if you have done your research, and feel that USC Gould is the right fit for you. The ideal candidate will be someone who is committed to attending USC. In order to make sure we are the right fit for you, please be sure that your research includes all aspects of our law school program, including academic, social, geographic, and employment. We also encourage you to schedule a class visit, tour, or Information Session as part of the process to ensure that USC Gould is the place you want to spend the next three years of your life.
A binding early decision program is not for someone who would like to consider admission or financial aid offers from other law schools.
Yes; as long as they are not binding early decision programs.
We will notify applicants of their decision by December 16, 2016.
Binding Early Decision Program candidates will either be admitted, denied, or rolled-over into the regular admission pool. Applicants who are rolled-over or denied, can then continue to consider other law schools, including initiating applications to new law schools, if they desire. Applicants who are not admitted under the binding program are no longer bound by the terms of the Binding Early Decision Agreement Form. Denied applicants CANNOT re-apply via the regular decision program.
Once an offer of admission is made, you MUST withdraw all other law school applications, even if you have not yet heard back from all the schools you have applied to. You will also be asked to refrain from starting any new law school applications.
You will be asked to submit our Enrollment Confirmation Form, and pay a onetime seat deposit of $1,000.00 by January 8, 2017. Both the Enrollment Confirmation Form and the seat deposit may be taken care of online through our Admitted Students Portal.
No. Binding Early Decision admits will not be granted deferrals. The expectation is that you are fully ready to commit to USC Gould upon being admitted.
Yes. All Binding Early Decision admits are guaranteed at least a one-half tuition scholarship. The scholarship amount will be determined based on the cost of tuition for the first year of law school and will not increase in subsequent years. Scholarship awards will be made before the deposit deadline.
No. The application fee is waived for Binding Early Decision Program applicants.
The deadline to apply for the program is November 15, 2016. Your application must be submitted by November 15 and completed by December 1, 2016.
We will accept reportable LSAT scores no later than the September 24, 2016 test administration.
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